How does one compete with this type of creativity?

Maybe I spend TOO MUCH time looking at other people's pictures. I don't know. What I do know is that not only is this a pretty shot that is very well executed, I also would have never thought to do something like this. It's just simple and yet incredible. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Yes, I am still alive!

I guess it's a good thing that I only blog for my own amusement because otherwise, a 4+ month hiatus tends to kill readership! Since the two of you (Hi mom, Hi Carrie) know I'm alive because I talk to you on a somewhat regular basis I'll not bore you with details.

What I do want to discuss is photography. Recently
The Strobist blog (one of my favorites) started a new "boot camp" with challenges for those using small camera flashes. The challenges this year are tied up with also doing something "good" for the community. The first challenge was to do a "headshot" portraiture but the twist was to seek out job hunters and do pictures for them to use in their search. There was some good photography but not "exciting" work.

second challenge came out while I was in DC visiting Ryan and Ash and there was only 1 week to complete it. The request was simple enough, take a creative picture of food. The twist was to go to a local restaurant and offer to photograph their dishes for free. Since I didn't have enough time to think something through and execute it I didn't enter that challenge either BUT the winning pictures were fantastic and I know for a fact that I would never have come up with anything as creative as what some of these people did.

I thought you might enjoy seeing some of the shots from this challenge. To only see the winners click on the link that is attached to the title of this post. To see all of the food pictures (800+) go to this
Flickr link. My favorite (the Oreo shot) did not win but I'm not the only one that was surprised by that fact.

The picture above is one of mine. I was going to display some of the winning Strobist shots but ran into technical difficulties. I finally decided that since this is my blog, you get my pictures! The biscotti belongs to Diane and if you have tried any of hers, you know how yummy it is.

Now that I've woken up I find that I have a few other things to discuss so expect more, soon.