Through The Lens Thursday #34: Green

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Through The Lens Thursday is a one-year photography project, where every week, my project partner, Greta of GFunkified and I, will post a picture (or pictures) we have taken based on a prompt. Our hope is that together, we can teach and learn from each other, stay accountable to our goal of improving our skills, and hopefully, be taking some gorgeous photographs. 

A photography project

This week’s prompt is ‘Green’.

Broccoli Parmesan Bites snack

What a great coincidence for a prompt! I happen to have a recipe on Everyday Family this week for these fabulous Broccoli Parmesan Bites (that I promise you, are DELICIOUS), so please, go and check it out, along with 5 great tips on getting your 1 to 5 year olds to help with meal time prep and clean up, from my awesome friend, Dr. Deborah Gilboa (aka Dr. G).

In case you think I’m copping out again for my own photography project, and sharing a photograph I did not specifically take for Through The Lens, you’d be wrong. I finally did haul ass and even went out of the house to shoot some green things. 

Even if ‘going outside’ means going downstairs and wandering my apartment grounds, taking pictures of trees and leaves. 

Green - leaves through mesh

You know, I NEVER know how these weekly photography posts will turn out. I never plan to write stories around the photos. Thursdays has become my weekly stream-of-consciousness, pile-it-on-my-loyal-readers-and-friends, random-y day. I hope you don’t mind.


Green - shadow and light

It’s interesting, playing with shadows and light. The darkness of the foreground makes the green at the back pop so much more, doesn’t it? Which is why I decided to minimize editing here. Sometimes, you gotta go with ‘mistakes’ because they turn out better than planned.


Green - moss

One of the best things I’ve learned in 34 weeks of taking pictures consistently is this – you will find beauty in the most unexpected places. It’s like a metaphor for life. What you see through the viewfinder explodes in your mind, it’s really quite….. mind blowing.


Green - leaf poking out

More life metaphors – growing, thriving, being, despite your environment. Making your way into the world, following the sunshine, living. 

Green - umbrella and sky

Do you look up when you’re walking? (though, don’t do that near a pool, ahem) Sometimes, you see the most wondrous things. Like how blue the sky is, against the green of a fairly innocuous umbrella. It’s been a while since we’ve had clear skies. Pollution has robbed us of that for many weeks this year. It makes me mad.

Green - basketball court

Or do you look down? Again, through the miracle of a camera viewfinder, large things, when made small, looks like something completely different. This looks like a flag, yes? It’s actually the floor of an outdoor basketball court.

When you open your eyes and mind, life is so much more than it appears. 

(What do you think of these ‘green’ photos? This is a photography exercise, so any critique is appreciated and welcomed!) Next week’s prompt: Texture

For the full list of prompts, check out my Through The Lens Thursday page. If you’d like to join Greta and I, but not necessarily blog your picture, join our Flickr group, where we upload our photos, and give comments, or helpful critique on each other’s photographs.

Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison's writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesn’t sleep, is an editor at BonBon Break, an online magazine. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).

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  • August 21, 2014 Allie

    I love that you took more then one here! I often don’t look up and I need to do that more. Why is it I only do it when I’m relaxing? Thanks for the reminder. Off to check out those bites…
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    • August 25, 2014 Alison

      I guess it’s because when we’re walking, we don’t want to fall over? LOL.

  • August 21, 2014 Janine Huldie

    Okay heading over for that recipe, because the Parmesan bites look so good and I know exactly what you mean and love playing with my camera lenses to see what different angles and subtle nuances I can get when I do take photos.
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    • August 25, 2014 Alison

      Ooh, they’re REALLY yummy, and so easy to make! I do hope you try them.
      Isn’t photography just so fun and awesome?

  • August 21, 2014 Bev

    I found that when I did the 365Project last year, though it only lasted a few months, I paid so much more attention to things around me and noticed things in my neighborhood that I had never seen before. It’s amazing how much we don’t see! And I really enjoy your stream-of-consciousness type posts 🙂
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    • August 25, 2014 Alison

      It is, isn’t it? That’s what I love about photography, it gives life such a different perspective.

  • August 21, 2014 Allie

    OMG! Those broccoli parmesan bites look so good! I’m going to pop over and get the recipe. I’m going to make them tonight. Yum!

    • August 25, 2014 Alison

      They are really good! Did you try them?

  • August 21, 2014 Clare

    I loved this weeks prompt, I also wandered about in the garden snapping away. I really like the white fence and the leaves peeking through and the basketball court is fab, it really is amazing what you can capture with a close up or some clever cropping. The broccoli bites look yum too, I am hopping over to check the recipe out now! x
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    • August 25, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Clare! It was so fun, just getting up close and personal with the subjects. I hope you do try the bites!

  • August 22, 2014 janice

    It’s lunchtime here right now and those bites are looking mighty delicious. I’m adding this to my To-Make list cause I love simple recipes!
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    • August 25, 2014 Alison

      I hope you do! Let me know how it turns out!

  • August 22, 2014 Rorybore

    As I commented to Greta, the great outdoors is the best kind of green. I went out to my garden as well, but the rains soon drove me inside. But, just as you say, if you take the time to look around and see things different: inspiration is everywhere.
    I love the first shot — the perspective and framing are perfect.
    And that tiny little plant on the ledge… aaawwww! I wanted it to start dancing like baby Groot. LOL
    And great call on the shadowy one; many would have been tempted to bring the light up and focus on the front plants – but by doing the opposite, what would have otherwise been an ordinary garden shot – now has a little something extra.
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    • August 25, 2014 Alison

      I played with the shadow one somewhat, and bringing light into the dark area just made the photo look so ordinary. So I left it as it is. 🙂
      The first shot is one of my favorite perspectives – I always try to take it from that, no matter the subject! (well it doesn’t work so well with human beings, lol)

  • August 22, 2014 Tamara

    How convenient for me too because I saw that recipe and pinned the heck out of it! My kids finally like broccoli, as they should. It’s my favorite.
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    • August 25, 2014 Alison

      I do hope you try the bites because they’re really yummy!

  • August 22, 2014 Christine

    I love how these prompts have helped you to look at things differently and from a different perspective. I don’t look up enough. (love the first green photo of the leaves poking through the metal – love the perspective there).
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    • August 25, 2014 Alison

      Photography fascinates me for that very reason. Things look SO different from a viewfinder perspective.

  • August 23, 2014 Elaine A.

    I always love lines and pattern so I like the leaves through the fence. And yes, taking photos always helps me to see things differently. I quite love that about photography. 🙂
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    • August 25, 2014 Alison

      Believe it or not, when I pulled that picture up to edit, I thought, “Elaine would appreciate this one, with the lines!” 🙂

  • August 23, 2014 Rebecca

    Dylan wont eat broccoli for the life of him so I am heading over to get your recipe! I wont give up! lol On a completely unrelated note, I am loving your new profile picture. Your haircut is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO dreamy
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    • August 25, 2014 Alison

      Yes, please make them, and I hope they change Dylan’s mind, because, YUMMY.
      And thank you, it’s the pregnancy hormones, making my hair look the way it does. It won’t always be this way so I had to take a picture, hah!

  • August 23, 2014 My Inner Chick

    Alison Lee,
    New beginnings.
    love the little green leaf peaking out from the cement wall.
    And the little broccoli bites look FAB! xx
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    • August 25, 2014 Alison

      Yes, I always associate green with life. Because it just is. xo

  • August 28, 2014 Greta

    I love the unexpected bursts of green in these photos! My favorites are the gate/fence and the spinach bites. yum!
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    • August 28, 2014 Alison

      Mine too!

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