Creativity – what is a 30 in 30?

Interesting topic for last week’s Flickr theme was “Back Portrait”

Back

Described as “a matter of photographing people from behind and telling the other side of the story”. As you know, I was pretty busy last week and didn’t have as much time to devote to this as I would have liked, but some of the results were really interesting – you can see them HERE. It’s definitely something I’m going to come back to (if you’ll pardon the pun).

ddl heads

So what else is new?  Well, I mentioned that I had been shortlisted for a new exhibition called Creativity which happened to coincide with a Creativity challenge that one of my favourite podcasters came up with.

30 snail

The podcast is Teabreak Tog and the presenter is Julie Christie. She published this podcast recently about a creative challenge called the 30in30. The aim being that you go to a particular place and shoot for 30 minutes with the target of producing 30 good pictures.

hose

It’s a really neat idea as it forces you to look hard for new angles, details, abstracts etc. to go beyond the normal and obvious. I decided to do this in my garden, which I’ve shot in hundreds of times, so to help a bit, I put on the Macro lens again to give me a chance to capture small details as well as the bigger picture, but being fixed at 100mm focal length I was going to have to move about a bit to get some shots.

Backlit

The time went really quickly and I ended up with about 40 images that I liked, that I then cut down to 30. To display them, I opened a new Picasa account which has an excellent photo collage application and this was the final result.

30 in 30

I would highly recommend this as a creativity-sparking exercise and one that I will return to again on another occasion. In my next post I’m going to give a shout out to Julie and Teabreak tog and explain why you should be listening to her podcasts no matter what level you’re at with your photography.

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One response to “Creativity – what is a 30 in 30?

  1. Pingback: Time for Tea – One of my favourite Podcasts | paul j chapman photography·

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