Category Archives: Photography and Art

Dark PB&J

The holiday did slow down the odd photos. Here are last weeks odd camera angle photos:

Photo By: Christopher D. Bennett. Go check out his website www.photography139.com for many other photos.

 

"Battle Dogs" Photo By: Lee

 

"Sunlight Stretch" Photo By: Me

 

Away on holiday. I used the dark robot to power on the theme machine… Mystery and dark and

 

“Shadows”

 

This weeks theme is all about shadows. Shadow photography is all about the shadow. Last year had some interesting photos. I hope this post holiday dark theme gets peoples creative juices flowing. Check out this image search and example.

As always it’s up to your interpretation, take and submit the photo in a week and If you submit it, I’ll post it. Submit at 52week@waxenmedia.comFAQS

A PB&J playing with light.

A week of grads must have slowed down the photos. Painting with light usually gets people to play. Here are those people that played:

Photo By: Christopher D. Bennett. Go check out his website www.photography139.com for many other photos.

 

"Purple Haze" Photo By: Lee

 

"Rapture" Photo By: Me

 

As I casually walked down to the random theme machine I tripped and fell down the stairs… Somehow I managed to power on the machine. As I lay there looking up it spit out the following theme:

 

“Odd Camera Angle”

 

This fit perfectly with the angle I was looking at. Last years version of this theme was a bit squeaky and with a holiday weekend coming this might be the slimmest of this years themes for entries. Odd camera angles are really just other than what is considered a normal camera angle. Last year I mentioned an image search shows little in examples. This year it shows last years photos with even less examples.

UGH. Think up, down or cattycorner avoid high, low or straight.

As always it’s up to your interpretation, take and submit the photo in a week and If you submit it, I’ll post it. “PLEASE SUBMIT” Submit at 52week@waxenmedia.comFAQS

PB&J Colorblind

There were a few colorful submissions. Here are last weeks.

Photo By: Christopher D. Bennett. Go check out his website www.photography139.com for many other photos.

 

"Color Drops" Photo By: Lee

 

"Color Sticks" Photo By: Me

 

I went down deep into the dudgeon. Unlocked the door and when I opened it I was Blinded by the Light.  The random theme machine had put a spell on me.  Let the mood music brighten this weeks theme:

 

“Painting with Light”

 

Painting with Light from last year really got the creativity flowing.  Painting with light is all about light rolling over the subject. This can be B&W or Color.  This can also be a stationary camera and moving light. Wikipedia has a great example of moving the camera which can be found here. The first known photographer to use this technique was Man Ray in his series “Space Writing”  There are many ways to interpret this. Some examples: Image search 1 and Image search 2. Enjoy and don’t let it overwhelm you, a flashlight and a subject would work. Just take your time you have a week.

As always it’s up to your interpretation, take and submit the photo in a week and If you submit it, I’ll post it. Submit at 52week@waxenmedia.comFAQS

PB&J, The golden standard.

Last week had some adventures. Here are last weeks adventurous photos:

Photo By: Christopher D. Bennett. Go check out his website www.photography139.com for many other photos.

 

"Ugh Make Fire Ugh Ugh" Photo By: Me

 

"Ugh Cook Ugh Ugh" Photo By: Lee

 

I walked down to the random theme room where Chris was already waiting. After all the security clearance and authorizations were approved the keys were rotated and the dial started spinning. My mind really had slipped a notch because all I could see was techno color. When the machine completed its rotation it came to rest on:

 

“Colorful”

 

The theme this week to be is colorful.  Last years colorful had some colorful submissions.  I think people have hit the “Not quite summer yet funk”.  Lets hope colorful as a theme is inspirational enough to get people out and produce some colorful submissions.  Colorful photography has many meanings:  an emotion or feeling,  either subject or background, multiple tones of a single color in harmony or just full of color.  Your imagination sets the rules.  An Image Search for assistance.

As always it’s up to your interpretation, take and submit the photo in a week and If you submit it, I’ll post it. Submit at 52week@waxenmedia.comFAQS

A Moving PB&J

Fresh back from the SPAM capital I decided to get moving. The moving photos for last week were slow to arrive but here they are:

Photo By: Christopher D. Bennett. Go check out his website www.photography139.com for many other photos.

 

"Whipped Eggs" Photo By: Me

 

"Flipped Eggs" Photo By: Lee

 

Fresh back from my SPAMVENTURE™ and eggs I’m hungry for some reason. Good oil and a frying pan tend to do that. I seem to have forgot my wallet, no car and the dogs ate my homework. I was at a lose what to do. I went down and asked the Great random theme generator for the answer to all answers. What photos shall we take this week?: something bold, something that will get people outside and motivated to take some photos. I’m talking real things.

I pressed the button and held my breath… Once I woke up I noticed the machine had stopped on:

 

“Adventure”

 

I thought having the ability to actually hold your breath long enough to pass out was pretty adventurous. I suspect this is to be something like last years adventure. Be bold and adventurous go forth and discover the grass that needs mowed, the neighbors cat or the lonely squirrel.  Somewhere adventure is waiting for the right photographer and that photographer is you!  I know you can do this and with only an image search  and an inspirational song to guide you.

As always it’s up to your interpretation, take and submit the photo in a week and If you submit it, I’ll post it. Submit at 52week@waxenmedia.comFAQS

PB&J Helping Hands

I could have used some helping hands. It seems all of my appliances decided they are done working. Here are last weeks hands around the photographer… ok just hands photos.

Photo By: Christopher D. Bennett. Go check out his website www.photography139.com for many other photos.

 

"A last Goodbye" Photo By: Cathie

 

"Grand Hand" Photo By: Lee

 

Photo By: Me

 

I cleaned off the appliance grease and managed to find my way down to the random theme room. Dragging my sore feet it took all I had to just smash the start button. The machine just spun round and round and didn’t seem to stop. All I could think of was hair band RATT and their song Round and Round. Flashback…. 1, 2, 3 It seemed I missed that the dial had stopped on:

 

“Motion”

 

Last years motion was very short. I’ll go out on a limb here and say, “If it’s moving it’s in motion.” There you go. An image search for inspirational assistance.  Go quick and take photos while running. (NOTICE: I am not responsible for any accidents. Please only try this at home with a cheap camera. Or a really expensive one which motivates me not to drop it.)

As always it’s up to your interpretation, take and submit the photo in a week and If you submit it, I’ll post it. Submit at 52week@waxenmedia.com. FAQS

Starving PB&J… MORE JAM NEEDED

I thought food would bring people out. It maybe time for a PB&J party. Here are last weeks photos:

Photo By: Christopher D. Bennett. Go check out his website www.photography139.com for many other photos.

 

"Comfort Food" Photo By: Lee

 

"Dreaming Food" Photo By: Me

 

I went down to visit the random theme generator. I was waving my hands erratically and asked could we have a theme people would notice. Something that will help to photograph and enter a few photos. The machine just starred at me waving… I keep asking what? what are you saying?. Finally I got it. this week is:

“HANDS”

Hands, this is fairly self explanatory.  Last years hands provided several helping hands. Here is an image search to give a few ideas.

As always it’s up to your interpretation, take and submit the photo in a week and If you submit it, I’ll post it. Submit at 52week@waxenmedia.com. FAQS

So dry we had extras… PB&J update.

Last week was full of double dry photos. Here they are last weeks photos:

Photo By: Christopher D. Bennett. Go check out his website www.photography139.com for many other photos.

 

Photo By: Cathie

 

Photo By: Will

 

"Nature Love in Cement"

"Photo of a Photographer"

Photos By: Lee

 

"unDry Camo"

Photos By: Me

 

Dry was so busy It made me hungry. The only problem was the hunger bus was broken and I was really hungry. I asked the random theme machine for something to take my mind off of this hunger… I know now that the random theme machine has a sense of humor. It spit out:

“FOOD”

I’m going to assume the machine has a plan. Food as a theme is rather straight forward. One could take this theme a step farther and have some fun. Go forth, find food and take photos.

As always it’s up to your interpretation, take and submit the photo in a week and If you submit it, I’ll post it. Submit at 52week@waxenmedia.comFAQS

Fast Assembled PB&J

Last week must have gone by too fast. Fast as a theme passed people by. Here are the submissions for fast:

Photo By: Christopher D. Bennett. Go check out his website www.photography139.com for many other photos.

 

"Staring Contest" Photo by: Lee

 

"Truth in Advertising" Photo by: Me.

 

Working at the computer mine I often hear a lot of dry humor. With that in mind Chris and I walked down into the random theme generator room and asked it for something fresh and less fast theme. Obviously geeks assembled this machine… It spun around, started laughing and spit out:

“Dry”

Ha ha ha.. DRY is this weeks theme.   2010 Dry was dry, lets hope the dry humor of the RGM produces some more dry responses. With Spring rains happening dry photos might be interesting. Here is an image search to give you some ideas.

As always it’s up to your interpretation, take and submit the photo in a week and If you submit it, I’ll post it. Submit at 52week@waxenmedia.com. FAQS

Unfocused Random PB&J

Last weeks unfocused must have been in focus. There were several entries. Here are last weeks photos:

Photo By: Christopher D. Bennett. Go check out his website www.photography139.com for many other photos.

 

Photo By: Cathie

 

Photo By: Will

 

Somebody forgot their photo and for punishment the old school method of writing out what they did wrong was applied.

"Unfocused Punishment" Photo by: Lee

 

"Bunny War" Photo by: Me

"Bunny War Armageddon" Photo by: Me

 

I was chanting a commercial about being freaky, freaky fast. Chris slowly walked into the room and powered on the random theme machine. As it spun around and around and around and around and around, it was freaky, freaky:

“Fast”

Which is exactly where it stopped, on fast. Ironic that it has to to stop to say fast? Fast is all about photos that either show off fast or are taken fast, that’s it. Check out last years for ideas or go freaky, freaky fast and start talking photos. Long live Ron Galella the pioneer of paparazzo! 

As always it’s up to your interpretation, take and submit the photo in a week and If you submit it, I’ll post it. Submit at 52week@waxenmedia.com. FAQS

The PB&J of Communication

Last weeks communication worked except for my website. It seems the communication I received saying “Thanks for your Payment!” was false. Now paid up, here are last weeks communication photos with a first time submitter, Cathie.

Photo By: Christopher D. Bennett. Go check out his website www.photography139.com for many other photos.

 

Photo by: Cathie

 

"Multicategorical" Photo by: Lee

 

"Wired Community" Photo by: Me

 

Feeling a bit shaken and not focusing. I just couldn’t see straight. I called Chris over who was assisted in starting the random theme generator. FYI The theme machine received a software upgrade which now includes a larger display. Too many new features. While I was rambling about upgrades the machine came to a soft stop:

 

“Unfocused”

 

Unfocused is where you break the “Rules of Photography”. Rather than being in focus you “purposely” make the photos “out of focus”. This is often done to give a dreamy, mysterious or shadowy photo. Check out last year or an image search for ideas. This can be done with a box camera. Focus the camera off the subject at something that is much farther away. This is done by pressing the shutter release half way then turn the camera back to the subject and finish pressing the release.

As always it’s up to your interpretation, take and submit the photo in a week and If you submit it, I’ll post it. Submit at 52week@waxenmedia.com. FAQS

A Still PB&J

It seems people really got into the spirit of “still life”. Unfortunately I think it translated incorrectly into “Sit still, life” and everybody sat still for the week.. whew a long week. Here are those of us that choose to take a “still life” photo rather than “sit still”.

Photo By: Christopher D. Bennett. Go check out his website www.photography139.com for many other photos.

 

"Midnight Masquerade Rendezvous" Photo by: Lee

 

This was created before people knew what TV was.

"Original Red Box" Photo by: Me

 

Chris and I went down to see the godfather of random themes and was granted audience. I bowed and explained that we needed a theme that would get people talking. This theme needed to bring people together in a common cause. A cause of photography and give them something to talk about. Photo submissions were needed. Quietly it thought and spoke:

 

“Communication”

 

Communication… and we were ushered out. I’m not exactly sure where the godfather was going with this but lets communicate.  Last years communication leaves me just as blank. Only difference this year is, I don’t have a home phone to photograph. I shall not doubt the wisdom of the godfather and hope all the photographers communicate in some communication photos.

It’s up to your interpretation, take and submit the photo in a week. If you submit it, I’ll post it. Submit at 52week@waxenmedia.com. FAQS

PB&J Bunny Attack

Silhouette didn’t seem as popular this year. It is an easy theme full of artistic fun. Even if this theme is over for the year I encourage you to go out and take some silhouette photos. Here are last weeks silhouette photos.

This is the year of the attacking bunny. Bunny owners beware!

Photo By: Christopher D. Bennett. Go check out his website www.photography139.com for many other photos.

 

My more shadow than silhouette photo but an interesting twist on light.

"Silhouette and Shadow" Photo by: Me

 

The double bunny photos. The light and dark side of the force.

"Light Bunny" Photo by: Lee

 

"Dark Bunny" Photo by: Me

 

I went down to the theme generator and had a stare off with it…… I informed it that I was going to sit still, while starring it down, until it gave us a theme that everybody could be creative with. Chris stopped by and pressed the red button… So after my head quit spinning the machine said this week is all about:

 

“Still Life”

 

2010 Still life Had several submissions.

Still life is the photography of an inanimate subject. This gives the photographer control to refine the lighting and composition. Don’t read too much into the definition. In the basic sense it’s a picture of an inanimate object such as a classic basket of fruit. Check out GOOGLE to see other examples.  As always it’s up to your interpretation, take and submit the photo in a week and If you submit it, I’ll post it. Submit at 52week@waxenmedia.com. FAQS

PB&J Market Update

A trip to the market yielded some marketable B&W photos. Here are last weeks market photos:

Photo By: Christopher D. Bennett. Go check out his website www.photography139.com for many other photos.

 

Photo By: Lee

 

Photo By: Me

 

It seems the power is out in the theme inspired room. All I can see is outlines. I hope that is Chris’s shadow. I reached for the emergency generator and the theme machine powered one. The generator kicked up an amazing dust storm. Through the haze I could read the theme machine screen:

“Silhouettes”

A theme I rather like because of its wide range of creativity.  Last year this theme managed to peak a few interests. I hope this year it peaks even more. At its basic a silhouette is the outline of a person or object. An image search should give you many ideas.  As always it’s up to your interpretation of the theme and if you submit it, I’ll post it.

Hints: An easy silhouette is to take a photograph of somebody with a light behind them. Such as at sunset or sunrise. Then focus on the light source, such as the sky, not them. This will set the exposure of your camera to the bright light and cause everything else to go almost black.