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.
For this challenge, share an image of symmetry. Don’t limit yourself to architecture — you can bend this theme in any way you’d like. (For more information, go here!)
Vase or urn, it is still quite symmetrical!
It stands in the window of the Saint Louis Art Museum in a room that was once the Museum’s Library.
And the windows and all of the reflections are, too!
By the way, that vase and window or one of my favorite stops whenever I visit the museum.
Symmetry (noun): the quality of something that has two sides or halves that are the same or very close in size, shape, and position; the quality of having symmetrical parts.
This week, share with us your take on “depth” — you can take it literally, that suggests volume, a distance between surface and bottom. Or go with a more figurative approach: use a deep color palette, play with your image’s depth of field, or highlight a person, a place, or an object to which you feel deeply connected. (For more information, go here.)
A different take on a much photographed Saint Louis image. I sink to new depths of photography.
It was a so-so classic building picture until I realized I had been photo bombed!
JEEPERS CREEPERS IT WAS A LEAPING LEAPER!
Sure, it was a perfect example of EXPRESS YOURSELF, but it lacked the quality of a Photo Challenge entry. It is funny though, and I think the LEAPER would have loved to have a copy.
Today, we challenge you to show us what “express yourself” means to you. (For more information go here.)
When it comes to EXPRESS YOURSELF, no one does it better than a two-year old. In this case … my grandnephew Little Luke!
Serenity (noun): The state of being calm, peaceful, and untroubled. For this photo challenge, publish an image that conveys serenity. For more information, go here!
Have you ever considered a city’s major thoroughfare as being serene at sunset rush-hour on a winter afternoon? Well, if the lighting is right, it can be. And if you look closely, you might be able to detect a faint and tiny winter moon up in the sky, too.
Possibility. Opportunity. Potential. As another year gets underway, let’s celebrate the new. (For more information, go here!)
My NEW photograph is one I took a week or so ago as 2014 began to dwindle away into another winter day. It was a photograph of Roxy Paine’s 56 foot tall stainless steel sculpture of a barren tree (Placebo) standing on a hillside next to the Saint Louis Museum Of Fine Art. I’ve seen the work every time I’ve visited the museum and photographed it uncounted times more. But this winter afternoon as the sun was beginning to set I saw the work in a new way.
Except for the evergreen trees that stood to either side, it was as barren as the other trees in the surrounding forest. But it stood there gleaming in the fading winter sun offering hope of warmer times to come. Like I said, I had photographed it many times before. But every time before it had always been from a different point of view that showed the work standing alone. This was the first time I had photographed it as part of the forest that shared its hillside. It made a big difference.
Whether you live on my side of the planet or in the Southern Hemisphere, enjoying real heat on the beach or in your yard, show us your take on warmth. You can go from the literal (saunas! scarves! steaming cups of tea!) to the figurative (the embrace of family members coming together for the holidays, the look of affection on your pet’s face, or even just a photo with a particularly warm color palette, no matter its subject matter). (For more information, go here.)
And Mlle. Renee was snuggled in the warmth of her bed.
While visions of dog treats danced through her head.
This week, share with us your photos of twinkling light. You will need to find a light source and a reflective surface in order to capture a twinkle, but those are the only limitations. Your photo could be the sparkle of an ornament, as in the photo I’ve shared. Perhaps it is a crisp catch light in the eyes of a loved one, or the millions of twinkles in the waves of a body of water as a sunrise’s first rays appear. Maybe you’d like to try your hand at nighttime photography, and capture the sparkle of stars. Where there is light, there will be a twinkle. (For more information, go here!)And some trees twinkle all on their own!
In today’s challenge, show us what “gone, but not forgotten” means to you. It could be a photo of a faithful canine friend who’s chasing squirrels in a better place, a spot in your city, town, or village that reminds you of a relationship now over, a talisman that reminds you of something that you can never get back, a photo of you in your smashing 70s silver lamé jumpsuit, or the crumbs that remain from the delicious cheesecake you baked. (For more information go HERE!)
Today, I looked out the window to see the doom and gloom another late fall rainy day. So what do I miss most? What else but the bright colors of summer! And a single blossom can really tell a big story!