Welcome to a new photo challenge, #DogwoodWeek1! Bailie and I are not good at using a camera, this point and shoot, or our phone is about all we can handle. Emma pushed Mom to be a better photographer because she felt being so cute, we deserve to be photographed correctly. What is a hound to do? We entered Mom in the Dogwood Photo Challenge 2019.
Back in 2017, Mom entered a much smaller Pet Photography Challenge and really enjoyed it, but she wants to learn more. What is the Dogwood Photo Challenge? It is a 52 week challenge where tens of thousands of photographers participate from around the world. This year there are three challenge categories:
- Story Telling
- Compositional Eye
The challenges for each of the 52 weeks are already listed on their website. It is not a competition, as you are challenging yourself to complete the assignment for each week. If you choose to post your photo, constructive criticism may be given. Last year we heard about it from Mary at Tales from the Backroad, but it had already started, and Mom wanted to start from the beginning. Mary is an amazing photographer of wildlife and many other things, as well as an inspiration to our mom to be a better photographer.
Enough of the details, lets see what the challenge for week one is, right?
The Dogwood Challenge Week 1
Story Telling Self Portrait: Take a picture that tells us who you are, without actually showing your face.
This one had Mom stumped right off the bat. How could she show what she is about in one photo. If you are a fan of our blog, you know we are all about story telling, but we usually have multiple photos. They, not sure who they are, but they always say a picture is worth a thousand words, right? Will Mom get a thousand words in her photo this week?
Are you ready? Here is the photo she decided to create.
Can you tell who my mom is through this photo? Does it tell a story about her? Do you want to know the thoughts behind the photo?
- We dogs are the most important things in her life, so we are large in the shot
- Mom loves being outdoors, making an outdoor shoot a must
- The soft color tones reflect her personality, she claims to not like to stand out
- Hopefully the layout also conveys the feeling of a relaxed person
- Running is a love of hers, thus the running shoes
- She lives on her laptop, can’t have a photo without it
- Obviously, photography is her love too, and her previous camera works for that
Did she capture herself with her photo for this week? Howl or growl in the comments.