focus52 july 31 to august 6

Apologies in advance as this post is heavy on the photography angle, but I’m in no way leaving our other creatives out of the fun. Plenty of things to do with this subject, so no excuses! and hey, you could always grab whatever camera you have handy and have a go, if you’re so inclined! Fun!

The sun does not shine for a few trees and flowers, but for the wide world’s joy.
                                      – Henry Ward Beecher 

Our focus52 prompt this week is …

* sunshine *


I love capturing sunflares in my photos, or getting everything set up just right for a beautiful sunburst, peeking around a subject. It’s one of my favorite practices to explore.


Finding some “magical light” is always a thrill too …


And so, I’d like you to take some time this week to have some fun with the sun. You can seek out the magical light … the kind that has you stopping in your tracks and grabbing your camera. Or you can capture a wonderful sunrise or gorgeous sunset. And if you’re interested in catching some flare and you don’t quite know how, you can try a few of these links for some pointers and examples:

from DPS: 5 Tips for Achieving Artistic Lens Flare

from Carla Ten Eyck: Lens Flare

from Olivia Bell Photography: How to Photograph & Process Lens Flare along with presets for sale (no, I do not own these, nor do I know Ms. Bell)


from I Heart Faces: How To Capture Sun Flare (ignore the tongue in cheek Nikon only references, heh)

Whatever you choose to do, make the sun the prime factor in your projects this week.

Although I’ve gone on and on about what I want you to do this week, remember that the prompt can be interpreted in whichever way you like, and in whatever medium you choose, and it’s entirely up to you whether or not you use it. Don’t let me railroad you into anything :)

Also, please don’t feel that you have to use it this week’s prompt in order to come back and share on the weekend. I just want to see what you’ve done, prompt or no prompt.

The linkup for last week’s work closes Monday evening so there’s still time to link up your work here on the site and in the flickr pool, if you haven’t yet.

Have fun!


Wondering what this is all about? One project a week for 52 weeks, hosted right here at twoscoopz! Get all of the info here and visit or join the focus52 flickr group here.

  • Gwen
    Posted at 02:39h, 01 August Reply

    I love the sun!!!!! It’s really really hot here right now, so maybe there’s a way to capture that with the sunshine. :)

    • janice
      Posted at 12:32h, 01 August Reply

      Remember, best times are morning and evening :)

  • Esra
    Posted at 10:36h, 01 August Reply

    Love the idea of having some fun with the sun!
    thanks for sharing the links…

  • Esra
    Posted at 10:37h, 01 August Reply

    oh and i love these beautiful pictures…

    • janice
      Posted at 12:33h, 01 August Reply

      Thanks! Have fun!

  • Barbara
    Posted at 17:29h, 01 August Reply

    Beautiful shots! I like this one – one thing we have plenty of here is sunshine! Thanks for the links with tips, too!

    • janice
      Posted at 19:47h, 01 August Reply

      Thank you, and your welcome! I love reading little tips here and there. It never fails that you learn at least one thing that you didn’t know.

  • Katrina Kennedy
    Posted at 22:28h, 01 August Reply

    Love this Janice! Great photos and fun inspiration. thanks for the links!

    • janice
      Posted at 12:24h, 02 August Reply

      Hey Katrina! How are you, hon?

  • Gwen
    Posted at 01:09h, 02 August Reply

    Evening is my favorite time … And we FINALLY got rain today, and so the sun gave us a rainbow. Sadly, I was in my car and didn’t have my camera with me when it was at its best. I did capture the end of the rainbow, as it was fading (as I got home in time to still catch part of it). But I got some AWESOME shots today, and I know I won’t be able to decide what to use when it comes time to write my blog post for this week. ;)

    • janice
      Posted at 12:26h, 02 August Reply

      Yay! I look forward to seeing them :)

      • Gwen
        Posted at 22:22h, 03 August Reply

        Feel free to peek at my Flickr stream … added them there tonight. :)

  • Audrey
    Posted at 10:29h, 02 August Reply

    Well Jan, for someone who stays in the North-East of Scotland, “sunshine” could be a challenge, especially with this week’s forecast !! Cloudy and thundery yesterday. Pouring with rain today. Fingers crossed !!!

    • janice
      Posted at 12:26h, 02 August Reply

      Hope for one of Gwen’s rainbows? ;)

  • Alison
    Posted at 09:50h, 04 August Reply

    We have had very little to NO sun this week. So frustrating. The one sunnyish afternoon we went skateboarding so I didn’t take many pictures. Ah well. Perhaps next week the theme could be foggy and crappy weather to ensure that I get some sun? :)

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