2013 Photography Challenge – Solitude

by Susan Myers on January 26, 2013

Solitude photography challenge

Our theme this week for the 2013 Photography Challenge is “Solitude”.  I am challenging you to come up with a photo that is your definition of solitude.

My submission is the photo above that was taken at Christmas time on our trip to Colorado.  We had discovered a fabulous ranch way off the beaten path that offered cross country skiing, sleigh rides, and much more.  My husband and I each ate a bowl of chili while sitting by the huge bay windows looking out onto the snow covered landscape.

This lone gentleman caught my eye, and I couldn’t help but take quite a few photos of him.  He seemed to be enjoying a pleasant solitude that the silence of the snow, the crackling of the fire, and the beautiful scenery created for him.  A memorable day for all of us.

I often get asked about my camera.  For this photo I used my Canon SX30IS 14.1MP Digital Camera with 35x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7 Inch Wide LCD

So how did you do?

It’s not too late!  Email your “solitude” 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 “solitude” submissions all week!  Feel free to send your original photo!

Next week’s theme for the 2013 Photography Challenge is “Abundance”.  See the information at the bottom of the post for details!

This week’s submissions:

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 Photo 1 – photo I took a little bit away from the beach by my mom’s house in California. Photo 2- My cousin on the beach in California. Photo 3 – I took this one when I went for a walk with my friend up north. ~ Dakota from Michigan

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Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii ~submitted by Lynda Champion, Douglasville, GA

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This old truck is sitting in a field along I-40/Route 66 in Western Oklahoma.  I love to watch birds on my Mom’s feeders in Northwest Arkansas, this blue jay was enjoying the solitude of the morning. ~Brenda Williams, Weatherford, OK- Cats, Kids and Crafts

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This is my friend looking out over the lake on our farm.~ Debbie Phillips

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Alone in a crowd – Solitude. ~ Kasandra- New Jersey 

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This is my photo for the challenge. It was taken 2012 in Croatian cost  in place called Sukošan near Zadar.  Man on this photo is my husband :) ~Maja Čičko- Croatia- Unique Hrebina

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Solitude is one of my favorite subjects…too many to share. One is people enjoying the day along Monterey Bay, CA; a walk in the redwoods, CA and the clouds in Napa Valley, CA.~ Carolyn in California.

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Photo taken last week , in front of the rising sun … The woods over the character makes like a cage of solitude.  I am sending you this from the South of France ~ Mascottblog 

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Nice topic again! I like how vastly it can be interpreted. Going through my albums I found several photos that I think fit the bill.  The first one was taken in autumn at the fort closest to my home. (There are 8 in all around Antwerp) it symbolizes, in my opinion, solitude without however the traditionally accredited negative tone to the word. For me solitude has never been anything negative but rather a synonym to tranquility, serenity.  The next is one of my favourite trees in one the areas I used to live in years ago in Antwerp. This particular tree stood apart from all others as if he were some dignitary among his followers. In my mind he was ” The Mayor”. And yes, I refer to it as “he” because of the connection I felt with this particular life form, standing on his own among the masses. I photographed “him” in all four seasons.  Finally, a photo of a solitary mushroom on one of my many bike rides. I could go on for hours because for years and went bicycling on my own and learned to love and enjoy solitude. ~ Luc from Mexico

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I immediately thought of the photo I took last spring while on vacation, my mornings I spent walking the beach with my camera enjoying the early morning solitude, but I was not the only person who thought morning solitude was the perfect time.~ Tanya – upstate NY (photo taken in Myrtle Beach)

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Attached is my photo for “solitude”.  This was taken while on vacation in Destin, Florida- Vonne 

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Next Weeks Theme – Abundance

According to the dictionary, the definition of abundance is: an extremely plentiful or over-sufficient quantity or supply, overflowing fullness, affluence, wealth.  In a way, it is the opposite of solitude.  Your challenge is to come up with a photo that means abundance to you.  Remember that this is an open challenge- you decide what abundance means.

Need a few examples?

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So go take you best shot, and I’ll see you back here next week!

For previous Photography Challenge posts, click here.

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1 Tanya January 27, 2013 at 4:17 pm

I stumbled across your webpage and spent much time, “wandering” through your pages with enjoyment, when I came across your photography challenge, I immediately thought of the photo I took last spring while on vacation, my mornings I spent walking the beach with my camera enjoying the early morning solitude, but I was not the only person who thought morning solitude was the perfect time.

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2 Tanya January 27, 2013 at 4:22 pm

I suppose it helps if I link the photo ;)

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