31 Jul 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.
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.
GwenPosted at 02:39h, 01 August
I love the sun!!!!! It’s really really hot here right now, so maybe there’s a way to capture that with the sunshine. :)
janicePosted at 12:32h, 01 August
Remember, best times are morning and evening :)
EsraPosted at 10:36h, 01 August
Love the idea of having some fun with the sun!
thanks for sharing the links…
EsraPosted at 10:37h, 01 August
oh and i love these beautiful pictures…
janicePosted at 12:33h, 01 August
Thanks! Have fun!
BarbaraPosted at 17:29h, 01 August
Beautiful shots! I like this one – one thing we have plenty of here is sunshine! Thanks for the links with tips, too!
janicePosted at 19:47h, 01 August
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 KennedyPosted at 22:28h, 01 August
Love this Janice! Great photos and fun inspiration. thanks for the links!
janicePosted at 12:24h, 02 August
Hey Katrina! How are you, hon?
GwenPosted at 01:09h, 02 August
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. ;)
janicePosted at 12:26h, 02 August
Yay! I look forward to seeing them :)
GwenPosted at 22:22h, 03 August
Feel free to peek at my Flickr stream … added them there tonight. :)
AudreyPosted at 10:29h, 02 August
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 !!!
janicePosted at 12:26h, 02 August
Hope for one of Gwen’s rainbows? ;)
AlisonPosted at 09:50h, 04 August
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? :)