Posted on April 26, 2020
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.
Posted on April 12, 2020
Posted on April 5, 2020
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.
Posted on March 29, 2020
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.
Posted on March 21, 2020
We recently made a trip to our local dechetterie – recycling centre – to relieve ourselves of some accumulated trash. The packaging (cartonnage) goes into a covered container – because nobody wants soggy cardboard.
I would just like to point out that by no means all of this is ours. Although, on the other hand, I hadn’t realised how much stuff we get from Amazon.
52WeekSmartphoneChallenge 12 – Trash
Posted on March 14, 2020
For week 11 of the Smartphone Challenge hosted by Khürt, we’re invited to fill the frame with a single colour.
Spring seems to have come earlier than usual this year and there are plenty of the usual harbingers already in evidence – like this narcissus.
Posted on February 29, 2020
Posted on February 22, 2020
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.
52WeekSmartphoneChallenge: 8 Leading Lines
Posted on February 8, 2020
Week 6 of the Smartphone Challenge calls for a picture straight out of the camera, with no post-processing.
This angry-looking creature is actually a tomato from our poly-tunnel (‘serre’). Something either got its teeth into it or it’s an unfortunate mutation. Either way, I Brought it into the house, placed it on the newel post of the staircase, pointed and clicked. Apart from the watermark, this is exactly how the image came out. No post-processing.
52 Week Smartphone Challenge
Posted on February 1, 2020
Week 5 of Khurt’s 52-Week Smartphone Challenge has the theme of ‘symmetry’. Reflections are always a good place to start when seeking symmetry, and bodies of water are always a good place to find reflections.
This pond is just across the road, about a hundred feet from our front door. It was completely dry back in the summer, but it’s done very little except rain here since late August, so it’s now an impressive little body of water.
52WeekSmartphoneChallenge: 5 – Symmetry