This week’s challenge: capture a shadow that’s a meaningful part of the image.
It was a lovely day on the Oregon Coast, with ideal lighting conditions that sent me seeking photographic treasures, with this image a prized find. I love the specific shadow cast by the sand dollar, repeating the curve of the sand dollar but also indicating the change in shape of the hollow beneath it. I also love the dramatic contrast and depth created by shadow throughout the sandy scene. I was very fortunate to have found this little treasure on that ramble.
This challenge was a bit difficult for me – only because it was hard to narrow it down. Ben, in his WordPress post, says this about gracefulness: “Gracefulness is a tricky quality — it manifests itself as an effortless, subtle harmony between a subject and its environment.”
I often find this harmony at the beach…in the motion of the waves, for instance, or in the architecture of one of the many bridges or in one of Oregon’s beautiful lighthouses. Finally, though, I settled on this walkway, outside Newport’s Visual Arts Center. Until I read Ben’s post, I didn’t realize that one reason this spot appeals to me is the effortless harmony between the lampposts and the walkway: they are part and parcel of it.
The rhythm, repetition, and scale of the lampposts, as well as the material from which they are made, fit in perfectly with their location near the ocean, with its own rhythm, repetition, and scale. I want to go back.
This week, we’re challenging you to think ahead and show your work in a representative photo. If you set New Year’s resolutions, give them some thought a few weeks early. If resolutions aren’t your style, show us something that you want to achieve — it could be setting a new goal, making plans, or even tackling that pile of laundry waiting by the washer. The goal is to get out of the busy “now,” and imagine your new horizon. Go!
I am excited about new horizons in 2017! My hope is to change all of my design monikers to knit equals joy. This will include my designer name and my Ravelry group. The beautiful gold and blue colors you see on this page consistently and constantly call to me, so I foresee them as being front and center in my branding palette (not necessarily in my design palette, although they certainly crop up a lot!).
I enjoyed pulling together the yarns and other items for this still life. Photography continues to be a love of mine, and I look forward to improving my photography skills in 2017 by taking classes and getting in lots of practice!
This week, the photo challenge is to share a photo that relaxes you. A couple of years ago, we went to Maui to celebrate our 30th anniversary. We loved the warm people and the laid back way of life. I knew that it would be hard to maintain that relaxed attitude once I had returned to the pressured pace of work and home, so I took this picture specifically to remind me to hang loose and relax when I was no longer in that beautiful, warm, sunny, tropical and mellow place.
Children have the ability to believe without bias, to find wonder even in the most mundane of places and objects. As adults, we become dulled to the magic inherent to life, and perhaps we stop seeking it altogether. However, as photographers, we have an opportunity to reclaim it. Magic and beauty can be conjured in the simplest of photographs, which may then inspire wonder in the viewer. – Jen H., The Daily Post
This wee hen in my sister’s garden, with her sweet face and wondering expression, caught my attention and imagination. All kinds of fairy tales could have been written about her, or included her…was she in Jack and the Beanstalk? Or maybe she was Chicken Little. And what’s the story with that leaf down there???