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CCY: Week #7 Gold Star Award and Features

Welcome to our  Gold Star Award and Features for Cee’s Compose Yourself Photo Challenge (CCY).   These bloggers all deserve a second or third look for their entries to  Week #7 Leading Lines Challenge.

The week’s CCY theme is Week 8:  Diagonal Lines.

Awards and Features

Gold Star Award

5-gold-starsThis week’s Gold Star Award is granted to Leanne at Nihongojapango blog.  What really caught my attention with her post is the way she cropped a photo. She is a New Zealander by nationality, High School Teacher by profession, teaching both Japanese and English in a private school in Japan.  The header photo is also Leanne’s.

Photo by Leanne at blog

Photo by Leanne at blog

Here is her original photo.  She is using the fence line and the people as the line.  I really like the different ways she cropped it.  She used an exaggerated landscape which I thought was quite clever.

Here is Leanne’s various crops.  Here are Leanne’s comments about the three different crops:  The first crop with 3 people doesn’t work. The three people take away from the line of the fence post. They make the eye spread out.  The second crop by itself, turns it into a “nothing Photo” It jus looks like the scraps or off cuts.  After trimming the lady on the left out, the third crop works as a vertical line for me. The pole, the woman and man line up nicely and add form a nice line while still telling a story of a couple enjoying a day out viewing the flowers. Actually looking at now I am tempted to go back and trim the bottom so it starts with the line of three purple Iris.


Note:  CCY Gold Star Award is awarded to one blogger each week and have at least one their photos displayed.  To be eligible for the Gold Star Award you need to have completed the extra credit for the week. 


022414-feature-bannerHere are our featured bloggers for the week.


My Other Blog

at Muldoon

Julie’s Photo Blog

Just Expressing Myself


Future Challenges

Current Series – All About Lines

The Next Series – The Rule of Thirds

  • Week #9 Right or Left 1/3 of your photo frame
  • Week #10 Top or Bottom 1/3 of your photo frame
  • Week #11 Using 2/3 of your photo frame
  • Week #12 Critique My Work – I will give show you a couple of photos and you can either copy them and correct the compositional errors or write a post about how I got things wrong or right.

To find out more how to enter this challenge check CCY Home page.  If you have any questions, please contact me.

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