52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 17 Balance

Week 17’s prompt reads as follows: “Balanced composition is pretty straightforward unless you are trying to shoot in the “Accidental Renaissance” style. So shoot a balanced image in the Accidental Renaissance style.”

I must be honest: I had to go away and look up ‘Accidental Renaissance’ when I read that. For the equally uninitiated, this gives a fair idea: ‘Renaissance artwork is instantly recognizable for characteristics like dramatic composition and a striking contrast between light and dark. Sometimes, these elements unexpectedly pop up in modern-day images.’

I’m not sure that this image really fulfils the brief, but the vignette is quite striking, and it’s nothing if not balanced. Of course it’s a selfie, but does that ornate masonry reinforcing rod makes me look like a little devil or an old goat?

I leave it to others to decide.*

* Oh. Apparently, ‘both’ is another option.

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52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 16 Shadow

Something scary this way comes….

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52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 15 Anonymous

“Go away, human. I do not wish to know you and you have no business in my hameau.”

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52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 14 Centre Frame

This week’s challenge calls for an image with the subject in the centre of the frame that somehow portrays loneliness.

Tricky. Clearly, isolating the subject is a sine qua non in order to achieve the required mood, but for the additional poignancy of loneliness here is a broken egg, which must have been stolen from a nest, most likely by a predatory bird which then dropped it.

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52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 13 – Beginnings

One quarter of the way through the 52 Week Smartphone Challenge and the theme is ‘Beginnings’. Which may seem a bit late, but in terms of nature the timing is spot on.

New life is beginning everywhere – including on our laurel bushes. We’re never short of a bayleaf when the recipe demands one.

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52 Week Smartphone Challenge: Week 10 – Hometown

Week 10 of the Smartphone Challenge poses me something of a dilemma. Does the theme of ‘Hometown’ refer to the place I grew up, or where I live now? There is a vast difference.

I was born and grew up in in the town of Birkenhead, in north-west England. Its principal redeeming feature is that it is just across the River Mersey from, and therefore boasts a very good view of, Liverpool, which I think of as much more my spiritual hometown.

Now, however – and since 2012 – we live in a very small French hamlet which for blogging purposes I refer to as ‘Tranquility Base’. We really wouldn’t want to live anywhere else and we certainly think of it as our home.

It’s where we want to watch our sunsets.

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52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 9 – Mood

Mood, you ask?

Faintly baffled, as usual.

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52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 8 – Leading Lines

This is week 8 of the Smartphone Challenge being hosted by Khürt at islandinthenet.com, and we are looking for Leading Lines – more specifically, how they can be used to show the concept of infinity.

In the nearby town of Confolens there is a little bridge over a small tributary of the Vienne river. The parapet on the right provides a leading line, while the bridge itself, as well as providing an interesting reflection (itself a nod to the concept of infinity) obscures the course of the river, adding an element of mystery to the image.

Or something like that.

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52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 7 – Love Story

Our son and daughter-in-law’s pet mini Schnauser is not the most demonstrative of pets, but who wouldn’t love a cuddle with grandma?

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