I am excited to share the story of this week's "rest" photo challenge winner, Ruth Topless from Dunedin, New Zealand. Ruth has been following the Photosanity blog for a couple of years since she heard about it on Shuttercal.

She took the Lightroom Workshop earlier this year.

Ruth, whose daughter is about to turn two, shares her story about her road to photosanity and how she captured the moment in her winning photo.

Prior to Photosanity what were your biggest photo frustrations?

My biggest photo frustrations prior to Photosanity were taking photos in poor lighting conditions and cluttered backgrounds.

I hadn't even picked up my husband's DSLR 2 years ago and since then not only did I start using it, I claimed it as my own. Recently I have upgraded to a Canon 60D, which I love. Alethea has inspired me to start using manual mode too!

About the winning photo...


Why is this photo special to you?

This photo is special to me because it shows the special relationship my daughter has with her baby doll "Daniel". She takes him everywhere with her. But what I love most is the way she cuddles him when she is sleeping, in a great big bear hug.

I had been thinking that I ought to get a photo of this relationship before it changes, when Alethea posted the "rest" challenge.

How do the PADF Challenges help you with your photography?

It is sad to say but I may not have got around to taking this shot if it hadn't been for the PADF challenge. A reminder to put the effort into getting the shots you want.

How Ruth captured the moment...

Getting the shot: I had to contend with low light and the slats on her cot. I ended up taking 34 shots from different angles, trying to capture different things.

I had to be far enough back that I didn't shadow her face.

Lens: 66mm (on my 17-85mm lens)

Settings: 1/80 f5.6 ISO3200.

Photo editing: Cropped and converted to black and white in Lightroom.

About the photo challenge

The Photosanity PADF (Photo-a-Day Friday) Challenge takes place weekly in the Photosanity Peer-to-Peer Facebook Group. Each Friday a photo theme is set and photos are due the following week. Detailed feedback is given on three selected photos and a winner is chosen.

Membership in the Photosanity Peer-to-Peer Facebook group is free to anyone who purchases or has purchased a Photosanity workshop or service. It's a great way to connect with other like-minded photo-obsessed parents at all levels - it's an amazing community.

If you have made a purchase and would like to join, fill out this form and you will be admitted once your eligibility has been confirmed.