Going to have to make this a quick one. For those who don't know my regular job, I work on film sets in the camera department and just recently have been brought onto a feature horror film. It's exciting work and I love it, but it also means my free time is reduced to almost nothing. 18-hour shoot days don't leave much wiggle room for anything other than sleep.
First of all, pat yourselves on the back! We have arrived at Challenge #10! The first true landmark in reaching the big 5-0.
This challenge calls for something new and unique. Every once in a while I'll throw a special one in there just to keep you on your toes and to shake things up. And this one has a very important lesson behind it, something every photographer can benefit from...
Where do you put your photos on display?
So you've taken some fantastic shots, you've ooh'd and aah'd over them, posted them on Facebook for your friends to Like and comment on, then away they go on a hard drive not to be seen for another 5 years when you peruse your archived disks to clean up some space.
For this challenge I offer an alternative action: look over your favourite shots from the past nine SG Photo challenges, pick ONE amazing shot that you are most proud of, get it printed and put it on display somewhere in your home.
It can be as simple as an 8x10 print in a simple, inexpensive frame. Cost to you would be about $30 maybe. But personally I would encourage you to not shortchange your work but give it the treatment it deserves. Get it professionally printed, pick out a decent frame and place it where it will be seen. And I don't mean seen just by other people who come over for a visit. I mean put it where YOU will see it. At your work desk, in your bedroom, or on the wall over your kitchen table. This is to benefit you.
Last winter I got two of my photos printed for the first time. Strangely enough it was of myself holding my kickass nephew, Reeve, whom I was visiting for the first time in Vancouver for Christmas. I set the settings on my Canon 60D and handed it to my sister, so technically it was my sister's shot that I merely had a hand in taking. She surprised me with a fantastic double-frame of it along with a great shot I took of him solo. It's now on display near my work desk. I see it everyday and am reminded of the happy moment and the great shot of my nephew that I am so proud of.
You Sharp Goats have taken some SPECTACULAR shots for the SG Photo Challenge so I think it's fitting that you get one of them printed and put it where it will remind you of how much of a talented photographer you are. And with time you will get EVEN BETTER and capturing great shots. Then that framed shot will serve as a bookmark in time to remind you of how far you've come in your photography skills.
And that's it! Print one of your SG Photo shots and put it on display. It can be any shot you have taken and submitted to the SG Photo challenge thus far. Post a shot of you alongside your framed shot and send it in.
Submissions should be in by Noon on Sunday April 27th. Either upload a photo to Flickr or post it directly to the Sharp Goat Photography Facebook page.
Share this SG Photo challenge with your friends. Personally challenge them to up their photography game.