DP Challenge: Gift / Word-A-Week Challenge: Face

“Joy in looking and comprehending is nature’s most beautiful gift.”

Albert Einstein



Today’s Daily Post has suggested we select a photograph to demonstrate the concept of “gift”.  Albert Einstein and I agree that nature continutally gifts us with wonderful surprises.  In an effort to deliver a small gift to my subscribers, I’ve turned some of my favorite nature shots into “orbs” for a unique take on the challenge.



“What reason can deny that gift so sweet, so natural that God has given a stream, a fish, a beast, a bird?”

Pedro Calderon de la Barca

In the orb above we see two egret faces surrounded by their beautiful feathers.  This one is a nod to Skinnywench for her word-a-week challenge, Face.



“Instead of a gem, or even a flower, we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend.”

George MacDonald

Flowers are often given as a gift, and indeed they are a wonderful subject for an orb.  Above we see the glories of a deep purple iris transformed into a perfect circle.



“Every gift which is given, even though it be small, is in reality great, if it is given with affection.”


Orbs can be created from most any photograph although you never quite know what will work until you’ve tried.  Some that seemed promising were quite a disappointment, while others, such as the vegetables from a farm stand in Provence, were a very nice surprise.



“Find out what your gift is and nurture it.”

Katy Perry

And although it is not a gift from nature, I’ve included one of my favorite shots, “umbrellas” to show that perhaps the most important element of a photograph for creating an interesting orb is the presence of color.  As an added bonus, if the image has a graphical quality, so much the better.

My thanks to my friend Ann Gridly for her tutorial on orb-making, and to the Kiawah Island Photography Club for their continued focus on expanding our photographic horizons :-).

For a tutorial on orb-making, go here.   To see more DP challenge “Gift” entries, go here.  For more of Sue’s Word-a-Week entries on “Faces”, go here


59 thoughts on “DP Challenge: Gift / Word-A-Week Challenge: Face

  1. Lovely orbs! I found the directions for them just a few weeks ago, and have been busy making them ever since. I call them marbles – some of them look so much like steelys!

  2. I really like your orbs and perspectives Tina .. I’ve seen this type of photo manipulation before, but I bet it is exciting to see what it does to your regular shots and how it twists them ;). I am a big fan of purple onions too 😀

    • Thanks Paula. I had never seen them and had so much fun playing around with them! Glad you enjoyed,

      Sent from my iPad

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  4. The beauty of the images creatively enhanced and the quotes so apt. You certainly are gifted. I just came to know what an ‘orb’ means 🙂
    Many thanks

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  6. What a great surprise in this post Tina ! What a great effect I’ve never heard of before that does look fun ..
    You have chosen some good shots there to show us the possibilities . I love the umbrella particularly 🙂

    • Thanks PT! I liked that one as well, especially because it shows you can orb just about anything! It’s fun seeing what comes up after completing the process-always a surprise!

  7. I love what you did with your lovely photo’s Tina. Making these Orbs are quite fun indeed and Bill’s tutorial was very easy too. Thanks for sharing your results. 🙂 *hugs*

  8. Fascinating and intriguing! Thanks for introducing me to a new world of photography! Wish I could do that!
    Ann S

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