A Theme a Week Photography - Project 52 - 2012 Part I

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The Project 52 2012 !!!

This hub contains the first 13 photos from the complete project, A theme a week - Project 52-2012. As I had already mentioned in my introductory hub, I thought that I will break this project into 4 parts for ease of reading, else it will turn out into a pretty long one!

I hope you will all enjoy this and also I await some honest feedback and advice. I only carry a compact camera, and a few pictures were taken with my mobile too.

Meditating on God's Words!
Meditating on God's Words! | Source

Week #01 - Theme - New Year's Eve/Day

Right, this was the first theme, New Year's eve/day! I really did not have a clue as to what I was going to photograph and submit, nothing at all planned in my mind. I was at home alone on New year's eve and New Year's day. It was a cold winter's day on New year's day, the day was getting darker, I could see darkness filling my room. I just sat there in two minds, thinking what I was gonna do for that day's submission, now that I have taken up this project and it was going to be the first submission for the project! As the room got darker, all I could think of was, to light a candle. I also thought, the best way to start the New Year, is to start by meditating on God's words! So I just did this little set up on my table, "A candle and the Bible" and thought that this will be my first entry for this project!

I loved the lighting on this photo. I did not have a clue that it would turn out "not too bad"! Something motivating to start with for the New year, I thought!

One can use various creative thoughts for this theme: Fireworks during new year's eve, wine glasses, decorative lights or anything that would symbolise the New year or mark that day! It can be even your dinner or cake that you had for that day!

Cold winter evening ! By the River great Ouse, Bedford, England
Cold winter evening ! By the River great Ouse, Bedford, England | Source

Week #02 - Theme - Summer / Winter

This is the second week. I waited impatiently for the snow to fall, as I thought that would be the best winter's theme! Nope, it did not happen. So I just thought that I would go for a walk by the river that week, a day before I had to submit the picture. It was a dull and cold winter's day again. I thought that I will bring in the Winter's mood through that picture.

This picture was shot by the River Great Ouse in Bedford, England.

The other photos for a Winter's theme, could be snow, icicles, people who get a chance to visit the polar regions can photograph the igloos, the sledges, the winter sun, the snowman, snowflakes, snowfall, different objects in the snow, etc. Also people in their winter clothes, and candids of people while out in the cold can be caught for Winter's theme.

Some countries might have summer during this time, and they can photograph the summer sun, the nature during summer, a beach photo, the summer flowers and foliage, etc.

I am not sure of the name of this shrub, but it sure caught my attention, with it's bright red fruits!
I am not sure of the name of this shrub, but it sure caught my attention, with it's bright red fruits! | Source

Week #03 - Theme - Rule of Thirds

Now comes one of the rules in photography! The Rule of thirds, they say is the rule of thumb, the basic rule for photography. One does not have to abide by this rule at all times, because, sometimes we get some really cool and interesting shots while overriding or breaking this rule, but this is basics.

People who get confused, can use the grids in their to practice initially to place the object at the right place. The photograph is divided into 3 equal parts horizontally and vertically and the object is placed off the centre on the one third part of the photograph. When it comes to photographing Landscapes, make sure to have the horizon at the one third position to get a beautiful picture!

The picture I have submitted is a shrub, with little red fruits from the fall season, with some still hanging on. I thought that this would make an interesting shot for that week.


Flats against the Winter Sky, by the River Great Ouse, Bedford, England
Flats against the Winter Sky, by the River Great Ouse, Bedford, England | Source

Week #04 - Theme - Up

This week's theme was quite confusing for me and getting me worried as to what I will be contributing. This was a cold winter's afternoon, a dull gloomy day with dark clouds filling the sky above! While walking back home that day after a meeting, I was just looking up towards the sky to see if I could find anything interesting. Just when I approached these flats by the river side, I saw this leafless tree against the sky with the flats by the side, and thought it was a pretty good shot, captured looking UP.

I was playing around with the picture, and this processing gave it a haunted look which I liked!

This theme UP can be interpreted in any way. You can use this theme to take photos that say, aim high, looking up, standing up against something, bridges, towers, standing tall, giant wheels, etc. It all depends on how you interpret the theme and what you get out of it. It is all about how you create and what you create!

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Week #05 - Theme - Eyes

This was an interesting theme! I thought it was going to be an easier one as it was just photographing the eyes, but no it wasn't. It is not about just capturing the eyes but also about the expressions / feelings.

Luckily I had a friend who visited me that week and there I was trying a few shots with his eyes, while he was seriously engrossed in his games! I finalised this shot, which I felt was a bit intense.

You can experiment with this theme in various ways. Eyes that show different feelings, emotions, eyes of anything (not only humans), anything that looks very similar to eyes (be creative, you might see things around you), so there is variety in this theme too. You can be as much creative as you wish to be.

This is a sign post at the Market Square near St Paul's Cathedral, Bedford, England!
This is a sign post at the Market Square near St Paul's Cathedral, Bedford, England! | Source

Week #06 - Theme - Signs

This is a pretty easy theme. Again it all depends on how creative you are. Signs do not simply mean road signs or street signs. You can use this theme creatively to photograph signs used in day to day life. How we use sign language sometimes, or people who use sign language all the time, or even birds and animals, if you watch them, you can see them communicating through different signs.

Here I submitted a photograph of the street sign that was near the town centre. The only one I could manage easily for that week's submission.

Some examples for this theme can be, signs in roads, streets, buildings, stations, travel, etc. you can also capture signs that people use to communicate, animals and birds use to communicate, etc.

This is a view through my office window! Just after  the previous night's snowfall!
This is a view through my office window! Just after the previous night's snowfall! | Source

Week #07 - Theme - Shadows

This theme might seem a pretty easy task, but no it isn't. You can be very creative when it comes to shadows in photography. Another cold dull week again, and I was quite worried if I would be able to have a photograph with shadows. Of course I could have created one at home, artificially, but I like shooting with natural light. No light is more beautiful than the natural light that is available to us.

Lucky enough for me, while I was at work that day, we had sunshine after the snowfall, and I thought I was not going to lose my chance of photographing the shadows of the trees on the snow. This photo was taken through my office window.

Not a very creative one though, but I was glad I could make it for that week's submission.

When you look into shadows photography, you can be extremely creative and create unbelievable pictures. You can use the sunlight through the windows, the sunlight through the blinds, the sunlight through archways and tall doors, almost any source of light that is available to create beautiful shadow photographs of anything you can imagine or see.

A few friends who were photographing each other by the River Great Ouse, Bedford, England
A few friends who were photographing each other by the River Great Ouse, Bedford, England | Source

Week #08 - Theme - Other Photographers

Sorry again, continuously from Week #06, I have been posting pictures taken in snow. We have had this continuous snowfall for a few weeks.

Now about photographing another photographer is an interesting theme. I love shooting outdoors, and also to find another photographer, I will have to definitely get out!

I was looking for some serious photographers that day. We had below freezing temperatures and for a Sunday afternoon in that sort of temperature, I could not find many people outside, the picture says it all.

While walking down the river, I found this bunch of friends, who were photographing each other in the snow. I thought, it would make a pretty interesting shot!

To capture other photographers, you need to wait and watch them, and capture their curiosity, and the effort they put into creating a photograph. You can end up with wonderful candid shots. Every photographer has different creativity in them. It all depends on the way they see the world around them.


My office table!
My office table! | Source

Week #09 - Theme -- In the Workplace

I made this theme really simple. Sorry about the mess, it is my office table. Workplace can be anything from this office table to big warehouses, garages, heights up in the crane or on sky scrappers, in the sea, in rivers, in kitchens, at the bar, pub, in your studio, at the checkouts, or in exhibitions, or stalls, markets etc. So depending on where you work or what sort of work you do, you can be creative. Your workplace might even be a small desk in a small room at your house. People who work outdoors or do field work can be creative with the things around them. Barns, wind mills, turbines etc can be excellent subjects for photography. You can even photography somebody else's workplace.

Photography is about creativity. So be creative in what you do. I have processed this picture in black and white to make it look less messy! I like the morning sunlight through the blinds too.


The Lavenders, they were almost drying out!
The Lavenders, they were almost drying out! | Source

Week #10 - Theme - Depth of Field

Depth of field is another concept in optics/photography that every photographer needs to know in order to be able to capture excellent photographs, taking into account the environment and the way they want the photograph to be created for various reasons.

"Depth of field refers to the range of distance that appears acceptably sharp", in other words, according to wikepedia, "It is the distance between the nearest and farthest objects in a scene that appear acceptably sharp in an image."

The depth of field or otherwise called DOF varies depending upon the lens type you use.

There are a few factors that control the Depth of Field:

  • The aperture: Smaller the aperture, extensive the depth of field
  • The focal length: Wider the angle-of-view, the greater the depth-of-field
  • Distance between the subject and the camera: closer you get to the subject the more limited the depth becomes

In depth of field photography, you can create various effects:

  • Everything in the frame sharp
  • Main subject is sharp with background completely out-of-focus so that the subject stands out prominently, for e.g as in portrait photography
  • Main subject sharp, but with background slightly but not completely out-of-focus so that the objects at the background are still recognisable
  • Zone of sharpness is very much limited so that only the required part of an object is in focus, for e.g, photographing stamens in a flower etc.

In the photograph that I have submitted here, I have brought the flowers in the foreground in focus, blurring the flowers at the background, but still recognisable. This is one of the above effects in depth of field.

You can play around with the aperture settings and focal lengths and create creative photographs using the depth of field concept.


The first blossoms for the year 2012, with the sunlight through the leaves and the flowers, making the blossoms look real pretty!
The first blossoms for the year 2012, with the sunlight through the leaves and the flowers, making the blossoms look real pretty! | Source

Week #11 - Theme - Spring

Don't we all love spring? It is a bright, colourful, beautiful and warm season, although I have heard of snowfall in spring. I remember last spring, while I was crossing the road to walk to the town centre, I stood in awe at a cherry blossom tree that was in full bloom which had no blooms at all three days before.

When it comes to the theme spring, you can photograph the blossoms, the trees that are in full bloom, you can photograph the fields, flower fields, portraits with these blossoms around, the early morning dew drops on the grass and flowers, the lakes and rivers and of course the hills and mountains behind the fields, there is variety for you to go creative.

Week 11 this year, there were very little flowers around my neighbourhood and the park nearby. It was just the start of Spring and I could just find this tree that had just then started to bloom, but not in full bloom. The afternoon sun was an added bonus to this photograph making it look more lively!

I clicked through the fences, cos the usual bridge that I use to take pictures of the trains was closed !! :(
I clicked through the fences, cos the usual bridge that I use to take pictures of the trains was closed !! :( | Source

Week #12 - Theme - Planes, Trains & Automobiles

This is a mechanical theme. For this theme you can basically photograph any automobiles or trains or planes. You do not need to stick with just photographing them, their complete exterior look. You can go creative by photographing a part of an automobile, and also various angles of the machine itself.

This week's theme took me to one of my favourite places, where I go sometimes and sit, just to watch the trains come and leave the train station. It is a bridge very close to the train station, built across the railway tracks. I thought I would go there and come back with a few good photographs. Sadly they had closed the bridge permanently for safety and security purposes.

My eyes then wandered around, and I looked through the fence to see a few trains parked behind them. I just positioned my camera lens to look through the fence and got this picture.

This was just a shot by the river where the buildings were illuminated, I thought that I will draw with the light! Not a very good one though!
This was just a shot by the river where the buildings were illuminated, I thought that I will draw with the light! Not a very good one though! | Source

Week #13 - Theme - Playing with Light

Playing with light!!! I have seen many photographers do wonders while painting with light. There are many things in photography you can do playing with light. This can be done with long exposures, and that way you can paint creative images. Street photography is a very interesting one to play with light too. Lights and candles can be another interesting form of light used to paint photos. You can also make bokehs out of light, especially the ones in night are more colourful and artistic.

In the photo I have submitted, I haven't been creative. It is just a picture on slow shutter speed, of the lights on the buildings by the river.


I do appreciate honest feedback and advice. This project continues on my next hub. Please see link below.

The introduction to this project can be found here, A Theme a Week Photography - Project 52 - 2012

The first second part of this project can be found here, A Theme a Week Photography - Project 52 - 2012 Part II

The next part of this project can be found here - A Theme a Week Photography - Project 52 - 2012 Part III

The final part of this project can be found here - A Theme a Week Photography - Project 52 - 2012 Part IV

Thank you for stopping by.

Livingsta

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livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi JanMaklak, thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts on this. 365 can be quite hectic, and I agree with you about being focussed on the weekly one. Thank you again. Have a good day!


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JanMaklak 3 years ago from Canada

This topic is excellent and practical. May people take on a 365 and get lots of bad shots. A weekly theme gets you to focus and take better shots on one subject or theme. Great work and I'm sure this will get a number of people energized to get out and shoot.

Jan Maklak


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livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi KoffeeKlatch Gals, thank you for going through the photos and the hub. I am happy that you liked them. Thank you so much for the appreciation, votes and share. The weekly themes were put down by G+. Thank you again, have a wonderful weekend!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

Your photographs are amazing. How truly talented you are. The themes you picked are amazingly deversified. Altogether awesome. Up interesting. beautiful, and awesome.


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livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Sueswan, thank you. I am glad you liked them. It was like an adventure, looking for themes around myself and in the town where I live. Thank you for the votes. You too have a good week :-)


Sueswan 3 years ago

Hi livingsta

I like the way you have gone into detail about each photograph. My favourites are the The first blossoms for the year 2012, Meditating on God's Words , the trains. and Flats against the Winter Sky.

Voted up and away

Have a good week :)


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livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thank you so much Jamie Brock. This will keep me going! I am glad you enjoyed them!


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Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

You are a very talented photographer.. I am enjoying looking at your photos hubs :)


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livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thank you so much Rajan, I am glad you enjoyed them. Photography can become addictive once you get into it.

Thank you for the votes and shares!


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livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thank you Docmo, I can not help but smile. Thank you also for the vote and share! I am glad you enjoyed it!


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Wonderful pictures and you have a captivating way of narrating the story/idea behind each picture. I like to take pictures too, though I really haven't looked at it seriously. These photos inspire me to get serious about taking pictures. Thanks for sharing.

Voted up, awesome and beautiful and sharing and pinning this hub.


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Docmo 3 years ago from UK

This is a wonderful idea and absolutely shimmers of creativity. Each photograph is evocative and forms a wonderful portfolio of your skills. Your narrative that accompanies the pics is like a reflective diary and is immensely readable! voted up and shared.


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livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thank you @vespawoolf, It is indeed good to take on challenges, that way you get to learn a lot! I would love to see some of your work too!


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vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

This was fascinating! I have so much to learn about photography. I just love the photos you took...especially the shadows and other photographers. It would certainly sharpen your skills to have all these challenges. Thanks so much.


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livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Also Brett, thank you for the shares! Means a lot!


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livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thanks a lot TattooKitty. These words are motivating and encouraging. Thank you for the vote! I am working to post more photos on different themes!


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livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thank you so much Brett :)


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TattooKitty 3 years ago from Hawaii

Wow! You are a very talented photographer, my dear!! Each photo exudes the essence of each moment...you captured them wonderfully! I can't wait to see more (^-^)

Voted up, awesome & beautiful!!


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Brett.Tesol 3 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

A very interesting read, with some wonderful photos. I like the way in which you have approached this, sharing your thoughts and tips on each style/project part.

Shared, up, useful, beautiful and pinned.


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livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thank you Precy. Smiling.

Also thank you for the vote and share :)

I need to watch that movie too!!!


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precy anza 3 years ago from San Diego

Beautiful photos! I too love that photo with the people by the river... but I can't take my eyes off that other photo which was the week 02. For me it's magical, loved the ducks swimming and the bird in flight. Somehow reminds me of the movie I had just watched, Van Helsing ^-^' Voted up and FB shared!


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livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thank you SJ Walsh! :)


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sjwalsh 4 years ago from Brookline, MA

Very well written and informative article!


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livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thank you very much Emmanuel! I am glad it was useful in some way.

I appreciate your feedback and thank you for sharing :)


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Emmanuel Kariuki 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

This is a great lesson for me. I take pictures but not in any calculated scheme - I more or less shoot from the hip. Now I will have better control, especially with the rule of thirds. My favourites here are Cold winter evening and Flats against the winter sky. The Cold winter evening looks like an impressionism painting - shared!


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livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thank you for going through my photos and reading my experience. Thank you for the motivating comments. The trains are my favourite too :)

Thank you so much for the vote and share too!


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Marsei 4 years ago from New Orleans

I totally enjoyed this. The photos are wonderful, and I enjoyed reading about your experiences making them. You talked about being depressed at the beginning. This is such a constructive way to pull yourself up, as you said, with deadlines, obligations, etc. I am happy you had people also working on the project to keep you going. My favorite photos are in this order 1. the trains, LOVE it. It gives a feeling of such power put to rest. 2. the lavender, I like it because I like lavender. My absolute favorite is the people standing by the river. I remember when I first looked at it feeling very cold, which also means you brought the scene to me in a very realistic way. It's good work. I think you will learn much about yourself with your photography. Voted up and sharing on FB.

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