The Daily Focal Point

December 3, 2008


Filed under: Abstract Photography, Photo Challenges! — cabenelson @ 10:09 pm

Okay… who’s ready to get weird?!? I was going to say, “Who’s ready to get freaky” but that could have been taken another way. This week’s challenge is going to seem difficult but really it’s not that hard. ABSTRACT PHOTOGRAPHY-
In my view abstract photography can be pretty wide open. It’s not like Portrait or Landscape… it’s SUBJECTIVE. To me, abstract photography is all about lines, textures and/or color. It’s suppose to make you ask yourself, “Uh… what?” for a split second but still be beautiful/interesting. You know you’ve reached abstract when someone says, “I have no idea what this is, but it’s beautiful”
Abstract can be freaky weird, but most of all it’s just suppose to be of something different. Look through your viewfinder on your camera using different angles. Top down, bottom up, off center, crooked etc. BE CREATIVE AND ARTISTIC! GET OUTSIDE OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE!
This will be a difficult challenge in one area. It’s going to be a different mindset for most of you. It’s going to be difficult to push yourself into taking pictures of something you wouldn’t ever normally take pictures of. Plus, since it IS different, your photo library’s might not be chock full of abstract photography. It might force you to get out and take some photos specifically for this challenge. But you know what? Once you get into the mode, you’ll see that you can make nearly anything abstract. And if all else fails, go take pictures of “something” abstract. That weird sculpture they have downtown or the freaky art piece at your local park.

It’s hard to describe abstract, it’s just one of those things that you have to see.

Here are some of my examples of Abstract Photography:

Ocean Sky


Crying Eye

Blue Light Swirel

Get into the mindset of artistic/creative photography. What always helps me is to listen to music. This song isn’t for everyone but I love it. Give it a listen… Go on!


If you need some more inspiration click here.

AGAIN, SEND ME YOUR ABSTRACT PICTURE BY EMAILING ME THE HTML FLICKR LINK TO YOUR PHOTO. If you DON’T have a Flickr account DON’T WORRY! Just email me your photo as usual. But if you do have a Flickr account, just follow these simple instructions.

* Upload your photo to Flickr
* Click on the “All Sizes Tab” right above the photo
* Select the “MEDIUM” sized (500×335)
* Then just email me the “Copy and Paste the HTML link into your webpage” link

Again, email me your favorite abstract pic (via link or attach it) to cabenelson (at) gmail (dot) com. ALL ENTRIES MUST BE EMAILED NO LATER THAN MONDAY DECEMBER 8TH!

In case your wondering, the reason why I chose abstract was because it can be some of the most beautiful photography. Based on past challenges alone, I know that we’ll see some very cool pictures! So… who’s stoked!??



  1. Hmmm. This is going to be tough for me but I’m up for the challenge. I’ll throw my hat in!

    Comment by Sheila @ — December 3, 2008 @ 11:25 pm

  2. I’m quite excited about this one. This also fits in nicely with macro photography; macros can be very abstract.

    Comment by Rob — December 4, 2008 @ 8:47 am

  3. Mine is submitted, I think.

    Comment by Ulrika West — December 4, 2008 @ 10:30 am

  4. Despite the fact that I love abstract, I’m scared to put in online. This is a real challenge for me. Mine’s up!

    Comment by nana — December 5, 2008 @ 1:41 am

  5. I’m scared, too, Nana! These photographers are so good, it’s hard to bite the bullet and be willing to put your stuff up next to theirs 🙂

    Comment by Jaden — December 5, 2008 @ 7:59 am

  6. Ok I am looking for your email address and I can’t find it on your page.

    Comment by lisa — December 5, 2008 @ 10:19 am

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