Every now and then I remember that the Brisbane newspaper “Courier-Mail” runs a weekly photo competition in their Saturday magazine, and I check out the topic, and send a in photo if I have something suitable, and promptly forget. Imagine then my surprise when I received a letter on 25th February saying I had won!
The topic was “Mini”, so I submitted this photo of a ladybird on a rose I took about two years back. I found her on my stove, and in the absence of a yard of any kind, had moved her to the single rose I had growing in a pot on my balcony. I’d started experimenting with macro photography so when I found this patient model I took the opportunity to take dozens of photos, most of which, on close inpection, weren’t really all that sharp, or there was something distracting in the background, or numerous other faults. There was something distracting in the background of this image too, but a tight crop fixed that (admittedly at the cost of quality for a large print).
I’ve always been quite fond of this little lady, especially after the eureka moment I had when I finally managed to balance the colours right to bring out the red (red is always SO HARD to get looking natural). Now she’s really paid back my good deed.
I have to add, I was quite taken with the first runner-up image in the competition as well. Check it out here – Uluru as you’ve never seen it before.