Picture Round Up

For the month of August I am participating in the #AugustBreak2014, started by Susannah Conway, like I did last year, in August 2013. I love the random word prompts that spark such creativity in photography. This year Susannah added an additional feature, where she sends out a daily email that reminds you of the prompt, has some sample pictures, and often some hints for ways to take a more meaningful picture based on the theme of the day. While I am nothing more than an amateur photographer, and I am using my iphone for all these pictures, I am having fun playing around with setting up the “scene” for some pictures and using different angles and perspectives.

Day 9’s prompt was “In my bag”. This day happened to be the last class of my summer semester so I happily emptied my school bag to take an overhead view of the stuff inside.

In my bag...

In my bag…

Day 10’s prompt was “Drink”. I took a number of picture of drinks throughout the day but I liked seeing the sun shine on this drink, out on my peaceful balcony, with some other characters and items that make me smile.

Day 10 Drink

Day 10 Drink

Day 2 called for Pattern. I was surprised to find patterns of all shapes and sizes in different areas of my life.

Patterns all around

Patterns all around

Day 5 asked us to look for “3”, but not just the number. Three objects or items we put together or find together. I did stage a picture of three books together, which was fine. Then I walked around the building at lunch for a quick stretch and I looked up and saw this:

Three

Three

Day 4 was “orange”. I was panicked all morning, wondering where and how I would find something orange to photograph. As I left to go to work, I hadn’t walked 20 steps out of my front door before I noticed this:

Orange

Orange

Right in front of my eyes!

One thing this photo challenge has taught me is to truly notice my surroundings. It is important to stop and look up once awhile, to smell the roses, notice the beauty of nature. This is great advice for leaders as well, as time for reflection is so important to build into your regular habits.

Here are the rest of the prompts for the month. What would you photograph? Where are interesting pictures hiding in your everyday life?

August Break 2014 List

August Break 2014 List

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About Amy's Reflections

Director of Educational Services in Southern CA, taking time to reflect on leadership and learning
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3 Responses to Picture Round Up

  1. Veronica says:

    First of all, I love the pictures, and yes reflection is so important for all learners, leaders, etc.. It’s what allows us to grow from our experiences. Hmm, might try doing this for a week and see what I come up with.

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