For this week’s photo challenge, share with us a photo that expresses something fresh. (For more information go HERE!)
Walls are the canvases of our lives: where stories are read, voices are heard, ideas are shared. This week consider the walls you’ve erected and decorated, the halls you walk down each day, or the exteriors you’ve ignored or neglected. What do these walls reveal about a place, people, or you? (For more information, go here.)
This is the wall I face when I sit at my computer (an iMac) working on photos, writing, creating and what have you. The wall has been this rich burnt umber color for over 20-years. So I don’t think I’ll change it any time soon. There is all four framed pieces hanging on the wall. Starting on the left there is a film strip of a prize-winning television commercial that I wrote and produced a couple of decades ago. If you click on the photo to enlarge it, you’ll see that it features recreations of silent movie comedians Laurel and Hardy. Next is a graphic artwork by my best friend designed to accent the wall color. Then there is the painting of the classic 20th Century locomotive. It has always been one of my favorites. And below photo of a crushed origami bird I call ALBATROSS. The desktop includes the usual flotsam and jetsam of live, plus a ceramic lamp kitten, a multi-function clock, my printer/scanner, my phone, and paper shredder. Nothing more and nothing less, other than Yoda.
They were in a shatter-proof case in the Oriental Galleries of the Saint Louis Art Museum, and they were so cute I just had to take their pictures. Officially they’re known as Edo period Censer in the Form of Two Puppies, which we would probable call a Wizard Air Freshener if it was in our houses. But they were still very cute puppies.
What’s not to love about orange? It’s vibrant. It’s cheerful. It makes a statement. It’s the perfect punctuation for a punchy photo.
This week, share a group of photos where orange is either the dominant color, or provides a bold highlight. Shoot for at least three photos, and look for different shades — bright neons, deep rusts, delicate peaches. (For more information go here!)
ORANGE you glad it’s photo challenge time? Thankfully the Saint Louis Art Museum’s Annual ART IN BLOOM show opened today which provided me with a lot of subject matter for this challenge. I also had to sort through over 50 images to select the following.
So I give you not only more shades of orange than you’ve ever seen, but also great art and tons of flowers.
Each spring the museum staff selects more than 35 works of art from the museum’s collection and invites florists from around the Saint Louis area to interpret these works using floral arrangements. Here’s a sample of the works that met the ORANGE part of this challenge in the original work, the floral arrangement or both. (NOTE: Click on the small gallery pics for a larger view.)
Now, can any one give me the title of the works, and or the artists.
This week, compose your subject off-center, obeying the Rule of Thirds. The Rule of Thirds is a photography concept that puts the subject of the photograph off-center, which usually results in blank space in the rest of the image. If you focus closely on your subject and use a wide aperture, your photograph’s background will also be beautifully blurred in that blank space. The blurred area behind your focal point is referred to as bokeh, and when executed well, it adds depth and artistry to an otherwise simplistic photograph. (For more information GO HERE.)
Well, it was a close attempt that really didn’t blur that much.