The Sunday Snap 1

The 52-week smartphone challenge was released last year by Khürt from Island in the Net and I suspect several eager photographers, as I had, jumped on the opportunity to participate however Khürt re-aligned the challenge to the start of the new year. By doing so, Khürt has provided plenty of motivation and inspiration to photographers with all skill levels to participate and I applaud Khürt for undertaking this project and curating the submissions each week.

This weeks theme is a selfie without showing your face and this was going to prove to be difficult. I’m not one for taking selfies (secretly hoping that trend stays in the last decade) and I had no idea on what to create the second time around.


Deciding to ask the one person I can trust, my wife, to provide advice and feedback about what to produce, she simply said that she could ‘take a photo of the back of my head!’ Not that great of an idea due to the bald spot starting to look like the surface of the moon, but as any husband knows, listen to your wife and run with her suggestions. Happy wife = Happy life!

With hat in hand, to hide the bald spot, it was off to the beach to create a selfie without showing my face. Is this, in a true sense of the word, a selfie? probably not but it is a photo of my self and no sign of the bald spot.

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I’m looking forward to seeing all the other submissions. Until then, see you next time.





The Friday Snap (TFS 18)

I find it somewhat surprising and maybe even a little disturbing when I pull into a remote roadhouse here in Australia, people from all walks of life are desperately trying to get internet coverage with most only checking Facebook or Instagram and very few actually calling for assistance. I, on the other hand, enjoy not being connected to the world to be able to spend time with loved ones listening to music or having a discussion that is not distracted or interrupted by handheld devices hence there was no photo for last weeks The Friday Snap due to travelling in remote areas.

Ironically, this week, the Friday Snap is going to take a little detour with a photo challenge. Khürt from Island in the Net has started a 52-week smartphone challenge and it starts with a self-portrait whilst not showing your face. These two trouble makers are part of our lives keeping us entertained as they try to rule the roost and getting up to mischief.

The first submission was due last Sunday, so there is some catching up to do. The intent is to capture Frank Jansen’s Tuesday Photo Challenge theme of Common and the 52-week smartphone challenge theme the rule of thirds in one post this Sunday. Nothing like a challenge!

If you would like to expand your photography skills either with a camera or a smartphone feel free to jump in. Photo challenges are a fantastic method to improve your photography skills and hone your mind’s eye.

Lastly, if you or someone you know who is or may be affected by either the massive bush fires or the extreme blistering heat here in Australia, please take a few minutes and check on them. Stay safe.

Do I look Stupid Doing This?

As a photographer you need to understand that being in front of the camera can be daunting for most people and its one of the most uncomfortable places to be. Women especially don’t like it because they believe that the photographer will expose all of their flaws, real or not, they generally are not fans of having their portraits taken but how do you learn what its like to be in front of the camera having your photo taken. Well by undertaking a Self Portrait Project and hopefully that will do one of two things.

1. Learn what its like so I can show people that’s its not as scary as it seems because I have done it, or

2. Improve my photography and lighting techniques.

Now you can always aim to have the stock standard photo of you standing there looking at your camera while the timer clicks over and then Boom, Photo taken ! and there you have it, You now have the stock standard self portrait with a surprised dumb look on your face. Straight to Facebook…..I think not. Trust me I have plenty of THOSE PHOTOS. So I decided to take it to another level completely. I come up with the Do I look Stupid Doing This ? project.

Since starting this project, I have found that its not as easy as I had thought, I also found that you as the photographer need to be creative to be able to put the person at ease, which is not always easy and you also need to develop workable with themes that suit the client that you are photographing. So I grabbed props from around the house and started and from there it went down hill ……fast. This is when I  realised that I was about to expose all of my flaws to the world as well, I was going to be open to being criticised for having two chins. So here’s what I have done so far, flaws and all. I would love to hear what you think and if you think I need help, please let me know who to contact.

and the answer is Yes, I do look stupid doing this !.

Happy Shooting