Monday, September 12, 2011

Thematic Photographic 162 - Playing with Light


Going with the flow
Quebec City, QC, July 2011

This week's theme, playing with light, is a bit misleading. That's because one can easily say that all of photography is technically playing with light. It's all about optics, about capturing light in certain ways and sharing the results with others. So why would I single it out on its own?

Good question. Because for the next week I'd like us all to explore pictures where the light is the story. It doesn't matter how strange it may look - all that matters is that the picture jazzes you in some way, and that you find some way to interpret the theme. As is always the case with Thematic themes, there are no rights or wrongs. Just visions. And for the next week, I hope you'll enjoy exploring this one. And yours.

Your turn: Take a pic that reflects the "playing with light" theme - or find one you may have posted online - and then leave a comment here letting everyone know where to find it. Repeat as often as you wish, and feel free to pull in a friend. We'll be doing this all week, so don't be shy. And if you're new to the Thematic thing, click here and all will be explained.

Update: Almost forgot to update y'all on what this is. It's a jellyfish, and I caught this shot at the Quebec Aquarium. Low light and relatively fast-moving beings made for an interesting challenge. The meandering crowds didn't help, either. But I stuck with it for a bit and eventually got this one reasonably decent shot. I'm learning that patience can be a virtue on occasion.

20 comments:

fredamans said...

Here is my take on the theme; http://fredamans.blogspot.com/2011/09/thematic-photographic-playing-with.html

Kalei's Best Friend said...

I love your entry, Carmi.. Your imagination in themes has taken a turn huh?
http://afreshstartwithkalei.blogspot.com/2011/09/tp-162-playing-with-light.html

Funny you should pick this theme.. When I first saw it, it reminds me of my friend's blog page title.

Max said...

That is an awesome picture, for the life of me I can't figure out what it is. But the color and the reflection are captivating. I'll be thinking all week...

Aunt Snow said...

What is that in your picture, Carmi? I can't "see" it!

My "playing with light" shots are here:

http://doves2day.blogspot.com

A Paperback Writer Photos said...

I had to go with "playful" for this; I can't do anything technically beautiful like what you've got here.
Here's mine: a confetti storm:
http://apaperbackwriterphotos.blogspot.com/2011/09/photo-non-contest-162-playing-with.html

Karen S. said...

What an amazing play with light theme photo! Not really sure what this stunning green object that appears to be floating is...but it's great...and oh this will be hard to match! Fantastic theme Carmi!

Karen S. said...

...and here is my take on the theme as well;

http://twincitiesblather.blogspot.com/2011/09/thematic-photographic-162-playing-with.html

Bob Scotney said...

Shots not deliberately taken with this theme in mind. Same day, same location from different angles.
http://bit.ly/qZiUCl

Leckeres für Mensch und Katze - Goodies for a pleasant life said...

Here is my light
http://leckeresfuermenschundkatze.blogspot.com/2011/09/feuerwasser.html
:)

Gilly said...

I enjoyed this one, Carmi! Came up with these three for starters

Little Nell said...

vockedextedediI found two ways to play with the light, both from and,
To The Lighthouse

Leovi said...

Delicious composition. I love.

Leovi - The Hell

http://lafotografiaefectistaabstracta.blogspot.com/2011/09/foto-abstracta-1796-el-infierno-hell.html

Little Nell said...

Ha! just saw my comment above - please ignore the first word, I seem to have incorporated the word verification!

Max said...

Earlier this month I was "playing with light" on my front porch.

Barb said...

Carmi, how about a trip down memory lane? All the way back to Thematic Photographic #1. Look <a href="http://hamptonroadphotography.blogspot.com/2011/09/written-inc-thematic-photographic-162.html>here</a> for one of my favorite shots, and a couple more.

Barb said...

oops... this should make it easier to link here

Alexia said...

My light-hearted shots are here

Max said...

A new set of Playing with Light photos.

young-eclectic-encounters said...

Here is my take on the theme
http://young-eclectic-encounters.blogspot.com/2011/08/beautiful-morning-lights-and-shadows.html
Enjoy johnina :D

Buff said...

Hi Carmi!

I have a couple of shots that were taken during a walk along the seashore in Victoria, BC. They convey a very different mood, I think mostly because of the effect of light on fog.

Seashore lighting