The Ricky Tims 2017 photo challenge Week 5 was “One Shape.” The idea was to capture an image that portrayed a shape as one of the seven elements of artistic images (line, shape, form, space, value, texture, color). The ways to do this are almost infinite; the participants in the class took significant liberties with shapes, and many ignored the “one” part. As usual, I tried to adhere to the assignment rather than go far afield. In my previous life as a film photographer, I tended to not try to take “artistic” photos, but ones that showed biological and ecological things that I wanted to show in class or in presentations. Still, some of those turned out to be fairly artistic. Here is one of shooting stars:
On a clear day, Kalalau Valley on Kauai is spectacular:
Here is my “One Shape:”
Week 6 was “Forks,” and that was one I struggled with, so I am not going to show my image for that challenge.
Week 7 was “Black and White.” The idea was to capture an image in color on the digital camera, then convert it to black and white in Adobe Lightroom. This is a simple process. The difficult part was figuring out what image to capture that would be interesting in black and white. Not having done much B&W photography, and not having access to massive granite cliffs (ala Ansel Adams), I used my imagination.
Here is one of Windsor Mall on the Austin College campus:
This is the one I ended up using – bare Shumard oak branches at Austin College’s McCarley Woods Nature Preserve: