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Well,Ā for my book, actually. šŸ™‚

Blurb’s 2010 Photography Book Now competition is now closed, but theĀ fun is just starting.Ā People’s Choice Award voting is OPEN now through August 20th.

Here’s your opportunity to have your voice heard!

Please help a girl out andĀ cast your vote for my book, Child’s Play.

I’d be eternally grateful. šŸ˜€


If you’ve all been wondering what I’ve been up to (and why I’ve been a bit behind in posting and commenting), well it’s because I’ve been feverishly working on a photobook based upon the Playground Series images!

I self-published the book today just in timeĀ to enter it into theĀ BlurbĀ 2010 Photography Book Now contest – so exciting! šŸ™‚

AĀ preview of theĀ entire book can be found below. If the text is too small to read, even in full screen viewing mode, you can zoom your browser (for example, in Internet Explorer, the zoom controlĀ is located in the lower righthand corner). You can also add your comments on the Blurb website. Not sure if that will influence the judges or not but it can’t hurt, right? šŸ™‚

I must say that putting together a professional-looking book is much harder than you’d expect and IĀ now have newfound respect for editors! I cannot tell you how many times I thought the book was ‘done’ only to upload it and discover yet another typo or layout error. Here is one time where my eye for the small details came in handy!

Many thanks to those who helped to review some draftĀ versions – your feedback was much appreciated! Quite a few thingsĀ have changed since the versions you reviewed, so go ahead and give it another looksee. I’m very proud to have followed this project through and can’t wait to see it in print! šŸ™‚

I totallyĀ forgotĀ IĀ photographed some signage for the park series! What a find on this crazy weatherĀ day. (So far we’ve had sun, showers, more sun, clouds, rain, HAIL (!), more rain and now it is sunny but very windy and chillyĀ – geesh!).

“Grate Sign” (Park Dept Sign) Playground Series (#20) Nikon D300, 62mm, F/4.8, 1/320s, +0.3EV, ISO 200, ‘Old West’ Toning Action

Anyways, I digress… šŸ˜‰

“Hours of Play” (Park Hours Sign) Playground Series (#21), Nikon D300, 65mm, F/5, 1/640s, ISO 200, ‘Old West’ Toning Action

I really didn’t thinkĀ much of itĀ at the time when I shot these – it was merelyĀ a ‘while I’m here’ sort of thing. Now, I’m so glad I did as I think they will helpĀ to paint a complete picture of the childhood playground experience! šŸ˜€

Went to the playground today to see what else I could capture for the Playground Series and lo and behold, someone appears to be looking out for me ‘cuz right there sitting in the grass under one of the basketball hoops is THE saddest looking ball simply begging to be photographed! šŸ™‚

“Dead Ball” (Basketball with Hoop Shadow) Playground Series (#19), Nikon D300, 46mm, F.6.3, 1/640s, +0.7EV, ISO 200, ‘Old West’ Toning Action

Now really – how does one pass that up?Ā 

IĀ liked what was happening with the lines and the hoop’s shadow so IĀ maneuvered the ball from the grass over to the court and placed aĀ few strategic pieces of mulch underneath it to getĀ the positioningĀ just right.

Game, anyone?

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