Category Archives: Photography

Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

Lights are functional — everyday objects in our rooms and on our streets. Yet lights can be powerful symbols: signs of life, curiosity, and discovery. We’re interested in seeing what you come up with for illumination — particularly your creative interpretations and more abstract approaches.

— The Daily Post editorial team

I was really inspired by the latest photo challenge over at The Daily Post. Weekly Photo Challenge: Ilumination is all about lights. I’ve been practicing taking shots at night and enjoy photographing different types of lights and lamps, so this challenge excites me!

I really dig the look and effect of the tiled gallery, which I’ve used to compile my illumination shots below. I hope you like this collection!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond

Rocks and pyramids at Giza, Egypt

Rocks and pyramids at Giza, Egypt

The Daily Post asks: Do you have a photo which invites the viewer to look beyond? Are there hidden depths in the background? Is the focal point just a framing for the rest of the picture?

Beyond. What a great theme for the Weekly Photo Challenge. It works well for this shot I took with my iPhone in Egypt. In the foreground, the focus is a pile of rocks, but off into the distance, you’ll see iconic landmarks: two of the pyramids at Giza.

I hope you like my interpretation of “beyond”!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

It’s wonderful to see photographers on WordPress.com contributing guest photo challenges to The Daily Post. In this week’s photo challenge, Reflections, a photographer named Jared talks about using reflections in the composition of a photograph. He posted a fantastic image from the dock of a local park in which he used a mirror as a prop, creating an illusion within the frame.

I love how reflections in a photograph create a sense of duality and even surrealism. For my submission to this challenge, I’ve decided to share various photographs of reflections — in mirrors, on the surface of water, and through windows — and display them in a circle gallery. To me, the circle shape evokes a mirror, so this type of gallery seems appropriate.

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Green

The folks at The Daily Post presented the WordPress.com community with a colorful photo challenge: Green. It’s a multi-photo challenge, so I’ve decided to display my collection of green shots in a slideshow.

I’ve taken all of these photographs when I’ve been out and about and on the go — from my travels through Europe to the Middle East. I’m happy to share these shades of green with you!

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Bit of Advice

In your own photo essay, create a narrative. Or think bigger: create a world for your readers. This may require taking photos of the same subject from above or underneath, from up close or far away. Shoot a city with different rolls of film, or filters, or cameras. Lie on the ground, or climb a tree, or look out over a rooftop to document a neighborhood. Experiment with angles and points of view to bring a place or thing to life, which will provide the visuals to tell your story.

The Daily Post