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Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Opposites – ” Of Older and Younger Generations “   3 comments


Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Opposites – ” Of Older and Younger Generations “

Opposites

This week, make two opposing elements come together (or clash in dissonance) in one photo

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My submission for the Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Opposites – is that of this photograph entitled  ” Of Older and Younger Generations “. This was one of the series of the Indigenous Tribe of the Vietnam Highlands during my Photographic Expedition to Vietnam last year.


Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Opposites - " Of Older and Younger Generations "

Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Opposites – ” Of Older and Younger Generations “


 

There are so many ways to infuse photos with drama, from choosing an unusual angle to focusing on a strong, vibrant palette. One idea I often explore is contrast. No, not so much in the technical sense of shadows and highlights(important as they certainly are), but more fundamentally: I love the power of a single frame to bring together conflicting elements. Sometimes the result is harmonious, a peaceful coexistence of unnatural allies. Sometimes the tension remains unresolved.

Sometimes it’s a bit of both, like in this recent shot I took at a castle in the Bourgogne countryside, in east-central France.

 

Opposites

These walls were originally built in the 16th century — but were covered in fresh, shimmering ivy. Together, the two elements made the entire structure all the more interesting (and, let’s admit it, more photogenic): heavy and light, hard and soft, smooth and textured, inanimate and organic.

In your photo this week, show how opposites can tell a story about people, places, or objects. The tension can reside inwhat you choose to show — old vs. new, big vs. small, dark vs. light — or in how you frame and design your shot. I look forward to seeing your entries!

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Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Numbers ~ The Numbered Dragon Boat Racers   2 comments


Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Numbers

My late submission to the Weekly Photo Challenge on “Numbers” is called ” The Numbered Dragon Boat Racers “. Who shall win this Dragon Boat Race – will it be 2, 3, 4 or 5?

SP Lim

The Numbered Dragon Boat Racers

The Numbered Dragon Boat Racers

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Numbers
Equations. Clock faces. Cash registers. Numbers are everywhere: this week, share a photo that puts them front and center.
BY BEN HUBERMAN

I was strolling along the streets and canals of Los Angeles’ Venice Beach recently. It’s a lovely, rapidly changing neighborhood: the old and the new often collide, but the endearingly shabby seems to live in surprising harmony with all things cutting edge (and pricy).

It’s also a mightily photogenic place. Which makes me a bit embarrassed to admit that my favorite sight was… a row of mailboxes:

Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Numbers Equations. Clock faces. Cash registers. Numbers are everywhere: this week, share a photo that puts them front and center.

Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Numbers
Equations. Clock faces. Cash registers. Numbers are everywhere: this week, share a photo that puts them front and center.

I’m not sure what it was about them that I found so captivating. Their effortless vintage-ness? The fact that the building’s residents cared enough to make them so… cute? Or maybe the promise of each family’s story, already hinted at by the empty stroller (and even by those cacti): just pick one box, and whole lives might pour out.

Ultimately, I saw these numbers — presented in the simplest, most predictable of sequences — as an invitation to wonder about people and the place they live in.

Numbers are all around us at home and on the street, in airports and supermarkets, on signs and on our clothes. I can’t wait to see your take on this week’s challenge — what will your numbers show?

Numbers

Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Abstract – From the Salad Bowl   17 comments


Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Abstract – From the Salad Bowl
Abstract
This week, turn the concrete and familiar into something new and mysterious.

BY BEN HUBERMAN

ABSTRACT ~ From the Salad Bowl

My Entry is ” From the Salad Bowl ” showing the sliced pieces of the violet-coloured lettuce vegetables inside. I had the opportunity of taking this photograph as we were having our class-mates monthly luncheon at a local hotel. This salad bowl with the violet/purple-coloured vegetable slices, was from the salad section of the buffet luncheon spread of food offered for that day. Only cropping and some colour saturation were added to the original photograph.

SP Lim

Abstract

Weekly Photo Challenge – Abstract ~ From the Salad Bowl showing the sliced pieces of the violet-coloured lettuce vegetables inside.

The best thing about being nearsighted? It’s sometimes enough for me to take off my glasses and squint to see the world as a hazy canvas — one on which an abstract expressionist painter threw wild splotches of color. My brain gives me a break for a moment, not forcing me to see specific objects and people but rather shapes, compositions, and textures.

Sometimes I like going for the same effect with my phone’s camera — snapping a picture either so close or so far from an object that it stops being what I’d normally see it as.

WPC Abstract

I was recently struck by the gorgeous composition I saw on the trunk of a chestnut tree near my house, from the crevices in the bark to the changing density of lichen (I think it’s lichen — botanists, forgive me!). I drew closer, and for all ends and purposes this was no longer a tree.

This week, find your own (proverbial?) chestnut tree. Point your camera at something familiar and turn it into something else. Whether it’s a wall in your house, a friend’s arm, or a billboard seen from afar, we may or may not recognize what it actually is. But we’ll certainly discover something else about it in the process.

I look forward to seeing your take on abstract photography!

BY BEN HUBERMAN

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Abstract

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