The idea behind this is to get out and shoot more – and to look for subjects where perhaps you ordinarily wouldn’t.
I’m going to list five topics/subjects and over the course of the month I’ll take photographs representing each one – or at least representing my interpretation of each one. Basically, anything goes. If one of the subjects is “red” and for whatever reason that inspires me to take a photo of something yellow, I’m okay with that – just so it gets me to look for photos in places I might not ordinarily look for photos. In the past, I've found that if a word such as "red" is on the list I'll find myself looking at all things red all month long -- and that's kind of the point. I’m not sure it’s really a “competition”, other than with yourself, but I wasn’t sure where else to post this.
At the end of the month I’ll post five photos. It'll probably be one of each word, but not necessarily. I hope you’ll join me, and share your results at the end of the month. And if you do join me and share your work, perhaps you might want to volunteer to pick five words/topics for an upcoming month.
One approach I've used in the past is to take a photo of everything on the list as early in the month as I can, and then the rest of the month I'll be looking for opportunities to improve on what I already have. So I might take a crappyish snapshot of some stairs today, and then next week try to find prettier or more interesting stairs or try to get them in more interesting light, or find a whole 'nother interpretation of "stairs" altogether where I'm shooting something in nature that reminds me of stairs. Anyway, if you decide to go along you may be surprised at how much time you spend looking for something that fits your idea of "almost pretty" and how much fun you have deciding on how best to photograph it. I hope so!
*NOTE: I will edit this post each month to add the current month's topics. If by some chance there is a limit to how many times I can edit a post and can no longer add to this post, I will re-post this list in post #2 of this thread - the next one down. But hopefully it won't come to that!
JANUARY (picked by MichiTimm)
stairs - morning - window - circle - almost pretty
FEBRUARY (picked by Old Crow)
SOOC - Candy - Ant's Eye View - Ordinary - The Letter "K"
MARCH (picked by cubatahavana)
Red - Yellow - Blue - Black - Green
APRIL (picked by CameraMan)
Tool - Drink - Food - Landscape - Black and White
MAY (picked by EastBayGirl)
Pattern - Aged - Natural - Small - Angles
JUNE (picked by philk54)
Innocence - Magical - Extraordinary - Work - Vacation
JULY (picked by darkslinger)
Stretch - Fresh - Fail - Pathways - Chill
AUGUST (picked by Intheswamp)
Shine - Brick - Pan - Texture - Shadow
SEPTEMBER (picked by Benitoite)
Imprint - Address - Invention - String - Dusk
OCTOBER (picked by MichiTimm)
Vintage - Minimalist - Collection - Numbers - Animal
NOVEMBER (picked by Old Crow)
Old/Abandoned/Decaying - Around Town - Hands - Something Blue - Naturally B&W
DECEMBER (picked by EastBayGirl)
Lights - Seasonal - Together - Special - Golden