This week, share a force of nature from your corner of the world. (For more information go here!) Living is Saint Louis between the mighty Mississippi and the Muddy Missouri Rivers, smack dab on the New Madrid Fault Line (for details on the biggest earthquake in American history go here!) and in the middle of Tornado Alley, (I actually watched a tornado go past my office window one day! OK, it was about a mile away!) the forces of nature really aren’t very photogenic.
The first pink and red roses of spring in a photo taken in the middle of a spring rain storm.
What does the word “intricate” mean to you? It could be the deep, fibrous bark on the ancient oak tree in your yard. Maybe it’s the robin’s nest under construction near your window — that ornithological engineering marvel of mud and twigs. It could be the treasured piece of needlepoint your grandmother crafted, or maybe a drawing you made. It could be the leaves falling from trees in the Southern Hemisphere — the wind arranging them just so on your lawn. (For more information go here!)You don’t need a giagantic canvas to paint an INTRICATE scene, but a nice frame helps to set the scene.
Saint Louis Museum Of Fine Art
1. Lasting for a very short time.
Show us what ephemeral means to you. It could be a dry leaf floating on an errant breeze, the sleep-floppy smile of your waking three-year-old, or the cake that turned out just right before the hungry hordes descend on it. So looking forward to see the fleeing moments you’ll capture! For more information go hereChocolate Chip Cookies Fresh From The Oven!
Now you see them … and then you don’t!
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.
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.
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.