Through The Lens Thursday #46: Shine

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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 ‘Shine’.


I had fun with this one. I shot this at night in my living room, and love the effect. No, the room isn’t really in complete darkness. This is why I love photography. It’s like magic.

Next week’s prompt: Gloom

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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  • November 13, 2014 greta

    Oh, nice! Is that a lamp?

    • November 13, 2014 Alison

      Thank you! It’s a ceiling lamp!

  • November 13, 2014 Andrea B (

    When I first looked I thought it was the moon! It looks like one of those inside the ceiling lights.

    Love the concept of bettering yourself and your photography together.
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    • November 14, 2014 Alison

      You’re right, it is one of four ceiling lights! We only have 2 bulbs that work though so I focused on getting just one of them in shot. Photographed while sitting at my desk in pajamas, with a baby on my lap. πŸ™‚

  • November 13, 2014 Janine Huldie

    Awesome job and seriously had no clue what or where it was taken until I read your caption!
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    • November 14, 2014 Alison

      Yay, mission accomplished! Sort of. πŸ™‚

  • November 14, 2014 Clare

    I thought this was the moon. I love messing about with new techniques, I just wish my brain could figure them out! Yay for TTLT during NaBloPoMo, at least I know what to post on a Thursday!
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    • November 14, 2014 Alison

      I just played around with the settings and snapped a lot of pictures. I had no idea what effect I wanted to achieve, I was just trying things out. This was a happy accident!

  • November 14, 2014 janice

    It kinda also looks like a UFO!
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    • November 14, 2014 Alison

      Hah! So interesting to see how others perceive things.

  • November 14, 2014 Janice

    Magic waiting to happen! πŸ˜‰
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    • November 16, 2014 Alison

      Yes, indeed!

  • November 14, 2014 Kerstin

    Yes, it does look like magic. I have tried to capture stuff in my backyard during dusk and it was just black… which I found rather annoying and deleted the pictures, but I should have taken a closer look… That’s why I’m not a photographer, lol πŸ™‚
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    • November 16, 2014 Alison

      Heh. It’s all in the settings. It’s too hard to explain because I’m also not a photographer. πŸ™‚

  • November 14, 2014 Sarah

    I thought it was the moon at first, too! Reminds me of the pictures I was trying to take during the “blood moon” eclipse.
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    • November 16, 2014 Alison

      I like that I created an illusion!

  • November 14, 2014 Rorybore

    love it. the simple concept. all the negative space. great shot.
    I’m so behind – I haven’t done the challenge in a couple of weeks. gotta get back on track for next week.
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    • November 16, 2014 Alison

      Thank you! I’m really into negative space these days. It gives pictures such an interesting twist.

  • November 14, 2014 Tamara

    I can’t wait to see what you’ll do with “gloom.” And so cool to have shine and then gloom.
    I like your perspective!
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    • November 16, 2014 Alison

      After gloom, the prompt is clear! We’re so clever!

  • November 14, 2014 Linda Roy

    I look at photography as magic too. I miss the days of spending all day in the darkroom watching images magically appear. That was pure magic!
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    • November 16, 2014 Alison

      I’ve never had that experience – I bet it was special!

  • November 15, 2014 Jennie Goutet

    I do love that photo. The room must have been at least a little dark, right? It’s been awfully gloomy here. Maybe I can get something.
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    • November 16, 2014 Alison

      Yes, the room was pretty dim. πŸ™‚

  • November 17, 2014 Andrea

    I thought that was the moon. πŸ™‚
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    • November 17, 2014 Alison

      You know I don’t go outside much, right? πŸ™‚

  • November 19, 2014 Tonya

    Photography is cool! So is this shot… is it the moon?

    I’m asking Santa for a real camera for Christmas.
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    • November 19, 2014 Alison

      It’s actually a ceiling light in my house! πŸ™‚
      I hope Santa listens!

  • November 19, 2014 Kim

    Ooh. Cool. I skimmed the first couple of comments to see what kind of light is was. πŸ™‚
    My first thought was that it was in a room, but then I thought it could be a street light too.
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    • November 20, 2014 Alison

      I never go out so it’d definitely be something indoors πŸ™‚

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