Dasher’s Photo Blitzen

A few days ago, I went through about ten different photoblitz lists before landing on one I could completely accomplish in my personal space. Then it took me two more days to find the time during the day to do the project because the one I chose needed me to take a picture of weather and a sky that is pitch black at night just wouldn’t do.

Before I started the 20 minutes, I wrote down my shot list and made sure everything was ready for each shot. The only thing I didn’t factor in was shooting the birds at the bird feeder BEFORE going outside. I live on top of a hill and it feels like an aviary up here–dozens of birds including Bald Eagles, Great Blue Herons, Mockingbirds, Cardinals, Red Shouldered Hawks–I’ve identified over 40 species since I’ve lived here. But, I should have thought about the birds first because they can get scared off and may not return quickly if they’ve had plenty to eat for the day. Today, during the last ten minutes of my 20, I only got one lousy shot of two, small birds around the bird feeders.

Here is the list I accomplished in 20 minutes:

  • Make a photograph that features a circle today.
  • Find a grid pattern somewhere (brick sidewalk or ceiling tiles).
  • A perfect line. Make a photo of interesting vertical, horizontal, or diagonal lines.
  • Make a photograph that illustrates the weather where you are.
  • Make a photo of an outdoor scene free of any human artifacts.
  • Make a photo containing or suggesting fire and/or smoke
  • Animals takes patience. Make a photo of an animal: pet, domesticated, or wild


These are my photos, with the evidence of my start and stop times:

Start Time
Grid Pattern
Perfect Vertical, Horizontal and Diagonal Lines
Today’s weather at my weather station: clear, crisp, chilly with thin clouds.
No Human Artifacts Outside
A “suggestion” of fire that could be
There is one bird on the ground, between the two chairs; another on the bird feeder. It took me the last 10 minutes for this one lame picture! They must have sensed my urgency and flew the coop.
Stop time

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Wade

    I love the title of this post! Your did a great job with the assignment, I am still working on mine, but the photos turned out great given the short amount of time you had to complete them!

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