Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitary…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

The world is a looking glass and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face. William Makepeace Thackeray

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

Reflection: the throwing back by a body or surface of light, heat, or sound without absorbing it: the reflection of light; an amount of light, heat, or sound that is reflected by a body or surface: the reflections from the street lamps gave them just enough light; an image seen in a mirror or shiny surface: Marianne surveyed her reflection in the mirror. Contd below

It’s interesting that this week we get to create mirror images reflected in all sorts of surfaces… sort of like life, and how we respond/react to situations around us. I looked back to the dictionary for definitions because even though it is a word we use daily (I do on my blog), it does have a few related meanings; mirroring light and contemplation are two that I like. What about you?

It is not so much the example of others we imitate as the reflection of ourselves in their eyes and the echo of ourselves in their words. Eric Hoffer

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

Reflection: a thing that is a consequence of or arises from something else: a healthy skin is a reflection of good health in general;a thing bringing discredit to someone or something: it was a sad reflection on society that because of his affliction he was picked on; serious thought or consideration: he doesn’t get much time for reflection; an idea about something, especially one that is written down or expressed: reflections on human destiny and art. OxfordUnivDictionary

For this post, I created a few collages to compliment the individual shots added here. It was a bit of a challenge trying to decide what worked and what was a stretch. What I love about the photo challenge is that it has opened my eyes to learning new ways to use the camera and view the world. When we look through a camera lens, we might have a vision of what we want to capture and so we are  drawn to certain things that appeal to us. Yet, that view could be myopic if we don’t open our minds to see what isn’t obvious and embrace what isn’t always our norm… just a thought.  I love that the photo challenge encourages novice photogs like me to join in and have some fun… What is it like for you? More below!

The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them. Thomas Merton

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful. Margaret J. Wheatley

This has been a fun one… Hope you liked the reflections I shared and I’ll soon be on my way to visit and catch up on your posts; an endless but rewarding task. What are your thoughts? What photos did you share on REFLECTIONS to fit the challenge? Was it easy/hard to find photos that supported your perspective on the subject? Were you drawn to certain types of photos for the prompt? Do share? Thank you! Have an awesome weekend!

*Please bear with me as I continue to catch up on reading and commenting on your blogs… I’m halfway there. Thank you all for your patience!

My fellow bloggers were equally creative with their selections. I will list some when Zemanta offers them up! I added a few from WP Daily Post below. (I will update it and add more). We all appreciate trackbacks/ping-backs and Likes from fellow bloggers too! Check out how others interpreted the theme – REFLECTIONS – also below. ***

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections. Reflections. This week’s photo challenge is guest hosted by Jared Bramblett. This challenge is about using reflections in the composition of a shot. Reflections are all around us, whether they’re in a window, a puddle, a mirror, or another surface. They can dramatically affect the feeling and mood of a shot by creating a surreal sense of duality. Think of a city reflecting in a river, a crowd of people reflecting in the glass pane of a building, or — as in the shot I’ve chosen above — a landscape altered by the placement of a simple glass mirror. Share a picture which means REFLECTIONS to you!
Tips: Think about using different perspectives and viewing angles to modify a reflection’s impact on your composition. For beginners: You can face a reflective surface head on to compose a creative self-portrait, or you can change your perspective so the reflection focuses on another part of the area around you. For advanced photographers: I’d also recommend playing around with the exposure of the reflections. For instance, if you use a wide aperture and meter an area in the reflection, you can creatively alter the appearance (depth of field) of the areas outside of the reflection.

Positive Motivation Tip: What we reflect, we receive, what we resist, persists. We can, each of us, be a beacon of light to self and others.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

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