For the 113-in-2013 photo challenge, I did not manage to get a great shot of each item that I was pleased with. However, it did inspire me to get out and take pictures of things I would otherwise pass by, and that's the reason I do it. Here are three of my favorites, all shots which I actually took specifically for this challenge.
#5 one word
#41 trees in a row
#99 somewhere to sit
You can see the whole set here. I'm pleased that I got as many as I did - 74. Better than the previous year. I signed up for the next group, 114 in 2014. I'm not sure how much I like this list. In the past year, I found my self struggling to go out and shoot things, like "a baby picture of yourself." I just don't find much room for creativity there, unless I spend an inordinate amount of time coming up with a crazy concept. On the other hand, I know it stretches my thinking, and I enjoy the camaraderie of the group.
One item I struggled with the whole year was 'bird on water.' I couldn't decide whether to take the straight-forward approach, or whether I should find a more artistic view. I also don't have a great lens for shooting wildlife. I did rent a telephoto lens for a wedding in August, and took the opportunity to find some "birds on water." Here's what I ended up with for my final entry.
bird on water
I really like the color of the water, as well as the ripple of light on the left side of the frame, and the softness of the gray feathers. I ended up making a whole set of my 'bird on water' shots. I would love to know, which one would you have picked?