Tuesday Photo Challenge – Flow

Just go with the flow!

Wow!  We’re already up to the 33rd edition of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  Last week’s challenge was all about Fresh!  And your response to this topic was filled with great images and ideas, which made it not only fresh, but also fulfilling!

In thinking about where to take this challenge to next, I looked for something that might actually make a bit of sense to be a follow up to all things fresh…

Then I came up with the idea of going with the flow, which led me to this week’s challenge theme of Flow.  In capturing the concept of flow, there are a number of directions that you can take.  With a short exposure time, you can freeze the flow in mid-motion, or you can take a longer exposure to show flow over time.  Also, keep in mind that flow can be more than liquids…

So, there is lots of room for creativity, which I am looking forward to seeing.  Here’s an example from about 4 years ago…

Power of Water

This shot was all about capturing the power of water in motion, as works its way down the falls, carrying tree trunks and chewing at the rock.

For those who’d like to participate in this weekly challenge, the rules are the following:

  • Write a post with an image for this week’s topic
  • Please tag your post with fpj-photo-challenge (if you’re not sure about how tags work, please check out this WordPress article about tagging posts)
  • Create a pingback link to this post, so that I can create a post showing all of the submissions over the week (note: pingbacks may not appear immediately, as my site is set up to require approval for linking to it; helps against previous bad experiences with spamming)
  • Have fun creating something new (or sharing something old)!!

After a fresh week, let’s keep the ideas flowing!  Have fun!

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Canon EOS 5D MkII using an EF24-105mm f/4L lens.  Exposure settings were 1/5 second at f/22 and 100 ISO.  Note that you can also ‘trick’ automatic cameras into this type of exposure by experimenting with the program modes.

Author: jansenphoto

A Fresh Perspective Photography is more than just a vehicle for capturing the world around me; it provides me with a palette and a set of brushes, with which I paint not only what I see, but also look to express the emotions that are evoked by the scene in front of me in that moment. Growing up in the Netherlands exposed me to a wide cross-section of visual arts that laid the foundation of my photographic view of all that surrounds me. Early influences were the Dutch Masters of the 17th century, to whom I was introduced by my grandfather during museum explorations; favorites among them are the scenes of quotidian life depicted by Jan Steen and Frans Hals and the vivid landscapes of Jacob van Ruisdael. My classical high school education was supplemented by the Boijmans Van Beuningen museum, where I spent many a lunch hour exploring its great collection. Here I was introduced to surrealism with a particular love for the approach taken by Salvador Dali; Dali also rekindled my appreciation for the work of Hieronymus Bosch, who often showed the folly of us mortals. Universal Connections My approach to any photographic subject is to look for understanding first; in this I look to establish either a connection between the viewer and the subject or capture the connection of the subject with its surroundings. The captured image then aims to portray this connection from a perspective that is part of my personal interpretation. This interpretation is often a form of externalized introspection, which may alternately display the connection of isolated beings and items with their environment or highlight the whimsy of the profound world, in which we find ourselves. The universe is full of connections, many of which are waiting to be discovered; part of my journey as a photographer is to document these connections. Any assignment, be it an event, a product shoot or a portrait session is always approached through communication with the client; this is where the first connection is established. Ideas are exchanged and a collaborative plan of action forms, ultimately resulting in a set of images that aim to exceed the expectations of each client. And, lest we forget, it is important to have fun while practicing the serious business of photography!

22 thoughts on “Tuesday Photo Challenge – Flow”

  1. Great focus for this week’s challenge, Frank. Quite California, if I say so myself. 🙂 Will do my best. Blessings to you .. hope you are still celebrating your birthday (should go at least 1 month).

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