Weekly Photo Challenge: Play

Do you speak in images? Enjoy taking photos to document your experiences or just to express what you notice in the world? Love to share them with others? Welcome to the weekly photo challenge! I post a new challenge each week…check in regularly and join the fun!

Unofficially summer is over for me tomorrow…I head back to work to prepare for the new school year.  I’m not dreading going back–I’m lucky, I love my work.  But I do want to be reminded to continue to include play in my life, even when I am working.

Sometimes play is as simple as taking a photo of my cat and then messing with it in a photo app…like this one of Phil.  The intensity of his look in this photo just cracks me up…looks like he is saying, “How dare you…”


It’s also fun to play around with the framing of shots like this one using the prickly pear as a way to frame Lake Hodges in the background.

framed by prickly pear

There’s other kinds of framing that is fun to play around with too.  And sometimes it’s designers that create playful features like this one at the Huntington gardens where you can walk behind the waterfall…what a perfect opportunity to take a photo of the backside of water!

backside of water

Other features like this decorative opening in a wall became a playful way of looking at the gardens beyond.

through the open window

And then there is play beyond the camera too.  Visiting my son and daughter-in-law meant the opportunity to spend some time playing with their little dog Elli.  She’s a cute long-haired chihuahua and she loves to play!  She likes to sneak some licks, bring her toys, race around the room…  And of course, she is adorable!


And sometimes I like to play with my little magnetic lenses.  Today I had the fisheye lens out…one I don’t use too often.  I wanted to capture the flowering of the tree in my driveway. Here’s the fisheye version.

tree blossoms_fisheye

So this week’s challenge is to do some playing…with your photography or without photography…and then document it with a photo.

You can post your photo alone or along with some words: commentary, a story, a poem…maybe even a song! I love to study the photographs that others’ take and think about how I can use a technique, an angle, or their inspiration to try something new in my own photography. (I love a great mentor text…or mentor photo, in this case!)

I share my photography and writing on social media. You can find me on Instagram and Twitter using @kd0602. If you share your photos and writing on social media too, please let me know so I can follow and see what you are doing. To help our Weekly Photo community find each other, use the hashtag #play for this week and include @nwpianthology in your post.

Be sure to squeeze some play time into these last few weeks of summer!  Can’t wait to see what you are playing around with!

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