Weekly Photo Challenge: Arranged


This week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge theme is “arranged”.  This theme at first seemed simple:  unless you take snaps (and even then, some might argue) every photo is arranged in some way.   So, all my photos that I would consider sharing are in some way arranged.  I took some great shots of wildflowers arranged in a teapot, placed on a weathered old bench the other day.  The best shots are nice, in a greeting-card sort of way, and one is likely to be part of a mothers’ day card for my mom.   But, a flower arrangement?   Too cliché for me.

Then I remembered some of the shots I took while on vacation in January.   I walked up and down the beach each day and couldn’t help but stop and pick up interesting looking shells.  I was fascinated by them and the most interesting ones were photographed, often on the shoreline and frequently on the porch of the condo.  In looking through the shots, I realized how much I’ve progressed in my photography since January.   (My secret?  No secret at all:  take pictures every day.   Take your camera nearly everywhere.)

As I was shooting, I remember thinking about the artificiality of the arrangements.  But, in Southwest Florida, with the overdevelopment of beaches and wetlands, there really isn’t much that is natural.  That lead to the composition of this shot.  The background was a real estate catalog that I picked up in the resort’s lobby.  It was perfect for this “catch”.  I’d probably do some things differently with this if I were shooting it now, but I like the overall idea of it.

The Good Life in the Sunshine State

Here are some of the other arrangements of shells and shore life that I did. In keeping with the laws — and just good common sense when it comes to protecting marine and wild life — no live shells were removed from the beach.

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Coquina shells

Moon Snails

Augers, Wentletraps, Ceriths, and Snails

Dosinia Clams

Blue Crabs -- in need of a pedi?

Assorted, Arranged Shells

Lighting Whelk Egg Case and Sea Fans

Lightening Whelk Shell Surrounded by Egg Case

Whelks -- Lightening Whelk is the only whelk that turns to the left

Sunray Venus

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About Anne Camille

I bought my first SLR camera (a Yashica TL-ELECTRO) when I was 17 and imagined I would become a great photographer. My love of photography, unfortunately, was thwarted by a photo-journalism class (the first "C" in college, but not the last!) as well as several packages of accidentally exposed photo paper and the high cost of film on a student budget. An unexpected gift of a Canon Rebel xSI four years ago reawakened those old, dormant dreams. A bit wiser now, I knew that photog instructor was full of bs even if technically he was pretty good. I began snapping away and haven't looked back. Mostly, I shoot nature photography because flowers and rocks don't talk back at you when you pose them. I am a photographer, a reader, a writer, a thinker, a dreamer. Mostly you'll see the photographer here, but signs of the others shine through every now and again.
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18 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Arranged

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  5. Gilly Gee says:

    A lovely selection especially the moon snails that look like eyes!

    • Anne Camille says:

      I love the Moon Snails too. I didn’t realize how much they looked like eyes until I reviewed the photos (at home, away from the beach). If I had noticed it earlier, I would have taken some shots that played with that eyeball image. Too fun to pass up!

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  7. All great shots but that first one with the catalog and the fish is just great. Love it.

    • Anne Camille says:

      Thanks, Purpledog. I wish more of the catalog was visible, and perhaps a few more shells for more variety of color. Still, I’m pleased with the idea even if not entirely pleased with the final photograph. I can always try again next time I’m on the beach, though I have no beach vacation planned in the foreseeable future.

  8. gracefully50 says:

    Great photos Anne!!

  9. sinpolaris says:

    Really enjoyed the dead fish in the first shot. Nice touch.

    • Anne Camille says:

      Thanks. I just smiled when I thought of that one. And the expressions on the faces of my family when they saw I was carrying a dead fish? Yea, priceless. :-)

      • Anne Camille says:

        As I was shooting, there was a stray cat loitering nearby. I’m fairly certain he is responsible for the fish’s disappearance later that day. Or the crows, maybe.

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