During July, the dedicated, hard-working hosts of the incredibly popular Lens-Artists Photo Challenge take a well earned break from their hosting duties and co-opt five guest hosts to take on this important responsibility. Wrapping up the final week of the month, is guest host, Sarah, from Travel With Me. Sarah has chosen the theme ‘Picking Favourites’. She has asked that respondents pick three of their best/favourite photos, one each from three different photographic genres. Sarah has also requested that respondents outline why they chose a particular photo. Tough assignment but I’ll give it a go. Here is my response.
I have found that my readers, an eclectic bunch, often prefer imperfect photos with a backstory over a great photo with no backstory. Mine is not a photography blog so that makes sense. My selection therefore puts an emphasis on story-telling.
My first photo pick is a landscape. I haven’t published this photo before. I kept it to myself because I had some crazy idea that I might like to paint it one day. I briefly considered increasing the contrast in the photo a tiny bit for this challenge. I had a practice run and it looked fabulous but that small enhancement changed the story. I took this photo in December 2019 when smoke from nearby bushfires blanketed Canberra. Did you know that people trying to escape those fires, could not see more than a few metres ahead of them? Anyway, even from a distance it felt and looked pretty weird. I think the unedited photo shows this best.
My next pick is a wildlife photo. I haven’t published this one before either. I wrestled with this photo. I cropped it and moved the small bird around in the frame so it would satisfy my understanding of the rule of thirds. But, the changes didn’t do anything for me. I kept returning to this long distance photo with the little bird just off-centre. There’s a fragility about it, but also a lot of pluck (at least, in my opinion). The only edit I made was to reduce the vibrancy of the photo.
I really only take three types of photo. I mostly take wildlife photos because I enjoy that. However, I end up taking up a few landscape photos because I am not very good at wildlife photography, especially if the subject is on the move. When I’m having no luck with wildlife and I’ve taken too many landscape photos, I often take photos of my husband. Hence, husband photos is my third photography genre. Of course, it goes without saying that all my husband photos are equally brilliant, so I don’t have to go back too far for my third pick. I took this photo of my husband earlier in July. Readers might think the photo is over-exposed, but that’s how it really was on the day. Perhaps that glare makes for a not-so-nice photo? It’s personal taste but I like the makes-your-eyes-squint background. On the day, I took several photos, adjusting my settings each time to reduce some of the glare and add a bit of contrast, but I didn’t like those photos. This is the first photo that I took. The only change I’ve made to this photo was to increase the blacks a tad and slightly darken the highlights. The story, which you can plainly see, is that my husband is feeling much better now and is fully recovered from his health issues (long story, no time).
So there you go. That’s my three favourites for this week. I want to thank Sarah for hosting this difficult challenge and for the opportunity she gave me to rabbit on about why I like these particular photos so much. Gosh, I like to chat! Click on the link here to see Sarah’s wonderful photos and to discover what other photographers have contributed.
Regular host, Anne, will return on Saturday, August 6 with next week’s challenge. Anne has chosen the theme of What’s Your Groove, so get ready.
I hope you enjoyed the stories, if not the photos.