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My 10 year old granddaughter has been into photography for several years now, growing her skills with her dad's "hand-me-down" digital cameras. This last Christmas, she got all rigged out with new tripod, new camera bag, memory cards, and a bunch of other great camera gear. Earlier this summer she was showing me some of her photos...lots of them...and I was actually surprised! I mean I have to like them all....she's my granddaughter. But I was impressed with her eye and her skills of working the camera.
Yes - there were the expected hoard of kitty photos - I mean what 10 year old girl wouldn't have that? Then there were lots of baby goat shots, baby pigs, the mama pig, shots of the donkeys, a few of Sam (the Grand Pyrenees farm dog), and lots of selfies. It was obvious she was having fun.
So I thought I would give her a challenge. I opened up my case of Outback Bowies and asked if she would be interested in taking some photos of O'Bear's knives (that's me BTW). I told her that I was interested in getting some new photos to post here on iKC. I also provided an incentive - I told her I would pay her for her photos if they were good enough to post on the site.
At first she was intimidated...but after a week of thinking about it, the money sounded pretty good. (I think her dad had some influence there...)
So she agreed and asked me what I wanted. I told her she had complete artistic license, and that I wanted her to use her imagination. Basically..."if these were your knives, how would you photograph them?"
This is what she came up with:
Outback Bowie Type 1L
Outback Bowie Type 1W
Outback Bowie Type 2L
Outback Bowie Type 2W
OK - so she used the same scheme and set up for all of the shots. But I gotta admit - my initial impression was "wow, these are pretty good!" And when I studied these further, I recalled all those shots of the kitties, the baby pigs, Sam, and the donkeys.....they were all in the same pastoral setting.
OK O'Bear...stop thinking knife collector and start thinking like a 10 year old.
So I asked her about her thought process and how she come up with this particular idea. Here's the money shot...."I wanted to show your knives in their natural setting O'Bear. This is where you use them, right?"
You're absolutely right Addie!
So....whatta you think? Will any of these make it in the 2022 iKC Calendar this year? Who knows...but it was a great time to engage my granddaughter, invest in her skills, and give her a chance to show off a little.
And needless to say, they are good enough to post here on iKC!
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