Wow - what a thrill it was for me to find out I'd won the latest assignment "Play". Ive been watching the assignments from a distance since I joined Dreamstime in August 2008 and either wasn't eligible to enter or felt I couldn't come up with appropriate images.......but I was looking forward to the day I could enter confidently.
Photography for me is a hobby that I am learning more and more about - I love capturing shots of babies and children (most likely because of my new role as a mother) and my friends do give me lots of praise for many of the pictures I take. Having said that I do feel I have a long way to go in terms of developing my knowledge and technical understanding. I have a canon 30D and by no means feel I use it to its advantage.
One project encouraged me to buy some black material for a back drop, experiment with exposure settings on my camera and really take time to compose some nice shots (got a lot of ideas from the internet). These pics were taken for a friend and her 4 month old baby. I was upset at the end of the shoot - i had a lot of lovely shots but i had the white balance set wrong and my pictures ended up having a pinkish tinge. The things we learn...... thats what I love - I am always learning something from my errors. Here is one of the shots (without the black background) from this experience (thanks to photoshop I could correct the lighting a bit and skin tones)
Another from this shoot that wasn't in the assignment but that I love the feel of is this:
Finally the winning shot:
Here were some more shots from that afternoon of spontaneity
Thanks everyone - thanks for your votes and thank you for helping keep my hobby alive with all the inspiration I get from being a part of dreamstime!