2013 Photography Challenge – Store Fronts!

photography challenge store front california

Welcome to the 2013 Photography Challenge!  This week our theme is store fronts!  I have to admit, I do take a lot of photos of buildings.  Especially when there is lots of color involved.  The photo above was taken in Northern California.  We were making our way from San Francisco to Seattle, traveling up the coast and this was one of our rest stops.  I had never been to California before, and I was surprised at how remote Northern California actually is.  We could go for miles without seeing a single person, building or sign of civilization.  It was just beautiful.

This little store provided us with soda, a bit of conversation, beautiful flowers, oh… and a bag of beef jerky.  Couldn’t ask for anything more!

So how did you do?

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

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

This week’s submissions:

WhitesRogers Arkansas store front
This is a photo I took in downtown Rogers, Arkansas, of the store front of White’s Jewelry. Downtown Rogers has the most beautiful historic buildings. ~Brenda Williams- Weatherford, OK- Cats, Kids and Crafts

Fairy tree store front California

Store fronts are magical portals! Or they can be. Look at this fairy tree in a store window. I spotted it in downtown Placerville, CA (historically nicknamed Hangtown during the Gold Rush era). I liked it so much I used it as the banner image on my whimsy-themed blog. For a few seconds I like to pretend I’m a miniature version of myself and I imagine how carefree it would be to live in the realm of these store windows. www.etsy.com/shop/scrollwork

store front wales photography

My pic was taken last July while on a camping holiday in Wales.  The pics of the lovely shop fronts at Hay on Wye.  The scenery was amazing and although the weather was pretty wet most of our week, the day we went to Hay on Wye it was beautiful and sunny.  ~Kat Clark –http://www.woodledoodledandydesigns.co.uk/blog.php

Main St Lockex California photography challenge

main street california photography challenge

I have attached a couple pictures I took while visiting the old historic towns of Isleton and Locke, California along the California Delta.  They are towns where the Chinese settled to help build railroads in the area.  One is looking down the main street of Locke, CA and the other is of store fronts in the little town of Isleton, CA.~ Carolyn in California

Mexican restaurant in the Antwerp central station district

Belgium in a nutshell. A chocolate shop next to a beer shop in Brussels, Belgium

store windows in the ancient Galleries in Brussels

store windows in the ancient Galleries in Brussels

One of my New year’s resolutions was to try and join every photochallenge this year but I already missed out on the first one, so I decided to join this one. Over the years I made quite a lot of those store front photos in my old home town of Antwerp, among others of one of my favourite shops, Chocolaterie Burie. They always succeeded in turning their window into a delicious work of art of chocolate and marzipan. And in other cities I made some of those photos too.  Photos show respectively: (1) Mexican restaurant in the Antwerp central station district, (2) Belgium in a nutshell. A chocolate shop next to a beer shop in Brussels, Belgium, (3,4) store windows in the ancient Galleries in Brussels~ Luc from Mexico

butte montana photography challenge storefront

This is in Old Butte. Butte is a mining town and has great history. I love taking pictures uptown. ~Alisa- Butte, MT

Next weeks theme- Macro Photography

We are looking for Macro, or close-up photos next week.  A few suggestions for clear macro photos using a digital camera include:
  • Be sure there is plenty of light on your subject
  • Use a tripod in order to keep your camera perfectly still
  • If you have a macro adjustment on your camera, use it.
  • Often it helps to manually adjust your focus.
  • And the biggest tip of all, take plenty of shots.  Odds are you get at least one that you love!

This all comes from a not so professional photographer – me.  Ha!   So would you like to see a few examples?

orchid macro photographyred sweet peppers

So go grab that camera and I’ll see you back here next week!

Want to check out previous photography challenges?  You can find them all here!