Weekly Photo Challenge: Unfocused

I indeed curse this weeks photo challenge…Unfocused…When it comes to photography I’m slightly perfectionist and I tend to delete pictures that are even slightly out of focus. It can be so frustrating when composition and colours are wonderful, but the object of interest is blurry. Anyways, there is one kind of unfocused pictures that I enjoy thoroughly: Those with a zoom effect. Not exactly the topic of this week…But hey, rules are there to be broken, right? 😉

Btw… Zoom effects are quite easy to do. Let me know if you want a short description.


Sunday Post: Culture

Culture is a big word. Very big in fact. What is culture anyways? Is culture a movie screening? A theater show? Is culture a combination of institutions? Of specific ways of human interactions?

In my personal opinion, culture is all of the above and much more. And this is where street photography comes in.

Street photography is a way of capturing moments on the street, most of it including people. It’s picking up on facets of human life and interaction in its original form. Ideally, (and this is only my opinion), the people who appear on the picture didn’t even notice that someone just took a picture of them. To me this is a great way to capture culture.

My contribution for this week is then also a street photograph I recently took in San Francisco. I like how every layer of the picture wants to go the opposite direction than the layer before. But see for yourself.

Weekly Photo Challenge – Arranged

Hello again 🙂

Arranged…Somehow these photo challenges are timed very well. When the topic was ‘through’, I just had taken a picture of my friend through the leaves. When the topic was ‘unusual’, I just had taken a picture of a lost shoe. And when the topic was ‘indulge’, some days before I took a picture of the sky I indulged in. And now when the topic is ‘arranged’…Just some days ago I took my first and so far only arranged picture. However, this scene is not arranged by some unknown human hand, but by my very own ones.

I’m currently living in Davis. The house is surrounded by nature, while to the city it’s a bike ride of merely three minutes. And the best part: Around this place there are a bunch of orange and grapefruit trees. Recently, while I was waiting for someone, I collected two of these grapefruits and put them on this orange-colored chair. I don’t know what made me do that. It was most likely a mixture of boredom and curiosity about how this combination of colors would look on a picture. So here my first-ever arranged pictures.

Some entries of this weeks challenge I liked a lot:

  1. Weekly Photo Challenge: Arranged | fluffy flurries
  2. Weekly Photo Challenge: Arranged « 3rdculturechildren
  3. Weekly Photo Challenge: Arranged | Wind Against Current
  4. Weekly Photo Challenge: Arranged « Mike Hardisty Photography
  5. WordPress Photo Challenge: Arranged « right in front of me
  6. Arranged « Broken Light: A Photography Collective

Weekly Photo Challenge: Through

Hello friends, readers and photo-challengers 🙂

Here my contribution of this weeks photo challenge. Through…

I recently took this picture in San Francisco’s rainy Golden Gate Park – a wonderful landscape with an astonishing diversity of life. I went there with the friend you can see in the picture – in part that is. I saw this beautiful fern and told her to position herself behind it. This is the picture that resulted from this experient…Through the leafs.I like how the red of her jacket plays with the green of nature. And the rain puts a nice shimmer on the whole scene. Please, link me to your own contribution if you wish. I’m also happy about every comment, be it positive or constructively negative. 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge: Contrast


Contrast…probably my favorite topic so far…Of course one can interpret it in a number of ways;  it’s a difference between two poles, two opposites. Rich and poor, happy and sad, day and night… At least this is the way I use this word. However, this time I decided to go for the straightforward interpretation, the one that Wikipedia provides:

Contrast is the difference in luminance and/or colour that makes an object distinguishable.

So in a picture with few contrasts, colours flow into each other, objects are not clearly defined. The picture I chose for this week is the opposite. Note, how the building forms a sharp contrast with the sky and the sun is very clearly distinguishable from the rest. Here in Amsterdam, we can rarely see the sun this way. That day I was very happy to have my camera ready.

But without further ado, here my contribution to this weeks photo challenge. Enjoy.

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