Chris' Corner: Russel Ray Photos January contest

Russel Ray Photos January contest

A Picture is worth a thousand words... we have all heard that.  But a good picture is worth so much more...

A picture captures a moment in time. Yet, when we look back at it, it often stirs much more than the basic memory banks... it can evoke strong feelings and revive emotions long forgotten.

A picture of an important moment can be shared with those not present and in doing so, can share this moment with someone not present.  A picture can be a way to connect people who, at the moment, are not...

Unfortunately if not captured properly and if one does not possess the tools and/or skills to correct an improperly taken picture, then the moment that was, can be lost as time fades our memories...

We went to a Children's Christmas Party last December, perhaps the last one Alec will see with the wonderment of a child who still believes...

He met his "cousin" (actually his third cousin) Michala for the very first time in his life, and was thrilled to find that he had a relative close to his own age.  They became instantaneous and fast friends...  My son, who would not sing in the choir being assembled, was somehow dragged up on stage by his cousin.

I tried to capture the moment with a point and shoot, but somehow messed it up.
Michala with Alec on Stage

Alec is in the blue and white striped shirt and his cousin is to his left. This picture still brings fond memories of this moment to Helen and I, but it fails to capture what I saw.  I now realize the opportunity missed.

Perhaps this picture can be improved, even a little.  This is a lower resolution copy of the original I have.  I am entering it in the January contest that Eric Cooper announced on behalf of Russel Ray.  They are offering a prize of a full copy of Corel PaintShop Pro X4.  Perhaps I should be grateful that I did not delete these pictures immediately.  If you would like to enter, check out the original contest announcement.


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Comment balloon 14 commentsChris Smith • January 12 2012 02:34PM

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It's an interesting issue that you have with that photo. How many times do we click and figure it'll be 'perfect' and then we really see what we've taken.

Posted by Lindsey Hasford, Bringing you home... (Edina Realty) over 8 years ago

Chris, it's too bad that the photo is a little dark, but perhaps that can be fixed, and if not, I'm sure you will have many, many more opportunities to capture some great memories.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 8 years ago

Good afternoon, Chris. I can understand your disappointment. Sometimes we want to capture these for the memories they hold. Still looks okay...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 8 years ago

When it is important, that is when things go haywire.  I hope that you will be able to get this one fixed.  

Posted by Ron Marshall, Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire (Marshall Enterprises) over 8 years ago

Lindsay, it was a new point and shoot camera, and I am not great for reading instructions...

Malcolm, this shot is 640 * 480, but the original is 14.3 mp or so they say ? ... I would love to be able to at least fix a close up on the two of them

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 8 years ago

Michael, as one of the premier photographers on AR, it is hard for me to believe that you would ever have such a problem

Ron, there is another photo in this group that was even more important to us... perhaps I will share that one also...

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 8 years ago

Oh Chris, we have done that many times. Its usually because we are in such a hurry to capture the moment before it is lost.

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 8 years ago

Chris, I hope you can get some help with that shot and wish you the best in the contest!

Posted by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR (Red Rock Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Chris:  Don't you just hate it when they go all foggy like that!  Well, it still looks like everyone had a great time!

Posted by Sidney Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula, Realty Works Temecula (Realty Works Temecula) over 8 years ago

Al and Peggy, I took about 10 pictures, and only checked them when I got home, to find out they were all like this...

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 8 years ago

Wanda, I am going to start following Eric and see what he says... at ~$80, the Corel product might be in my future win or lose...

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 8 years ago

Jane, to see Alec and Michala interact just filled our hearts.

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 8 years ago

Chris - how often do we preview a picture in the preview screen and then snap it only to find later when we see it full size that it is slightly out of focus or the lighting is not perfect

Posted by Kathy Clulow, Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results (RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage) over 8 years ago

Kathy, to be honest, there is a little green square, that I now assume has something to do with focus... I haven't really paid attention to this in the past.

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 8 years ago

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