WPC {2011} Spotlights: Rural

After having doubts with my own “rural” photo this week, I’m completely blown away [and possibly quite jealous] with the images the Challengers have been posting on the Flickr Group!  Especially the ones with animals – the horses blow me away.  In other words, don’t be surprised if the ones I adore the most this week, the ones that in the spotlight, are loaded with four-legged friends.  I’m just warning you…

by misfitexplorer

Who doesn’t like sheep?  I like sheep.  Especially the little lamb.  But what I like most about this photo is that misfitexplorer framed his subjects with the stone fence.  I like the way you think.

Country Roads
by Hasselbach Photography

Gah.  What’s not to love.  Mr. Hasselbach, you are surrounded with the most delightful sunsets and you do such a fabulous job capturing them.  I truly believe you could sell prints of the beautifully lighted landscapes you photograph.

by NPearce

Things I like about this one: that it shot vertical, that the blue door and yellow flowers invite you in and the texture of the roof is fantastic thanks to the bright light.  I dig it.

Rural - WPC #17
by dSLR newbie

The colors and contrast are amazing, Kelly.  AMAZING.  But I love how you framed the shot – there’s so much balance between clouds and bales of hay and I wish I was in the photo.

Out to pasture 2
by thruMacseyes

Such bright, wonderful colors.  You know I like color – therefore I’m totally crushing on this.

Rural {Born Today}
by violetlmk

New life always wins me over.  The way you composed the shot tells a bigger story though.  I love it.

by amysuda

Cow!  I’m a sucker for cows.  I wanted a pet cow for ages.  I think I could settle on this black and white beauty – love how she pops against the red barn.

Week 17: Rural
by carsonrehn

Another moo-er.  I can hear him saying “I’m ready for close up – moooove on in.”

Perfect Pair
by kourtneypaige

Kourtney, you have an eye for post-processing.  Your shots are so dreamy and soft and stay with me after I close my eyes.  Have these two horses staring at me – sends me over the moon.

Rural - Chickens
by Whitnickle

Yeppers, another farm animal.  I like this for several reasons though.  The focus is perfect.  But I also like that it’s Whitney’s chick and that she said her 2 year old daughter was chasing it… therefore, le chick is on the run.

Again, totally blown away this week.  The images just keep me coming back and my eyes scanning them, trying to take in something new that I didn’t see before.  Keep experimenting, keep taking field trips, keep stepping outside your comfort zone – these are the things that help us grow as photographers.  And keep encouraging each other – I love reading the comments you leave one another and I guarantee that it makes us want to try harder the next time around.

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April 29, 2011 - 9:42 am

Joan Nova - I thought it was a spectacular week. Each photo was a true piece of art IMHO.

April 29, 2011 - 8:48 pm

Kourtney Jackson - Thank you for the spotlight and the sweet comment! I love participating in your group and I am learning so much!

May 2, 2011 - 4:06 pm

Denise - Wow! I love all of these. What a great group of shots.

I need to get on the ball.

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