A few weeks ago, I got asked to be a guest host for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge. What an honor!
It’s mid-summer in the northern hemisphere, and most schools are closed. Many people are enjoying their summer vacation. This is the time, most people are longing for. But, when it comes to the style of spending this most valuable time of the year, wishes differ following their personal preferences.
Show us your favorite activity (yes, chilling is also accepted as an activity in this context) in summer. In my gallery below, I have some of them as inspiration: biking, mountain climbing, hiking, swimming, diving, sailing, surfing, kite-surfing, beach sailing, chilling, bbq-ing, beach partying, traveling, sightseeing, reading, dreaming, loving, dancing, and I’m sure, you’re finding lots more like i.e. Midsommar in the Scandinavian countries or the White Nights
So, I’m curious to see your interpretation of summer vibes. Make us envy and wish to be with you while you’re enjoying your summer and your favorite summer activities! Whether you are in the Northern or the Southern Hemisphere and having your summer now or in 6 months. Tell us about your summer vibes and share some images about them.
An additional hint for you when selecting or taking your images for the challenge: pay attention to the composition and avoid having distracting spots in your image like waste, bins, or parts of things. Also, a balanced horizon is usually important for a great image. You can correct it easily, if necessary, in post-production. But, sometimes, even an unbalanced horizon works well, as you can see in my wind-surfing image where the unbalanced horizon highlights the speed of the surfer. Fill your frame like I did i.e. in the bbq image or accept negative space like I did in the cycling image above. Both concepts are right. It depends on the messages you want to tell, and which one supports the message best. These small things divide a great image from a bad or an ok-image. In the past, we had a couple of themes focusing on composition. I assembled a shortlist and put it at the end of this post for your convenience. Check them out, when you’re not familiar with them. They can help you get great images.
I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with and I hope you enjoy joining this Lens-Artists Challenge. As always, use the Lens-Artists tag and link to this post so we can easily find you.
Thank you, Jez, for last week’s challenge “Seeing Double”. Next week Tracy from Reflections of an Untidy Mind will host LAPC #209. So make sure to have a look at her site.
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In the past, we had a couple of themes focusing on a composition like leading lines, rule of thirds, change your point of view, focussing on the detail, cropping,lights-and-shadows, bokeh, and moving closer. Also, you can incorporate opposite colors, like red-green, yellow-blue, black-white, or complementing colors like blue-green.
135 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge 208: “Summer Vibes””
Very nice photos. Good composition, IMHO. Excellent. 👍
Thanks, John 😊
Thanks for sharing your Summer vibes Andre! Being winter here in the Southern Hemisphere, I am longing for summer! I love the ocean and the beaches so I will share some of my images!
Do so Aletta. I guess, there are some from your summer 😊
Thank you for being the guest host for this challenge and thank you for a fun challenge. I enjoyed all of your images and would love a taste of the BBQ and some ice cream right now!
😁 thanks and enjoy your summer
Lovely photo challenge!
Ooooh, this will be fun!
I hope so 😊
Nice challenge and images Andre. Now to get busy roaming through my archives. Right now we are not enjoying summer in the triple digits!
Oh, what a pity. But you can dig in your archive to discover memories 😊
I actually went out this morning before the triple digits hit. We photographed new murals in Sacramento.
Fun summer activities through your lens! Thank you for sharing your photograph expertise.
Thank you so much, Amy. You have to keep your eyes open and your cam at your hand when you’re on the road 😊
Here is my entry, https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2022/07/18/81643/
Thanks for joining, Amy. Great collection of summer activities 👍
Great variety, André. The ice cream looks marvelous as it’s 113F here today.
Oh, that‘s a lot. Southern Europe is also suffering from heat waves and wildfires. Here it’s too cold for the season, just like last year. But starting from tomorrow the heatwave is supposed to reach our region, too.
Great theme and your images are so “joy of summer”
Thank you so much 😊
Also/ here is my entry for this week
Love the ‘enjoying ice-cream’ click.
Love the smile.
Love this theme… here is my entry https://mywanderings.travel.blog/2022/07/17/summer-vibes-down-under/
I’m glad, you enjoyed this theme, Teresa 😊
I surely did 👍
Cycling is a stunner! What is it about bicycles on a beach? And it works so well in black and white. I love ‘chilling’ too. Thank you!
thanks, Johanna. In recent years I even saw people cycling on the soft sand at beaches. But, instead of normal tires, their bicycles were equipped with very broad tires. I was quite astonished at how well that worked.
We have a lot of fishermen who bring their bikes onto the beach. It always makes a good photo but they don’t like you to do it if their licence plate is visible 🙄💗
in your country the bikes have license plates 😲. here, only the motorbikes have to have one.
I can understand, no-one wants his or her license plate having published.
Brilliant post, Andre. We’re starting our heatwave tomorrow… I’ll be enjoying some ice-cream too!
Here is mine:
Thanks, Sofia. Compared to the heatwave Southern Europe is already suffering from, is our July way too cold. It’s too cold for July. Mid of July to mid of August are the dog days of summer. But the air is too cold. Only around 11-13 degrees Centigrade in the mornings (ca. 9:00 am) But, for tomorrow the heatwave is also forecasted for our region: up 36°C
We’re expecting 28º which is positively scorching around this parts 😀
A very comfortable temperature 😊
For me, yes. Everyone else is struggling!
I think so 😁
My favorite season, hands down!
thanks for your contribution. I guess, summer is for many people the most favorite season 👍
Thanks for the tips Andre, it is winter here but I definitely prefer summer
I love the bike photo
thanks, Alison. So, you can enjoy your summer when we’re freezing again 😊
Yes that’s right, we’re lucky it’s a long one too
Perfect timing for me after we had a lovely walk in the sand dunes yesterday! https://suzybluegirl.wordpress.com/2022/07/17/summer-in-the-dunes/
I like how you’ve included some photography tips in your post – after all, this is a photography challenge! Hopefully my shots will fit your criteria 😆 https://www.toonsarah-travels.blog/gallery-summertime-and-the-livin/
Wonderful Gallery, Sarah, well done 👍
Thank you 😊
You’re welcome 😊
Well Andre, we know you’d have a marvelous challenge as well as a response and of course you did not disappoint. Loved your images they definitely set the mood for the week. Fun in the sun and then some!! Terrific post and challenge, thanks so much for leading us.
Thank you so much, Tina😊 much appreciated! I‘m really feeling flattered.
Here is my entry: https://cxianliu.wordpress.com/2022/07/17/iceland-trip-2-lovely-animals/
I love the beautiful shots you have of the sun and sand: the parked bicycles, the well-trodden path between dunes, and so on. For me these are winter activities, and I suppose even in more temperate parts of the world, this year may be too warm for these. I like the photo of the woman with ice cream: that works even now.
Thank you so much. I’m glad, you’re showing a different location and activity!
Great images of summer, André 👏 Love the two bikes at the beach, my sort of summer 😃 Here’s mine: https://jezbraithwaite.blog/2022/07/18/looks-like-summer-lens-artists-challenge-208/
Thanks and thanks for joining, Jez. After checking your entry, I even understand your comment 😁😁
Thanks for the topic and nice photos, Andre! Here’s my contribution: https://florinpopa.blog/2022/07/19/summer-turns-to-high/.
Thanks for joining, Florin. You also have a nice collection 👍
Wow! Images full of summer! Here are mine: https://40thousandkm.com/2022/07/19/lens-artists-photo-challenge-208-summer-vibes/
Thanks for joining, Agata 😊
You’ve made me long for a beach trip with all these lovely photos. Chilling is my absolute favourite.
😁 I suspect that’s true for many people especially during these dog days of summer
Such a nice theme and great shots to support it. I love the lady delving into that ice cream mainly because I wish it were me doing that . . . right now! Thanks for leading the challenge this week.,
Thank you so much. The huge cup of ice cream attracted many visitors. I have no idea why 😁
Absolutely stunning photos, Andre and a wonderful challenge! Thanks so much for guest hosting this week. We’re delighted! And yes, I was immediately drawn to the huge cup of ice cream!! 😀
Thank you so much, Patti 😁😁😁😁
These are fun summer photos with lots of energy, Andre! Thank you for the theme. Here’s my post.
Thanks for joining and sharing a bit of your summer 👍
You’re welcome. Thank you for hosting.
Some nice and easy photos that suggest summer action.
Pleasant enough stuff to look upon.
Here’s mine for this one:
Thanks for joining 😊
What a great challenge–this is all we need. To take a glimpse of what the whole world doing in these warm months!Great post Andre!
Thanks for joining. I love your hat full of strawberries 👍👍👍👍
thank you so much! I appreciate the lovely feedback.
Well deserved 😊
What wonderful summer activities you were able to capture. 😀 😀 Thanks for co hosting.
Here is my entry. Enjoy!
This was a really fun prompt. Love how active your summer is. I’m a slug by comparison.
Thanks for joining and sharing a few personal things. 😊
Great vibe in your photos, Andre.
Thanks, Tracy 😊
Thanks again for a great theme for this week!
You’re welcome, Lindy 😊. Thanks for joining
Joy of summer illustrated! Here’s mine: https://suejudd.com/2022/07/22/lapc-208-summer-vibes/
Thank you for great vibes, Andre! Hosting such a perfect challenge is quite OK! Thank you! Loved your images as usual, and my favourite must be chilling with the kites!
😁 thank you so much, Ann-Christine
Andre, what a good topic this week! Here is my post on Summer Vibes: https://mycolorfulexpressions.com/lens-artists-photo-challenge-208-summer-vibes/
Wonderful examples, Sylvia. Thanks for joining 😊