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Weekly Assignment

IMG_0565 (by Earth Mama Photog)This week we balanced out our basic assignments with our kelloire‘s photo taken inside of one of Washington DC’s metro stations also showed a sense of balance with the two trains passing each other and creating a sense of symmetry.

53/365 - Food, stacked with sweetness - Feb22 (by pbdweeeebie)DSC_4528 (by kelloire)This week’s assignment is Rhythm. We are aware of rhythmic patterns in music and they exist visually as well. It can be pleasing and soothing or somewhat erratic, but it keeps our eye moving in a repeating pattern. Fence posts, ripples in water, as well as shapes that echo each other such as circular patterns of different objects, are all examples of rhythm in composition. These elements should compliment each other, creating a flow that is pleasing to the eye. As usual, there are a few simple rules that you need to follow to be eligible for the mini-contest to have your photo featured here on the blog. First, your photo needs to have been taken between 18 February – 4 March 2009. Second, your post must include the words “Assignment: Rhythm” and the date that the photo was taken. And third, your photo’s EXIF should still be intact. Check the assignment thread for the full details of the assignment. Next week’s assignment may be a challenge for some people, but it is will be self portraits. The challenge is to get out from behind the camera and take a shot of yourself.

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