Friday, December 3, 2010

My First Photography Award!

DMBLGiT
No new photos or recipes today...but I simply could not resist sharing my good news with you all :). It was just announced that the following photo of my s'mores cupcakes won 1st place in the latest Does My Blog Look Good in This? (DMBLGiT?) contest! This is my first award for photography, and it's especially meaningful to me because I'm self-taught.

S'mores Cupcake

I hope this encourages any of you who might be struggling as new food bloggers/photographers. I've had my baby (my Canon DSLR) for almost a year and a half, yet have just recently found my stride. The learning curve can be steep at first. But the satisfaction and, yes, exhilaration of getting the shots you imagine are worth it in the end. Happy clicking!

49 comments:

  1. Congrats! That is a splendid shot and composition!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  2. Congratulations! You totally deserve it ^^

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  3. Congratulations! Gorgeous shot! Totally well deserved!

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  4. Congrtulations Xiaolu! Ver well deserved!

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  5. You absolutely deserve it! I LOVE this photo!

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  6. Congrats to you :)))) You deserved it!!!

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  7. This picture had stuck to my head and heart since I had seen it in your post. It is so different, rustic and elegant and delicious all at the same time with a very unique composition and colors. A very well deserved win! Congrats!!!

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  8. Congrats! Can I have some more= s'mores ?:P

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  9. Aw thanks, everyone! You're too kind. I love you guys :).

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  10. And tigerfish, come on over and we'll make some together ;).

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  11. Girl I am SO SO SO happy for you! Mega congrats.

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  12. Oh my Xialu, I am so very happy for you. You definitely deserved the award. Your photos are stunning. Congratulation !

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  13. congrats! very well deserved :)

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  14. Congratulations, Xiaolu! Very well deserved award. Your photographs have always been stunning and inspirations to many.

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  15. This is wonderful!! I just got my DSLR in October. Any advice for blogs or websites to read to get better at using it?

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  16. Congratulations!! This shot was magnificent. Truely well deserved!

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  17. I can see why you won! Congrats!

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  18. Congrats... you deserve it, you sure do, that is an absolutely fabulous photo, the contrast in colors are perfect... I esp like that you used a somewhat rustic pan under....


    Isn't it such a learning curve though? I slowly migrated from a manual to buying lens that I don't need... but.. my fav is a 50 mm 1.4 = )

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  19. Sooooo well deserved! I'm always blown away by your beautiful photography. That photo is stunning!

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  20. OOO, congratulations! Your blog is indeed VERY good-looking!

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  21. Good for you! You definitely deserve it!

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  22. Congratulations! Love your blog!

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  23. Well done, your photos are indeed impressive. I'd love to have a better camera to get better images!

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  24. Congratulations! Your photograph is always so beautiful, you definitely aught to win something for it. I'm just glad you got the recognition you deserve.

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  25. Congrats, Xiaolu. Its a well deserved award. I know what you mean though. Have had my camera for a year now and am still experimenting! Also won my 1st award last month. :)

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  26. Congratulations. You really deserve it because your pictures are stunning. By the way, I'm holding a giveaway on my blog for Orglamix Organic makeup and you're welcome to come by and enter. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2010/12/orglamix-organic-mineral-makeup-review.html

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  27. Congratulations! Love your posts and the pictures!

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  28. I can't believe how many of you stopped by just to say congrats. Thanks so much!

    Brittany - I hope you get a nice camera as a holiday gift :).

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  29. biggest congratulations! well deserved :)

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  30. Congrats! You totally deserve it. The photo is amazing. Now wonder you won (=

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  31. Congratulations !!! your photo is so beautiful !

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  32. color me completely unsurprised. :)

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  33. congats! love the atmosphere projected in the photo..

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  34. congratulations!! you're photographs are always beautiful, so excited for your award!

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  35. Congrats! That is an amazing shot. And the fact that you're self taught is so cool! I'm on a steep learning curve. My hubby is a photographer so that has helped me a lot, but I'm kind of independently minded so trying to figure as much as I can on my own. It helps to have inspiring people like you. Tell me, don't you love seeing the world (and food) through the eyes of a photographer?

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  36. You totally deserve it. That is a beautiful, interesting to look at photograph. It's a great vote of confidence! I've been admiring your photos for a while now, so I can only imagine this is the beginning.

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  37. Whoops! Comment 40 wasn't anonymous, it was me :)

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  38. Wow, thanks for all your congratulations and kind comments! I never expected so many responses when I posted this update. Thanks for the support, I'm really touched =D.

    Irina, I'm glad you came back to identify yourself. It's always nice to hear from ya and thank you so much!

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  39. Well deceived, Xiaolu! Outstanding photo!

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  40. Awesome! Very well deserved, your photos are always truly beautiful and inspiring!! Congratulations :)

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  41. Awww - well deserved! Your photos are awesome.

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  42. This is fabulous!!!! So deserved, those photos were simply stunning. Congratulations! :)
    Heidi xo

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  43. This will be the first of many more to come, sweetie! You are so talented! I'm a huge fan of yours! xx

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  44. Wow! Congratulations! That picture is awesome, a totally deserved prize!

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  45. Yaey congratulations!!! You definitely deserve it. :)

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