Friday, February 6, 2015

Willy-Nilly Friday Five: 52 Weeks of Blue…

Week 1 – I have been kind of directionless with my photography since I finished my 365 Project on Flickr.  So late last year, I decided I would take up another project but not one quite so intense.  I decided that a 52 Week Project would be a more reasonable idea.  That means that I would pick a theme and take a photo using that theme at least once a week.  I thought about it for a while and came up with a few ideas:  black & white, square format, up-close, food, texture, coffee, numbers & letters and so on.  But what I decided on was simply the color blue.  Blue is my favorite color but when I took a look at my Flickr photostream, I realized that I had almost no blue in it.  That made me think that coming up with 52 Weeks of Blue would be a challenge.  I was right about that.

This is the one I decided on for Week 1:

But I rejected these:

Week 2 – I decided not to put too many parameters on the project other than that blue has to be a main color of the subject of the photo.  In other words, I can’t consider using a picture of a red house with the blue sky as the background as my Blue Shot.  But if the house were blue and the sky red, that would work.

This was the only one I liked for Week 2:

Week 3 – Something I also thought about was that there are many shades of blue.  Most likely, some things I consider to be blue, someone else may think of as green or purple or even grey.  A Google search revealed that there are actually sixty-five shades of blue with names, but I’m not going to try to capture a different blue every week.  I’m not that anal.  I decided that if it looks blue to me that will be good enough for me.  I’m going with my own interpretation of blue.

Here's the one for Week 3:

But I rejected this one.  Do you think the trim on this house is blue?

Week 4 – I got off to a pretty good start because we were traveling and there were blue buildings and signs there for the taking.  But once we returned home, it definitely got harder.  We’ve had some blue skies, but the snow has covered a lot of the blue stuff around here.  But not to be discouraged, I got some of my blue things from around the house and took pictures of them.   I have a lot of blue things.  I even have a cobalt blue bottle that I can’t bear to recycle because of the way the sun hits it in the morning.  But I sure don’t want to use all of my blue things up at the beginning of the project.

Here's Week 4:

But I considered this:

Week 5 – So now I am almost a tenth done with the 52 Weeks of Blue.  With my last 52 week project (52 Weeks of Purple Monkey) I was one week short.  I just couldn’t figure out that 52nd thing to do with my Purple Monkey.  Surely there are enough blue things lying around so that I will be a success this time.  We’ll see.

This is it for Week 5 and yes, that bigger blue bottle is a gem in my book, but I might just keep the smaller one, too.  That blue is heavenly to me.

Linking up to Tanya's Willy-Nilly Friday Five!

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TexWisGirl said...

i think you should start collecting a few more blue bottles and make yourself a bottle tree. :)

Tom said...

Week #1 Love the old southern style gas station and your rejects.
Week #2 Neat old theater sign.
Week #3 Love the Mardi Gras beads! and that house with the BLUE trim is so cool.
Week #4 Nice kitty.
Week #5 Great blue bottles!!!
Man are you ever fussy! They are all great. Tom The Backroads Traveller

kat from ky. said...

Being married to a painter(&washing at least 50 shades of blue out of his whites) I would call the house trim either "seafoam" or "teal!!"

Ida said...

I think you are doing a fine job with this series. Several photos here today caught my eye.
The Automotive place,
The Theater Marquee
The One with the beads and of course those beautiful blue bottles in the snow. Nicely done.

Robert Nicolaescu said...

Beautiful post.

Sandra said...

blue is my least favorite color and the only blue in our house is the bottle of dawn and our denim jeans. hubby and I both do not like blue. that said, every single one of your blue photos are beautiful and i like them ALL... and blue looks good on them... so maybe i do like blue depending on where it is found. i do like aqua and i guess that is blue.. but i don't own any.. good job on the blue

EG CameraGirl said...

Hmmm. It has never occurred to me that finding blue to photograph might be difficult! I like that sort of challenge. :)

Debbie said...

what a great group of images but those blue bottles in the snow, WoW...really loved that!!!

Karen S. said...

Wow, every photo is tremendously pretty! I do like the bottle-tree idea, it seems they are popping up everywhere!

Deanna said...

Oh I do like your theme of blue and you have captured some real treasures. My favorite among these is the yellow door surrounded by blue. Love all those textures! Have fun!

Brian King said...

I like all of these! I'm especially fond of the old service station! Great subject!

Rose said...

Totally don't get rid of the other blue bottle! If I was there I would take it off your hands but I don't know what I would do with it. So keep it, and do like Tex said...collect more for a bottle tree!

Rose said...

I forgot to tell you the house you ask about would we consider the shutters, I wouldn't. But oh, I do love them, too.

Tanya Breese said...

oh wow, i love all of your blue shots, even your rejections! were you in new orleans? what a fun idea! the one you asked if we'd call it blue, i'd say teal, but then that is kind of blue right? blue/green..can't wait to see more! thank you for linking :)

Lydia Martin said...

There is something about that cobalt blue and glass that makes a person want to grab the color and hang on...I have a collection of cobalt glass and I am keeping it!! Great idea but you sure do alot of thinking about your projects...which is prob why reading about them is so interesting!...good eye on your blue project!

Gail Dixon said...

After completing 365 years ago, I went with Project 52 as well. Much less demanding! Especially since I decided against a theme. I think you are doing fabulous so far. The main thing is to enjoy and learn.

Pamela Gordon said...

That is quite a challenge for each week Barb. It would be difficult to choose a topic as you said, and to actually look for it every week. I really like the blue bottles in the snow. Have fun with this.

Nicki said...

This sounds like fun. You and my mother-in-law would get along splendidly - she is all about blue and has a Blenko blown glass collection in blue that would make blue and glass collectors blue with envy.

I see the one house trimmings as aqua - but neat all the same.

This will be fun to see what catches your eye.