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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Creative photography - Small treasure

Creative Photography Contest #6


My friend Roger has started something I wasn't sure I had the cahones to participate in, a Creative photography contest. You can get links to the other participants HERE.

I've always loved taking pictures and just over 10 years ago, my favourite subject made her way into this world.

This picture was taken several years ago in our old yard. We had set up a blanket on the lawn and Chicklet spent a portion of her day investigating the flora and fauna. I won't tell you what she's holding in those precious little hands of hers, but I can tell you ever since I can remember she's held my heart.

I made Chicklet the focal point (she's come to expect this, ya know) and softened things around her a bit. I played with the colour contrast a smidge ... and, well.. just look at it. If it bores me to gives you the step by step of how I got the picture to look this way, I expect it would bore all y'all to tears. I'm not telling you how I made Chicklet either. That's a secret! shhhhhhh! teehee!



Here's my entry, Roger...

Small Treasure




"Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man."
~Rabindranath Tagore

"There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million."
~Walt Streightiff

34 comments:

Angell said...

WOW - amazing photo hon - absolutely gorgeous.

Roger said...

Thats a show stealer Anndi!

Very nice, thank you for your Creative Photography submission.

Anndi said...

Angell: Thanks babe, I had a wonderful subject! SMOOCH

Roger: She stole my heart when I peed on the stick. I like to tell her it was when she stared up at me with her big blue eyes after she was born... it's a sweeter story *giggle*.
Thanks sweets!

Dana said...

Beautiful Anndi - just beautiful!

doggybloggy said...

that photo looks like cake frosting and twice as lucious it really is dreamy....

Anndi said...

Dana: Thank you :)

DB: Well, little girls are made up of sugar and spice and everything nice, so frosting is a delicious description!
Thanks pal!

the teach said...

Anndi, a very sweet picture. Nice photo editing! Good luck in the contest! :)

Travis said...

Excellent! But of course, you had the perfect subject.

Anndi said...

The Teach: Thank you! This has been one of my favourite pictures for quite some time. There's something wonderful about watching a child find something they are fascinated by. I had fun playing with my photo editor. Good luck to you as well! :)

Travis: Spoken like a true uncle. *hugs*

Lu' said...

ok Dana said exactly what I was going to say only in a different order. So I'll just say ditto :)

napaboaniya said...

Kids are great to photograph, often seen with real facial expressions with nothing to hide. Nice entry!! Good luck in the contest!

My Creative Photography #6

Ron said...

Ya see...that's another great thing about being a Libra...you're multi-talented!

Not only did you create a beautiful child.

(and I bet I DO know how you did that...shhhh!)

But you are also a very creative photographer, Anndi!

Beautiful image!

Bravo!

Me too...I've always enjoyed the camera. I don't know that much about photography, but I just like playing around. It's fun, isn't it?

Have a great evening, Anndi!

Charles Gramlich said...

Cool

Lesley said...

Fantastic pic, a beautiful memory..
Wishing you lots of luck but by the looks of it you won't need it!
Luv & Hugs,
Lesley

Ladynred said...

She's pretty little treasure!
Great job on editing it!!!

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Slyde said...

that is an AWESOME picture...

about every 5 years or so, i pretend i know how to take good pictures. then i remember that i suck at it and give up again...

CrystalChick said...

Really lovely picture of your sweet little girl.
I was just saying to hubby last night that I soooo need to take a photography class. I love to take pictures but don't know when to stop editing them!!! Well, of course any of me automatically get 20 pounds sucked off in photoshop. But I like picnik and picassa too for some other neat effects.
What program are you using? It really works well!

Turnbaby said...

Just beautiful!! You had a great starting subject but just so lovely.

Bond said...

great shot...


see you did have the COJONES for this...

Michelle said...

Great photo and chicklett is very cute! I love the quotes at the end!

Meribah said...

The puppy knows how you made the chicklet, and she's pretty sure it involved you, a man, and a whole lot of...**gets tackled and gagged by everybody from TOOSP** LOL :P

Dana said...

How absolutely beautiful and precious!

Anndi said...

Lu: Aww thanks *hugs*

Napoboaniya: Someone said, never work with children or animals... he clearly wasn't referring to photography! LOL Thanks for stopping by! Good luck as well.

Ron: You flatter me.. please continue :) *giggle*

Aren't we Libras just awesome?

Charles: she is.. yup!

Lesley: I'm so glad you're back and a big hug and smooch to you dear heart!

Anndi said...

Ladynred: Thank you! I enjoyed working with an old favourite. Good luck and thanks for visiting!

Slyde: just take pictures of things and people you love... Smooch

Crystal: Thanks dear, means a lot coming from you. I keep thinking, if I win the lottery and free up some time I'd love to take a photography class. So would Chicklet!
I played with Picnik.

Turnbaby: Thanks babe! SMOOCH

Bond: Thanks. I've never been accused of being a chicken.. that's true.

Michelle: Thank you, glad you stopped by! I'm a sucker for a wel chosen quote.

Meri: *keeps the puppy busy with treats so she'll forget what she was going to say*

Dana: Thank you my precious friend! SMOOCH

littleredplanet said...

Very warm and soft ... great effect on such a sweet image ;-)

Best Wishes!

buffalodickdy said...

I like the quotes and the picture...

Dianne said...

wow anndi - she's beautiful and the photo is amazing!

the way her hands are cupped so gently - speaks to how we all should hang on to the child within us - makes the world so much nicer to look at!

so glad you pulled you 'cahones' together and entered ;)

Raven said...

What a beautiful, tender photo. Just lovely.

genny said...

Very prett picture and thanks for sharing>>>.

I have an entry too

Linda said...

Not only did you have the cahones to participate but you had the cahones to submit a kick-ass picture to boot!

Very, very nice and I'm sure this shot brings back so many more memories for you each time you look at it.

Good luck!

Odat said...

How very innocent!!! and beautiful!
Good luck!
Peace

Patti said...

Beautiful photo of your little chicklet. I also like how you edited it. I'm just learning that stuff.

The accompanying quotes are great.
Good luck in Roger's contest!

Thanks for visiting my blog.
:-)

Roger said...

Anndi I just wanted to thank you for submitting your beautiful portrait of chicklet!

Mimi Lenox said...

I love what you did with this picture. The focus effect is perfect. Beautiful.