Thursday, 14 November 2013

Lucky Snapping Challenge


Over on Lucky Snapping Anne has challenged us to talk about "No Limits" and photograph

             NO LIMITS
So that's what we are going to talk about this week and you don't need to have climbed the Himalayas to take part.


No Limits is only about you, about what you achieved compared to what you thought you could achieve.
If you are scared to death of cats and you managed to touch one, then it's part of No Limits, the same way somebody else would wrestle with a lion.
If you went back to school at 40 to learn a new profession or get a better degree or even simply for fun, then it's part of No Limits.
If you managed to feed many people on a very low salary, then  it's part of No Limits.
Anything you have done and you didn't think you could do, or anything you do without counting, tell us about it because you are a proud member of the No Limits club.
If  you want to talk about somebody else, family member or personality you admire, please do so.
No Limits also applies to a trait of your character or an ability you have . . ., to the dedication to some people in helping others . . . 

Can I say there is no limits in what it covers, lol ?
 
This week, it's all about us and about the people who inspire us. You are somebody special, just tell us about it.
As of photo challenge, if you have some time, let's play with the word Limits. Take some pictures of open spaces or at the opposite of enclosed places.



I really like the idea of this challenge as I love to challenge myself and being narrow minded at times I can't understand why others don't feel the need to set themselves challenges as well, Mick is like that!
So I thought I would tell you about the thing I did last week that took me right out of my comfort zone and at the same made some others step out of their comfort zone.  At camera club last week Dave and myself were holding a lighting workshop, the first half involved Dave standing up the front and giving a short presentation re lighting and the importance of it and the effects that can be achieved. I sit in the audience as I don't have the confidence to get up the front and do what he does.  Then the second half we had a number of work stations set up so the members could have a play with different lighting set ups.  On the stage we had the studio lights set up and I had borrowed a body form and modelling head from the college for us to use, as Amanda is normally our live model but obviously not here.  A number of our members commented that they would love to take portraits but don't because they feel totally out of their comfort zone, just like I feel when having my photo taken!!  I do not regard myself as photogenic and it is very rare I like a photograph of myself.  So I made a deal with everyone - if I sat and posed for them they could take my photo - that way we would all be feeling the same and hopefully by the end of the evening, we would both be feeling better about the whole activity!! Admittedly as I heard the words coming out of my mouth my head was saying "WHAT????" 
An hour later I am still sat there with various members pointing their camera's at me (why any one wants to be a model I will never understand, I was seeing flashes for the rest of the week!!!  We all had a laugh and everyone enjoyed it.  I was happy that I did it as I don't think I will worry anymore if someone goes to take my photo, the next hurdle is to actually start to like what I see when I look at them lol.  Guess there is no time like the present and no doubt some of you will ask to see the results, so here are a couple taken
I am only showing the first one to demonstrate what the software package "portrait professional" does, perfect smooth skin, sparkly white eyes, black lashes and a bit of a tan....... that is DEFINITELY NOT ME!!!

this is more like me, pale with red shiny cheeks and average white eyes (similar to most people actually)


Linking up with Lucky Snapping

19 comments:

  1. I really liked your post Karen. I especially laughed at the " Admittedly as I heard the words coming out of my mouth my head was saying "WHAT????" because that's exactly the kind of thing I do. Nobody wants or dares doing something and then I say "No big deal, I do it" and then I think "Are you nuts, how are you going to do that?", but I end up doing it and being so happy about it.
    Like you I am also a bit narrow minded, because I feel its challenges we think we can't do that help us becoming better. If we only do what we know we can, what's the point and where is the fun?
    Oh and well done for looking right into the camera, I am like you, it's tough doing ! xxx

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  2. That is an amazing difference, I never knew there was a portrait package! It just goes to show that the models we see in print are nothing like what they really look. I actually love the second photo of you, you look real :-) Have a good day Diane

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    1. Thank you Diane, it is amazing what software packages you can get for photos, personally I think a lot of them kill a photograph. xx

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  3. I have to say, Karen, that you look stunning in both of them.
    Joy x x

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  4. You're brave, posing for portraits! I like the first one where you are looking into the lens but actually prefer the colouring of the second one.

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    1. Thank you Eileen, I prefer the second as well, feel it is more natural. xx

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  5. Congratulations, Karen!
    Very interesting interpretation - I like it!
    You're absolutely right - there are no limits to the development of computer technology.
    I would also like to be able to do such .. spells, but needs better software.
    Please, show us more!

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  6. I can see why that took you out of your comfort zone..it would me too. The results are lovely, i prefer the second photo it is more natural and more you!! x

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    1. Thank you, yes totally out of the old comfort zone, but glad I did it. xx

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  7. Wow, you are brave!! I hate having my photo taken, even my wedding pictures took me right out of my 'comfort' zone!! I really prefer the 2nd picture, as it is much more natural, but they are both lovely!! : )

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    1. Thank you, second for me as well. xx

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  8. Wow both of those are beautiful Karen. I def don't try and challenge myself like you do , may be I am too old to try and reflecting back cannot see that challenges really were me!!

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    1. lol you are never too old Lynne, there is always a first time for everything!! xx

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  9. oh I agree with your post, I hate my photo being taken. You look lovely in both pictures, well done on doing something out of your comfort zone

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  10. What lovely portraits of you. I always feel self conscious when I have my photo taken.

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    1. Snap Viv, I do/did as well, but it was a good laugh in the end. xx

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