Lens-Artists Challenge: Picking Favourites
This was a difficult challenge. Most people would expect that I would choose a bird photo or perhaps flowers but this time I have gone into not what makes this a great photo but why.
Sarah provided a brief that was quite prescriptive wanting to know: – “Tell us a bit about each of your three photos please. Where you took it and when. Why you are pleased with it and have chosen it for this challenge. Does it evoke some special memories that influenced your choice of it as a favourite? Has it won a competition perhaps? Or is it simply a shot you love and are pleased to have taken. It doesn’t matter, by the way, if you’ve shared it before. The best images are worth seeing more than once, after all.”
Earlier today I was looking at the posts of people I follow and from Ann-Christine She wrote “…I can see that I photograph more with my heart than with camera and lens….” This resonated with me and I commented “I must agree that when you take a photo with your heart, it shines through the lens, captured forever. Looking back that sense of heart glows ever bright remembering the moment”
This first photo is a place of calm and is one of my favourite places to go. The peace and looking over the rest of the Gibraltar Range from Raspberry Lookout. I am lucky that it is not far from my place. This is a place where my heart does feel at peace and the photos I take shine through.
Coming back into the urban environment, I was sitting in the Byron Bay Bakery where the windows are almost floor to ceiling with seating waiting for my bestie. In front of the bakery the street plantings are Lilli Pilli bushes which at the time were flowering. The colour of the flowers against the grey of the street took my eye.
Always with camera at hand, I focused to get the photo I saw and then just then, what could be called a zen moment, a Stingless Native Bee cruised over to check out the flower. Stingless Native Bees are about 10mm in length. A macro photo using telephoto with the camera just set on auto.
I love sunset photos when the sky is special. This photo takes in another part of my life as I live in the bush or countryside and cattle are in nearly all of the farms around. A silhouette against a coloured sky makes a strong image. Sometimes cows tend to pose at the right time in the right place.
OK I am sneaking in just one more so I can break the “rules”
It is not often that a Moon Flower opens in the Full Moon as they are supposed to do but when they do they are spectacular. I cannot remember the camera settings, probably hand held night scene function on my camera. I had my bestie as my assistant and she held the torch so I might get that just right photo
The Ragtag Daily Prompt Sunday: Atop
Orchard Swallowtail Butterfly on Pentas flowers
Rainbow Bee Eater
Bee on a flower
Cows on a hill
Brown Goshawk (I think) on the lookout
Dragonfly having a rest
These light poles always have Australian Pelicans on them at Evans Head
Kookaburra on a fence post
Little Superb Fairy Wren female on a fence post
A cow at sunset
It’s a long way to the top
Last Photo for June 2022
First of I would like to thank everyone for their support. I was feeling a bit down last month and when I mentioned that this photo challenge may have run its course there was a resounding no way – keep going we love it. This bought a smile to my face knowing that the sometimes crap photos as well as the wonderful appear. I love that new people discover this challenge from your sites.
This month I have to add another camera to my list. I bought a second hand camera and am still getting the hang of it as well as the new tele-zoom lens I bought.
Like a lot of people I forget and am surprised at what was the last photo on the FOUR devices I use to take photos. I went from –
- the weird and why
- to the a bit of focus would help
- attempt at cutting the building out creating minimalism?
- a possible Monday Portrait
So let’s see what you have for June 2021
The rules are simple:
1. Post the last photo on your SD card or last photo on your phone for the 30th June.
2. No editing – who cares if it is out of focus, not framed as you would like or the subject matter didn’t cooperate.
3. You don’t have to have any explanations, just the photo will do
4. Create a Pingback to this post or link in the comments
5. Tag “The Last Photo”
From my Samsung Galaxy S9
From my Canon PowerShot A1200
From my Canon EOS 1300D
From my Canon PowerShot SX70HS
Why put both challenges together? I found a lot of my photos have both elements. Some of these may be placed into one or the other but some a well into both challenges.
I think I will go with a theme within the challenge themes. I haven’t mentioned leading lines in the descriptions but I am sure you will pick those photos among the light and shadow ones.
Starting with sunsets which make great light and shadows
Staying with artificial light play and shadows
and just some sunlight used in different ways. For indoors