Lens-Artists Challenge – One Subject 3 Ways

Patti has this week a very interesting challenge that is also an incredibly useful tool when photographing, “working a shot”. In her amazing post, Patti explains what the objective of such a technique is and gives remarkable examples on how she works the subjects.

This is the kind of exercise I usually do when I find either something I’m fascinated with or something I find difficult to frame or compose and be faithful to how I’m wanting to present it. I’ll share with you two examples of both situations.

Firstly, this amazing flower I’d never seen before. It was something almost otherworldly. Strange and beautiful in equal measure. Sometimes I find myself focusing too much on the details and forget the overall subject. Not this time, this was too special.

The Crown Imperial, as it is.


A closer view, showing how delicate the petals are, the beautiful lines and shading.


The view from above is quite unique and interesting.


Now, here is an example that left me frustrated. We are at the EmbaiXada, in Lisbon. A 19th Century palace converted into a posh shopping centre. There’s been a few projects as this one in Lisbon and I still don’t really know where I stand. In one way, it protects a building of obvious quality from ruin, on the other is just feels too odd. The staircase is amazing, but it proved difficult to shoot, and quickly I realised several photos were needed to make it justice.

Looking up, at the bottom of the staircase.


Once we reached the top, the lovely lamps, the skylight…


Then, looking down from the landing. Someone else is taking photos too…


The joy of such exercise is always finding something different, something that might illuded us otherwise. If you haven’t tried it before, I highly recommend you to give it a go. I love all the photos I shared today and they are all the result of “working a shot”. If you’re joining us this week, please visit Patti’s original post, link to it and tag Lens-Artists so we can easily find you.

Last week’s challenge, hosted by Tina was a unique chance to have a dig at archives and have some fun. It was also great to see the treasures we all had to share. Next week is the brilliant Ann-Christine’s turn to host. Until then, take care.

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27 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge – One Subject 3 Ways

  1. Great, Sofia. I love all of your shots from that Art Déco building 👍 it’s a period nearly completely missing here in Germany. But, I also love your second image of the blossom 👍

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  2. Wow, Sofia. Your images are wonderful! I am so glad you posted the name of the flower because I saw it in Canada and thought it was remarkably beautiful! Now you’ve given me its name! Thanks! And I love your choice of that beautiful staircase. A wonderful post!

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  3. Loved that flower Sofia, of which I’d never heard!Was it growing somewhere naturally or was it in some kind of botanical garden. Either way it was well-worthy of really working the shot which you did beautifully. The building is also beautiful in a different way. I loved the staircase especially

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    1. Thank you, Tina. The flower was growing in a botanical garden managed by the National Trust for Scotland. I visit this garden several times a year and it was the first time I’ve seen it. I wonder if it’s something they’re keeping for the next season.

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  4. A lovely post again, Sofia! The beautiful but tricky staircase (funny we both had staircases…) and the wonderful flower. So well captured all of these, but I must say I loved that flower. Many gardens in Sweden have them, they are popular here, but your images made a new feeling rise for it – you made me see its beauty with the close-up showing its delicate lines and shading. Thank you! This is clear proof again that blogging is an eye opener!

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