Friday 5 July 2013

5 in 5 - July 2013

Welcome to my first post which will be a regular feature from hereon. 
On the 5th of each month I shall be posting
5 photos that I have taken in 5 minutes. 
I love setting myself small challenges,
I find it focuses me, gives me motivation, and more than anything I have fun!
Being playful and experimental is a great way to learn,
and my previous post tells about how '5 in 5' evolved.
It also includes 2 example videos.  So if you have time, you
might want to make a cup of tea and make yourself comfy.
And here is your personal invitation
to join me! 
Because there is nothing I like more than online community
of friends who share and learn together. 
 Here is the plan:
1. Choose a location.
2. Have your camera ready.
3. Set a mobile timer for 5 minutes.
4. Take as many photos you can until the time is up.
5. Choose 5 photos to download and share by using the linkytool. 

That's it!!

And a couple more things. I know from experience if I have too many deadlines I can not meet them all, so I would rather you take part than be under pressure or unable to. So,

Do the photos have to be taken or posted on the 5th?   The answer is no. 

Take your photos whenever inspiration or opportunity takes you.

And you can post your photos for that month anytime up to the 25th.

And on 5th of each month I will post an invitation for you to join me again. 

As well as posting my photos I will include things that may inspire, prompt, or add fun. I do hope this idea sparks you as much as it does me! I love photo challenges and so I hope you will join in when you can. And if you want to post more than once during a month, that's great. Just do a separate linky so we can come see!


So let's get started! 


Recently I went to London and to avoid commuters I always leave early.  This means I arrive early for my meeting and I am not someone who gravitates to a coffee shop.  No, I grab my camera and find somewhere that will spark me.  On this occasion I decided to
take photos in the locality so I took some photos around Oxford
Circus. This set me on a roll so I set my timer again and took
photos of shop window displays. It is amazing how you see things  when you look from a different perspective... reflections in the glass, colours and angles of displays.


The two experiences were entirely different, and they demanded different approaches. Already I was being challenged in a positive way.

And then, still with time a-plenty, I went to John Lewis. Now I love their displays and they did not disappoint. I reset my timer and did two photo shoots before going to a green space. And I started over again! Now, I am not obsessive about setting time for taking photos!But on this occasion I wanted to experiment. To check that 5 minutes was realistic and achievable to set as a monthly challenge.  I had considered 10 in 10 minutes but choosing and downloading 10 photos takes time in itself and could be overwhelming.  So I decided to keep it simple and that day I came home with lots of photos I was really pleased with. So here are just some: 
5 photos taken in 5 minutes:

The bench was a bonus as it also counts as part of Rinda's 2013 Summer Scavenger Hunt. This is another photo challenge that I love to take part in!  I've you've not heard about this you might want to join in. Go here to find out more and hopefully we can enjoy each others photos there too!

I have spoken about how and why I took these photos, but that is not expected.  Just post your photos, and if you have time or want to tell us about them that is a bonus.  If I have missed anything or you need clarification please let me know. This is all about learning through doing!!
So that's me. Now it's over to you. If you'd like to join in please click on the linky below.  As a thank you I'll be offering a small giveaway to the first person who does this, and as 5 is an important number here, the 5th person to link will also receive a thank you.  

As with all sociable gatherings it is good to mingle, so please pop over to say hi to at least two or three others who are here. Thank you for visiting and if you stay to join in, an even bigger thank you !!

I experimented with a trial Link tool and did not realise that the list would be removed when it expired.  So I am trying to add other 5 in 5 posts here. It will take time to find them so apologises if it takes time.



  1. That final photo is a really interesting one! I lke your challenge - it is amazing how much of a sense of place you get in five photos :).

  2. We have the same camera, so I'm going to really enjoy seeing what you come up with for this

  3. Great idea Sandie! I will join in at some point this month... I love your photo of the leaf with dew drops on. x

  4. Great idea Sandie, I will join in at some point this month... I love your photo of the leaf with dew drops on! x

  5. Beautiful photos, I love the view through the sculpture! I will try and join in. xxx

  6. I love this idea! Thanks for sharing.

  7. thanks for the inspiration Sandie this was great to get me off the sofa and into the garden to snap away! Looking forward to joining in again next month xxx

  8. Oh I like your last photo - and the colours in the leaves. This looks interesting - great inspiration. J x

  9. Thanks for this challenge Sandie and I will be joining in ASAP, wish I'd thought of it yesterday as I had loads of photo opportunities at Tewksbury. Mary x

  10. Oh I like this idea too. I'll be signing up for this. I also like what you say about socialising with other bloggers - good idea.
    Patricia x


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