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October 30, 2010

Fantasyland – Picture Fall, day 30

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If I’ve learned anything at all during this month long photo experiment, it is that our instructor for this class will always make us think before taking a picture.  That’s a good thing for me.  My husband would always make the comment that I’m so anxious to take the picture that I would often forget to consider the surroundings and then end up with something messing up an otherwise nice picture.  Stop and think about it – good advice.  This photo class has really made me think before I take a picture.  Today’s prompt wanted us to:  shoot a little bit of fantasy—you or your childs—to commemorate the tricks and treats of the season.  It then went on to explain, however, that we shouldn’t just take the typical shot of someone wearing a Halloween costume, but to try to translate something more into the photo.  It stumped me at first.  How is a picture of someone in costume any more than that?  Then, I came up with this shot:

Picture Fall, day 30

When I was first setting up the shot, I considered where to place Sarah to end up with the best light, not to have a distracting background, etc.  I figured I’d open the shot in Photoshop and crop and brighten and maybe find a fantastic-looking blur.  Then I looked at it, several times, cropped and not.  The picture you see here is SOOC.  I thought it said exactly what I wanted it to, just the way it is.  I like the dark hat against the slightly out-of-focus background.  I like the hint of Sarah’s nose.  I like the look of a 13-year-old girl innocently wondering what it might be like to live the fantasy life of a wizard,  unretouched in our little corner of suburbia.

Coming tomorrow: In addition to tomorrow’s photo prompt, the last of the Picture Fall photography class, I’m hoping to feature “Ghosts of Halloweens Past.”  Be sure to come have a look for some laughs!


  1. Cute shot!
    And yes, MOST of the time I really look through the viewfinder and SEE what’s in the frame, to make sure there’s nothing distracting in the background.

    Comment by thedailyclick — October 30, 2010 @ 7:49 pm | Reply

    • I think I’m getting better about that now – like taking a couple of seconds to kick the shoes or whatever is lying about out of the shot! 😉

      Comment by Karma — October 31, 2010 @ 8:38 pm | Reply

  2. I really have to train myself to see everything in the viewfinder. Sometimes I’m more focused than others. Love your creative composition.

    Comment by Becky Sue — October 30, 2010 @ 10:21 pm | Reply

    • That’s true about all of us, I bet – being more focused at sometimes than others. And sometimes we do just want to take a quick snapshot without all the worry of “composing a photograph.”

      Comment by Karma — October 31, 2010 @ 8:39 pm | Reply

  3. This is a really cute shot. I love how you’ve interpreted the various prompts throughout the month, especially this one.

    I’ve noticed that since I went from film to digital (and an 8g memory card) that there are times when I snap away like a maniac, not even bothering to compose a shot. The outdoor commitment/challenge, even only 40 days in, has slowed me down considerably. I wait for it now, so to speak. I think that’s changing how I see and photograph things.

    Comment by Robin — October 31, 2010 @ 9:38 am | Reply

    • Thinking about your shots I think is a benefit of any of these types of projects. I did Project 365 in 2008, and after a few months I found myself really trying to compose better shots, and then wanting a better camera too! The more creative I get, the more equipment I seem to want! Ut oh…. 😉

      Comment by Karma — October 31, 2010 @ 8:41 pm | Reply

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