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On Being Boring

I moved from London to Brussels with my husband nearly 10 years ago. When I told people we were moving, the news was greeted with bemusement: why did we want to move to a city that was possibly the most boring place on earth? Ten years later and I can honestly say that I've had more fun here than I ever did living in London. It might not be the most exciting city in the world but it is a fantastic place to live. It is full of hidden treasures that you probably never get to see as a tourist: wonderful shops, amazing food, great museums and galleries, beautiful architecture, a forest (yes, a whole forest), and so much more... And if that doesn't convince you, well, get on a train and you could be in Paris, Amsterdam, Cologne or, yes, London in no more than a couple of hours... Which other city can you say that about?

I’m begging!

I’ve never entered a photography contest before. I don’t know why. I’m not someone who wins things so I never bother trying. And yes, I know: I’m obviously never going to win a competition if I don’t ever enter a competition. So well, I thought I’d give it a go, especially after Rebecca Lily launched this little challenge (please vote for me! instructions at the bottom of the post): take a story-telling photograph and process it with one of her presets. I love her presets so that part was going to be easy. What I was going to struggle with more was purposefully taking a picture with a particular theme. I don’t really do purposeful. I just snap whatever happens to be in front of me. The most planning I ever do is remembering to take my camera with me when we’re going somewhere photogenic. So yes, that part was a bit of a departure for me. Here’s what I came up with:

Here is the picture SOOC:

And this is what it looked like after straightening, cropping and applying Raincloud:

I did take it into Photoshop, but only to try to clean up the background. Honestly, I think I did a terrible job – you can tell what I’ve done a mile off. But once you’ve spent a couple of hours faffing around with the clone tool, you kinda have to go with it. So, once again, if you want to help me not come last, please please please go vote for my picture… HERE (I’m third down – and you don’t have to enter any personal information or register or anything. It’s really easy. Just click on the little dot next to my name, then scroll right down to the bottom and hit “vote”)! THANK YOU!



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