STW Flickr Challenge for March: Who Inspires You?
5 Mar 2007

First, I have to say WOW for last month's Splish-Splash, Drip-Drop theme. Tons of great photos were submitted, and it was good to see some feedback from folks other than me! Thanks all for your participation. For March, I've decided to take the theme an entirely different way. This month's theme is Inspiration. Rather than a specific subject, I want to know about photographers and food stylists that inspire you! One of the best ways to learn is to find a mentor or ten and try to figure out what they did to achieve the shots you aspire to. I have all kinds of photo-heros... Petrina Tinslay, Christopher Hirsheimer, Heidi Swanson, Alastair Hendy, MatthewA, to name just a few... and a few I've even been lucky enough to meet. By drinking in their work, I think my own work has gotten better. Initially, I find it good to try to reproduce an image (with credit, of course) and then, from there, little bits and pieces find their way into helping me create my own, unique vision. I start to see things differently and realize greater possibilities with each shot. For this month's challenge, each shot should pay homage to a specific point of inspiration... maybe that's it's a style of a particular food magazine, a particular photographer whose portfolio you can't get enough of, or even a fellow flickrite. In addition to the photo being in the proper style, add a bit about the original image (a link if possible) and why it excited you. Do remember, although you may be inspired by many different types of photography, your image MUST still be a food shot. The usual rules and are up on theFlickr group... the things like be constructive, take the photos during the month if possible, 3 photos per person and the last day is March 31st.

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