In February this year, someone, OK it was Yvette at https://priorhouse.wordpress.com/ , who happened upon my blog and started me being involved in photo challenges for all of this year. Some I didn’t participate in as the number of photo challenges is overwhelming. There are some that I did because the feedback and comments were inspiring and encouraged me to get my photos out there.
I was able to delve into my folders to find things that I hoped people would like, I took photos to match the word prompts and generally rediscovered what I could do.
I found a process called Selective Colour which made the black and white photo challenges interesting. I found black and white!!!
This blog is a thank you to the wonderful people I have connected with in 2017.
This is the first photo challenge I participated in was
https://wordpress.com/post/bushboy.blog/7762 As I said “The inspiration came from Yvette at https://priorhouse.wordpress.com/” and Yvette has continued to be an inspiration and good friend.
Yes I became addicted to Paulas Photo Challenges https://bopaula.wordpress.com/ and in turn Paula has become a close friend who challenged me to produce better photos.
Cee at https://ceenphotography.com/ challenged my mind with the Odd Balls, black and white challenges, Which Way and a host of others. Cees encouragement and positive energy became a tonic when needed.
With the black and white challenges I drew inspiration from a number of people. Robert from Germany https://robert20359.wordpress.com/ showed me that black can be used so wonderfully as did https://simoneteffect.wordpress.com/ who gave me inspiration for black and white.
Photo challenges from Frank at https://dutchgoesthephoto.net/ gave me room to think and find photos that were commented upon around the world.
Of course there is Dahlia https://mysilverstreaks.com/ who said I should do more blogs and is a strength in encouragement.
Recently Becky at https://beckybofwinchester.com/ gave me the square format with flowers and the super #SquareSky photo challenges.
I also discovered Jo https://restlessjo.me/ who has taken me around the world and has given such lovely comments on my work.
I found Josephine https://lemanshots.wordpress.com/ whose digital art inspires. The Cloud Tellers is amazing https://lemanshots.wordpress.com/2017/07/23/the-cloud-tellers/
Jane, my little Aussie mate who adventures around writing of Australia, it’s animals birds and insect and plants https://mildlyextreme.com/
A recent connection is the beautiful Lisa https://dailymusing57.com/ whose encouragement and critique of my photos drives me to be better.
The Rebels from Canada https://photogate.ca/ always have lovely words and comments.
I look at Nancy Merrills photo challenges https://nadiamerrillphotography.wordpress.com/ and try to get something in there when I can.
It is impossible to name everyone who has been so lovely in their comments, following my blog and encouraging me, inspiring me and generally being wonderful people who have turned into distant friends from all over the world. My love and encouragement back to you.
I am just a bloke from the bush in Australia who likes taking photos of my world and sharing with you.
That first photo challenge from the wonderful Paula https://bopaula.wordpress.com/ had 10 views 3 likes and 5 comments the last one I contributed to at Lost in Translation https://wordpress.com/post/bushboy.blog/17471 has 41 views, 29 likes and 17 comments so far.
I hope 2018 is just as rewarding for you.