Saturday, September 14: I got a new iPhone at the end of July, finally joining (most of) the rest of the world in having a smart phone. The main reason I wanted a smart phone was to be able to take decent pictures when I don’t happen to be lugging my Olympus PEN EPL-1 along. In late August, I joined Instagram because I like the idea of taking random pictures using the phone and posting them immediately. I also really like Instagram’s Weekend Hastag Projects, which seem more creative and challenging than most of the other photo challenges I see out there, including the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge. I really do enjoy the Photography 101 blog posts that WordPress has initiated of late, and I love the photo challenges related to those photography lessons. However, I admit I am getting a little tired of entering photo challenges by just looking in my archives and finding photos that match the challenge. It seems to me that a photo challenge should be about taking pictures AFTER the challenge is entered, within a certain time frame, say a week. Many people, often including myself, post pictures the minute the challenge is posted, meaning they’re not actually going out and taking pictures in direct response to the challenge.
My goal is to do the opposite whenever I can, because I want to be challenged to actually take new pictures meeting the challenge. I want to learn to think outside the box, something I’ve never been good at, and try to see things in the world that I might not otherwise notice. I may not always succeed, but at least I’m going to try.
This weekend’s project is to get people interacting with clouds.
Instagram’s Hashtag Project’s challenge for the weekend of September 14-15 was to take creative and playful photos and videos of people or objects interacting with clouds. Some tips to get you started: Take time to notice the shapes of clouds and what you think of when you see them, then use that inspiration as a starting point for the shot you put together. Second, be patient and pay attention to perspective. It’s important to line your shot up well so others can understand what you’ve created. Finally, have fun! Don’t be afraid to let your imagination run wild. PROJECT RULES: Please only add the #WHPmindtheclouds hashtag to photos and videos taken over this weekend and only submit your own photographs and videos to the project. Any image or video taken then tagged over the weekend is eligible to be featured right here on Monday morning.
These are the results from the weekend on Instagram: #WHPmindtheclouds
All of these photos are taken with my iPhone in my front yard on Saturday. On Sunday, we head to Sky Meadows in Delaplane, Virginia, where I continue the project.