Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #58: Something Old, New, Borrowed, and Blue

Something old,
something new,
something borrowed,
something blue,
and a sixpence in her shoe–Old English Rhyme

I’m sure most of you know the wedding custom of wearing something old, new, borrowed, and blue on your wedding day to bring good luck.  According to an old English rhyme, these items can bring anyone good luck any time.

For this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge, we’re inviting you to go on a photo scavenger hunt and find places or things that are old, new, borrowed, and/or blue. 

Here are some guidelines:

  • Plan to visit a place near or far, such as a park, a neighborhood, a city, or even your own home.  If you wish, you have the option of “visiting” your photo archives.
  • During your visit, look for places or things that are:  1. old, 2. new, 3. borrowed, and/or 4. blue.  For an extra challenge, take (or find) a photo that combines some or all of these qualities.
  • Take (or select) as many photos as you wish.
  • If you visit a place, give yourself a set amount of time for the hunt, such as an afternoon, a day, or a weekend.
  • How many places or things do you need to capture (or select)? That’s up to you. 

To get you started, I’ll share my recent scavenger hunt in rural New York State. 

Something Old

This summer, we’re spending some time with family in northern New York/New Jersey.  For the scavenger hunt, I decided to visit the rural town of Pine Island, famous for its fertile black soil and its onions.  These twin silos and decaying barn called to me.  I processed this shot with the Silver Effects filter from the Nik Collection and a sepia tint to highlight the rough texture of the silos and their age.

Twin Silos, Pine Island, NY

Something New and Blue

This shot of young corn falls into the “something new” category.  The beautiful evening sky and the building fit “something blue.”   I also love the pinwheel and other colorful decoys, which keep away the birds.  For this shot I bumped up the saturation and cropped the shot a little on the left.

New Corn, Pine Island, NY

Something Old, New, Borrowed and Blue

Further down the road, we spotted the Blue Arrow Farm and a campground with several teepees.  This shot incorporates all 4 qualities:  teepees are an “old” dwelling created by Native Americans;  at the same time, these teepees are “new” because they have plastic covers instead of the traditional animal hides;  the teepees are also “borrowed” because the owners of the camp use the Indian-style dwellings in a modern-day camp.  And finally, the shot is “blue” because of the sky and the teepees’ decorations.

Processing this shot was relatively simple.  The sky was magnificent that evening, so I just needed to bump up the contrast and crop the shot a bit in the foreground.

We love our photo “conversations” with you each week as you create posts on the weekly themes.  We invite you to join us again this week for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #58: Something Old, New, Borrowed, and Blue.

Last week, many of you jumped into Tina’s challenge and shared different ways of “Taking a Break.”  The variety and originality of your responses were marvelous.


If you’re new to the challenges, click here to learn how to join us.  Remember to link your post here and tag it Lens-Artists to help us find your post in the WP Reader.

Next week, it’s Ann-Christine’s turn to lead the challenge, so be sure to visit her blog.  As always, Amy, Tina, Ann-Christine, and I thank you for your support of our challenge!

158 replies »

  1. Such a fun challenge, Patti! To plan, hunt… do help get a good shot, especially for this challenge.
    These photos are beautifully captured. The “New and Blue” is my favorite. 🙂

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  2. this is such a fun idea – I am getting to work on my hunt now –
    be back later with the link – and sadly I missed the last two weeks for the LAPC (sniff) so I am looking forward to joining in with what you call the “photo conversation” (nice term)

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  3. I love those silos; we never see them here. Old grain and new, nice juxtaposiition.

    Nice theme. Old and new live so closely together in the world, I wonder which one to pick. I just might land up giving you more links than one.

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    • Hi, Gracy. I’m glad you joined us. A few people mentioned that was challenging, but so far the posts are great! I loved the horse shoe in yours for good luck.


  4. In Spain we have the same custom at the weddings: “Something New, Something Old, Something Borrowed and Something Blue” which consists that the bride wears with her during the wedding these four objects representing connections with her past, his future, his love and his happiness.

    Love your photos!

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    • Thanks for sending the link, Shelley. I’ll take a look next. Some people are having trouble with the pingbacks. And thanks too for your kind words. It is a different type of challenge, and I’m so glad you enjoyed it.

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    • I’m glad you joined us, Mei-Mei. I couldn’t find a comment box for your post on your site, but I wanted to say that I like your juxtaposition of old and new in one shot and borrowed and blue in the other. Very nice!


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