The other day I received the Kreativ Blogger award. While not the same as a Nobel prize, it is non the less very rewarding to be recognized by another blogger for the effort in sharing and fostering community involvement to one’s craft.
Anita Jesse on her blog Through my Lens made the announcement that 5 bloggers and myself deserve this internet blog award.
I am very honoured to have received it.
I really enjoy visiting Anita blog for the peace of mind, if this makes any sense. Her photos have a quality that for me, has a feeling of taking me home. These are images of her surrounding that convey a gentle place. A place to be able to sit and ponder. As an added benefit there is her writing style, as she openly discusses this place and lately the transition to her new location, which brings that comfort as we may also be wondering about our lives.
Do visit the site and spend some time there.
This being a photography blog I felt I had to add at least add one pretty photo.
Taken with a cannon A30 - 2mp P&S camera
I am not sure where this blogger recognition event started, but I think it is a great thing as we should all on a continuous basis take the time to thank all the bloggers, whether in our particular niche or in other areas for the effort and more importantly the way bloggers bring people together who have a particular passion.
The Kreativ award is a bit like a chain letter where bloggers who receive this award take the time to send the same award to 6 bloggers who deserve the recognition. The hard part is only limiting it to six.
The great thing I find about blogging, while for some it is business driven; they all bring a personal face and their passions to what they love.
As a side note when receiving this ward the recipient should also list 6 thinks they like.
There are several other fine Bloggers that are already in my side list of favourite bloggers who have also received this ward and therefore I thought I would try and highlight great bloggers who were not already recipients.
Brain Auer at Epic Edits is one of those people who not only takes great photos but has dedicated himself to helping out many other aspiring photographers. He has built a great community of users because of his passion for photography and drive to help others learn.
While I am not a professional photographer and I am not sure that I could really handle all the stress, John Harrington at Photo Business News and Forum sure understands the business of Professional Photography.
He has written books on the subject and in his blog articles shares willing how to really be a professional and this means correct business sense, not just a wiz kid with a camera. Even if you don’t plan to be a professional his sound wisdom will help you in other parts of your life be successful in dealing with people.
As a blogger it is good to understand general best practices about blogging and for some like me to understand the code behind blogging platforms. Blogging Tips is a site that covers both these issues very well.
Chris Brogan is a blogger that focuses on the organizational and business aspects of using social networks to collaborate, share knowledge and built relationships in this ever changing work-life thing. Even if you are just blogging for yourself is good to understand how we are interacting within our societies.
As photographers, and I think that is why you are mainly here, it is good to examine other art mediums. This will help you see or want to explore new artistic avenues. I therefore read several painting blogs just for the visual pleasure and the occasional new idea.
One site I enjoy is Different Stokes form Different Folks by Karin Jurick.
He takes a photograph and then does is own painting and then requests others to submit their interpretations of the subject. It is great to see so many different views.
I also enjoy the Daily Paintings by Justin Clayton and these should give good ideas for your own photographic subject.
The Six things I like. It could as easily be six dozen or 6 hundred. There are so many simple things to like in life.
I like the mornings when the sun rises and brings life and light onto the world.
I like moving water, whether an ocean, river or falling rain.
I like how new camera technology has helped me focus more on my subjects and less on getting the camera settings right. (but sometimes I still screw up)
I like the song ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’ sung by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
I like riding a bicycle
I like storms, especially when I am safe.
Thanks for reading and do take the time to thanks the bloggers who you read for the effort and passion.