10.25.2010

Family Matters


In between rain storms yesterday, and I'm talking serious downpours here, I scooted my family off their lazy Sunday perch on the couch, and kindly asked them to join me in making fools of ourselves in the front yard. The reason? Picture Fall of course!

Our assignment yesterday was to experiment with the self-timer on the camera to get our actual selves in front of it. I remember telling my mom recently that I think the reason pictures of photographer's feet and shoes are so popular right now is that that's the easiest way to show that we (the picture takers) were actually present on that vacation, holiday gathering or any other day, special or not. Maybe it's our natural inclination to be wary of the camera as we age, and so we stay safely behind it, sharing the world as we see it but rarely showing ourselves to the world. Well, not anymore!

This was a lot of fun - I couldn't exactly get everybody to jump off the steps at the same time, so we tried it over and over. I kind of wondered what the neighbors were thinking, but we have nice neighbors, so they probably thought it was totally normal. I'm so glad I processed it with the fun zoom on it - I kind of look like I may have jumped off the roof! I got a ton of nice feedback through the Picture Fall community, and Tracey Clark herself (our teacher) called the picture "super-awesome!" and wrote, "THAT should be your holiday card for sure." Plus a little smiley face at the end of the comment! Squeeeeeel!

But wait, that's not all...imagine my surprise tonight to find that Ms. Clark posted this very picture on the Shutter Sisters website as the Picture Fall picture of the day!!! Look! Aaaaahhhh! This is such an honor! I'm all giddy and giggly about this! Thousands of people could see this - or maybe just 3 or 4 people, but nonetheless, wowee wow wow wow! She picked me and it has made my day. : )

4 comments:

Nelly said...

This is a very cool photo. I cannot believe how much air you got in this photo! Congrats on being the picture of the day.

Amy said...

BIG congrats! So excited for you....
and you made my day with your lovely card in my mailbox. The crazy thing? I had been planning to write you ASAP and there was your letter....gave me chills lol! Big congrats again on your photo.....I'm guessing that is a lensbaby on your camera? You rocked that technique! That's one I want to learn someday!

Abigail said...

Great photo!

Kat said...

That is a wonderful, creative shot and you deserve to be highlighted! Congrats!