Through The Lens Thursday #37: Black

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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 ‘Black’.  


My camera took a selfie!

I know, I’m stretching the prompts slightly. 37 weeks of taking pictures based on prompts, especially when you don’t go out much, has proved to be… challenging. I have to dig deep for creative inspiration.

Which means the next couple of weeks is going to be interesting. Because, ‘tall’ and ‘away’ don’t exactly mean anything in photographic terms, right? Give me some ideas. Tall person? Tall building? Tall tree? Fling a balloon in the air and ‘away’ it goes? A picture of my kids walking out the door? Help. Oh, then there’s ‘deception’. WHAT WAS I THINKING WHEN COMING UP WITH PROMPTS? (or should I conveniently blame Greta?)

Speaking of photography, I’m thinking of reviving the 30 Days of Self-Portraits project I did on my Facebook page last year, as my postpartum project. You know, on top of this one, and looking after four children, and blogging, and taking showers, and whatnot. WHY NOT? Whaddya think?

Next week’s prompt: Tall

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.

Parents of young kids, I shared three awesome printable charts for young kids at Everyday Family! If you need help with chores, bedtime and potty training, you need to grab these now!

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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  • September 11, 2014 greta

    Bahaha! I’m pretty sure you came up with those. πŸ˜‰ I like this shot a lot! Kind of mysterious….

    • September 11, 2014 Alison

      I don’t know, I’ll have to look back on our email trail, hah!

  • September 11, 2014 Janine Huldie

    Love your camera selfie and not going to lie was smiling seeing the Canon name, because we are a Canon family, because Kevin works for Canon doing all the online store banners and graphics for them. So, since Canon pays the bills here, I can’t help, but be a bit prejudice to them πŸ˜‰
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    • September 11, 2014 Alison

      I’ve always been a Canon girl! My last 3 cameras have been Canon. Love it.

  • September 11, 2014 Tammy Soong

    So just an idea for tall — everything from a child’s perspective seems tall, sooo…

    Might be a good way to experiment with lenses to get a really good effect.

    And incidentally, I think you camera selfie was a pretty cool!
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    • September 11, 2014 Alison

      Ooh that’s a good idea! I only have two lenses – the other is a 50mm. But yes, a different lens perspective might work! And thank you.

  • September 11, 2014 Andrea

    This looks like an ad for Canon. I love it!
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    • September 12, 2014 Alison

      Note to self: Call Canon. πŸ™‚

  • September 11, 2014 Susi

    Sometimes, it’s hard to come up with something for a prompt and I often find myself searching, searching, searching and then it pops out right in front of me. Lately, I haven’t felt very inspired and haven’t managed to come up with much in regards to photo a day…
    I bet, doing a self-portrait challenge for 30 days after the babies arrive would be really interesting and give a glimpse into life as a mother of newborns…
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    • September 12, 2014 Alison

      I find it hard to do photo a day too! Which is why I’ve had approximately 3 failed attempts at it πŸ™‚ Weekly prompts are MUCH easier.
      Yes, I think the 30-day self-portrait postpartum would be really interesting!

  • September 12, 2014 Tamara

    And your camera didn’t even make the duck face in its selfie!! Is that your kit lens? It looks so delightful.
    Tall. I don’t know I’d do. I could lay in the grass and take a photo of Cassidy but it would be up his nostrils. Or I could stand on a ladder looking down and pretend I’m tall.
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    • September 12, 2014 Alison

      My camera’s dignified, hah! Yes, that is the standard kit lens. I’ve been toying with the idea of getting different lenses just to change up how I take pictures, but haven’t narrowed down anything, because I’m indecisive. HELP!
      Pretending to be tall is a great idea! Too bad being pregnant means I can’t climb up anywhere high. Sigh.

  • September 12, 2014 Rorybore

    actually, a camera selfie is brilliant for this prompt!! OMG – I wish I had thought of this one. And I like how the camera is framed in the picture – off to the side with some negative space on the other. makes the “black” stand out perfectly.

    hmmmm… tall? do you keep a growth chart for your kids? we actually have a wall that we’ve measured all the kids height over the years. that would be a great shot. My hubby is over 6 feet – I’d let you borrow him, but we’re kinda far away. LOL
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    • September 12, 2014 Alison

      Yes, I was aiming for the negative space to give more prominence to the ‘black’ – thank you!
      No, no growth chart. I have no idea why not.
      Hah, thanks for the hubby offer. πŸ™‚

  • September 13, 2014 My Inner Chick

    Cool, a camera that takes it’s own selfie.
    Now, that’s an interesting concept!
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    • September 13, 2014 Alison

      Thank goodness for self-timers! πŸ™‚

  • September 18, 2014 Rebecca

    LOL at your camera’s selfie! Your camera is one major hottie.
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    • September 19, 2014 Alison

      I know it is πŸ˜‰

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