Humbly Proud

I’ve said frequently that I’m rarely (if ever) truly happy with my photographs. I am definitely my own worst critic. In fact, it took me a long time to even publish any on Flickr and have rarely entered a photo contest. I have considered entering more often, but I look at the pool of entries and decide mine just doesn’t come up to scratch.

Recently, Second Friends, a social networking site started a while back by Seth Regan/Mankind Tracer specifically for Second Life residents, ran a photo contest. I have been a member of Second Friends since September, 2012, but admittedly haven’t done much there, other than check in once in a while. But when I saw a notice for the photo contest – without a view of the other entries – I decided to throw my hat into the ring. I think entering it blind was the main reason I did it. I wasn’t comparing my work to the other entrants.

Ironically, I sent in my entry a couple of days ago, but for some reason, the email bounced back. By the time I realised it, I thought the entry deadline had passed and I just shrugged it off, thinking it would be another of my failed attempts, anyway. But then I saw a post that there were still three hours to go until the deadline, and I resent the email.

This time, it went through. And to my shock, I won first place.

The photo I chose was one of my very favourites I’ve taken. It was from the 2304 Rain post I did a couple of months ago.

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Please click the link above to visit Second Friends, and if you are a dedicated Second Life dweller, join. It’s an opportunity to socialise with other SL residents and post about what you’re doing there – events, your business, or just the fun you have in our amazing virtual world.

The prize is to have my photo displayed on the home page of Second Friends for a month, along with a link to my blog. So for a full 30 days, whenever I log in to Second Friends, I’ll be reminded that sometimes I need to stop being so critical of my work and just be humbly proud.

Taking The Plunge – coldLogic’s Anniversary Celebration Photo Contest

This will be a quick post, because it’s VERY late and I’m knackered!

I’m going to brave the world of fashion photography contests in Second Life. I’ll be entering one of these photos in the coldLogic Anniversary Celebration Photo Contest. I haven’t decided which one yet, but I need to soon…the deadline is tomorrow!

I’d love to hear your comments on the photos to help me select one 🙂 This is the criteria:

– The photo(s) must show clothing from our current line of mesh fashion. Choose your favorite items and simply show us how you wear coldLogic.
– Be creative! We will pick winners based on creativity and our overall enjoyment of your photo.

There’s a bit more, but those are the relevant points in deciding which one to enter.

And without further ado…my three finalists for entry.

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Pants: coldLogic trouser – kime.khaki
Top: coldLogic top – andersen.yellows
Hair: .b – ging sangria
Shoes: *MJS* Delusional Animals/B&W/Black
Necklace: EarthStones Forever Infinity Necklace
Skin: Akeruka Blanca Tan

All photos taken at It All Starts With a Smile Sim