Play Break Challenge | Week 1 | Johnson Creek Photographer

9 times out of 10, I'm a photo challenge FAIL.  Photo challenges are fabulous for sparking creativity though, so even if you only make it a day or a week or a year, you're getting at least a little something out of it.  So hey, here I am rising to meet another photo challenge, but I'm not making any promises.  They might suck, I may forget one week, or they might not meet my standard for beautiful photos - and that's ok!  I'll forgive me. 

Recently Petapixel posted "13 Exercises for Photographers That Can Help Jump-Start Creativity" that my group of Beloved photographers has slightly revised into "Playbreak".  It sounded fun, so here I am giving it ago.  Here are the instructions for week 1:

Week 1: Jesh has been known to say that there is a whole world within a 10 foot radius of where you are standing: so your challenge is to stand in one spot and make 24 unique photographs while standing in the same place. You cannot move your feet! What can you find that is beloved about the spot you chose? and why?

I went in to this one expecting it to be easy and I had all these awesome images in my head that I would post and share....

Except then I actually started the assignment. Dude. That shit was HARD.  I thought I was standing in this amazing spot with all these different things to look at right there.  And while there was a lot to look at, and it was an amazing spot because it was a beautiful night and my family was all around...


It was hard to make these things look interesting photographically. I managed to make it to 23 photos before I had a hungry p-o.'d baby calling for me, but I did what I could and it required me to stop and think and look at things from other angles...which is the point. 

Here is what I came up with from my in-laws deck this evening:

I didn't think I'd be able to answer the question as to what is "Beloved" about the spot I chose and why, but as I'm loading up these photos I realize that I can. Two things, actually.

1.  It was a regular ol' night on my in-law's deck...but I was surrounded by people I love. 

2.  Beloved photography digs a little deeper into your mind and heart.  This challenge made me do that a bit - just on a much smaller scale.

I could actually come up with a few more but with my tendency to ramble, I'll just end it here. 

How about you? Take a Play Break! Can you stand it one spot and come up with 24 unique images? Give it a try! You don't need a fancy camera - any camera will do.  I'd love to see your photos, but even if you don't show them, tell me about your attempt!  Did you do it? Did you learn anything or see something in a different way?

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