Monday, October 3, 2011

Fool's Gold - Day 3 & Exercise 1

31 Days

How many of you have willingly looked like a fool to get a shot?
And how did your shot turn out?
Pretty good, I'm guessing.

Take this shot by Ashley Sisk of Ramblings and Photos for example.
She {and her subjects!} ran into the middle of a busy city street to get this superb shot.
And it completely paid off! Had this shot been taken on the sidewalk it probably wouldn't have been as successful.
{I mean, it still would have rocked, 'cause that's just how Ashley rolls.}

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{photo used with permission}

There will be times when getting the perfect shot requires you to look like a fool, be daring and sometimes downright nuts!
People will stare at you like you've lost your mind and even ask you what you're doing or if you are okay.

Most of them won't understand the "anything for a shot" mentality.
But you do.
And that is what counts.

The very first exercise of this series is either going to be very easy or very difficult, depending on your point of view. It is intended to help you get out of your comfort zone when shooting and not worry so much about what the people who can not see through your viewfinder think of you.

You can approach this exercise in one of three ways:

1. Get out and shoot something in a place where you have been too reluctant to shoot.

2. Share a shot from your archives that had you looking crazy while taking it and tell us about the experience.

3. If you have never gotten out of your comfort zone and don't plan to for this exercise, feel free to write a post about why you haven't and what holds you back. Maybe share an idea you have floating around in your head, but are hesitant to go out and get.

You have through October 17th to link up!

Please include this button with your post so others can participate too!

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  1. That is one of my all time favorite shots and the color apparently loved it too. They have it blown up in their living room. I've also been known to lay in the grass or floor while people walk around with me. Call me shameless.

  2. This is a great challenge. Just yesterday I was at the baseball field while my son's team warmed up for his game, and was looking for details around the complex to shoot. I confess to looking over my shoulder to make sure no teammates were walking up as I shot this interesting netting draped over the fences. I am way too self-conscious!

  3. It is funny that I read this after reading M3B's day 3. I said, "I have been embarrassed about taking photos in downtown Tampa." I am gonna do it.

  4. I've definitely done some crazy things and stood in some weird positions or laid flat on the ground to get the shot I want. Most times I don't really care. People just look at me and walk around. Since I have a camera in my face they know what I am doing so it's really not a big deal. It's worth it for the perfect shot.

  5. Great post Katie! I rarely get embarrased so it's "very easy" for me! Looking forward to the rest of the series!

  6. This is definitely a great post with a great message... dont let worrying what others think keep you from getting the shot you're dreaming of! Your encouragement is so appreciated!


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