Category Archives: WPC

RWPE #19 – Leading Lines

Here are the submissions for last week’s Random Weekly Photo Experiment – LEADING LINES:

Dawn Krause

Mike Vest

Teresa Kahler

Christopher D. Bennett

Becky Perkovich

Dawn’s Poem

Leading Line

No come-ons were needed
You peeked into my soul
We saw each other clearly
And made each other whole

No empty promises spoken
No need to ask for more
No dangers lurking in the dark
Only what fate had in store

I need a come on now
To let me know it’s fine
A word of reassurance
Or my heart for you will pine

The Random Theme Generator has been generating and generating and it spit out a fascinating theme for this week:

Panning Camera Blur

I don’t think this theme needs much of a description. Basically pan the camera and take a picture. Hopefully with a long enough shutter speed to capture the blur. Honestly that is a slightly simplified definition. This technique would usually be used while following a moving object. The idea being that the subject will stay sharp(ish) and the background will be blurred. This way the motion of the object is captured in a still photo.

As always though, interpret the theme any way that you want.

RWPE #18 – Wild

Here are the submissions for last week’s theme – WILD:

Dawn Krause A

Dawn Krause B

Michael Vest of Waxen Media

Christopher D. Bennett

Carla Stensland

Julie Johnson of The Joy is in the Journey

There were a couple of late submissions for FEET. They can be seen on the FEET post:


The Random Theme Generator has been generating and this morning it spit out the following theme:


The best definition of LEADING LINES is a photo with very strong lines in the composition that lead the viewers eyes through the photograph. A simple example would be almost any picture of railroad tracks or of a highway. A viewer will naturally follow lines through a photography, so it is a powerful compositional tool to put your subject at the end of lines.

Below are a couple of examples of LEADING LINES:

Remember, the lines don’t have to be straight. An “S” Curve in an image is a very powerful compositional tool. Of course, as always, no reason to be too literal with the theme.

RWPE #17 – Feet

Here are the submissions for last week’s theme, feet. Included is a new first time contributor – Alexis. That is good, because there seemed to be fewer contributors this week. Perhaps the subject matter scared some people away. I know not everybody likes feet. After all, most feet are kind of gross, but some feet are funny. Hopefully most people find these feet to be to their liking. (At least the pictures of the feet.)

Alexis Stensland

Michael Vest

Christopher D. Bennett

Becky Perkovich

The random theme generator has spit out the following theme for this week:


As always, I will be interested to see what people do with this theme.

A couple of late submissions:

Dawn Krause

Justin Whitaker

RWPE #16 – Rule of Thirds

Teresa is a first time contributor this week. The contributions for last week’s theme – Rule of Thirds:

Teresa Kahler

Christopher D. Bennett

Becky Perkovich

Dawn Krause

Mike Vest

Dawn’s Weekly Poem

Rule of Thirds

Rule of Thirds

It’s just us three
Same as always
Even with four

We talk we laugh
We cry we smile
We always share

Someday she will
Grow up and leave
Down to two-thirds

Some time with him
And he will fly
One-third alone

Two thirds always
Have one-third watch
Throughout their lives

This week’s theme is an easy one:


After all, almost everybody has at least one foot and everybody at least knows somebody with a foot.

RWPE #15 – Long Exposure

The submissions for this week include the youngest contributor to date. I’m not sure of Scott’s exact age, but I know it is south of double digits. I should really know his age, considering I helped plan the guest list for his birthday party.

Dawn Krause

Michael Vest

Scott Krause

Christopher D. Bennett (Not touched by Photoshop)

Dawn’s Poem of the Week

Long Exposure

The bones ache from a long cold frost
the flowers wilt and whither
a tear glistens on her frozen face
no fire to beckon hither
desolate, forsaken, out of place
the heart has lost it’s dream

Shall she awaken from this dream
to find her world blanketed in frost
rocking in this forgotten place
where beauty will fade and whither
not a sole to motion hither
would there be confusion upon her face

A close glance upon her face
reveals her captive dream
to laugh and call him hither
and melt the frost
and no longer whither
to finally escape this place

Time has no bearing on this place
It holds the demons she must face
Her choice to live, love, or whither
to lose her dream
to bitter frost
or to let the warmth come hither

Searching for hope to draw her hither
an escape to a happier place
no threat of frost
on her lovely face
her hope gives birth to every new dream
letting the old ones die and whither

Never let her spirit whither
to love she must come hither
replace a shattered dream
make her world a happy place
let joy alight her face
and warm her heart to frost

Lest we let the dream whither
Melt the frost and call her hither
Bring happiness to her place and joy upon her face

Dawn’s poem is a sestina. It is a highly structured poem consisting of six six-line stanzas followed by a tercet for a total of 39 lines.  Don’t feel bad. I had to look that up too.


Shannon Bardole’s Artistic Appreciation Pick of the Week

Next week’s theme is considerably less complicated. A person could make an argument that almost any picture that is off center would qualify.

Next week’s theme is:

Rule of Thirds

The technical way to define The Rule of Thirds is as follows:

The rule of thids is a compositional rule of thumb in visual arts such as painting, photography and design. The rule states that an image should be imagined as divided into nine equal parts by two equally spaced horizontal lines and two equally spaced vertical lines, and that important compositional elements should be placed along these lines or their intersections.

Thanks Wikipedia!

Here is an example, albeit not a perfect example of the technique:

On the intersections…

With the lines clearly drawn out…

This isn’t a perfect example, but I wanted to make sure that this was a picture that included Jen because she was the first person I ever heard utter the phrase: “Good use of the rule of thirds” when looking at one of my pictures. A picture of the Gilbert water tower if my memory isn’t faulty.

It might have been the exact moment that I knew that Jen was a keeper.

RWPE #14 – Symmetry and Patterns

The submissions for last week’s theme: Symmetry and Patterns.

Becky Perkovich

Michael Vest

Christopher D. Bennett

Dawn Krause

Julie Johnson

Dawn’s Weekly Poem

Symmetry and Patterns

See the parallels in our lives
Lines drawn in to the sands of time
Running forever side by side
Just like a perfect worded rhyme
From pain to sad to glad and joy
We’re all alike more than we think
Foundations in stone bind our hearts
Just open our minds to that link

The theme for this week is:

Long Exposure

I don’t know if there is a good way to define “long exposure”. This is how I’m going to define it and while it most likely isn’t technically correct, it is good enough for me. The human hand can only remain steady for 1/15 of a second. Therefore a long exposure could be defined as a picture with a shutter speed longer than 1/15 of second.

Of course you can define “Long Exposure” however you want. Maybe you have a pasty friend with a sunburn. Maybe you have a friend that keeps chili in the fridge well past a time when it should have been thrown away.

It will be interesting to see what people decided to do with this theme.

The Virtue of the Bored

I got a few late submissions for Macro that I thought that I would share. The first picture is from Justin Whitaker. Otherwise known as Julie Johnson’s boyfriend and author of the American Buddhist Perspective.

Justin Whitaker

Carla actually sent in 4 pictures, but she sent them to the wrong email address, so I didn’t get them on time.

Carla Stensland A

Carla Stensland B

Carla Stensland C

Carla Stensland D

Here are a couple of the other pictures that I took for this theme.


Dad’s Pocket Watch

A M.U.S.C.L.E. Gang

A Lone Unusual Small Creature Lurking on My Dining Room Table

Metroplex? I think!

The first flower of the year. The weird thing is that I don’t even remember having daffodils last year.

I should get to work on this week’s RWPE. I’ll probably lean on Photoshop quite a bit more than usual this week.

RWPE #13 – Macro

The submissions for last week’s theme Macro:

Julie Johnson

Dawn Krause

Michael Vest

Christopher D. Bennett

Dawn’s Poetry Submission


With tendency to over think
And analyze the motives
We watch our world slowly shrink
And stress hit like locomotives

The Random Theme Generator has been spun and it spit out the following theme for this week:

Symmetry and Patterns

That should be a fairly interesting subject. Hopefully we get several contributors next week. I’ve already heard rumors about a possible new first time contributor being on the horizon!

RWPE #12 – Signs

The submissions for last week were a little bit slim, but I think there are some good submissions in there:

Dawn Krause

Michael Vest

Christopher D. Bennett

Dawn’s Poem


Follow the signs of your heart
They tell me that way’s better
Tissues falling to the floor
It seems the way that’s wetter

Follow the signs of your Lord
And forever walk in grace
I followed true and faithful
The devil stepped up his pace

Follow the signs of your soul
Peace in your days will follow
Wary the dangers lie below
Try not to think too shallow

Follow the signs of your pulse
Trust you won’t break asunder
Rainbows fade to pouring rain
Leading to days of thunder

Follow them all not on their own
To glorious days ahead
Trust the signs calling to you
Allow yourself to be led

Almost all of the RWPE themes can be done with an el cheapo camera or a camera phone. There is no reason why a person couldn’t think creatively and come up with a way to get around this week’s borderline techinical theme, but I should at least explain what this week’s theme means, technically.

This week’s theme is:


What is macro photography?

To quote Wikipedia:

“The classical definition is that the image projected on the “film plane” is close to the same size as the subject. On 35 mm film, the lens is typically optimized to focus sharply on a small area approaching the size of the film frame. Most 35mm format macro lenses achieve at least 1:2, that is to say, the image on the film is 1/2 the size of the object being photographed. Many 35mm macro lenses are 1:1, meaning the image of the film is the same size as the object being photographed.
In recent years, the term macro has been used in marketing material to mean being able to focus on a subject close enough so that when a regular 6×4 inch print is made, the image is life-size or larger. With 35mm film this requires a magnification rtion of approximately 1:4, which demands a lower lens quality than 1:1. With digital cameras the actual image size is rarely stated, so that the magnifcation ration is largely irrelevant; cameras instead advertise their closest focusting distance.”

The best way to think of the technical way to look at this project is that macro photography is close up photography of something that is small.

Here is an example:

Of course as always, feel free to interpret macro any way that you want.