Weekly Photo Challenge: Shine

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!

There’s nothing like a bit of shine to catch my eye and draw my attention.  Exploring the Segerstrom Performing Arts Center yesterday evening before an Ian Anderson (of Jethro Tull) concert,  I couldn’t resist the corner mirrors that extended up several flight of stairs.  Looking down over the top of the railing, I noticed interesting shapes, colors and reflections that felt fun and playful.  I find myself wanting to understand the physics of this arrangement.  Why do I not see my reflection?

mirror shine

Outside the same place, I couldn’t resist this shot of the building reflected in the windows of the other concert hall.  The setting sun provided the just right amount of shine to capture these two buildings wearing each other.

window shine

And because of our impromptu work-night concert adventure, we got home quite late.  But it was Thursday…one of the few days we are allowed to water our oh-so-dry lawn (for 10 minutes after 6pm), so by the shine of the flashlight my husband headed out after our concert adventure to water our backyard.

fliashing shine

Earlier in the week, I had a daily photo prompt to take a picture of water in a new way.  So I headed out into my backyard where the sprinkler was running (after 6pm on Tuesday, another of our watering days).  But the original photo lacked pizazz and frankly wasn’t all that interesting.  So using the app Big Lens, I was able to create some shine and add a light flare as I played with the focus and lens in my editing.  I think the effect is fun!

artificial shine

And a weekly photo challenge wouldn’t be complete without a beach picture.  Taken after sunset, I like the way you can see the remains of the shine, both in the sky and on the wet sand.

evening shine

So let your eyes wander and find the shine.  It might be on a reflective surface, caused by the setting sun, or even created artificially.  You might even find a new way to interpret shine and share with the rest of us!

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 #shine for this week and include @nwpianthology in your post.

What’s shining in your life right now?  Share it through your lens.



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