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[Assignment] – Go Abstract

This week I’m asking you to think outside the box and create a photograph that fits the idea of abstract. There are lots of ways that you can create abstract shots such as various long exposure tricks, defocusing your shot, finding random patterns and textures within the world we live in, or even post processing software and techniques to turn an ordinary photograph into an abstract piece of art.

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However, you have to be careful when you photograph abstract shots, as a poorly executed abstract photograph often times will just look like a mistake that the photographer is trying to cover up by calling it “abstract”.

As always I’m very excited to see what you are able to come up with this week. To get us started here are a few photos that fit the bill from Flickr.

[Assignment] – Go Abstract

Photo By: lo lo
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Photo By: Rudolf Vlček
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Photo By: Dagny Mol
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Photo By: Bahman Farzad
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16 Responses to “[Assignment] – Go Abstract”

  1. An abstract from nature . . .

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  2. I’m not certain this is quite what John had in mind, but the following photograph with minor post capture tweeks in Lightroom 5 is of the Ephemeral Lake Sculpture, Red Sand Garden, located in the Australian Garden of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne, Victoria, Australia. It is meant to be an abstract representation of the enormous lakes in the red center of the contenent that normally are dry, only having any water during an unusual rainy period. The lakes may remain dry for years on end.

    The interesting thing is, when they fill with water they also fill with fish and frogs that normally remain dormant under the mud for long periods of time. Even more unusual, is that thousands of fishing birds will fly thousands of kilometers to capture these fish. But there may be years between these occurances. Who told the birds there was water in the lakes? They will be new generations of birds – perhaps there parents and grandparents left them some kind of coded notes. ????

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  3. steve priebe May 3, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    I’d say it’s pretty abstract.  This would be a really cool place to visit.

  4. steve priebe May 3, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    I have a couple of shots that might fit this category.  Abstracts are not my strong point, but I do try sometimes.   First is a new photo of my patio table after the rain.  It seem like an interesting composition. 

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    The second is from Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver, CO.  It’s a natural amphitheater with amazing acoustics where concerts are held throughout the summer. It didn’t take much thought or effort to get an abstract from this location.  The only difficult part was not getting a bunch of people in the shot; it’s a popular tourist spot even when they are not having a concert.

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  5. Second submission ~ Our Roof Tiles

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  6. steve priebe said
    I have a couple of shots that might fit this category.  Abstracts are not my strong point, but I do try sometimes.   First is a new photo of my patio table after the rain.  It seem like an interesting composition. 

    The second is from Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver, CO.  It’s a natural amphitheater with amazing acoustics where concerts are held throughout the summer. It didn’t take much thought or effort to get an abstract from this location.  The only difficult part was not getting a bunch of people in the shot; it’s a popular tourist spot even when they are not having a concert.

    Steve, these are delightful photos!

  7. steve priebe May 4, 2014 at 3:59 am

    Here are couple of shots of ordinary objects that I played with in PSE11.  It’s amazing what you can do with ordinary objects to turn them into something unrecognizable.  However, people from Idaho might recognize this right away. Think about our licenseplate.  Anyway, it was kind of fun, but I’m never sure when abstract becomes “a mistake that the photographer is trying to cover up by calling it “abstract”.”

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  8. The first one I would name “Drain Hole’, the second, “Small Bones”. Wink

  9. Jude, what a gorgeous abstract.  Please tell us more about the image; how did you achieve the colors?  It is stunningly beautiful!

  10. Another abstract from me . . . this time from Antelope Canyon on the Navajo Reservation near Page AZ.

     

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  11. Mark Hoffman May 5, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    I have some older abstract type of pics that are perhaps more successful than these, but you can maybe get the idea of the kinds of things I was attempting to do w/ this assignment. Thanks for the challenge!IMGP6913.jpg

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  12. Loving that shot of the chain link fence Mark!

    Lots of other great ones as well – it’s always amazing to see what everyone comes up with!

  13. steve priebe May 6, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    Dolores,

    I’m wondering if it’s possible to come up with a “bad” photo of Antelope Canyon.  If so, I’ve never seen one.  Another of those places on my list.

  14. As always getting getting late to the party. But I had some few here. Both were on times that I was “unpreppared” and I only had my phone in hands.

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  15. Silvia Saviozzi May 4, 2014 at 7:45 am

    Yes, Steve, I understand you opinion. This shot was an attempt of macro photography without a tripod!! :D

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