Weekly Photo Challenge: Near and Far

There are many ways in which you could approach this challenge. You could go with some image expressing distance, one which symbolises things which come from near and far or you could play it safe and talk about foreground and background, like I’ve done.

This image isn’t one of my proud moments of photography. It’s a bit out of focus and the composition is crowded; but then photography is not all about the clarity of the image or it’s composition. It can be about what the photo means to you. I took this photo at a Train concert with my best friend and my cousin, and it was a great night. The music was lovely, the atmosphere live and the people friendly. Having the hands in the forefront of this photo, making them the focus of it, changes the way gig photography normally is. I’ve placed the focus on the audience rather than the singer, leaving him in the far background. This conception of near and far changes the way the viewer of the picture sees the concert.

Try the challenge for yourself at:

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2012/09/07/weekly-photo-challenge-near-and-far/

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Free Spirit

There are so many reasons why I love this photo. Firstly, the girl you see here is one of my closest friends and I gave her a photo shoot for a Christmas present. She in herself fits the theme of free spirit, as she is so calm, loving and, well, free spirited. Secondly, I love the photo from a more technical angle. The soft colours and light of the chiffon skirt are juxtaposed against a vivid green background. The afternoon light on her skin makes it look flawless and a relaxed smile spreads across her face. The pose feels natural, not stilted in any way and I achieved this by asking her to walk away from me and turn when I said.

We are all free spirits in some way, and I think this photo really embodies that. Not only in a personal way, but also with the colours and textures that help to create a calm, peaceful and free image.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Merge

Recently, I’ve really been neglecting my blog and I haven’t posted for quite a while. My life has sped up and I find that I haven’t always got time for things that I used to have time for, and sadly my blog falls into this category.

Merge is an interesting theme for a photo challenge and I found it quite hard to dig out a photo that would suit. I settled on this one because of the patterns and colours. I feel that the delicate pattern of the leaves seems to merge with and surround the striking pattern of the dress, and they are inextricably bound by the green light filtered through the leaves of the apple tree.

Come up with your own interpretation of ‘Merge’ with the challenge at http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2012/08/17/weekly-photo-challenge-merge/

Travel Theme: Oceans

In addition to the other photo challenge, Ailsa is running a photo challenge with a travel theme. Her most recent challenge is Oceans and you can see more details at http://wheresmybackpack.com/2012/06/08/oceans/

Oceans was a surprisingly difficult theme also this week, as it’s not that often that we focus sufficiently on the ocean to capture a wonderful photo of it. We are either aiming to capture something on, in or beyond the ocean. That’s why I like this photo. At first glance it appears to be a rather pointless close-up of a wave, maybe taken by mistake, but on closer inspection, you can see the shadow of a dolphin swimming beneath the surface and you realise the magic of the photo. I was lucky enough to go to the Maldives and see dolphins, and they were wonderful animals. I have some fantastic photos of dolphins that I could have chosen for this challenge, but I chose this photo for it’s initial photo on the ocean.

Photography seems to reflect life sometimes, and this is one of those times. Even though the ocean is glaringly obvious and in our face, we are still tempted not to see it, and to focus on other things. Sometimes we do need to step back and reassess what is obvious to us and what is only seemingly obvious. Blindingly obvious is one of those wonderful phrases in the English language that captures a feeling so perfectly that it is impossible to convey any differently, so obvious we are blind to it. The sea is one of thos blindingly obvious things, so even when it fills the frame, we are tempted to look for that shadow beyond the surface.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Friendship

I felt that friendship was a surprisingly hard theme. I read it and straight away took to scrolling through my photos to find one that encapsulated friendship for me, but the fact is, that my friendships are captured in a series of moments and photos that bear little significance to anyone else. They are often not tangible and detectable in the forced smiles of friends and private jokes are by their very nature, private. Friendships are one of the most important things in life and are something  that can not be defined in a single photo.

What I came across through, was an entirely different friendship. For friendships do not have to necessarily be between humans, and one of my simplest friendships has to be with my Labrador, Poppy. She offers the kind of unconditional love that is sought after in every friendship, and offers a shoulder to cry on, whilst never judging me for my actions. If you do not have pets, you will be unable to comprehend the connection that people develop with them, but my lovely dog offers all I need in a friendship, and I can’t imagine when I leave home, being without her.

Join in the photo challenge at http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2012/06/08/9009/

Weekly Photo Challenge: Hands

Hands are so expressive, they can tell the story of a person in their lines and creases, their spots and shading, and yet we use them so much in our everyday lives, that we barely appreciate their presence. I like this photo, not only because of it’s rich colour and interesting perspective, but because of the role of the hands. When I took this photo, I wasn’t intending to capture the hands, looking more at the guitar, but indirectly, the hands are the focus of the picture. They take a backing role, yet without them the picture might be incomplete. They are necessary, but almost invisible because of their normality, and I think this photo really emphasises that.

Check out Ailsa’s unofficial Travel Photo Challenge at http://wheresmybackpack.com/2012/05/18/summer/ which I’m also taking part in.

Travel Theme: Summer

Ailsa has done another unofficial photo challenge this week! It’s become a travel photo challenge, with different themes and this week’s theme is summer. Check out http://wheresmybackpack.com/2012/05/18/summer/ to learn more about it.

My photo may not be taken in an exotic place or represent travel to everyone, but to me it encapsulates summer. Every summer we make the three hour trek down to Pembrokeshire in Wales, and our grandparents’ home there. Practically my second home, I have grown up there and loved it there. I have watched the sun rise over the rolling Welsh hills and sat for hours on the beaches until the waves touch my outstretched toes. Wales may not be exciting or exotic, but it can be home. When I am lucky enough to grow up, get married and have children, I shall take them there and I’ll watch them grow up in the unaltered and beautiful landscape of the Welsh countryside, and one day I shall watch them run out to the same waves as I did 25 years earlier, and I shall be truly happy.

This photo represents that to me, as I took it lazing around on towels aged 16 with my friends, but the view in 25 years will be just as beautiful, but best of all, exactly the same.