Picture Perfect Giveaway!

I have so many things to share with you!

And yet … I'm not going to.  Well, I'm not going to share them with you today.

I will soon.

Have I mentioned lately, it's absolutely beautiful in Orange County right now?

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Our weather is hovering around 80F/26.6C with a little breeze.  I've been out walking a lot lately for exercise.  It's just too pretty to stay inside.

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You know what I hate?  I hate when I upload beautiful photos to Twenty Four At Heart, and they no longer look beautiful because pixels are removed to make them Internet-friendly.  I really, really, hate that – how about you? 

Today I'm having a small photography-related giveaway.

If you're not interested in photography, you probably won't care about my little giveaway.  If you are?  You might be.

One of my favorite landscape photography books is the National Audobon Society Guide to Landscape Photography.  It's a stunning book with breathtaking photos and lots of great how-to information.

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I bought one copy of this beautiful book to give away this week.

This is how the giveaway will work:

1.  Leave me a comment on today's post.

2.  Every comment equals one entry.

3.  You may enter as many times as you'd like.

4.  I will use the Random Integer Generator to pick the winner.

5.  The winner will be announced on SATURDAY.

6.  Entries will be closed at 8 p.m. Pacific Time this Friday, March 19th.

7.  Yes, you may enter even if you live outside of the United States.

You may leave any comment you wish, but I would love it if you left a photography-related question.  If you do, I'll try to answer as many questions as possible when I announce the winner on Saturday.  (If there are a ton of questions, I may use some for future posts/discussions.)  

For example, is there something you've been wondering when you take your photos but you've been too embarrassed to admit you don't already know?  Or maybe you have a question about a particular technique?  I certainly don't know everything about photography, but I'm happy to answer what I can.  

If you don't have a question, perhaps you have a photography tip or suggestion to share with other readers.

I so love this book!

I can't wait for one of you to win it.

Good luck …!

© Twenty Four At Heart

123 Responses to “Picture Perfect Giveaway!”

  1. Mad Woman

    Oh! My question!
    Have you any tips on how best to photograph children (of any age..but especially the young ones) without them going into the cheesy pose when they notice the camera? Do I need to get a fancy schmansy camera?

  2. Mad Woman

    Oh! My question!
    Have you any tips on how best to photograph children (of any age..but especially the young ones) without them going into the cheesy pose when they notice the camera? Do I need to get a fancy schmansy camera?

  3. Mad Woman

    Oh! My question!
    Have you any tips on how best to photograph children (of any age..but especially the young ones) without them going into the cheesy pose when they notice the camera? Do I need to get a fancy schmansy camera?

  4. di

    Hi there. My stuffy, stopped up nose woke me early today so here I am visiting you. Love the book!
    Di

  5. di

    Hi there. My stuffy, stopped up nose woke me early today so here I am visiting you. Love the book!
    Di

  6. di

    Hi there. My stuffy, stopped up nose woke me early today so here I am visiting you. Love the book!
    Di

  7. Michelle

    If your photos aren’t as good on the internet as in real life, they they must be fantastic in real life!
    (Not commenting because I want the book, because I only have a point and shoot camera and would probably not use the book, so if you draw me, feel free to draw again.)

  8. Michelle

    If your photos aren’t as good on the internet as in real life, they they must be fantastic in real life!
    (Not commenting because I want the book, because I only have a point and shoot camera and would probably not use the book, so if you draw me, feel free to draw again.)

  9. Michelle

    If your photos aren’t as good on the internet as in real life, they they must be fantastic in real life!
    (Not commenting because I want the book, because I only have a point and shoot camera and would probably not use the book, so if you draw me, feel free to draw again.)

  10. Deidre

    I love your photos.
    I have some serious problems with composition. Like I see a building that is architecturally beautiful and I’m all – i’ll take a photo and then the photo doesn’t nearly capture the beauty because the composition is all wrong.
    I sometimes wonder if it is because I am not sure why I am taking pictures. DO I take them to remember the things i’ve seen, or because a certain thing is lovely, or because I want to show my family where I live when I am thousands miles away?

  11. Deidre

    I love your photos.
    I have some serious problems with composition. Like I see a building that is architecturally beautiful and I’m all – i’ll take a photo and then the photo doesn’t nearly capture the beauty because the composition is all wrong.
    I sometimes wonder if it is because I am not sure why I am taking pictures. DO I take them to remember the things i’ve seen, or because a certain thing is lovely, or because I want to show my family where I live when I am thousands miles away?

  12. Deidre

    I love your photos.
    I have some serious problems with composition. Like I see a building that is architecturally beautiful and I’m all – i’ll take a photo and then the photo doesn’t nearly capture the beauty because the composition is all wrong.
    I sometimes wonder if it is because I am not sure why I am taking pictures. DO I take them to remember the things i’ve seen, or because a certain thing is lovely, or because I want to show my family where I live when I am thousands miles away?

  13. tonya cinnamon

    my biggest thing in photography is getting the lighting inside a building just right even with my external flash.
    any advice 🙂

  14. tonya cinnamon

    my biggest thing in photography is getting the lighting inside a building just right even with my external flash.
    any advice 🙂

  15. tonya cinnamon

    my biggest thing in photography is getting the lighting inside a building just right even with my external flash.
    any advice 🙂

  16. Jan

    Ooooo – I’ll buy it if I don’t win it; I’m looking forward to some botanical/landscape photography as the weather warms.
    As for me, I’m afraid I upload high-res photos for my blog; I consider the disk space is a fair trade-off.

  17. Jan

    Ooooo – I’ll buy it if I don’t win it; I’m looking forward to some botanical/landscape photography as the weather warms.
    As for me, I’m afraid I upload high-res photos for my blog; I consider the disk space is a fair trade-off.

  18. Jan

    Ooooo – I’ll buy it if I don’t win it; I’m looking forward to some botanical/landscape photography as the weather warms.
    As for me, I’m afraid I upload high-res photos for my blog; I consider the disk space is a fair trade-off.

  19. Debrabby

    So 24 what would be your tips for photographing black and white kitties? (Black is so hard to photograph!!)

  20. Debrabby

    So 24 what would be your tips for photographing black and white kitties? (Black is so hard to photograph!!)

  21. Debrabby

    So 24 what would be your tips for photographing black and white kitties? (Black is so hard to photograph!!)

  22. NGS

    I only really have a point and shoot film camera so I don’t have any questions, but I really want to win this so I can give it to my husband, a dear many with about six different cameras!!

  23. NGS

    I only really have a point and shoot film camera so I don’t have any questions, but I really want to win this so I can give it to my husband, a dear many with about six different cameras!!

  24. NGS

    I only really have a point and shoot film camera so I don’t have any questions, but I really want to win this so I can give it to my husband, a dear many with about six different cameras!!

  25. Judi

    Oohh that book looks great – I would love it!
    I have issues trying to shoot macro pics of flowers and such. Do I hold my camera close to the object or farther away and zoom? Neither seems to work consistently. Is it normal to have to try both ways?

  26. Judi

    Oohh that book looks great – I would love it!
    I have issues trying to shoot macro pics of flowers and such. Do I hold my camera close to the object or farther away and zoom? Neither seems to work consistently. Is it normal to have to try both ways?

  27. Judi

    Oohh that book looks great – I would love it!
    I have issues trying to shoot macro pics of flowers and such. Do I hold my camera close to the object or farther away and zoom? Neither seems to work consistently. Is it normal to have to try both ways?

  28. stacy

    Hi Suzanne:
    Thanks for the chance to win this beautiful book.

  29. stacy

    Hi Suzanne:
    Thanks for the chance to win this beautiful book.

  30. stacy

    Hi Suzanne:
    Thanks for the chance to win this beautiful book.

  31. MontanaMom

    I’m with Tonya…I have awful luck shooting inside sometimes…and ALWAYS in the kids’ gym!!

  32. MontanaMom

    I’m with Tonya…I have awful luck shooting inside sometimes…and ALWAYS in the kids’ gym!!

  33. MontanaMom

    I’m with Tonya…I have awful luck shooting inside sometimes…and ALWAYS in the kids’ gym!!

  34. Erin

    I wish I knew how to use my flash better – my kids are always washed out or orange. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos!

  35. Erin

    I wish I knew how to use my flash better – my kids are always washed out or orange. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos!

  36. Erin

    I wish I knew how to use my flash better – my kids are always washed out or orange. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos!

  37. Kelly

    Meeeeeeeee!! I want it! I am okay with my kids faces but need help with outdoor photos!

  38. Kelly

    Meeeeeeeee!! I want it! I am okay with my kids faces but need help with outdoor photos!

  39. Kelly

    Meeeeeeeee!! I want it! I am okay with my kids faces but need help with outdoor photos!

  40. Judi

    I also struggle with proper exposure at different times of day. Even though I’ve read tutorials on aperture/shutter speed, I can’t seem to get a good enough sense of it that I know what to use in time to set it up and not miss the pic I’m trying to take.

  41. Judi

    I also struggle with proper exposure at different times of day. Even though I’ve read tutorials on aperture/shutter speed, I can’t seem to get a good enough sense of it that I know what to use in time to set it up and not miss the pic I’m trying to take.

  42. Judi

    I also struggle with proper exposure at different times of day. Even though I’ve read tutorials on aperture/shutter speed, I can’t seem to get a good enough sense of it that I know what to use in time to set it up and not miss the pic I’m trying to take.

  43. Liz Tee

    My hubby would love this book! He got a new monster camera a while back and is a landscape picture taking fool. 🙂

  44. Liz Tee

    My hubby would love this book! He got a new monster camera a while back and is a landscape picture taking fool. 🙂

  45. Liz Tee

    My hubby would love this book! He got a new monster camera a while back and is a landscape picture taking fool. 🙂

  46. Tami

    The book looks great. My question is this: What book do you suggest for a very, very, beginner?

  47. Tami

    The book looks great. My question is this: What book do you suggest for a very, very, beginner?

  48. Tami

    The book looks great. My question is this: What book do you suggest for a very, very, beginner?

  49. Issa

    Meeeee. Pick meeeee.
    Dude, I just need to actually take mine someplace with me. I’m horrible about it.

  50. Issa

    Meeeee. Pick meeeee.
    Dude, I just need to actually take mine someplace with me. I’m horrible about it.

  51. Issa

    Meeeee. Pick meeeee.
    Dude, I just need to actually take mine someplace with me. I’m horrible about it.

  52. Kelly

    I thought of one! Whats the best way to do close ups of flowers with a blurry background? Do I have to have a macro lens?

  53. Kelly

    I thought of one! Whats the best way to do close ups of flowers with a blurry background? Do I have to have a macro lens?

  54. Kelly

    I thought of one! Whats the best way to do close ups of flowers with a blurry background? Do I have to have a macro lens?

  55. Judi

    Ooh I like Tami’s question – I’ve been looking for just the right beginning book.

  56. Judi

    Ooh I like Tami’s question – I’ve been looking for just the right beginning book.

  57. Judi

    Ooh I like Tami’s question – I’ve been looking for just the right beginning book.

  58. Rachael

    Outdoor photography is my favorite. I am very amateur though… I could really use some tips! I need to learn how to work in natural low light (shadows in the woods, etc.). Maybe the book would help. 🙂

  59. Rachael

    Outdoor photography is my favorite. I am very amateur though… I could really use some tips! I need to learn how to work in natural low light (shadows in the woods, etc.). Maybe the book would help. 🙂

  60. Rachael

    Outdoor photography is my favorite. I am very amateur though… I could really use some tips! I need to learn how to work in natural low light (shadows in the woods, etc.). Maybe the book would help. 🙂

  61. Anne Gibert

    I would like to be able to take pictures of my art work without having to remove the frames of the ones with glass over them. Do you have any advice on how to leave the glass and still avoid reflections?
    I also have the same question as Judi about macro photos of plants and other things. There are always a lot of out of focus parts.

  62. Anne Gibert

    I would like to be able to take pictures of my art work without having to remove the frames of the ones with glass over them. Do you have any advice on how to leave the glass and still avoid reflections?
    I also have the same question as Judi about macro photos of plants and other things. There are always a lot of out of focus parts.

  63. Anne Gibert

    I would like to be able to take pictures of my art work without having to remove the frames of the ones with glass over them. Do you have any advice on how to leave the glass and still avoid reflections?
    I also have the same question as Judi about macro photos of plants and other things. There are always a lot of out of focus parts.

  64. Maureen@IslandRoar

    Here’s one. What color and type of clothing do you recommend for family photos? We’ve done beach photos with the family when each child was a senior in HS; got their individual shot for the yearbook and family shots as well. First time the photog said we should wear shades of blue (we’re fairskinned brunettes and shades of redheads). Eh, okay. We also do a roll of bl and wh each time. What do you think would be nice in terms of color/pattern/type of clothing? We have # 3 child left to do in a year and a half. We do the shots in Sept so it can be any type of clothing. I tend to like bare feet on the beach, but other than that I’m open. Thanks Suzanne!!

  65. Maureen@IslandRoar

    Here’s one. What color and type of clothing do you recommend for family photos? We’ve done beach photos with the family when each child was a senior in HS; got their individual shot for the yearbook and family shots as well. First time the photog said we should wear shades of blue (we’re fairskinned brunettes and shades of redheads). Eh, okay. We also do a roll of bl and wh each time. What do you think would be nice in terms of color/pattern/type of clothing? We have # 3 child left to do in a year and a half. We do the shots in Sept so it can be any type of clothing. I tend to like bare feet on the beach, but other than that I’m open. Thanks Suzanne!!

  66. Maureen@IslandRoar

    Here’s one. What color and type of clothing do you recommend for family photos? We’ve done beach photos with the family when each child was a senior in HS; got their individual shot for the yearbook and family shots as well. First time the photog said we should wear shades of blue (we’re fairskinned brunettes and shades of redheads). Eh, okay. We also do a roll of bl and wh each time. What do you think would be nice in terms of color/pattern/type of clothing? We have # 3 child left to do in a year and a half. We do the shots in Sept so it can be any type of clothing. I tend to like bare feet on the beach, but other than that I’m open. Thanks Suzanne!!

  67. Cate

    I’d like just to hear a few basic beginner tips.

  68. Cate

    I’d like just to hear a few basic beginner tips.

  69. Cate

    I’d like just to hear a few basic beginner tips.

  70. Cate

    Also what type of camera should I buy if I’m thinking of stepping up from my point and shoot?

  71. Cate

    Also what type of camera should I buy if I’m thinking of stepping up from my point and shoot?

  72. Cate

    Also what type of camera should I buy if I’m thinking of stepping up from my point and shoot?

  73. jennifer, playgroups are no place for children

    Well!! I WOULD like this! Thank you for the twitter nudge!
    Question. Will I be getting a 24-70mm lens for my birthday on Saturday? No really, here’s my question. Is there REALLY a reason to spend the money on PS CS4 when Elements is a really great program?

  74. jennifer, playgroups are no place for children

    Well!! I WOULD like this! Thank you for the twitter nudge!
    Question. Will I be getting a 24-70mm lens for my birthday on Saturday? No really, here’s my question. Is there REALLY a reason to spend the money on PS CS4 when Elements is a really great program?

  75. jennifer, playgroups are no place for children

    Well!! I WOULD like this! Thank you for the twitter nudge!
    Question. Will I be getting a 24-70mm lens for my birthday on Saturday? No really, here’s my question. Is there REALLY a reason to spend the money on PS CS4 when Elements is a really great program?

  76. kj

    This book looks amazing. Count me in on the give-away, please.
    I have a Nikon D50 and I’ll I do is point and shoot with it. I really need to take the time to try out and learn all about the “good stuff” it can do.

  77. kj

    This book looks amazing. Count me in on the give-away, please.
    I have a Nikon D50 and I’ll I do is point and shoot with it. I really need to take the time to try out and learn all about the “good stuff” it can do.

  78. kj

    This book looks amazing. Count me in on the give-away, please.
    I have a Nikon D50 and I’ll I do is point and shoot with it. I really need to take the time to try out and learn all about the “good stuff” it can do.

  79. Amy @ Bitchin' Wives Club

    That looks amazing. I am trying to do more landscape photography so I could use the inspiration! 🙂 My question has to do with lenses…
    I need to pick which lens I’m going to get next and I want it to be a prime. Should I go with a 27 or a 50mm? o_0 Lenses make me crazy!

  80. Amy @ Bitchin' Wives Club

    That looks amazing. I am trying to do more landscape photography so I could use the inspiration! 🙂 My question has to do with lenses…
    I need to pick which lens I’m going to get next and I want it to be a prime. Should I go with a 27 or a 50mm? o_0 Lenses make me crazy!

  81. Amy @ Bitchin' Wives Club

    That looks amazing. I am trying to do more landscape photography so I could use the inspiration! 🙂 My question has to do with lenses…
    I need to pick which lens I’m going to get next and I want it to be a prime. Should I go with a 27 or a 50mm? o_0 Lenses make me crazy!

  82. shaunna

    oh, i’ve got to comment (a chance to win!)…
    i heart photography. it’s a means of communication – as well as an expression of art for me. i’ve kept a photoblog (apart from the written blog) for … uhhhhh… ’bout six years now (shameless plug):
    http://shaunna.buzznet.com
    i usually point and shoot. i use photoshop. i was married to a photographer. the list goes on… and on… and on…

  83. shaunna

    oh, i’ve got to comment (a chance to win!)…
    i heart photography. it’s a means of communication – as well as an expression of art for me. i’ve kept a photoblog (apart from the written blog) for … uhhhhh… ’bout six years now (shameless plug):
    http://shaunna.buzznet.com
    i usually point and shoot. i use photoshop. i was married to a photographer. the list goes on… and on… and on…

  84. shaunna

    oh, i’ve got to comment (a chance to win!)…
    i heart photography. it’s a means of communication – as well as an expression of art for me. i’ve kept a photoblog (apart from the written blog) for … uhhhhh… ’bout six years now (shameless plug):
    http://shaunna.buzznet.com
    i usually point and shoot. i use photoshop. i was married to a photographer. the list goes on… and on… and on…

  85. Denise

    Wish you could have been with me today! I walk around a local lake. Today when I came around a bend in the path, my breath was taken away. There on the water were 35 HUGE white swans!! They are migrating back North to Canada and stop over here for a little rest. Hopefully I can capture some pictures of them before they take off for the rest of their journey.
    Denise 😉

  86. Denise

    Wish you could have been with me today! I walk around a local lake. Today when I came around a bend in the path, my breath was taken away. There on the water were 35 HUGE white swans!! They are migrating back North to Canada and stop over here for a little rest. Hopefully I can capture some pictures of them before they take off for the rest of their journey.
    Denise 😉

  87. Denise

    Wish you could have been with me today! I walk around a local lake. Today when I came around a bend in the path, my breath was taken away. There on the water were 35 HUGE white swans!! They are migrating back North to Canada and stop over here for a little rest. Hopefully I can capture some pictures of them before they take off for the rest of their journey.
    Denise 😉

  88. Laura

    I love your pictures. I have a GREAT camera, but don’t know how to completely use it yet. I was once told to take it off auto and start taking pictures in manual mode.

  89. Laura

    I love your pictures. I have a GREAT camera, but don’t know how to completely use it yet. I was once told to take it off auto and start taking pictures in manual mode.

  90. Laura

    I love your pictures. I have a GREAT camera, but don’t know how to completely use it yet. I was once told to take it off auto and start taking pictures in manual mode.

  91. Laura

    Is that true…use the manual mode? Will it help me learn how to use it?

  92. Laura

    Is that true…use the manual mode? Will it help me learn how to use it?

  93. Laura

    Is that true…use the manual mode? Will it help me learn how to use it?

  94. Becky H.

    I sure wish I had a good camera. If I did, chances are I’d need a class to learn how to use it. Since I have no time for a class, I guess I’ll keep enjoying your pics.

  95. Becky H.

    I sure wish I had a good camera. If I did, chances are I’d need a class to learn how to use it. Since I have no time for a class, I guess I’ll keep enjoying your pics.

  96. Becky H.

    I sure wish I had a good camera. If I did, chances are I’d need a class to learn how to use it. Since I have no time for a class, I guess I’ll keep enjoying your pics.

  97. Mad Woman

    I thought of another question…. is it really important to have one of those high falootin’ cameras to get good pics or can you do it with just a point and shoot? Not that it really matters…I managed to break my camera by getting sand in it, so I have NOTHING right now.

  98. Mad Woman

    I thought of another question…. is it really important to have one of those high falootin’ cameras to get good pics or can you do it with just a point and shoot? Not that it really matters…I managed to break my camera by getting sand in it, so I have NOTHING right now.

  99. Mad Woman

    I thought of another question…. is it really important to have one of those high falootin’ cameras to get good pics or can you do it with just a point and shoot? Not that it really matters…I managed to break my camera by getting sand in it, so I have NOTHING right now.

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