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Adjectives and Adverbs

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Published Apr 17, 2019 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 30 Contributors

    30 photos selected by

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    This image is really an ode to my two favorite things, faceless portraits and floral double expos...

    #yellow #portrait #floral #35mm #doubleexposure #faceless #filmphotography #redlips

    The challenge for this assignment involved visualizing adjectives and adverbs. The community certainly rose to the occasion and submitted so many creative images. As I began to go through the submissions for the final curation of the story, I realized I would have to make difficult decisions and let go of some images I really loved. I was very impressed by how the community tackled this assignment; you really had to think about which adjective or adverb you wanted to turn into a visual and how to do that creatively. The photographers featured in the final story did excellent work. Previously in the published Plant Kingdom story, curator Prasenjeet Yadav asked what you learned from photographing plants. I'm taking a page out of his book to ask what did you learn from being challenged to photograph an adjective or an adverb?  I’ll be chatting on the story discussion board below on Thursday, April 18th at 1pm EST. Feel free to bring your thoughts and ask me anything. 

    Large flock of cape cormorants, nesting very close to their food - sardines and anchovies. These ...

    #africa #travel #adventure #capetown #capetown_birds #absentink_photo #absentink

    Editor's Note

    I can just hear the ocean crashing against the walls as the water hits every part of this rock. It's interesting to think how violent looking this scene appears as. But the cape cormorants seem to ... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Reverie - a state of being lost in thought. Lost is an appropriate adjective here. 32 meters deep...

    #mexico #underwater #scuba #tulum #cavedive

    Editor's Note

    I don't know if you meant for this to happen, but the tones in this image remind me of the colors used in the logo for the tv show Lost. If you meant for that, excellent work. If not, this is still... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    I was looking for a warm sunset picture at a local beach near my town when I took this picture bu...

    #sea #landscape #monochrome #blackandwhite #seascape #bnw

    Editor's Note

    The toning here is so well done. Sometimes you can get really lucky in photography and what you set out to capture can change to something even more interesting. That's what happen to Ryan here whe... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    I created this image to demonstrate how easily I can get sucked in to the world of my computer. F...

    #selfportrait #sleep #distracted #bluelight #worldofmycomputer #deviceisolation

    Editor's Note

    Very nicely done, Stephanie. I think we can all relate here as there have been so many times that I have been sucked into the screen of my phone or computer when I should be sleeping or working on ... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Kristin holds a photo of her daughter, Abby, in her unfinished nursery. Abby was born stillborn a...

    #motherhood #grieving #stillbirth #missingabby

    Editor's Note

    The image alone is well composed and tells the whole story. The caption you have included here just adds more layers to the story and reveals the heartbreak and pain that Kristin is going through. ... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    I was following a group of Klipspringer at Kokerboomkloof in the Richtersveld National Park just ...

    #nature #landscape #wildlife #southafrica #nationalpark #klipspringer #richtersveld

    Editor's Note

    I love the use of the light here and I agree with the original note left by Kristen McNicholas. "The serendipitous nature of this moment truly makes it once in a lifetime."

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Taken in Serrai di Sottoguda in the Italian Dolomites. Back in the 1980's this represented a brea...

    #ice #di #climbing #dolomiti #dolomites #marmolada #dolomiten #sottoguda #serrai

    Editor's Note

    The jacket the climber is wearing just popped right away when I saw this image during my edit. I ... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Flag raising at the Lineman Rodeo. Every spring, public power workers come together from all over...

    #florida #rodeo #electricity #lineman

    This makes Shibuya Crossing a pedestrian scramble at the mouth of Shibuya Station's Hachikō Exit,...

    #colors #japan #tokyo #panning #shibuya_crossing

    Many people sit in front of the computer most of the day. They spend endless time on the Internet...

    #lost #computer #isolation #addicted #socialnetwork #addicition #virtualreality #loneliless

    Editor's Note

    The creativity behind this image, but also the simplicity really struck me. I love how clean the frame is and the added layer of the reflection. Agreed with the comments left by David Y. Lee and El... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    My daughter’s Konstantina zodiac sign is Leo. Although, I do not believe in zodiacs I must admit ...

    #sunset #shadows #people #lioness #light #kids #lazy #portraits

    Editor's Note

    I agree with this thought left by Associate Photo Editor Kristen McNicholas. "The mood in this portrait is perfect. I love how you used the light to create dimension as your daughter laid on the co... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Majik is anxiously awaiting another epic summer! She knows there is nothing better than jumping ...

    #summertime #labradoodle #labradoodle_laketime

    Editor's Note

    Majik and I both share the same feelings about summer. I can't wait for it to start either and I love the mood you captured within this frame. Also the small water drops flying in the air are such ... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Adjective: Concerned. This concerned mama black bear continuously looked out for cubs. She got to...

    #black_bear_cub #mama_bear #black_bears #alligator_river #mama_bear_cubs #adjective

    Editor's Note

    I love how the young cub is copying the movements of it's mother. Also great framing by having the two bears on the right side of the frame and giving some space to the left side. This is a great e... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    The most profound human experience; delivering and meeting your child for the first time.

    #birth #birthphotography #euphoric #waterbirth

    Editor's Note

    Excellent Community Note from Piyush Basutkar who writes, "The Shear Emotion from the mother holding her baby for the first time explains this picture so well! There is no caption that can justify ... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    A Berber man was doing his dailywork - "slowly" sweeping & cleaning the backyard of the riad befo...

    #reflection #people #mirror #morocco #sahara #riad

    Editor's Note

    The reflection here is just so well done. I love how you toned the colors as well. The water almost appears like glass, the stillness of everything reminds me of the feelings of a calm early mornin... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    At the end of February 2019, I had a surfing accident and cut into my patellar tendon below the k...

    #waves #costa_rica #playa_negra #beauty_in_nature #ocean_at_sunrise #blue_zone #rip_curl

    Editor's Note

    Every time I see an excellent wave photo I always wonder how these are captured as I'm sure it's not easy at all. You have to have some extreme patience and it definitely paid off here. Nice work, ... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    It comes from the Greek, and combines the prefix hemi-, for "half," with sphere, or "perfectly ro...

    #bike #bmx

    Editor's Note

    Love how this half-bowl makes up the bottom of the frame. My eyes wanted to study each part of the image and this moment. Love the look of the tops of a tree or bush peaking out as well. Great work.

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    This photo represents the following adjectives/adverbs to me: calm, peaceful, sadness, mysterious...

    #texas #peace #stars #graves #milkyway #nightphotography #ghosttown #adjectivesandadverbs

    Editor's Note

    Excellent work with this image, James. I agree with the previous comment left from Shannon Hunt. This is a beautiful image and goes to show that even in a place like a graveyard you can still find ... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Swedish rapper Silvana Imam spread her emotional and powerful vibes with a message of love at her...

    Editor's Note

    Powerful is a great way to describe this image. I can feel the energy that is happening during this moment. Great work using the lighting in the background to add this silhouette to the frame.

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Taken at the Mart Museum In Rovereto (Italy) . It was a morning and the Museum was full of young ...

    #art #italy #people #culture #places #museum #exhibition #mart #youngpeople #rovereto

    Editor's Note

    Sometimes you stumble upon moments that just make for a great image. I agree with the comments left by David Y. Lee and Barry Thompson. "It' a great example of seeing, and works as a visual pairing... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    It was a warm summer morning safari in Kabini, suddenly we here people in the other vehical menti...

    #tiger #canon #nature #wildlife #wild #life #adventure #elephant #newborn #calf_elephant

    Editor's Note

    I agree with the comments below that refer to this image as heartbreaking. But also I think thats what makes this photo stand out to me. You captured a moment that is very moving and also tells a s... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    A quiet morning on the nest as these owlets get all they need to prepare to fledge. Image capture...

    #nature #wildlife #school #greathornedowl #owlet #homeschool #raptures

    Editor's Note

    Lots of very cool things happening in this frame. This is one of those moments that you just need to be very patient and wait for the right timing to press the shutter button. You made that happen ... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    A first bath for this baby frilled lizard meant hushed voices and patient hands while we waited f...

    Editor's Note

    Love the stillness in this image. The calm look on the children's faces and the soft light that is reaching the sink. Great work taking a low angle perspective and capturing this moment.

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Dervishes, members of Sufism, which is regarded as mysticism in Islam, entering ecstatic trance w...

    #religion #islam #dervish #iran #mystical #trance #sufism #kurdish #kordestan #uraman #howraman #takth

    Editor's Note

    I just really love this moment. The hair standing in the air shows how you captured the movement taking place in front of you. Great framing and timing here, Athikhom.

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Dramatically This is a photo of a bull elephant in a select few that were causing trouble in ...

    #africa #wildlife #elephant #kenya

    Editor's Note

    I saw this during my edit and just had to know the story behind it! Thanks for including this in your captions, Steve. Fascinating how we can make an effort to try help an ecosystem and can transpo... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    A strong wind blowing place. The wind pattern is made here and there. Today is windless and cli...

    #climbing #hokkaido #asahidake #wintermountain

    Editor's Note

    I love the placement of the sun above and how there is some nice open spacing in this frame. Nice work capturing this moment and giving us the feeling of being clam on a cold day.

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Vishwaraj Jadeja is preparing for the winter olympics in 2022 with his coach in Utrecht. He had a...

    #successful #driven #frozenlakes #readysetgo #motivated

    Editor's Note

    I kept staring at the reflection that is happening on the ice. I love how that is setup like leading lines where my eye can begin there then make it's way over to the skater. Love the composition a... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    The adjective this image is portraying is "fierce". My daughter is growing up way too fast, and r...

    #sunset #nikon #girls #childhood #sigma #girlhood

    Editor's Note

    The lighting and the perspective got my eye with this image. I love how you gave so much space to the wall on the right side of the frame and used it as a leading line to lead us the viewers toward... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Beautiful !!!! isn't it Mysterious and magnificent. Just re-look Sir,

    #play #dark #black #moody #girls #mysterious

    Editor's Note

    Love the idea behind the silhouette here. It definitely has a dark and mysterious tone to it. I love how the shades of color in the background go from light to dark.

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    About the Editor
    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot
    Matt is a Senior Producer on the Your Shot team. He curates and produces the Daily Dozen gallery as well as monthly assignments. Before Nat Geo, Matt was a photography instructor and freelance photographer working for publications such as Wired, Spin, and Pittsburgh Magazine.

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