2012 Photography Challenge- Circles

by Susan Myers on February 11, 2012

Vancouver Market

Our theme this week was circles.  And just like the theme, I seemed to go in circles all week trying to come up with a photo that I loved.  I ended up pulling one from my photo stash.  I took this photo several years ago on a trip to Vancouver, British Columbia.  My husband and I had done the tourist thing, checking out the city, and then found ourselves on Granville Island, at the huge farmers market.  To be honest, I’ve never seen so much beautiful food displayed in one place!

I’m always on the lookout for material for future paintings, so I took tons of photos with my cheap-o Kodak camera.  And some of them turned out surprisingly well!  As the theme is circles, Granville Island certainly fits the bill.

This photo was cropped a bit, and nothing else.  Pretty good for a not so fancy camera.

So how did you do?   Email your circle photo submissions to me!  Check out the Submission Guidelines.  I will post your photos here along with any information that you would like to include.  If you have a website, feel free to add a link to your site!  I will be taking submissions all week!

Our theme for next week is “Glamour”.  See the information at the bottom of the post for details!

The circles in this Jalapeno Cornbread photo look so yummy, the circle cornbread in the cast iron skillet and the jalapeno circles.  My husband is the cook at our house and his Jalapeno Cornbread is really good. He cooks things for me to post on my blog. /Winter Checkers made out of soft drink lids, paint half of them another color and add free junk mail stickers to the top.~ Brenda Williams- Weatherford, OK- Cats, Kids and Crafts

I have attached my photo of “Circles”.  It was taken last spring when we were vacationing in Scottsdale, Phoenix.  We spent an entire day at the Botanical Gardens there, and it was full of gorgeous cactus plants. ~Cindy Allen, Victoria, B.C. Canada

 

This is the Triple Helm on deck of the Coast Guard Eagle.  Last March I was able to go out on a simulated mission, on a blistering cold day.  The photos I was able to get were unbelievable.  Now I couldn’t tell you exactly what device captured each photo.  I totally had everything with me – my full size Nikon, small Kodak Easyshare, iPhone and iPod. And although it doesn’t look like anyone else is on the ship – there were actually about 50 crew and 100 VIPs.  Once we were out at sea it was actually quite comfortable.  But while trying to disembark and re-dock – the cold was PAINFUL!  No editing has been done to any photos.~ Athena- The Stuff of Success

Although this isn’t the best photo since I shot it going 75 down the interstate I still thought it was interesting.  The sculpture work on the walk-over sure was eye-catching.  This was shot in Albequrque, New Mexico.~ Ann- Cabin Chatter, Crafting Tales

  Since I’m spending a lot of time getting fit just now – this one jumped out at me.  And when choosing effects on Picnic, I had to go with “Gritty” as it seemed fitting for the subject of the photo!  ~Jill- Creating my way to Success

 

If you are wondering what are these, then let me tell you, these areAreca Nuts, straight form the Areca tree.  For us south Indians, especially South Karnataka people, these are not new.  We can see the Areca plantations everywhere. These photos were taken in my Uncle’s house.  These were kept there for drying.  I didn’t have much time for editing, so I am posting the photos as they are.  Also they had a function in the house and so they were using these areca nuts for decorating the front yard as you can see. ~Deepthi- My Reflections-My Blog

Next Weeks Theme: Glamour

Glamour photography is a photo of a subject in a still position.  Photos seen in catalogs, magazines and advertisements are often glamour photos where the object of the game is to make the subject as appealing as possible.  Ever watch America’s Next Top Model?  Well, this week we get to be the photographer!

Picnik is currently allowing use of all their software editing options for free, so let’s take advantage of it.  You can edit your photos, erase flaws, soften them, whatever you want.  Some glamour hints:

  • Keep the focus of your photograph on your subject.  In other words, get rid of clutter in the background.
  • Your camera positioning can have a strong impact on your overall theme.  Most glamour photos are taken as vertical shots, holding the camera to the side.
  • Focus on the eyes.  Remember how Tyra always tells the models to smile with their eyes?  Have them flirt with the camera.  No smile, or a very slight smile is best, as we are focusing on the eyes.
  • Lighting is important.  Adjust it as you go and see what changes it makes in your photos.
  • No nudity, please.  We run a G rated site here. ‘kay?

So go find yourself a model and take some photos!  My daughter doesn’t know it yet, but she has just been volunteered as my model.

Come back next week and show us your best shot!

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