Sometimes beauty comes to you on unexpected avenues, and thus was the case yesterday. I was "upcycling" a table lamp with a fresh coat of paint. I was out on the back deck area, I'd just popped open the can of blue paint, was about to stir it up, and - suddenly it hit me - how beautiful it was. And this was a very strange thing for me to think upon re-opening an old can of paint because I usually hate the look - and smell - of paint that hasn't been used in a while. It has this translucent, slightly greenish film over the top; it reminds me of something you've left in the refrigerator too long and when you finally open up the container, the smell just about knocks you out and you wonder, "What in the world was this?" (I mean, ahem, I've heard of this happening to other people. I of course always keep my fridge in tip-top shape.)
So, anyway, I opened the paint can and did a bit of a double-take, surprised by how beautiful the unmixed paint was. I decided to get out my camera and snap a few pictures before I mixed it up, and I have to say, I'm pretty proud of the photography job I did.
Not bad, eh?
(They're much better at a higher resolution, btw.)
Now, I don't claim to be a photographer, but I enjoy playing at it, and it's nice when every now and then something kinda cool comes out.
And speaking of photography, for all those of you who actually are talented photographers (whether or not you make your living at it), National Geographic is holding a contest right now that I'd encourage you to look into. There are some seriously good prizes.
You can enter in four different categories - travel portraits, outdoor scenes, sense of place, or spontaneous moments.
I'm not going to enter (most of my travel photography involves cheesy poses in front of famous landmarks, not the artistic, local flavor candids I imagine they're looking for), but if I were to enter, I'd probably submit this photo I took last summer on our family trip to San Francisco. We were with my parents, getting a tour of the Fisherman's Wharf area. The guide was talking, giving us the history of something or other, I think maybe he was telling us about the Ghirardelli Chocolate company at that point, and I looked to my left and happened to notice a cute little girl wearing a bright red coat, walking with her mother by the water. She was pushing a baby doll stroller along, happy as could be, and her mother strolled beside her, attentive enough, but obviously deep in thought. She kept staring pensively out to sea.
Well, I was so intrigued by the two of them that I momentarily stopped listening to the tour guide and, uncapping the lens from my camera, proceeded to snap a few inconspicuous shots of them with my camera held at my side - a travel photography technique I learned from my friend Courtney. Makes you look less like a tourist.
Anyway, all that to say, I was proud of the way the photos came out. Here's my favorite:
So, if you have any travel photography you're proud of, check out the NatGeo contest (link above).
On another note, but still relating to photography, my friends Mason and Michelle Murchison have started their own photography business, and I couldn't be more excited about it! I am just blown away by how talented they are, and you couldn't meet funnier, more genuinely wonderful people. I'm really glad they're launching into what I know has been a dream of theirs for a while. And hey, if you live in the Charlotte/Rock Hill area and need upcoming portraits done for any occasion - engagement, wedding, graduation, what have you, check them out! They're seriously amazing. And I'm not just saying that because they're my friends.