{Week 5 Challenge} Water!

Many of you know how much I love to photograph water.  I feel that it has a very magical quality . . . the power of weightlessness, beautiful reflections, powerful waves and playful bubbles.  My kids also love the water.  They love swimming, fishing, boating and exploring in all kinds of water.

This week your challenge is to photograph the magical quality of water.  You can photograph absolutely ANY kind of water . . . swimming pool, sprinkler, pond, lake, ocean, river, creek, rain drops, dew drops even your bath tub.  You can use your point and shoot, DSLR camera or you may want to consider buying an underwater disposable camera just for fun.  If you get an underwater disposable I recommend shooting some of your images just under the surface of the water.  The light is better and you will get beautiful reflections.  Some of you have already submitted some incredible water pics with your kids in sprinklers and on slip ‘n slides.  If you have already taken some water pics push yourself to take some with a different water source.  This is a great challenge to combine with the capturing emotion challenge too. 

As you are photographing your kids for this challenge think about the time of day you are shooting.  Early morning and evening light can give you a beautiful warm glow.  Also think about the angle you are shooting (we will have a whole challenge dedicated to this concept very soon).  Try to capture the emotion of your kids as well the environment that are in.  Be creative . . . if a shot doesn’t work you can always delete it!

Above all, have fun.  I know it’s going to be hot in our neck of the woods so this should be a refreshing challenge.  Make it a great memory with your kids- that’s the most important part!

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July 4, 2011 - 10:34 am

Jani - This should be interesting to see what everyone captures. I have already been using my underwater camera this summer, so I’ll have to try something different with it????

July 6, 2011 - 9:12 am

Jani - Melissa, I keep coming back to this water collage — it is so beautiful to see all the different colors you have captured of water. Seeing some photos from your art classroom in the past, I know it is already awesome — but I wonder if having collages of color or other art elements created from your photos in your classroom might be fun and/or inspiring for your students????

July 6, 2011 - 2:41 pm

Melissa - Thanks Jani! I really like this collage too. I put it together pretty quickly, but now I’m thinking I might like to print something similar. I love the idea of adapting this to my classroom- I’m on it!

July 13, 2011 - 6:57 pm

Sarah Litkenhaus - http://litkenhaus.blogspot.com/2011/07/july-4th-farmer-in-dell.html – 2 water pics on this link


My camera is the Pentax W90 and while it can go underwater I haven’t had many chances to do underwater pics since my little one is only a year and I’m usually by myself when were at the pool. Maybe next yr I’ll get more practice with the underwater aspect.

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