Weekly Photo Challenge: Playing with Light

Here’s the week 3 Weekly Photo Challenge prompt for the NWP iAnthology!  (Here are weeks 1 and 2 if you want to look back.)

As I continue to learn the art and craft of photography, I both wrestle with and delight in light. Lighting is essential to a great photograph and although there are “rules” about working with light, sometimes breaking those rules creates the most interesting effect.

I often hear that photographs are best shot with the sun behind the camera, with the light coming in over your shoulder as the photographer.  But sometimes I just can’t resist shooting into the light like I did this morning in my attempt to capture the sunrise flaming through the fog as I peered through my car window.


And sometimes I’m able to capture the just-right lighting, almost by accident.  This still life of a narcissus paperwhite plant on my dining room table is delicately lit by the chandelier above.  I love the way the light is refracted by the chandelier glass onto the walls.  This photo, taken with my iPhone, is completely unedited.


So this week’s photo challenge is to play with light.  Share a photo that features light in some way.  Post either the photo alone or along with writing inspired by the photo.  I also invite you to use others’ photos as inspiration for your own writing and photography.  I often use another photographer’s image as “mentor text” for my own photography, trying to capture some element in my own way.

I like to share my images and writing on social media…and I invite you to share your widely too. (You might consider Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Google+) Use the hashtag #light and include @nwpianthology to make it easy for us to find and enjoy.  You can find me on Twitter and Instagram @kd0602.  I’d love to follow you if you share your handle.

You can also share your photos and writing by linking to this blog post or sharing in the comment section below.  I am excited to see how you use light in your photos!

So, have fun and play with light!

13 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Playing with Light

  1. janisselbyjones

    Great post and challenge. I need to start participating in these weekly challenges. Looks like that’s the place to experiment with the topics I suggested. I need to find more time to play!!!

    Sent from my iPhone


    1. kd0602 Post author

      Definitely…on both counts! Time for play is essential…and it would be great to have you participating in the weekly challenges. You have all week…and it’s fun! I’ve been missing your blog posts…I hope they come back soon. 🙂

  2. blkdrama

    Ahh. light! Great idea/challenge for this week. I don’t have my good camera back and in use yet but that iPhone has been fun. Let’s see is the light cooperates.

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