If you’ve followed me for a while you’ll know that I love to visit gardens and of course that means I have a gazillion photos of flowers. I don’t post many flowers because I don’t want to bore you all, but this weeks photo challenge has given me an excuse to!
Jen H. says,
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.
When I go somewhere with my camera I try to find a balance between staying in the moment and recording what I see. I don’t think too much about the techy stuff but rely on my eye instead. So, while I know about the rule of thirds, it isn’t at the forefront of my mind.Perhaps you’ll tell me if I’ve got anywhere close to Jen’s challenge.
This week, play with scale. Insert something into a scene to highlight size: your two-year-old in a field of flowers. A dime next to the huge cinnamon roll you picked up at the bakery. Shoot the giant pile of laundry making your couch look tiny by comparison. Snap a picture of naturally occurring elements, like a Great Dane and Chihuahua together at the dog run. Share a photo from an airplane window showing us the plane’s engine against the ant-like background of the ground below.
This week, share with us your take on “depth” — you can take it literally, like me, by showing something (a dense forest, your lawn after a blizzard) 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.
So this is my response to Ben’s challenge.
In the depths of Cornwall there is a view deep down from a shop window at this pub!
Still in Cornwall, the depth of the cliff near Padstow is quite scary if you hadn’t planned to walk the narrow path and you’re wearing the wrong shoes.
The cellar in the depths of Mottisfont Abbey has visible remains of it’s medieval priory.
I like the multi layered depth of this sculpture at Broomhill.
Sissinghurst Castle is renowned for its garden ‘rooms’ and if you look down into the depths from the tower you get a great perspective.
I’ve always considered myself a creative person and can turn my hand to many things, but I’m a Gilly of all trades mistress of none. I can take pleasing photos, but even though I know how to use my camera on manual settings, I most often use it on auto settings. I can knit and sew but I don’t finish things off neatly. I can cook but I don’t follow recipes, I can write but I’m a bit lazy about punctuation etc.
I’ve always wished I could draw, play an instrument and sing but I can’t do any of that!
Here are some of my creations, I try to express my creativity with a mix of photo editing and haiku that I’ve photographed and edited.
It’s the first photo challenge of 2015, and the theme is “new.” Cliché? Perhaps, but clichés develop for a reason. For many of us, the year’s beginning is time to take stock of the past and plan for the future; this week, let’s get excited about those plans by celebrating what’s new.
Well, I’m expecting something new and really exciting this week but meanwhile, for me, these are pretty cool!
My new Christmas books, with their bright paper and sweet scent, tempting me into their pages, but I’m resisting until I’ve finished my current read.
Jen H. says ‘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 catchlight 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.’ In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Twinkle.” This is Cathedral Close in the very centre of Exeter, on a cold winter’s night. I hope you enjoy the shimmering glow. Join in at https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/twinkle/