A couple of weeks ago Joe and I noticed a kid’s photography competition.
This weeks my Captured moment is all about taking photos. I have to say the prize is pretty spectacular, its funny as we read it I could almost hear the cogs in Joe’s brain working! “We have some fab pictures from Greece and Dubai,” he announced. Which yes we do, but I took those! “Oh” he said looking a bit deflated.
Now the thing is, we need to decide what is more important here? The prize, or the lesson, you are better off entering and winning off your own merits. And that you are not forced to win wither way, but to win or lose, honesty is the way to go. We discussed how he would feel if he won and it wasn’t his picture, but had to keep saying it way. What if someone asked what setting it was on or what angle? He would have to learn a script and stick to it, what if he made a mistake?
Let me make this abundantly clear! I would NEVER EVER have let Joe enter one of my photos into a competition. But I am all for life lessons and making the right choice for yourself. I think a big part of honesty is making the decision and not being told.
And hoorah, much to my relief Joe came good
He agreed he wanted to enter his own photo no matter what the result, But also made it clear he wanted to win ha ha. I have no idea where he gets that competitive streak from!
We started with a little photography lesson; he did intent to use his own little camera he recently purchased. But decided to ditch that and use mine, meaning I was relegated to my phone. I taught him how I like to set up a photo, how to choose a point to focus on, give your photo a top middle and bottom. And how to choose the correct setting for your photo, I though manual was a step to far.
He took it all pretty seriously; I was so surprised I thought he would get bored pretty quickly. However he spent a whole week taking photos, looking at them in the evening and either deciding to take some more of put them into a shortlist.
I think he is almost there now with what he is submitting, and I must say I am so proud of him. Not only for his attitude to the competition, but the results he has achieved. I am so excited that he has developed a love for photography. The only problem now is that I will have to share my camera.
Today I wanted to share the photos I took on a walk on Sunday. We specifically went out to get some shots of water that he wanted to take. It was so lovely watching him thinking about his shots and appreciating the countryside.