Make the Ordinary Extraordinary

Have you been to CurrentPhotographer.com? I discovered it recently (through another photographer friend, Scott Wyden) and it’s a great resource showcasing articles about various items related to photography. They also share information about photo contests you can enter.

This February, they held their own contest, with the theme “Make the Ordinary Extraordinary.” I didn’t find out about it till almost the last day so I entered super late.

Imagine my absolute surprise and elation when I found out yesterday that I won first place among over 200 entries!  You’ve seen the above image before – it was one of my absolute favorites from 2010. In fact, I said that if I had to choose one image as my favorite, it would be this one. I took it last summer, on a walk around my neighborhood. I was walking by a tree and the leaves and sun caught my eye. (Or, more accurately, shone in my eye!)

Thank you so much to the judges for picking my photo and to CurrentPhotographer.com for hosting the contest!  I can’t wait to get my prizes!

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a n a n d h a mMarch 2, 2011 - 1:46 pm

This is really beautiful… At first glance I thought the light was added in PP :) Sorry… BTW congrats on the first place… & thanks for introducing one more site to follow!!!

PreetiMarch 2, 2011 - 11:07 pm

Thanks!
Ha, no worries. I’ve got nothing against Photoshop editing or manipulation, but this one is real life! :)

MaryMarch 4, 2011 - 2:51 pm

That is AWESOME!! I’m going off to check out that site. I loved this one of yours too, and have been obsessed lately, with sun bursts and flares….that is why I changed my banner yet again, although, I do believe I have a “banner making addiction”, and have probably made about 1700 banners for my 2 shops and my blog in the last year! They have all since gone to the Banner Graveyard…deeply locked away in my private set on Flickr…
While I’m here, after seeing your last post, I am reminded of how much I need a lens like that in my arsenal..beautiful and dreamy!

NateMarch 7, 2011 - 4:18 pm

wow, this really is a spectacular image. Very impressive and congrats on the contest win!
– Nate

PreetiMarch 7, 2011 - 4:26 pm

Thanks, Mary! Haha, I used to do that, change my banner and site design a lot. Now it’s just too much work but I think I need to redesign mine, at least the banner, if nothing else.
I love that post you did on the sunflares and sunbursts. They give photos a different feel.

PreetiMarch 7, 2011 - 4:26 pm

Thanks so much, Nate!

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