August 2021

Summer's Finale

Roll out those lazy, hazy days of summer. You will wish that summer could always be here - Nat King Cole

The dog days of summer are upon us.   In Ancient Greece the Dog Days were believed to be a time of drought, bad luck and unrest, when dogs and men alike would be driven mad by the extreme heat.

Don't go mad!  Instead think of the Dog Days as your summer's finale and enjoy the peak of summer's temperatures and humidity before the days start getting shorter and the temperatures start dropping. 

Savour the bounty of your garden, the warmth of your evenings, the laughter of children playing before they return to school.  Enjoy your last chance to go camping, to BBQ and to go to farmer's markets and fairs. Take your last swim in the lakes, rivers and oceans. Rejoice in being shoeless and coatless and gathering with loved ones outdoors.  Use this time to get out there and take some wonderful summertime pictures for your memories because before we know it, the leaves will be falling and the cozy winter scarves will be making their appearance. (Which brings a whole new kind of awesomeness for photography!)

To quote Sylvia Plath, 'August rain: the best of the summer gone, and the new fall not yet born.  The odd and uneven time"

Monthly eBook

August 2021

Explaining the Prompts

The weekly themes designed to fire up your imagination, increase your skill level, learn new techniques and share your joy of the photography world!

PICTURE YOU week just might challenge you the most! Getting in front of the camera is important in so many ways. It teaches us how others feel when the camera is pointed at them and it allows us to be more comfortable in our own skin. When we include ourselves in a picture, it documents our days, but you don’t HAVE to be in the photo at all if it does not fit your style. There is freedom in this week, but we do challenge you to turn the lens around and get in front of it! (You have a million pictures of your family, but none of yourself, right)? Each PICTURE YOU week will have a GUEST PROMPT where a member from our community will be given the opportunity to write a prompt for us to follow! The guest prompt is designed for you as valuable members to stretch your creative abilities and show us what you’ve got!

PICTURE MORE is ‘technical week’. The prompts will let you explore your creativity with a technical agenda. This is the week to try new skills, revisit old ones and maybe learn some really interesting tricks. You might just surprise yourself with your technical genius! One of the greatest things about photography is its diversity. We will be exploring camera angles, symmetry, breaking the rules, negative space and other tricks to make your photography evolve! During this week we will be stretching ourselves with skills that may range from techniques such as light trails, long exposure, lens zooming and panning, or we may switch things up and add some processing fun!

PICTURE COLOR is all about color, a specific color on a Sunday chosen by one of the creative team that will be featured exclusively! Sometimes you will easily find these colors and other times these colours may be more difficult to find. Be patient - sometimes the color will just ‘pop’ out at you in the most unpredictable way! The color prompt week will most definitely make our galleries look lovely!

PICTURE STYLE is all about your style within different styles! Landscape, street, night, travel, portraiture, still-life, wildlife photography and other picture modes are going to be stylized to create some amazing photographs. We will also be playing around with shutter speed and double exposure to give your photos a different “pop”.

EXTRA CHALLENGES: Each month we are including SELF PORTRAIT, WHERE I STAND and MACRO MONDAY challenges. We also have the new QUARTERLY CHALLENGES. First up is PICTURE YOUR WORLD, where you hopefully will return to the same place each quarter to take the same photo (see the seasonal changes), second is the SCAVENGER HUNT that went down so well last year and finally we thought that SONG LYRICS will give us all a bit of a challenge, all totally up to you, if you want to incorporate this into your daily photo.

Daily Prompts

August 2021

365PictureToday Creative Team

Garnett
Garnett
Kris
Kris
Danette
Danette
Diane
Diane
Lysle
Lysle