Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitary

Solitary
(c) Manic Monday 2012

This week’s Photo Challenge is Solitary.  I thought about all the pictures I have of people in solitary situations, but I decided upon this one because animals can be solitary as well.  This is a poison dart frog at the local zoo.  If you are lucky enough to see the little critters, they are often times alone (except during mating season).

Solitary is often considered to be a sad situation, but that it not necessarily so.  This little guy is probably quite happy that he (or she?) doesn’t have to share the rock with other frogs.  Sitting on a rock, staring off into the sunset or whatever happens to be before you can be quite relaxing.  So next time you are feeling solitary and sad, just think of this little frog. 🙂

Image captured at ISO 200, f6.3, 250mm, 1/60s

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreaming

This week’s photo challenge: Dreaming…

ISO 100, 18mm, f 8, 1/60s

This photo was taken looking out a window at Diane de Poitiers‘ castle in Chenonceau, France. I felt that this image reflects the view a young lady-in-waiting may have dreaming of her future husband. Or perhaps, it is Diane, dreaming of her king and lover, Henri II.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Movement

ISO 100, 40mm, f 36, 2.5s

It’s ironic that my most recent 30 Days of Creativity post was on movement!

This image of a waterfall may seem a little cliché for movement, but it is a special image to me.  It was the first time I tried to use a long shutter speed to capture the water and obtain the “bridal veil” look.  I didn’t have a tripod with me, so I was trying to balance the camera on a rock and still get a decent shot.  (I had to really crop and straighten this one!)

Enjoy!

 
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30 Days of Creativity: Day 15

Motion

ISO 100, 110mm, f 5.6, 1/250s

Motion in photographs is something I struggle with.  I often just want the clearest, crispest, high shutter speed capture of and image frozen in time.  But sometimes the best images actually show motion blur.  It gives the impression that something is moving with a relative speed to the camera.  The more blur, the faster the motion.  Capturing an image with a high shutter speed eliminates any sense of motion.

I originally thought this photo was a waste because of the blur on the bird.  But the more I looked at it (and cropped it), I realized that this image really just shows how quickly these birds fly.  I was lucky to capture the bird in the frame in the first place!  Overall, I like the contrast of the lady, frozen by the camera, and the bird flying rapidly away looking for her next prey.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting Moment

5k stroller race!

This week’s challenge is to capture a fleeting moment in street photography.  I purposely waited until today, because I knew I would be attending a 5k race with my husband.  (He ran, I took pictures.)  What I wasn’t expecting is that they were having a stroller race as well!  Ladies and gentlemen pushing strollers containing children got a 5 minute head start on the race.  I was impressed at how fast some of these parents can run while pushing a stroller!  Just goes to show… never underestimate the power of a parent! 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge: Create

Street art

This image was taken in Toronto a couple of years ago and I recently found it in the archives on my hard drive. Street art is very common in Toronto and other major cities, where artists paint for pocket change. What I find most interesting about street art is that it is not permanent, unlike graffiti, although you can find some fantastic graffiti art around town as well. Most street art is painted with chalks and the next rain will wash the sidewalk clean again for another artist.

 

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