Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #248: Mood

Happy Sunday! Sofia from the blog, Photographias, is the host for this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge and she’s challenging us to incorporate moods into our photos.

A photo can most definitely invoke mood. Personally, I find that black and white photos are a perfect medium for moody photographs, especially those taken in bad weather.

If you are a regular on this blog, you’d know I have lots of stories from my trips to Yellowstone. It’s THE destination whenever we have guests. I did a quick count and counted I’ve been the national park 5 times. This was one of those times when I went with my aunt in May 2017.

Unlike the summer months when the boardwalks are full of people, in May, there were still inches of snow on the ground. I ended up turning a lot of the photos from that trip into black and white because of the bad weather and gloomy skies. I found I like the photos in black and white much better as at times, the lack of colors actually makes better photos. This turned out to be one of my favorites. Though there were tracks in the snow, there was no one around, therefore, it invoked a sense of desolation and loneliness.

A photo doesn’t have to be black and white to invoke emotions. Sometimes, just the most beautiful scene will do the trick. This photo reminds me of another day passed, that my time on Earth is limited, and that every day, minute, and second matters. It also invokes feelings of longing, like there’s so much I haven’t done.

What emotions and moods does this photo trigger for you?

23 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #248: Mood

  1. Beautifully written with Yellowstone on your mind, Yinglan. If there is one place that can bring out the best in moody photography, it is Yellowstone. I love the snowy boardwalk, especially because there is no one but you in the photo.

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    1. Thank you. I agree, Yellowstone is absolutely the place for moody photography and I think it’s partly because of the different weather in different parts of the park.

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  2. That sunset photo evokes a sense of longing in me-a return to a time when sunset meant a beginning. Sometimes now it feels like a reminder I’m getting older and that my children aren’t little anymore. The explosion of gold can often feel overwhelming.

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    1. Great interpretation! I have a photo of a sunset hanging in my living room and each time I look at the photo, I would interpret as something different. Sunsets and sunrises are so fascinating.

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