Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Tech Talk Tuesday

Fond Memories
Family Heirloom

Salt Lake Temple in Spring

Mt. Timpanogos in Fall

What do these photos have in common????  Keep reading........

Last Tech Talk Tuesday I challenged you to get out of your comfort zone.  To repeat:  "So in summary, here's my challenge to you photographers who want to improve:  get out of your comfort zone and find ways that will force you to be more critical of your own work.  Here are a few ideas to get you started:  enter a local photo contest, photograph a subject that is totally foreign to you, set up a booth at your county fair and sell your pictures, ask a professional photographer in your area to critique your work, participate in some of the many 'challenges' floating around the photo blogger world, volunteer to take photos of your neighbor's newborn.   Make your own list, then choose the one that scares you the most!!!   I think your photography will improve!"  Today I'll mention another way to improve your photography and make memories at the same time.

The top photo is a lovely china vase my mother called a 'jardiniere.'  My great great aunt painted this in 1906.  Both my mother and grandmother loved china and china painting, and I have inherited much of their fine china.  I have such fond memories of their homes graced with beautiful china, and of watching my mother collect and paint.  When I look at these lovely things, I remember her.

So how will my children remember me???  (Hopefully with many fond memories of happy, family times and the knowledge that they are my greatest treasures and blessings, and being their mother was the best, most important, most rewarding 'job' I've ever had.)  But how will they remember who I was as a person-my interests, my talents, etc.  Since photography has been a big part of my life in later years, I want to give them a part of me to enjoy.  

So here is my work in progress.  I am going to give each of my children two special photographs.  (This is in addition to the numerous family photos I take.)   One will be of the temple in which each of them was married, and the other will be one of my favorite landscapes to enjoy in their home.  This means I have to come up with 10 special images since I have 5 children.  

I will have these photos enlarged to at least 20x24,  (sprayed and mounted so they won't be under glass), then nicely framed to match their decor.   It's one thing to print out 4x6 prints, but when you commit to a 20x24 print, you are saying, I've taken a photo good enough to warrant the cost of printing and framing, and it is also good enough that someone would actually want to display it!   The second and third photos above are my first two photos, that are now enlarged and framed but not given as of yet. 

Now, get over being modest, or too critical of your work.  I know that your loved ones, be they children or dear friends or relatives, would be honored to have a work of art especially for them from you!  Even so, I bet you will think twice about the quality of your photography if you were going to blow it up and give it to someone dear to hang over their sofa!!! 

So here's my challenge.   You, too, should have big beautiful prints of your work hanging over your sofa and fireplace and above you bed, so if you haven't already done so, choose one of your favorite photos to 'embiggen',  (thanks Scott), and frame, then hang it in your home for your family to enjoy.   Then, when you are brave enough, give a big and beautifully framed, priceless original work of art to someone you love!  And YES, it is priceless and beautiful, because you took the time to share yourself with someone special!!!   

13 comments:

Lisa said...

That will be a treasure for your children. I love the first two pictures. I hope you will share the rest with us.

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

This speaks to me...I've only printed about a half dozen of my photos and they were not good...just of someone who suddenly died...
It's a little scary seeing something "in print"!!!

diane said...

That is a good idea, I'll try to make a photo good enough to hang. thanks for the tips. love your shots.

Stephani said...

Very useful advise Karen! I'm going to do this! - Also, that baby on my photoblog that has the big smile? That's me!

Lisa said...

Karen I alway come away with somthing to hold on to from you and and I learn so much from your dedication.
Beautiful photos. Love the temple.

A Life In Focus Photography said...

what a great idea, and one i have failed to do. and i love the landscape...wow!

Sandra said...

makes perfect sense to me. the temple is beautiful, the flowers add so much to it. the scenery is magnificent, i know the child of your choice for these will be happy. the third one would be gorgeous printed on canvas like a painting,

S. Etole said...

thanks for the tips and challenges you present to us ... your photos are a delight

Ginny said...

These pictures are drop-dead georgous!! Those tulips with the background!! I can't wait to see which pictures you chose to give, an excellent idea!!! And yes, I have been thinking of hangigng some of mine. But I also have one of those electric frames that showcases up to a thousand pictures in a slideshow. It was a guft from my kids, but we can't figure out how to work it!!

Bruce Caspersonn said...

I like that vase, how much do you want for it?

Rick said...

Super idea Karen ! I haven't gone to the point of giving enlarged photos to anyone yet. But I finally had some turned into large (24 x 36) prints on canvas - and I'm happy with the results. It was on the urging of my wife, and I spent quite a lot of time poring over and critiquing photos till I found ones I felt met a high standard (we're our own worst critics, aren't we !).

Now I'll look for other steps out of my comfort zone - thanks for prodding :)

ruma said...

The huge precipice seems to convey awe of the Nature to me...
The force is overwhelming.

Thank you.
ruma

Liss said...

This is a great thing to do for your children. You are so right I have only just recently decided to get some of my prints blown up to 24 x 36 to put on my walls.