Finalist Of The Year – The Guild Of Photographer

FINALIST OF THE YEAR – THE GUILD OF PHOTOGRAPHERS
I am GOBSMACKED !!! I am a finalist !!!
I have just received an email informing me that 3 of my images have been chosen to be in the final of The Guild Of Photographers Image Of The Year 2017.
I quote from the email….
“From the thousands of stunning entries into the Image of the Month competition throughout 2017, the Judges have selected just 12 images in each genre to be short listed as Finalists in the Image of the Year Competition.
We are delighted to inform you that you have been selected as a Finalist with two images in the Creative and Digital genre.
To reach the final is clearly a remarkable achievement when you consider the number of entries we have had and the tremendously high standards we have witnessed all year!”
I have also had another image chosen in the Avant-Garde Portraiture genre.
This means SO MUCH to me because I didn’t  enter the competition, I didn’t even know that images were being judged let alone know there would be finalists.
These judges don’t know me or anything about me,  they have no idea about what I have produced over the years, they don’t care what club I belong (or belonged) to, they don’t know whether I am a professional photographer or an enthusiastic amateur… which I am obviously the latter, they just judged the pictures on its own merit and WOW is that just fantastic…. well it is to me.
The Image Of The Year will be judged in December and I can honestly say I don’t think I stand a chance … especially against the professional photographers who probably grace the finalist list too.
What a lovely end to the year 🙂
FINALIST IN CREATIVE & DIGITAL GENRE
 FINALIST IN CREATIVE & DIGITAL GENRE
 
FINALIST IN THE AVANT- GARDE PORTRAITURE GENRE

2018 CALENDAR

The first set of 2018 Calendars featuring images that I have created this year has now totally sold out.

I sold the last of the printed Calendars at the weekend at the event I attended and also had a number of orders from people who were at the presentation (but who were not quick enough to nab one of the calendars for sale).

These have now been dispatched.

So, I am in the middle of another print run

I print the calendars  myself using high quality Permajet Paper and Ultra Chrome HD ink

The featured images can be saved and framed if you want to have them as wall art after the calendar has done its job.

You can purchase a calendar  via eBay…. if you are interested

Here is the link

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/202122169346?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.12649

 

 

 

The Agony & Ecstasy

Is there anything more wonderful than watching your print slither its way onto the printing tray (don’t answer that!)

I never tire of watching the picture appear from the deep dark depths of my printer……. except when it comes out completely magenta !

How the ecstasy can turn into hours of agony when you try and rectify the problem and you can’t find the solution.

I Turned everything off and on (yes I watch the IT crowd), Unistalled/installed the drivers, changed the leads, changed the ink cartridges, stood on one leg with my fingers crossed, I tried everything but to no avail…. still distinctly magenta. Hmmmmmm

That was yesterday and after a sleepless night I had yet another go this morning… my world still had a rosy glow… but not in a good way.

I came to the conclusion that I would have to buy another printer but in the meantime I ordered some more of my lovely Permajet paper and mentioned my predicament to the chap on the other end of the line. Quick as a flash I was put through to a lovely fella who gave me some sound advice and he said that I should follow the link he gave me because the driver download I was using (series 2) was apparently an Apple Generic Driver which overrode the Epson driver I needed . So I took him at his word, downloaded the new driver and hey presto my world is the right colour again……. very green, but that’s JUST the way I want it.

So now I sit here (writing this blog) listening to the printer happily whir away printing my pictures to exactly the right colours that I wanted them to be.

Oh Joy

Whisperer Of Doubts

Yesterday I found myself standing in front of 100+ people who attended the Keighley Day organised by the Yorkshire Photographic Union and I had to ask myself a question “why on earth would all these people come out on a cold Saturday morning to sit and listen to me witter on for a whole day?” I was confused, overwhelmed and almost paralysed with self doubt.

I may have looked like I was full of confidence, but inside I was that young girl who, after been sent to a secondary modern school (that’s another story for later), was told by the teachers to aim low because that way I wouldn’t get disappointed when I didn’t amount to anything.

I sit at home quietly on my own and produce “pretty pictures”, I am totally self taught, I didn’t go to art school, I am not technically minded, I am not very articulate, I fight to use the right words and I am dyslexic ….. not a good base to start with when standing in front of all of those people.

So standing there gazing at all of those eager faces I thought “what am I going to tell you that you don’t already know – what I do isn’t special or unique, its pretty run of the mill stuff and you don’t need much technical expertise to produce pictures like mine”  – should I run away now before I make a fool of myself?

But what I lack in education and technical expertise I make up with passion and a love of what I do and I hope that everyone who attended the presentation yesterday understood where I was coming from. I love to try and inspire others who want to do something a little more creative and I also try and get over the point that those people who choose to do creative pictures are also good photographers too – we just take a slightly different path. I get a bit fed up with people saying that people who do creative images can’t take a decent photo that’s why they “mess about with them”

On the drive home I was still consumed with doubts and I lost count of how many times I thanked people for coming to the presentation adding that I hope that I hadn’t bored them to death and thanks for not slipping away at lunch time.

I only do a few talks a year (my choice) and I honestly enjoy doing them…but I still fight with that young girl inside me who is whispering in my ear that I shouldn’t be there and that I should know my place.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all those who attended, you were so kind to me and it was and is much appreciated.

Dare To Share?

From a very early age I was taught to share – even though we had nothing and this need to share has never left me.

When I visit camera clubs to do may presentations I am regularly thanked for sharing my “knowledge” and people often say that they are surprised I am so open as to how I “do things”. I have lost count of the number of people who tell me that so and so at their club knows how to do something to a high standard but when asked how they did it will say “oh, I’ve forgetting how I did that…. I did it a long time ago”… or similar statements.

Whether it be camera settings, what lighting was used, how a picture was constructed or even the name of the model featured in the photograph, many people will keep this information closely guarded.

In some ways I understand. If you have taken the time and trouble to learn something (especially if you have paid for that information) does it sit comfortably to then pass on that newly gleaned information to others ? I have heard people say “I had to learn how to do such and such a thing so everyone else should do the same and find out for themselves……why should I teach them”. I also understand that for some people telling others how they (for example) put their picture together might help others to “beat them in the monthly comps” – I have heard this reason for not helping others time and time again, I have also had personal experience of that particular mind set when the person involved would always shrug and smile when asked how they had created the image.

I was told a few years ago “that I was crazy” to show people how I did my textured images – I was told that I should “keep it a secret and tell no-one”. Those that know me know I didn’t take any notice of that piece of advice and there are lots and LOTS of people who have attended my workshops and those people are now producing some lovely textured images. Am I dismayed about that fact … not in the least ! I am thrilled to bits that they have embraced what I have shown them and gone off and done their own thing.

I try and help and give advise to as many people as I can – people come to my home for a one to one, I give critiques over the internet and I also run a Face Book group which is dedicated to help people be more creative. This is all done free of charge and I do it willingly in the hope that some (if not all) may benefit from the little bit of input I give them

Helping others improve is a great gift and seeing them blossom and move forward is a wonderful thing and I for one throughly recommend it.

 

As Time Goes By

This is the first composite I have put together for  quite a while.

The model was from a shoot organised (and styled) by Karen Boyle hosted at the  Saracen House Studios  (Andrew Griffiths) a few years ago and the resulting picture has been hanging around for quite a while.

I also put together the background about 6 months ago but didn’t do anything with it… until tonight.

I had a sudden spurt of inspiration and the whole picture came together quite quickly.

I wish I was one of those artists/photographers who creates images full of emotion and hidden (or not so) meanings but… as much as I try, it’s just not me.

All I do is create “pretty pictures” as they say “to thine own self be true”  🙂

Breaking The Rules

I love creating pictures that “break the rules”

I was told that (in competition) judges don’t like green and they don’t like the subject matter placed slap bang in the middle of the picture.

This one breaks both of those rules and it has been very successful in competition.

Are you are a rule breaker?? I would love to see your examples of a successful image that doesn’t conform to the conventional set…….