K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

Ah, 2017. How glad I am to greet you and welcome you into my life! Your brother, 2016, well- he was a little rough around the edges, but seeing how you’re here now, we’ll forgive him and move on.

With this being the very first Monday of 2017, what better way to get it started than with a brand-spanking-new, ‘K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge’.

photo prompts, blog challenges

For this first challenge of 2017, I chose the following prompt:

Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

Why you may ask? Well, blame it on the proximity of the new year and all the thought processes and reminiscing we humans tend to do at this time. I figured not only would it be a good time to look back photographically, but at the same time challenge our challenge-takers with looking at where they are now, and where they see themselves in the future- hence the title!

Here’s what I did:

Yesterday: I wanted an image that spoke to my earlier days of finding a ‘photographic voice’. I wanted that image to be one I’ve used, but also one where I could clearly see my own desire to improve in technique as well as expression.

Tropical Reef small

One of the first ‘phone shots’ I took that felt satisfying visually. especially given the phone was brand new and ‘auto mode’ was the only mode I dared use until I made more time to learn the camera capabilities. This by the way, was taken underground at the Academy of Sciences in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.

Today: I wanted an image I’d taken recently that felt like it represented an accumulation of all the things I’ve learned in how to get the photo you want. It needed to be a shot where I took more than one photo, but with different settings so as to finally get the ‘perfect shot’.

San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge, boat racing, world-famous bridges

As I mentioned in the original recent post I did with this photo at the helm, I literally stumbled into this scene. I didn’t know about the boat race taking place in San Francisco’s bay under the Golden Gate Bridge, and the only reason I was in the area was to shoot the herons and egrets across the way at the Palace of Fine Arts. As I biked over to this scene, it started to come together- boats, pelicans (behind and left of the boats!), fog drifting in from behind the bridge and over the Marin Headlands, and of course a big beautiful blue sky to highlight everything.

I took easily 30 or so shots of this race happening. After every two or three, I’d change up the settings, then rinse and repeat. This shot’s had a bit of post-production, but I posted it because I was and still am very pleased with the final outcome.

Tomorrow: Now, of course I can’t give you a shot taken tomorrow…today… at least I haven’t figured out how to do it yet. Instead, to complete the challenge, I decided to go with a shot that speaks to where I see my photo/graphic work heading in the future.

One word sums up where I hope to take my photographic challenges to ‘tomorrow’, PEOPLE. Granted, these are from a somewhat outside/street photography perspective, but funny thing as I look them over and add them to today’s challenge. I’d not only like to do more people shots, but perhaps dedicate time to getting to know more people through the ‘lens’ of photography.

So, there you have it! My answer to the ‘Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow challenge. You can check out my buddy Dale’s photographic answer right here

As always, join us by creating a post with a similar title to either Dale’s or my post, ‘pingback’ by copying the URL of your post and pasting it into the comment section of Dale’s or my post. Add our #CosPhoChal tag to whichever tags you add to your post, and you’re done!

K’lee L. © 2017

11 thoughts on “K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

  1. This was a tough one, especially the tomorrow part – how can you photograph something that hasn’t happened yet? I really like that you’ve chosen images that show the direction in which you want to go – great way to handle the challenge. (And I love the racing shot!)

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    1. Thanks! Yes, it was a conundrum, but choosing a future direction felt right at the time. As for that racing shot… Yes, it was something special. Maybe fifteen-twenty minutes of shooting then it all dissipated like smoke!


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