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Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Capturing a Feeling

How seriously do you take your Photography?

Is taking photos just a whim, a bit of fun? A hobby you would like to improve? Or a serious pursuit? Whichever category you fit into, (or don’t), we notice photos that are striking, ones that capture attention, (pun not intended).

This old portrait captures a strong emotion in the eyes

Scott Bourne has some thoughts on the magic behind photography and it was his post that made me re-consider how we take photographs.

Do we snap a shot just as a record of what you saw?

Do we compose for interest?

We might even find an angle that portrays a little more emotion, particularly for street or portrait photography.

If so, we convey a feeling through the photograph to the viewer.

Great ocean Road
Not the standard tourist stop portrait

Scott explains a little more of what he looks for in a photo:

Unfortunately, in today’s instant gratification-hungry world, it’s rare to find someone who will look past the superficial to find something special. Everyone just wants a magic camera, or lens, or camera setting or post-processing, preset. Unfortunately there is no magic anything. What there is well, that is all about SEEING. I want to encourage you to “feel” your way to a photograph.

Scott Bourne – picturemethods.com
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Some people have an eye for photography. Others have to work to develop it. Regardless of your camera budget, if you do have an eye or can develop it, your photos will attract attention.

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Such expression in this cropped photo of eyes.

Friendly Friday Theme – ‘Capturing a Feeling’

This week for Friendly Friday, when you take a photograph try to compose to capture a feeling or emotion.

If you are using your archival photographs, you might crop a photo or edit to exhibit a particular mood that you wish to create.

Today for example, we made a new friend.

A young magpie landed on our fence, literally right behind our heads, as we sipped our morning cup of tea. The bird was bold and curious and his reward for that, was a morsel of cake. We watched his confidence and trust, in us, slowly grow as I hand-fed him a small piece of ham.

I cropped the following photograph to create a feeling of intensity, of concentration and to convey the beginnings of trust in the bird’s eyes.

After tasting the morsel of carrot cake, he must have thought his luck had changed.

I like the contrast of nature and the stark white and ultra modern built environment behind, but feel that some editing would help the photo stand out. But today, I left it as is. What do you think?

This afternoon the bird returned with his mate, who was much more cautious about the ham and preferred a lawn grub or two which is far better for them, anyway.

Posting a Friendly Friday Challenge?

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Instructions on how to join the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge

Friendly Friday

I will be back in two weeks time with another prompt. Next week, for Friendly Friday, you will be in the able hands of Sandy, my Friendly Friday co-host, who will post next week’s challenge.

56 thoughts on “Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Capturing a Feeling”

  1. Every time I take a photo I’m trying to capture the moment-the emotion of either the subject or the one it gives to me. It’s my way of wanting to capture all the little things many don’t stop to notice.❤️

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    1. Everyone has said they are different. I guess that happens in the isolation of an island country. The plumage is immature though and he will get his black and white colours later.

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    1. I am glad you did. Your photos are excellent and certainly convey a feeling so well. I love the way you can see the wave and droplets of mud. It is a static shot but the viewer can sense the noise and movement so well. Thanks for joining in. I look forward to more excellent entries from you Jazzibee. Using a slideshow is a good way to format the photos.

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    1. I had responded to this comment, previously, Jenae, but it must have disappeared due to a lack of connectivity using my phone to respond to comments. We have poor internet connections in this area.
      You are absolutely correct. There are time when we have to open our eyes to truly see what is in front of us and photography helps us to freeze that moment in time so we can observe more nuances and derive a deeper meaning from our world.
      Thank you for your valued comment. Have you been into photography for a while?

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