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    Lenspiration
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    ASSIGNMENT DETAILS:
    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).

    LEARN HOW:
    Watch how I shot this assignment and get related training on how to shoot it yourself at, On Assignment: An Illustration of Selfishness!

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    #54185
    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    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.

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    #54374
    Esther Marie
    Participant

    Here’s a really gross pond!!

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    #54404
    Blessings Captured
    Participant

    It’s challenging to photograph a round subject (the pond) vertical. But here’s an attempt to capture an ugly subject in an unique way

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    #54480
    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    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?

    #54482
    Esther Marie
    Participant

    @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. 🙂

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    #54484
    Blessings Captured
    Participant

    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.

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    #54538
    Charmain Aikema
    Participant

    We have a little cherry tree that’s not doing so well, so I thought that I would include it in the picture of the waterless hose…

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    #54555
    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    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. 🙂

    #54562
    Blessings Captured
    Participant

    Here’s a vertical hose shot. When I’m out shooting it’s easy to forget to get vertical.

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    #54569
    Rosie Braddock
    Participant

    Question does it have to be water or a hose because i have the idea of fire

    #54570
    Rosie Braddock
    Participant

    here is my picture about selfishness
    because fire takes and doesn’t give

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    #54572
    Frazer Family
    Participant

    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.

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    #54583
    Martha Lapp
    Participant

    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.:)

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    #54589
    Martha Lapp
    Participant

    and a few of a hose too..

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