Thursday, January 7, 2010

Merry Christmas to Me


Guess what I did? I accidentally won something. Something big. Well, I guess that all depends on what YOU think big is. But I was overcome with surprise and gratitude. I won my little city's photo contest -- which is farcical at best. But I won nonetheless and the prize was just what I wished for: a gift certificate to the local camera shop.

Of course I wouldn't be me if I didn't also spend three times as much as the gift certificate and get something I REALLY wanted.

But in winning this contest I realized the most important thing. It's not the camera, it's the perspective that makes the picture. The way I see things, or rather happened to see things at that very moment were enough to get someone's attention. That point was proved when I showed up to be interviewed and photographed with the 11 other winners. The reporter/photographer asked if I brought my camera with me.

Surrounded by true professional and hobbyist photographers wielding fancy cameras with big lenses I said, "Oh just one minute, it's in my purse." And I rummaged around in my much-too-full purse and pulled out my little pink gem, a SONY point and shoot. Stifled laughs all around. But I won just as much as them, so pfffft!

PHOTO NOTE: The winning photograph.

10 comments:

Kate said...

Congratulations! Awesome picture.

Claudia said...

That's awesome! Congrats, Julia! And I never would have guessed that that photo was taken with a Sony point and shoot (because that's what I have, and I take crap pictures). Well done!

tagskie said...
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Angenette said...

Congrats, Hooli!

Glenda said...

Congrats....silly photographers...it is not the lense, it is the EYE.

Anita said...

I will be looking for this in the Lone Tree Paper - I now know a famous photographer - love it!!

BTW...I'm dying to know who wrote the deleted comment

Anita said...

I will be looking for this in the Lone Tree Paper - I now know a famous photographer - love it!!

BTW...I'm dying to know who wrote the deleted comment

laurel said...

Wow. That is a beautiful shot. I have always wanted to be a good phtographer. I need to learn more about it. You sure are talented. When do we get to hear what you bought with that gift card+?

African Kelli said...

DOOOODE! That is so great! Good for you!

Patti said...

You are a wonderful photographer. I love your pictures... and as much or maybe even more, I love your witty writing. I miss you and your cute kiddies. Thanks for all the updates.