The Daily Focal Point

December 8, 2008


Filed under: Abstract Photography, Photo Challenges!, Uncategorized — cabenelson @ 11:38 pm

So who got freaky?! How was it? I’ve heard that this was one of the hardest challenges we’ve done. Was it challenging for the mindset you needed to get into or was it challenging to actually take the picture? I’m telling you, abstract photographs can be some of the most beautiful pictures out there. I had high hopes and you all did not disappoint. So, let’s do this!!

Our first AND second photos comes from Sheila at Dr Cason
Pink Puff
Pink Puff

Extra Gauzy Lights
Extra Gauzy Lights
I think she only wanted for me to post one picture but both are excellent and really capture the challenge. Sheila says, “OK, this was tough for me. I couldn’t get very far out there. I’m still more real life but here’s two”
Two pictures, TWO THUMBS UP DUDE. I really like the second picture. Great mood and wonderful lighting! I also wanted to publicly thank Dr Cason for her recent post. Sheila created a post on what advice you would give to a new father… me. I was so incredibly touched by it. Thank you again Sheila and also to each of your readers who also posted advice.

Our next photo comes from Kevyn (AKA KJ) at Twelve Little Feet
abstract overload
I love the series of photos here!* This is a fantastic representation of natural abstract photography.

*A bunch of people have asked if multiple pictures is against the rules… my response is RULES?! What is this the DMV? Do whatever you would like as long as you have fun and you think other people will enjoy it!

This photo comes from Rob at Dusty Lens – North Metro. I’m enjoying Rob’s unique eye for photography. He seems to capture some of the most beautiful photos of individual subjects. Check them out.
I love this photo. Rob says, “I am currently working on my Thursday photo challenge. I have one shot so far of a Tangled Ball of hooks. Hooks to hang Christmas ornaments from the tree. I’m not 100% satisfied with this shot, then again, are we ever really satisfied with our own work?”
Rob, you should be satisfied with this shot. Not only does it match the abstract challenge, it falls right in line with the holidays!

Our next photo comes from Ginger at Ramble Ramble
I notice a lot of similarities between how Ginger frames her subject and how I frame mine. Ginger says, “This was quite the challenge, but I like what I got. My husband had to ask me what it was, so to me that fulfills the abstract rules!” I love that it’s all about shapes and shadows. Very cool picture… what is it? 🙂 I’m going to say it’s an upwards shot of a canopy.

This photo is by The Daily Focal Point’s newest friend Lisa. Her recent post and pictures on her visit to Sierra Madre is awesome. Check it out!
nurses' hands
I love this photo, great use of light and lines. It makes your eye follow the palm and the wedding bands are a great subject in the frame. Welcome to The DFP. Great first photo and we can’t wait to see more of your shots on here!

Our next photo comes from Kathleen at Tinkerbell’s Momma Kat.
Kat says, “I used one of my favorite “finds” for my home in this picture. It was taken with my Kodak Easyshare CX7300 3.2 megapixel camera. Thanks for this challenge. It was actually a lot of fun…”
Wonderful use of light and great moody feel! Now… what is it? I’m guessing it’s a reflection of some kind.

This photo comes to us from another Daily Focal Point first, Ulrika! Ulrika added me as friend on Flickr and I’ve loved looking at her uploaded pictures. Check them out here!
I love the hard lines, it’s a very coarse picture that works so well as an abstract shot. Ulrika says this about it, “I have tons of abstract because I love it all so much. I am also an artist – oils. have nothing much to say about this photo – I like it’s movement – it is not static and it swirls and the reds reminds me of unrest and the darker side of life, even though it is not a black photo – it is red like the fires of hell. (sorry to be so graphic – you can tweak my comment any way you wish).”
Um… I wish not to change it. 🙂 It’s a perfect description, AND FINALLY! Someone who reads as deeply into pictures as I DO! (I’ve been razzed a couple of times) Great pic Ulrika, I can’t wait to see more of them in future challenges.

Our next photo comes from Nana and I couldn’t be more excited that Nana decided to participate. Seriously, check out Nana’s blog and you’ll know what I’m talking about. Absolutely wonderful pictures.
Such a great use of light and shadows. It makes your eye follow it the picture all the way to the right side. I love it.

This photo comes from Gail at From The Back Deck who’s Flickr pictures are just amazing.
Orange Swirls
I was blown away by the color in this picture. Gail says, “I love fast cars, hot cars. It was a delight to explore angles and intimate details of these cars, dating back clear to the 1900’s. I hope this is abstract is ok enough. It’s as abstract as I’m going to be able to get with company here and Christmas on the way…..”
Such a great use of color, lines, and shapes. Beautiful car and beautiful picture. Part of me was excited because it was abstract the other car junkie side of me wanted to see the entire car! 🙂 Great picture Gail, can’t wait to see more.
(I’m restoring an old 76 BMW HERE I’m hoping to have such beautiful pictures of it when I’m done)

This photo cracked me up. It comes from my second wife’s wife Abby at Belina Blue Eyes.
I thought I had some pretty freaky photos but dude… LOOK AT THEM! Just not in the eyes… Belina Blue Eyes says, “I wish I had taken the time to get a better shot of this, but it was just in passing as I walked by. Either way, I think it provides some interesting things to look at. I like to call this photo “Perishable Heads”. When I was at the Sisters Quilt Show in Sisters, Oregon last July, I was prowling around an old clock shop and happened upon a closet with no door. Inside the closet were these mannequin parts. It was so unusual and, quite frankly, frightening, that I had to take a picture. My favorite part is the expiration date on the box, Best Before APR/21/05. That gets me every time.”
I love that they’re in a Kirkland Brand box like you just picked them up fresh at COSTCO or something. Yeah, watch that EXP date. I’ve eaten some mannequin that had a little bit of funk coming off of it… not so good.

This photo comes from my good friend and family member who has been with me on The Daily Focal Point since I sarted this. Stacy. Check out Stacy’s latest picture on her blog. It’s awesome.
I LOVE the textures in this photo. Stacy said, “Well I didn’t have time to go shoot this weekend, so I pulled up an old photo that I thought was somewhat abstract. I kind of struggle with black and white a bit, but I thought that it was fun to try and work with it more. This picture is actually a picture of a sculpture at the Nelson Atkins Museum. It’s a really cool place, I think you would love it. They have a lot of really great sculptures out on their grounds. The museum is always featuring photographers. Anyway, hopefully this photo somewhat fulfills the requirements of the challenge.”
Uh… What? “You HOPE it meets the requirements?” Dude, this picture is spot on! Absolutely beautiful in B&W. I love that you can see the details close up. It’s perfectly framed and its a beautiful shot.

Our next entry comes from the talented Mary Elizabeth who I love looking at her images. They have such great style to them. Each time I check out her site I see that she’s been shooting more photography sessions than ever. It’s all because of your submitted photos on here isn’t it? 🙂
Great depth of field! I love that the very right side is the only thing in focus and the net surrounds the image. It’s a great image.

Finally our last picture comes from my good friend Danny who sent in this gem.
Danny says, “I love people watching, especially in locations where you may see a wide variety of people from different cultures and lifestyles. One of my favorite places to people watch is Venice Beach, near Santa Monica, California. The street performer is interesting enough, but I like seeing the different reactions he gets from the people around him. The lady on her knees at the far left of the picture is just floored by this guy. The man on the right is pretty indifferent whereas the man in the middle looks like he wants to go get wasted with the street performer.” Danny, great idea for the image. Not focusing on the main center of attention, you deliberately captured the individual people’s responses. I envy those that can take people or life photography and are able to capture real moments and reactions. And check out them SWEET roller blades. Has anyone ever seen the Dog Whisperer? If you have you know what I’m talking about. Cesar Milan has a pair and wears them all the time when we walks his dogs.

I just wanted to say how impressed I am with everyone’s skill set and submitted images. I’m even more impressed with the sheer amount of courage it takes to post your pictures side by side with people you’ve never met before. I know it’s intimidating, I do it every day!

Oh and I got inspired. Here’s a sneak peak at our next Photo Challenge! I was thinking what the Holidays have in abundance of, besides the crazy uncles we all have? LIGHTS! The Holidays are packed with lights. Think about it. Candles, fires in the fireplace, Christmas Lights galore, beautiful Christmas trees lights etc. What other time of the year is your city/town/house lit up this brightly? Especially with different colors, shapes, and sizes! Next week’s challenge will be all about capturing lights. Drive down your street, look out your window, heck even look in your own living room for some.
Here’s one of our Christmas tree:
It doesn’t have to be as funky as this shot. So be thinking about it… I’ll explain more in detail on Thursday!



  1. Wow!! These are all such amazing shots! This was definitely a challenge… I don’t take many abstract photos, it’s not in my nature I guess. But I loved getting stretched to think of what to shoot. Great challenge, Cabe!

    I love Dr. Cason’s extra gauzy lights shot, it is soooo cool + pretty! The photo has such a wonderful and warm mood to it.

    Good job everyone, loved them all!

    Comment by mary elizabeth — December 9, 2008 @ 6:22 am

  2. Thanks, Caleb, for all the fun. I love the challenges, and I love to see all the pictures. Can’t wait to try the Christmas lights. I was down in the city (Seattle) last night and thought about those lights.

    Comment by Gail — December 9, 2008 @ 6:57 am

  3. Wow, this really was a big challange to start with. I thank you very much for the compliments about my entry. I love all the other shots but the one from Stacy and Mary Elizabeth were my favorite. Up to the next challenge!

    Comment by nana — December 9, 2008 @ 7:23 am

  4. I love all the shots – so inspiring. I like the feel of Sheila’s – good for winter cold, but most of all I enjoy everyone’s creativity – can’t wait for the Christmas lights challenge – I do have a blog now but for the life of me don’t know how to link my name to it….sigh!

    Comment by ulrika — December 9, 2008 @ 8:24 am

  5. Okay Cabe, you can find out what my abstract shot is from by visiting my blog. I posted two more pictures last night to help.

    This was fun.

    Comment by kathleen — December 9, 2008 @ 9:03 am

  6. Ulrika-
    Just leave me your blog address in the comments field and I’ll edit the post to show it!


    Comment by cabenelson — December 9, 2008 @ 9:07 am

  7. Wow all of those pictures were great!

    Comment by lisa — December 9, 2008 @ 10:00 am

  8. Thanks Cabe – I don’t have much on the blog as I just started it – and most of my flicker is private or for friends but I will open up the abstract on flicker today and make it public.

    So here is the link if it

    I’ll put more stuff up on my blog so it will be interesting – sad to say, right now it is a tad dull – only a few posts.

    Comment by Ulrika — December 9, 2008 @ 10:28 am

  9. Hi Cabies! Thanks for posting all our photos. I’m noticing you’re getting more and more entries for each challenge. It’s so fun and exciting!

    I think Stacy’s is my favorite this week. I love the black and white and the repeated circle shapes.

    I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with for next week!

    Comment by Abby — December 9, 2008 @ 11:41 am

  10. Wow, some amazing shots this week! This one was quite the stretch for me, so I’m really inspired by some of the others. I really love these!

    Comment by Ginger — December 9, 2008 @ 12:16 pm

  11. Everyone’s photos were great this week. This was for sure the hardest challenge so far. It was really fun though. I have to say that I loved Dr. Cason’s photos. The pink fuzz photo was great. I loved the lighting on the gauze photo. Great job everyone. I can’t wait for the Christmas light challenge.

    Comment by Stacy Stevens — December 9, 2008 @ 12:17 pm

  12. Thanks for putting in my late entry, Cabe. These are great. I almost want to take back my “I don’t like abstract photography” comment now.

    Woohoo…LIGHTS! Love your funky shot.

    Comment by 12littlefeet — December 9, 2008 @ 12:26 pm

  13. P.S. I wanted to add that I really like my sister’s photo of the “fancy-dancy wheel.” Lots of good movement there too! I must thank her for introducing me to your blog and contests. Reminds me of the MG Classic “A” I owned years ago that I wished I had today – what a kick that would be.

    Comment by Ulrika — December 9, 2008 @ 3:07 pm

  14. Wow! Such awesome pics. You are getting quite a selection going in your photos Cabe!!

    We love it!

    Comment by Sheila @ — December 9, 2008 @ 3:13 pm

  15. Ulrika- Gail is your SISTER? Like your sister sister? Not like how I might call some dude my brother but he’s really not. Ulrika, that’s awesome! This is like a family reunion. Stacy being my cousin(in-law) 🙂

    Comment by cabenelson — December 9, 2008 @ 3:23 pm

  16. Yeah, Gail is my real sister and she is a sweetheart and a fine photographer, modest when you talk with her, but a fine eye. I bought my first camera, a small Cannon years ago, cost me so much money then $250.00 and began taking pics, then she really out did me with classes at college and even opened a studio, hope she doesn’t mind me telling that here. My first love is writing, then oils, and now I do the photo thing, but will use my shots to transfer to “my paintings”………but I learn by looking at all the great shots – and think soft is nice too – most of mine have hard lines, so I might expand a little.

    Comment by Ulrika — December 9, 2008 @ 3:39 pm

  17. Fantastic work here! I enjoyed this challenge by thinking differently. looking forward to the next challenge.

    Comment by Dusty Lens — December 9, 2008 @ 9:21 pm

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