2020 Photo Challenge #2

January’s theme / technique: Composition and Framing

Composition and Framing is dictated by the camera and lens equipment as well as where you can and cannot stand whilst viewing the subject. Challenge yourself by using a prime lens or not using the zoom on your lens on your lens so you have to physically move to take the shot. Often the more creative images come about from taking the time to move around a subject. We’ll explore some of these techniques over the coming months, but for now consider these tips:.

    1. Horizontal vs vertical – which looks better? Why?
    2. Missing parts of people or objects irritate the viewer and create an incomplete image. It distracts the eye. So watch the edges of your image.
    3. Rule of thirds
    4. Look for frames – These come in two types, natural or man-made. Natural would be an opening in trees or a rock formation with a hole in it. Man-made frames are doorways, windows or arches. All of these help contain the subject or scene in a form that is very pleasing to the eye.
    5. Watch your background. Make sure that there is nothing there that would detract from your subject. Things like chimneys or lamp-posts growing out of heads and other subjects diverting the eye from the main subject. You want balance by not going in too close but including enough of the environment of the subject or object to contextualise it.
This week's assignment - Move in closer to your subject, but not too close. Lead the viewer towards the subject.

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2020 Photo Challenge #1

Once upon a time I ran a challenge for those of us who love photographing benches (2015) and although some fellow bloggers have suggested running that challenge again, I think benches have had their time in the spotlight. However, I have been thinking of ways to challenge myself (and possibly you) this year and decided to challenge myself by trying out various photographic techniques, skills or concepts. If you would like to join in then I have a 2020 Photo Challenge page set up to explain the simple guidelines and proposed monthly assignments.

January’s theme / technique: Composition and Framing

Composition and Framing is dictated by the camera and lens equipment as well as where you can and cannot stand whilst viewing the subject. Challenge yourself by using a prime lens or not using the zoom on your lens so you have to physically move to take the shot. Often the more creative images come about from taking the time to move around a subject. We’ll explore some of these techniques over the coming months, but for now consider these tips:

    1. Horizontal vs vertical – which looks better? Why?
    2. Missing parts of people or objects irritate the viewer and create an incomplete image. It distracts the eye. So watch the edges of your image.
    3. Rule of thirds
    4. Look for frames – These come in two types, natural or man-made. Natural would be an opening in trees or a rock formation with a hole in it. Man-made frames are doorways, windows or arches. All of these help contain the subject or scene in a form that is very pleasing to the eye.
    5. Watch your background. Make sure that there is nothing there that would detract from your subject. Things like chimneys or lamp-posts growing out of heads and other subjects diverting the eye from the main subject. You want balance by not going in too close but including enough of the environment of the subject or object to contextualise it.
This week's assignment - clearly identify your subject. Begin by explaining your choice. How will you draw attention to it?

I am going to use the same subject throughout this month, but you don’t need to. Each assignment will look at different ways of arranging the subject elements and to recognise the key ingredients of a scene.

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Most Popular Posts of 2019

Last year I wrote a post about the statistics on this blog out of interest to see which posts were the most popular. I decided to do this again this year using the number of views a post has attracted. Still way out in front is the one about the world’s tallest totem pole so I suspect this is down to the search engines!

Alert Bay

2019

  1. Alert Bay V | The World’s Tallest Totem Pole (2013)
  2. Passion Facade Doors (2017)
  3. Lincoln Cathedral – stained glass (2017)
  4. Nativity façade doors (2017)
  5. Road Trip | Cape Town to Hermanus (2013)
  6. The Magic of May (2014)
  7. Call to Place | India (2019)
  8. Geology of Cornwall (2015)
  9. Misericords of St Laurence (2015)
  10. Call to Place | Australia (2018)

Interestingly only one of these posts was written in 2019. So it seems the older posts still attract views. This year I reblogged a lot of my older travel posts that hadn’t had much attention when they were originally posted and I tried out some new methods of travel writing linking up with Cathy over at ~wander.essence~ with more personal tales rather than the typical tourist information. Even some poetry crept in! If you need some ideas to liven up your blog then pop over and see the interesting ‘invitations’ that Cathy has on her site.

I wrote several new posts about Paris which attracted quite a lot of likes and comments and was going to do the same about other cities I have visited in the past like Lisbon, but life was interrupted again in the summer when my son came down for another operation and I was doing daily hospital visits when he was back in for another month due to an infection.

The October Squares photography challenge (hosted by Becky)  proved popular (she has a new challenge starting in January if you would like to join in) and then I ended the year writing about my long ago adventure travelling overland on the so-called Hippie Trail which also attracted a lot of likes and more importantly to me, comments.

What to do in 2020 is a big question. I shall be starting with the January Square photography challenge and I hope to do more travel writing, poetry and actual travelling this year. I am also going to challenge myself (and I invite you to join in if you would like to) by looking at certain photographic techniques this year. See my 2020 Photo Challenge for more information.

In the meantime I thank all my visitors to this site: your likes and especially your comments mean a lot to me and encourage me to continue to post on this blog as well as my Cornish home. I wish you all a happy, healthy and exciting New Year

Jude xx