365 ~21st ~ 27th February

This week is Symmetry week which I thought wouldn’t be too bad, and it was mostly OK.

Day 52 ~ Square. Symmetry in our images can be achieved when two halves of an image hold the same weight. However, symmetry doesn’t have to be literal in the sense that each half mirrors the other.  But rather, it’s a balancing of objects and space. Symmetry in composition can also be achieved when different elements are used to help achieve the appearance of being symmetrical. This one caused me problems, not sure why, I did a whole month of squares back in the 366 days of 2016, maybe that was it, hard to think of something I hadn’t done before! Kitchen tiles to the rescue!

Square

Day 53 ~ 2 O’clock. How will you find symmetry today at 2 o’clock?  Maybe it’s just the story behind your symmetry.  I am very excited to see how you will find it today!  This one was also hard, I had a full day of clients so had to cheat and alter the clock when I had 10 minutes spare. At the real 2 O’clock I had a sucker in someone’s ear! Still this is what I do after each client, write up my notes on the laptop. There’s symmetry in there somewhere!

2 O’Clock

Day 54 ~ Incredible. When it snows, I like to go out and photograph snowflakes.  It makes winter more bearable. To me, snowflakes are incredible!  Each one is unique and the symmetry presented in each individual flake is perfection.  If it’s snowing in your neck of the woods today, why not try and capture the symmetry in a snowflake.  No two are the same!  If not, I’m sure you can find all kinds of other symmetrical things in your world.  What stands out as incredible to you? Nope, no snow here anymore. What we do have is Winnie, who is incredibly crazy, wild, nosy, fast-as-lightening, funny and definitely symmetrical.

Incredible Winnie

Day 55 ~ Window. Windows are great photography subjects…. whether looking at them or looking out of them. They provide interest and can even pick up cool reflections. We are practicing symmetry in our photography this week and windows are perfect for this. Look for houses or buildings and notice where the windows are placed.  How can you photograph them with symmetry?  I decided the Love Window in my shed would be good for this one. Thinking about it could have used the Wallace & Grommet Window for square. Duh.

Window

Day 56 ~ Meaningful. As we’ve seen this week, symmetry is a multi-faceted word.  In its broadest sense, symmetry means balanced.  In photography, this means that your photo is well-composed and that it has interest and movement throughout.  How lines and light move through an image create balance.  How a subject is placed in the frame with regard to negative space or background creates balance.Find something that is both familiar and meaningful to you.  Study it for a few minutes.  Notice its shape.  How does its look, change in different light or from another perspective?  Photograph the object such that you create symmetry by way of balance.  You may choose to include the entire object or only a part.  Whatever you do, create a meaningful image of something that is meaningful to you. This was easy.

Meaningful

Day 57 ~ Segment. Some images are symmetrical around a central point, like a spiders web. This type of symmetry is harder to find, but when you see it, it will immediately make sense. Radial symmetry pops up in architecture from time to time. Getting into the forest early in the morning to get the best light and with the dew still hanging around makes for great photos.  I am lucky to have such a great place to go so close to home.  Segments can be found in most circles.Where are you going to find your segments today? My first day off and nope to getting up early and finding a forest. I walked up to our local shop and bought a lemon!

Segment

Day 58~ Cones.

Are you ready for some photo fun!  It is scavenger hunt day!  Here is a list of items to go out and find and photograph! Once your hunt is complete, you will compile those images into a collage.  Symmetry is everywhere.  Today you are going on a scavenger hunt to look for cones and you will be photographing them in symmetry.  The cone shape naturally lends itself to leading lines. Let’s find some cones and leading lines!Today you are on the hunt for cones!  You can either position them in your photograph to draw your viewer’s eye, or maybe you might just want to find cones!  Pine cone, ice cream cone, traffic pylon, pencil tip, nacho chip, tree, funnel, party hat, strawberry. I had to send off for party hats and funnels from Amazon as our local shop doesn’t have either, but I managed to cobble everything else together, and Phil got a cornetto for helping me out. I forgot about symmetry and leading lines and just made up little stories for most of them.

Cones

Well that’s another week over, and next week is the first week of the month so more ‘selfies’. 🥴😟

Stay tooned dear reader!

365 ~ 14th ~ 20th February

Well this was ‘pink’ week and I’ll be honest, pink’s OK for nail polish and lippy, and flowers of course, but that’s about as much as I’m bothered with it, or so I thought. However, it seems I have been fooling myself as I seem to have way more pink stuff than I realised!

Day 45~Treasure ~ Happy Valentines Day! Pink is a delicate colour.  It represents all things sweet, nice, playful, cute, romantic, charming, feminine and tender.  It is associated with bubblegum, babies, little girls, cotton candy and sweetness!  What can you find today that is pretty in pink! Not so much pretty, but at least a ‘treasure’, my World’s Greates Mum rosette which Ben gave me when he was a youngster, and he and my grandson really are my treasures, as are my photo’s of them.

Treasure

Day 46~ Meditative ~ As we continue with Pink color week, I want to encourage you to be mindful and present as you go through your day!  Keep an eye out for the pinks that catch your attention. You may discover pink in the most unexpected place; like these little pinks I found washed up along the shore!  Hope you are surprised by what you find today! Can’t wait to see!  I was at work all day and not much pinks going on there unless we count the ear canal which is (mostly) pink but I’m not allowed to photograph. As it happened though I was sent to pick up lunches at Morrisons and came across this big candle with a pink flower embedded in it so I got that for the photo today.

Meditative

Day 47~ Blurry ~ I just happened to have some pink glitter and scrapbook paper handy to execute my idea today.  I set this up by propping up my paper, getting my camera in place and ready to shoot with my remote, and then I stood behind the paper and just poured the glitter out while using a slower shutter speed and voila – a blurry pink photo!  Slow shutter speeds will be your friend today (and lots of patience as well).  *Sigh* Who I ask you has pink glitter and scrapbooks just ‘handy’?? I have my phone handy, and my purse and some tissues. Who are these people? Roses will suffice.

Blurry

Day 48~ One of the definitions of passion is “an extreme interest in something.”  The colour pink is said to be a combination of the passion of red mixed with the purity of white.    Putting them together for today’s photo seems to be a perfect match.   We all have our individual passions and interests.  As 365’ers I think it’s safe to say that one of them is  photography.   When you think of passion, what comes to mind?  What are you passionate about photographing?  Capture your passion and bonus points if includes the colour pink. I am so glad she defined this as “an extreme interest in something”  and I didn’t have to snog my bloke (again) for a photo. So, mosaic tiles instead, mosaics being my 2nd passion. Or 3rd if we’re counting my hubby, which I wasn’t but I will in case he reads this. ♥️

Passion

Day 49~ Down ~You can interpret today’s prompt a couple of ways.  Are you feeling down? Maybe something pink may cheer you up. Or…you can shoot down for your photo. Think flatlay. Have you ever taken time to experiment with unusual backdrops? The roses in my photo were placed on a cookie sheet. Doesn’t that give it more interest? You can shoot high key on a white background, you can go dark and moody with a black background. You can use contrasting colors. It’s totally up to you. But, think about shooting down on your pink subject and think of a way to make the background interesting so that the pink will pop! Think I did this one OK, it’s not a flatlay but I did shoot down, and the words are motivational/funny for when you are down. Also- cool background and the pink is a’poppin’!

Down

Day 50~ Circle ~ Am I the only one who thinks doughnut when the prompt words are pink and circle? When you are intentionally trying to include shapes in a photo, it is fun to incorporate both the obvious and the maybe not so obvious.  In this photo, the doughnut is the obvious subject.  Its shape is enhanced by the circle of the stand.  The hole in the center of the doughnut continues the “theme” as does the base of the stand even though the circle is incomplete.  The eye is expecting to see circles, so it will find the incomplete ones as well. How many circles can you include in your photo today? Doughnuts shmonuts! Prawn vol au vents for this puppy! 14 circles. I’m winning at pink!

circle

Day 51 ~ Take a photo of something pink that presents itself to you today. You may remember back in December I was looking after Sophies cats for 2 weeks whilst she went off to Spain to stay for Christmas with her chap. Well Sophie is still in Spain due to Covid travel and quarantine problems and we’ve still got the cats. Yesterday I got on Amazon and ordered some toys for them, and today the Postman presented me with a package, and I presented the cats with the contents of it. There were many lurid colours, so I did the selective colour thing, (which I’m none too fond of but sometimes has to be done) to pick out all the pink bits. Not as sharp as I’d like, but was wanting to get one with Vinnie inside it and he moves fast for a big guy! Also, Vincent’s nose, so cute 😀

Present

So that’s the end of pink week, but stay tooned! as tomorrow we start symmetry week.

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