Popinjay Photo Challenge: Hope

My bloggy friend Michelle has begun her very own weekly meme, a photo challenge in which she gives us a word and we take a photo of something that represents that word in some way. The word for our first challenge is “Hope.”

Now let’s be honest for a minute and admit, I don’t have a “fancy schmancy” camera. But my camera DOES have some options that I can play with, and to be honest I just tweak the buttons and see what happens. I want to learn more about the different settings and play with those buttons a bit more intentionally. I hope to one day HAVE a fancy schmancy camera, and it seems like it just couldn’t hurt to already know what all those little letters and numbers mean – right? Anywho…

I played around with the lighting, the angle, the ISO (whatever that is) and all kinds of things. I used some of the preset setting options and zoomed in and out, stood closer and farther away. In the end, this is the photo that I chose for my selection:

Hope.

If you click on this you can see it at it's finished size.

I took this with my Casio Exilim Ex-Z80, using one of the preset settings (which used: ISO 64, F 4.5, 1/60.) I also used the auto-detect setting which doesn’t take the picture until both the camera and subject are still. How glad I am to find that! All I did for this was resize it down to 1000 x 750 pixels at a resolution of 100 pixels per inch.

But of course, since I’m having fun with this and trying to learn how to use my camera more artistically, I didn’t stop there. Using the same image and cropping certain pieces, I also made these:

That last one is kind of hard to look at but it’s fun. My favorites are the second and third one, brighter and darker. But somehow, I think brighter fits the message better. =)

For more photos of  HOPE, click here. Tell Michelle I said Hi!

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Michelle Pendergrass
Michelle Pendergrass
January 11, 2010 7:21 am

We had the same idea!! I think your pictures came out wonderful! I love the second one (under the one with the white fade-out frame) it’s so deep and sharp.

Is that your favorite chapter or is there a favorite verse in there? Just curious.
.-= Michelle Pendergrass´s last blog ..Popinjay–Hope =-.

Amber
Amber
January 11, 2010 12:13 pm

Well, I do like all of Romans 8 a lot. My mom has a thing for Rom: 8:31-39 and so it has a lot of meaning for me, too. I was specifically focusing on the last part of that, verses 37-39, for the photo. It also has some meaning for me, because I wrote a song from that passage (because of my mom’s affinity for it) and it went on a cd that our church made (of songs written by church members.) “What Can Separate Us?” It’s the only song I’ve written that ever actually got recorded with full accompaniment… Read more »

Jenny 867-5309
Jenny 867-5309
January 11, 2010 12:47 pm

I love your idea of Hope. It is the true meaning, right?! I like the second one too.
.-= Jenny 867-5309´s last blog ..Jenny 867-5309 =-.

Karina
Karina
January 11, 2010 7:27 pm

I love your idea, and I love how you played around with it, and had fun taking different shots!

This is going to be a lot of fun!
.-= Karina´s last blog ..popinjay – Photochallenge – HOPE =-.

Amber
Amber
January 13, 2010 7:01 pm
Reply to  Karina

This IS going to be a lot of fun – isn’t it?? =D

Heather
Heather
January 12, 2010 10:25 am

In the series of 4, where you played with it, I like the 2nd the best. I like that you have a warm, soft blanket next to the Bible. Kudos for choosing Romans 9–one of the harder chapters to grapple with.

Amber
Amber
January 13, 2010 7:00 pm
Reply to  Heather

Thank you! I like Romans. =) I really wanted the cozy pink fabric in the shot, like you’ve been curled up reading and just set the bible down for a minute to go grab a cup of coffee. =)

Elaina
Elaina
January 13, 2010 9:56 am

Such a great idea. The fourth down from the top is my favorite.

flipflopmamma
flipflopmamma
January 13, 2010 6:10 pm

Isn’t it fun to play with all the settings?? I love figuring out what my camera can do 🙂 Great photos!

Amber
Amber
January 13, 2010 7:01 pm

Elaina, Flipflopmamma – Thank you, I had fun playing along with this, and playing with the camera and photos. =)

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