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A couple weeks ago a friend of mine challenged me to participate in a 5 day Black and White photo challenge. Hhmm… ay or nay? Should I? Shouldn’t I? I didn’t reply straight away. I took a bit of time to think about it as it is about commitment. At least to myself. The challenge itself is informal, just for fun between friends who love taking pictures.

I had thought a lot about it before I said “yes” to myself then my friend. First, as much as I love photography, I haven’t taken deeper dip into this genre. Secondly, I haven’t been really in the mood of roaming around with my camera lately. However, since I believe on learning something different everyday, finally with a long deep breath I replied to my friend, “Thank you. It’s an honour.”.

So here are those five shots I took within five days.

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Just like I always firmly believe, taking up challenge it’s more about learning than boasting yourself. In the course of five days, I managed myself to be diligent in taking one brand new shot a day in black and white. Not just desaturated old pictures into black and white. I seized the day, was constantly thinking what kind of object I should take today. I decided to just simply taking some new shoots that I could find around me. I got solid reason to go out although the weather was not up to my preference.

On the third day, I learned to enjoy taking black and white photo, not just admiring like I have always been. I learned more about black and white photography. Then the best outcome of this challenge for me was I could beat my own lazy mood in taking pictures. No more not-in-the-mood mode occupying my head. Yes, I didn’t carry my big camera around. But thanks to that handy camera phone and little tweaking with one photography app, I was a happy shooter. They surely worked like a charm.

Now my dear readers, what have you challenged yourself lately?





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Pay It Forward

Few weeks ago, following a friend’s challenge that she wrote on her facebook’s status, I decided to post this on mine:


The first 5 people to comment on this status will receive from me a gift sometime in the next calendar year – perhaps a book, or baked goods, bag, music, a picture, jewelry, or some special creative thing I make ~ a surprise! You never know what or when. There will be no warning and it will happen whenever the mood strikes me. The catch? Those five people must make the same offer in their FB status and follow through. Who’s in?

pay it forward

Unlike most of the people that I know, I consider myself as the one who rarely updating my status in the social media. Once in the blue moon, I do post something there when I think it is worth to be shared to the whole world of mine. Just like the posting above. I think it’s a good cause.

So I waited eagerly for people’s responses. Interestingly, after waited for quite some time, some friends only gave me their thumbs up sign. I read that as “Good thought!”. Some other friends  did take their time to comment something which definitely made me shake my head. All they did just saying like “Oh pick me, go ahead just send me the gift!”.  Oh my dear friends, I firmly believed you did not read the rules.

Above all, I got one friend who was willing to do the same thing. Her response was quite quick actually, about a minute after my posting. She wrote, “Count me in!” and when I checked her latest status, she did post the same status as mine. She followed the rules of the game. So she is definitely will get something from me in a near future.

For those who were not taking my challenge seriously, maybe they think this is just a gimmick. Maybe they consider this is just a silly updated status. Or stupid useless game. Ah well, I’d better not to judge any further. All I know, I like this idea. It’s a nice offer,  a nice surprise that will make someone’s day when he or she finally receive his or her share. It will make me feel happy  when I could make someone smile. It is also a lesson for me on how to keep my own promise. It’s a way to do a good deed.

Anyhow, this pay it forward action and its responses has brought me a question:  is it hard to do? 

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