Is your photographic ‘Self’ lamenting the demise of the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge? Are you perhaps looking to share your creativity and photographic skills with other bloggers?” Itching to get snapping great shots again?
Friendly Friday Photo Challenge
Starting January 11th, Something to Ponder About will be hosting a new Weekly Photo Challenge, with photo and travel blogger, Snow, from the blog: The Snow Melts Somewhere.
The new Photo challenge is going to be about community and interacting with other bloggers, sharing everyday things from our world. You don’t need to be a pro to participate, either. Mobile, Point and shoot or SLR photography formats are all perfectly acceptable. Your blog doesn’t even have to be about photography, in order to participate.
Snow will kick off the challenge with the first prompt, on her blog, on Friday, January 11th, and then Something to Ponder About, a.k.a me, Amanda, will post a prompt on alternate Fridays, thereafter.
Why Fridays? Because we have decide to call the challenge: ‘Friendly Friday!’ Woo hoo!
How to Join the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge
We’ll come up with a suggested theme each Friday, and post a photo that we think fits. After that, you post photographs based on your own interpretation of the theme, and publish them in a new Blog post.
Write as little or as much, as you wish, to accompany your photos.
To make it easy for the host bloggers and others to find you, title your post “Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: (theme of the week)”
Post a comment at the Host’s Friendly Friday blog post that includes the link to your Friendly Friday blog post, the one that you published on your blog. [ N.B. please ensure it is a link to the actual post, not just a link to your blog itself.
That’s it. I can’t wait to see what you all come up with! Let’s have some fun!
Each Monday, I post a mystery photo, or occasionally a mystery object. I encourage you to leave a comment if you think you might know where this week’s mystery photograph, is located, or what it is. If you guess correctly, I will link back to your blog the following week when the answer will be revealed. Guest submissions are very welcome.
Drop me an email if you would like to submit a photography to Monday Mystery Photo.
Where would you find the following structures?
Last week we were in Norway at the cruise port in Andalsnes, where the giant Troll awaits tourists exploring the Romsdalfjord and heralds the nearby Trollstigen and Trollvegen.
Last week we were in Norway at the cruise ship port in Andalsnes, on the beautiful Romsdalfjord. It is here that the Giant Troll greets tourists who make their way to his nearby home in Trollvegen or climb the hairpin bends of Trollstigen.
There were many correct guesses last week. Well done, guys. Here they are:
Challenger’s choice over at Sally D’s Phoneography Blog this week and I have some recent Street /Night Photographic phone photos that I think worthy of posting.
I have chosen some night photography scene of the streets. Such a lovely warm pre – summer Monday night, perfect for a stroll after dinner.The streets were relatively but not spookily quiet. One can always window shop and spot the early Xmas decorations, before the silly season and extended shopping hours starts.
I edited the photo with Picsart and quite liked the effect of the bathroom window filter, as it adds an almost forbidden, voyeuristic atmosphere, as if one is peering out to a world one normally can’t or shouldn’t access.
The streets in November are dotted with lilac carpets, from the flowering Jacaranda trees. Such incredible beauty and blaze of colour, I could not resist, and so am posting another photos where I have used post-processed effects, and this time with Snapseed. Playing around with shadows, I found the blackened trunk seemed much more defined with this adjustment and a little added sharpening.
I love the surreal nature of the following photograph and the contrast of the lilac flowers against the purple sky. Nature has such harmony in colour.
Do you think it could benefit from cropping to improve composition?
Join in with Sally’s weekly phoneography challenge here where you will not only excellent photography and tips but this profound quote:
Joyously or not the photograph becomes the source of reality, but it can also become a dreamlike force for interpretation. So if photography is memory, then the image is the moment–a moment of sanctuary in a lifetime of them.
Mobile photography has really taken off into the stratosphere. Amateur photographers now rely on the phone camera to take all their photos, and “fix” the more obvious photographic mistakes, making a more professional -looking end product. The phone is portable and lightweight and always readily accessible. Sadly, my expensive DSLR sits forlorn on the shelves – a victim of lack of portability and versatility, relegated such as it is, to occasional outings to scenic destinations. A bit like an old relative one visits every few months, more out of duty than desire. I do wonder where/how this will evolve in a decade or so.
The image was taken with Galaxy S4 note – framed, tuned and sharpened in Picasa (desktop). I was in two minds whether the image should be warmed slightly, but decided I like the colder grey tones of the bridge and pavement.
What do you think?
If you’d like to join in with Sally D’s Mobile Challenge, please click here for details.
The schedule changes each week and is as follows:
1st Monday: Nature.
2nd Monday: Macro.
3rd Monday: Black and White.
4th Monday Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Animals, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Objects, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel).
5th Monday: Editing and Processing with Various Apps Using Themes from the Fourth Week.