Week 13 – Light and Abstract

Stuck at Home Weekly Image

Week 12 images (BCC and Mystery Object) are due in by midnight tonight (Sunday 21st June), details here

These will be uploaded to a new Event Album on Monday and could be discussed at the members’ Zoom meeting on Tuesday evening.

Week 13 – Light and Abstract

Two themes for week 13, Light and Abstract, have been set by member Chris Hibbard

1. Light

Light is fundamental to photography – indeed the word Photograph comes from ‘drawing with light’. But feel free to interpret this theme very loosely – ‘light as a feather’ or ‘light-reading’ anyone?

Photographs taken under very flat or uniform light, as outdoors on an overcast day, often lack interest or sparkle. Add some good directional light perhaps from the side or even towards the camera, or falling on just part of the main subject leaving a good area relatively dark, are all good ways of enhancing an image.

There is the light source itself: include sun, moon, street or desk lights (just for a few examples) or the colour of the light into the image. Other times we are very aware of light is from reflections off mirrors, water or polished surfaces or where it casts interesting shadows.

Another approach might be to make the whole image very Light in tone (aka High Key) where there are relatively few middle to dark tones in the image – a light-toned subject with some degree of overexposure, for instance.

 Here are links to a couple of useful articles on Light and photography:




2. Abstract

(This theme has also been suggested by Cliff Harvey)

An Abstract image uses shape, form, colour and line to create a composition which has no apparent links or visual reference to the real world. Total abstraction bears no trace of anything recognizable. This is quite a challenge in photography as clearly our camera is pointing at something real when we press the shutter. But we can also extend the theme to include images which might be termed ‘partially abstract’ where there are recognisable elements but portrayed in an unreal way – say impossible colours or distorted shapes.

There are I think three approaches to creating an abstract; firstly seek out some interesting but difficult to identify subject and photograph it in a manner which further hides the source – macro shots can be a happy hunting ground also highly out of focus or intentional camera movement images.

Secondly, to take a normal image and apply colour and/or shape changes in Photoshop (or one of the other editing programs). Photoshop Filters are our friend here, as for example in Cliff’s recent ‘Twirl’ presentation.

If you want to try further creativity in Photoshop there is plenty of scope for creating shapes colours and textures or perhaps amalgamating several different images into one. The images below have been created with these three approaches in mind.


Some good ideas on how to approach this topic here…


Chris Hubbard


Enter up to three images which can be of the same theme or a mix and match.

Your pictures are to be taken during the week beginning Monday, June 22nd and the closing date is Sunday, 28th June 11.59 pm. Submit to the usual PhotoEntry > Stuck At Home event.

More details on how to submit at bedfordcameraclub.co.uk/stuck-at-home-weekly-image

Optional extras…

Your Title and Comments

Optionally include additional and interesting information about your image, e.g. how you took or processed it, by adding it to the CAPTION in Lightroom (or DESCRIPTION in Photoshop) metadata field. Or send it to me in a separate email and for which image title. These will be seen with your image in the online album. Also the TITLE metadata field can be used to display your title in bold in the online album.


To request a personal critique, from one of the club’s best photographers, of one or more of your images, please email critiques@bedfordcameraclub.co.uk with the TITLE(S) of your image. The critique may be discussed at the members’ Zoom meeting on Tuesday unless you state in your email PRIVATE.


The images in the online album are now being added in the same order that you have sequenced them in PhotoEntry, i.e. image 1 of 3 will be the first image of your three in the album, image 2 will be second etc. Thus if you have a sequential “panel” of images they will appear consecutively. However, they may get split over two rows; if this is an issue let me know by email, in advance, and, if you are lucky, I will remember to isolate them into one row.

Your Opportunity to Set the Theme

Each week we are looking for a different member to set the theme. If you would like to have a go please email me and I will send you more details.  Basically you need to (a) select a theme that any member can take part in, even if locked at home, with any type of camera, (b) a short text to describe, and possible ideas on how to approach, the theme, and (c) one or more illustrative images. I will do the rest for you.

Ian Whiting, dev@colink.co.uk