Top Five Friday: Photo Adventure Edition

I’m just going to put it out there…I am a blogging jerk. I have been neglecting my blog for the past two weeks. Trust me when I say that my neglect has not been by choice. As a full time student, I have spent the past month in crazy panic busy mode, finishing up all of those end-of-the-term papers and cramming in some late night (and quite frankly, every other spare moment) study sessions. But I am happy to announce that I just wrote my second exam this morning and I don’t have to write another one for over a week. So I have decided to give my poor little brain a much needed re-couporation break over the weekend (let’s just say that memorizing the exact artist, title, date of creation, historical context, and formal qualities of fifty-two different American art pieces has fried the intellectual membranes within my brain) by sleeping, relaxing, and doing some of those things that I love best–crafting!

To kick off my weekend, I am going to share a TOP FIVE FRIDAY post featuring five of my favourite photos that have been taken to date. Before I begin, I must put a little disclaimer out there that I am by no means a professional photographer. I’m a little more keen on creating my own images by drawing or printing instead of photographing what is already there. But, I have dabbled in the field (just for funzies) and so I am going to share some photos from some of my favourite photo adventures!

Let’s count down, shall we?


I snapped this photo one warm evening while on a vacation on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. My sister, friend, cousin, and I cleaned ourselves up after a long day on the beach and headed down to snap some photos on the beach at sunset. I just love how vibrant my beautiful sister looks in front of the calming and peaceful blues of the vast ocean. She makes a pretty darn great model, doesn’t she?


Every summer I venture up into the beautiful cottage country of Northern Ontario to work at an awesome summer camp for 8 weeks. This time away always creates many special memories, especially since the natural surroundings are so beautiful. This is a photo I took last summer of one of my best friends. We ventured onto the “Hiawatha Trail” (fun fact: did you know “Hiawatha” is an aboriginal word that represents peace?) and got a little creative. I love the light in this photo. From the bright, blown-out upper left corner to the unique light reflections splotting the image–I love it all! Turns out this really is a peace trail.


You may be looking at this image and saying to yourself “What on earth is so special about that?”. The truth is that I probably can’t really answer that question for you. It was taken in complete darkness with a 5 second long exposure time and nothing but a flashlight. I completed it for a photography assignment for one of my classes. It’s a massive stack of all the letters I have kept and collected over the years. Basically, it represents a lifetime of memories collected but stored away in the darkness of my mind, only to be exposed every now and then. Without getting too technical on you, I love the simple composition and asymmetrical sense of balance. Too “artsy”?


I have two words for you–New York. Our family goes on an “Annual Wideman Family Road Trip” every Spring and last year we finally braved the Big Apple. For the three days that we were actually in the city, it rained cats and dogs (to say the least). But we still had so many adventures, including a double-decker bus tour that resulted in a ridiculous number of photos of random (but cool) buildings that I will never remember the name of. This photo was taken from out of our hotel window. My mom freaked out when she saw me hanging out to get this shot, but I couldn’t resist! The window had no screen, easy access, and was nine floors up. I loved the result–the hustle bustle of the city street mixed with the rustic old sign of the rustic, old (and somewhat creepy) hotel that we stayed in. Oh, the memories.

And to finish ‘er off…


This was a completely random and flooky shot that I captured while just playing around with my camera and my dad’s string-instrument collection. I love how simplified and almost minimalist this image is. The string and shadow combo just gets me every time. Once again, you may be wondering what is so great about this image. And once again, I can’t explain it. I just like it. Period.

So thanks again for checking in and reading. I promise that this blog will be more active and will be taking no more two-week sabbaticals. Here’s to a little inspiration and here’s to a happy weekend!

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5 thoughts on “Top Five Friday: Photo Adventure Edition

  1. Welcome back. Great photos!
    Good luck with the rest of exams -bet you are really looking forward to finishing.

  2. truthandcake says:

    Beautiful photos. I love how each one tells such a personal story. The light in the “Hiwatha Trail” photo is gorgeous. The movement in the New York one is very cool. And I’m captivated by that stack of letters–what an interesting and deeply personal concept, conveyed in such a simple way. Lovely!

  3. Lauren says:

    I’m a fan of your top 5 Amber!

  4. LOVE the “Hotel” photo! You should sell it professionally!

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