A little while ago, the marvelous Amanda came up with a 12-day photography challenge for her photographer friends and herself. I was one of the aforementioned, and it was a lot of fun! Several of us contributed prompts and then posted our photos from each day on a Google Doc, so all the other participants could see them as well. I enjoyed intentionally creating photos instead of just snapping a picture of whatever was already there, like I usually do.
So, as you might guess, today I’ll be showing you the photos I took for this challenge! Well… at least some of them. Sometimes I’ll be showing you fewer than I entered, and sometimes more, since there were days when I took several pictures for the prompt.
Anyway! The first prompt was the following: “Go somewhere outside and sit in one spot for at least five minutes. Without getting up, take pictures of anything and everything in your camera’s reach.” This was a fun one to start with! I chose a pretty easy spot – Megan’s flower garden. 😛 I LOVE this first one! ❤
The poor flower was overrun with ants… But it still looked pretty. 🙂
I know this one is blurry, but I kind of like it that way.
Ahhh, look at that bokeh! It was just the beginning of September, but the bokeh looks fall-ish, don’t you think?
Unfurling buds are so pretty. ❤
Maggie had accompanied me outside, and since she was right beside me, I got a picture of her too. 🙂 And that’s the last picture from the first prompt! Don’t worry, I didn’t take as many for the other ones. XD
The prompt for the second day was “yellow.” I had a lot of fun with this one. 😛 I (gently) grabbed some double yolk eggs, my yellow-striped shirt, a plate, and some turmeric; played around with the ingredients; and ta-daa! This is what I came up with. Isn’t it fun?
The third prompt was “take a picture of hair.” I spent waaaaaayyy too long on this one since I’m pretty terrible at styling my own hair… which is why I usually don’t. XD Anyway, I like how the picture turned out!
For the fourth day, we were supposed to “Take a picture of the same thing using three different settings or filters on your camera.” Unfortunately I think I deleted the pictures that I entered for some reason… possibly because they were pretty boring. I have this edited picture I used for another post, so I suppose it will have to do. For the challenge, I used these books and took pictures with different filters on my camera – miniature effect, night vision, and… maybe vivid? I forget. Yeah, that one kind of failed. XD Oops!
Day #5 was much more successful:”take a picture of something most people see as ugly and show the beauty in it.” I love this prompt, since that’s something I try to do a lot, and not just with photography. I took pictures of a wilted bouquet that had been setting on the mantel for ages for some reason. XD
I love the overlapping pattern here at the base of the blossom. It looks like fish scales!
After a few pictures, I decided they were too boring. So I got out my sequin pillow and made background bokeh! Can you tell I like bokeh? XD
Since we cut down several trees in our yard on Day 6, I knew I wanted to enter a picture of the enormous old tree for the prompt, “ancient.” My youngest sister, Carmen, was happy to pose for me. 🙂 The rings were so many and so close that we couldn’t count them, but MAN, can you imagine how long it had lived?
The seventh prompt was “hidden.” GUYS, WARNING: SOME OF THESE PICTURES ARE RATHER CREEPY. XD XD They weren’t that creepy until I edited them and then… yikes. O.o XD Other than their strangeness, I actually really like them! Let’s start with a not-so-creepy one, okay? For all of these I was trying to hide part of my face or one eye.
WOW THIS IS CREEPY. : It doesn’t even look like me. XD But I love how the small areas of color stand out so much, even though I don’t think I made them that much more vivid when I was editing.
This one looks odd (mostly because of my oddly long fingers) but the black and white helps it look more traditional. 😛
Lastly, we have another not-so-creepy one with the same dried flowers I used for my hair previously.
Alright, back to normal pictures again. 😉 For day 8, “take a picture of something full of memories,” I did a very unoriginal photographer-in-the-mirror picture. I wanted to take a picture of my camera, though, because it’s almost always full of memories. Capturing memories is kind of the main point of having one, right?
Day #9’s prompt was “your hobby.” This was HARD, since I have a large collection of hobbies. However, I decided to go with one of my lesser-photographed hobbies: writing letters to my pen pals. 🙂 (Which I am currently VERY behind on doing… : )
For day 10, we were supposed to “Take a picture captioned ‘music.’” Rather un-creatively, I took a picture of a piano. XD BUT, I do like how I edited it! I used this picture in my sketches post.
The 11th prompt was, “Take a picture of a reflection.” It had recently rained, so I thought there would be puddles everywhere. Unfortunately that wasn’t true. It took me longer than I hoped to finally find a good puddle, but then I got some decent (if none too original) pictures. 😉
Those are power lines, in case you were confused. 😉
I think this one turned out pretty neat! It’s almost like the puddle is an entry to another world, like in The Magician’s Nephew.
The last prompt was, “Take a picture that represents someone in your family without having their face in the picture.” That was a lot harder than I expected. I ended up using a picture of Eeyore, since pretty much anyone who knows Megan is likely to think of her when they see a donkey – she is obsessed with donkeys. XD
So yeah, there you have it! I hope you enjoyed seeing my pictures as much as I enjoyed taking them. 🙂 If you have a chance, I encourage you to start your own challenge with some friends – it’s a great way to stretch your creativity and learn new things!
Before you go, I’d love to hear… Which picture was your favorite? Have you ever participated in a photography challenge? Do prefer creating photos, like with Day #2, or just taking them, like with Day #1?
Thanks so much for reading, dears, and please have a lovely day! ❤