October 2, 2020 at 12:02 pm #54078LenspirationModerator
• Publisher: IBLP’s Biblical Character Illustrated Curriculum
• Purpose: Photo will be published in a new booklet on the character quality of Love.
• Request: A photo that illustrates selfishness, the opposite of love. One option would be a stagnate, ugly, pool of water to illustrate the state of a person who receives but never gives. Another option would be a kink in a twisted garden hose that blocks the flow of water (like this) to illustrate that selfishness blocks God’s love from flowing through us to others. Other concept images that would help people understand what selfishness is and the opposite of genuine, sacrificial love, will be considered as well. Esther is looking for a variety of creative ideas so if you are the type that likes to play around with different objects that could communicate selfishness, she’d enjoy seeing out-of-the-box submissions. 🙂
• Special Instructions: No people in the pictures. If you go with the ugly pond or rain barrel, maybe mosquitoes or algae on top of water that is obviously stagnant with no flowing motion. If you go with the twisted garden hose, several kinks or twists might get the point across better than just one bend. Having the hose on dry grass in need of water would be preferred but not necessary.
• Orientation: Vertical pictures are preferred.
• Photo Specs: JPG or DNG, at least 2000 pixels longest edge. Edit however you like. No watermarks.
• How to Submit: Members can follow the A, B, C process outlined here. (Instructions for non-members can be viewed here.) You can submit up to 10 photos.
• Remuneration: Lenspiration members will receive $27 if their photo is chosen!
• Terms: By submitting your photo(s) on this forum, you agree to the terms outlined in the STS Photo Assignment Agreement.
• Deadline: Midnight Saturday, October 24, 2020 (or until this topic is no longer highlighted yellow).
Watch how I shot this assignment and get related training on how to shoot it yourself at, On Assignment: An Illustration of Selfishness!
Watch the photos submitted for this assignment get critiqued live by registering for the October 27 Photo Critique Webinar!October 2, 2020 at 12:05 pm #54185
As you saw in the blog post, these are some of the shots I got from the shoot at a rain barrel. I don’t feel the water was gross enough, so I’m going to look for an opportunity to shoot at a stagnant pond.October 6, 2020 at 2:22 pm #54374Esther MarieParticipant
Here’s a really gross pond!!
October 6, 2020 at 7:15 pm #54404October 12, 2020 at 11:42 am #54480
- This reply was modified 2 weeks, 3 days ago by Esther Marie.
Oh, oh yes! So delightfully ugly!
@esther, is this pond local? the circular shape of the pond in the horizontal photo is almost perfect, just cropped off on the right and left, making it look sorta snapshot-ish….could you shoot it again, only including more room on the right and left? Full sunlight is good, but maybe closer to golden hour, too?
And @blessingscaptured, might be there a perspective where there is not so much texture/color in the reflection, so the ugly elements in the pond are more distinct and clear?October 12, 2020 at 1:31 pm #54482Esther MarieParticipant
@jamesstaddon No, this is a hot spring at Yellowstone. I did crop that photo, so here’s one less cropped. The surroundings around the it do seem a bit distracting, and that is why I cropped it in closer, but that might just be me. 🙂October 12, 2020 at 3:36 pm #54484
I tried the garden hose idea. First I did our old kinked yellow hose. I didn’t know if because it’s yellow you could instantly recognize it as a garden hose. So that’s why I next tried the green one.
I also tried our slimy rain tote.
@JamesStaddon I’ll see if I can get a better perspective on a pond.
October 16, 2020 at 8:21 pm #54538Charmain AikemaParticipantOctober 19, 2020 at 12:16 pm #54555
- This reply was modified 1 week, 4 days ago by Blessings Captured.
Haha 🙂 Ok, @esther.
I’m amazed at how much the color makes a difference, @blessingscaptured! The color green is so stamped on my mind as “the” color for a hose that I’m glad you decided to take pictures of both.
Creative thought, @vincent-charmaingmail-com! Perhaps if the hose was in focus with the leaf-less tree in the background out of focus, it would bring more attention to the hose?
A BCIC representative asked how things were going last week, so I directed them over here. Glad there were some early submissions for them to look at! 🙂 Keep ’em coming! This Saturday isn’t that far away. 🙂October 19, 2020 at 12:29 pm #54562October 19, 2020 at 5:28 pm #54569Rosie BraddockParticipant
Question does it have to be water or a hose because i have the idea of fireOctober 19, 2020 at 6:35 pm #54570Rosie BraddockParticipantOctober 19, 2020 at 9:06 pm #54572Frazer FamilyParticipant
Winter is on its way, and our rain barrel valves were starting to freeze so I had already put most of them away for the winter. The hose was the same story… But we do have a rather picturesque/gross pond at our place. I wasn’t sure how to make it look really gross, so I tried getting a glassful of the water. I found that shooting nearly directly into the sun made the dirt/slime in the glass show up better.
Lesson: when we selfishly suck up all the water for ourselves and do not let it flow through us, our lives become polluted and useless.October 20, 2020 at 7:37 pm #54583Martha LappParticipant
So I was trying to think of out of the box things that could illustrate selfishness.. which was rather hard to do.. I thought of weeds-thistles to be exact… why? well… so they recieve all the rain, sunlight, nutrients from soil etc…but all they do with it, is become something that’s rather annoying to have around, and that steals energy from other plants etc. In other words, keeping it for themselves… instead of let’s say vegetables… providing food for others and really passing on the energy they received.. I know this might take some imagination, but I decided I’d give it a try… and really, it was fun to try to find some thistles… then when I found them out in a field.. replanting them in dirt..:) I was a bit limited in time, but here are a few pictures.:)October 20, 2020 at 8:01 pm #54589Martha LappParticipant
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