Behind the Lens | Penny Pierce

People come to an everyday photography project for so many different reasons, with so many different motivations. Behind the Lens is a monthly series that features Capture Your 365 community members who are focused on photographing and sharing the daily details and routines of their lives.  Penny Pierce joined CY365 in March, 2013.  Her photos are beautifully composed, drawing the eye straight to her subject.


Meet Penny Pierce.

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What sparked your interest in photography?

I’ve always been interested in photography on some level.  After retiring at the “young” age of 50, I felt I finally had the time to explore the hobby further.  I stumbled across Capture Your 365 last January and decided to give it a shot with my only goal to take a picture of something, anything, every day for 365 days – and I never missed a day.  About half way through the year I realized I was doing more than snapping pictures. I was actually learning more about both my camera and photography!  Around October, I moved off automatic to total manual and have never looked back.


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Composition – sometimes it’s about “creating” the perfect photo.

Through this journey I found my passion is a minimalist form of photography; I have never been drawn to landscapes or photographs that include a lot of subject matter.  I like the quiet, uncluttered look of the simplest photographs. The four things I always think about when taking photographs are composition, simplicity, detail, and perspective. I strive to find new and different ways of capturing common items.


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Detail – finding beauty in the little things.


What camera do you use?

My first DSLR camera was a Canon 40D .  I received a Canon 60D for Christmas this year and I love it even more!  Of course, my iPhone comes in handy when I don’t have my big camera, but I really don’t enjoy using it.


What is your favorite lens?

My first camera came with a Canon 28-135mm Lens,  and for a long time I used it almost exclusively since it is quite versatile.  I just recently purchased a Canon 50mm. I love it, and it is quickly becoming a favorite!   I also have a Canon 60mm f/2.8 Macro that I adore for macros.


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Perspective – making the ordinary extraordinary


What makes you happiest about your photography?

That’s a tough question since so much about photography makes me happy!  I like how photography has given me an outlet to experiment with my creative side and how it’s provided me an excuse to slow down and see the beauty in everything, including the seemingly boring or mundane.

I get so excited when I download a photograph I have taken and can say, “Wow, this is good!”  I think Elliott Erwitt sums it up nicely for me when he writes, “To me photography is an art of observation, it’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place…I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”  I couldn’t agree more.


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Simplicity – for me, less is more


What is your favorite class at Capture Your 365?

I am currently taking my first class with Katrina – Practice.  Class just began in February, but I’ve already found it to be challenging and I am certain I am going to benefit greatly from the monthly lessons.

January began my second year with CY365.  It has been a wonderful experience right from the start!  The creative team challenges me with the daily prompts.  They help me focus on a subject or technique, but allow me to be creative in my interpretation with no right or wrong photo in the end.  I like having a place to share my photographs, and I really enjoy reviewing the photographs posted by others.  I am continually inspired by the originality and talent of the many professional and hobby photographers, like myself, who share their work in the gallery every day.

You can follow Penny’s photography in her CY365 gallery or her Facebook Photography Page.


Inspired? Share how Penny has inspired YOU in the comments below.


  1. I enjoyed reading about you and you did a fine job of articulating why you love photography. And I love your photos!

  2. Jeannie G

    Very nice to read about you Penny. You have such creativity and it is fun to see what you come up with for the prompts. Very inspiring.

  3. I do love Penny’s style and her way of composing her shots. She is inspirational! Thanks Penny for posting such great photos.

  4. Rhadonda

    I am totally a Penny stalker in a nice way. I love her style and creativity. Her photos are simply beautiful!! Also I love the portrait of Penny in this feature. Awesome! So glad to read about Penny.

  5. Penny Pierce

    I was thrilled when I was asked to take part in the blog. Of course, I like my photos, but it’s so validating to see that so many others are inspired by them as well. Thank you, for featuring me and for the kind comments.

  6. Jeannie

    Thanks for sharing your talent with us Penny. It was really nice to learn more about you.

  7. I love everything about you, Penny!

  8. Penny has always been very creative. Since retiring, she has taken her creativity to a new level. Her interpretation of the prompts is so interesting and makes you think of how a simple idea can be made legant and beautiful. I am very proud of her and always look forward to her photos every week.

  9. Michele Barbera

    Penny is a very talented photographer and I always enjoy seeing her creative takes on the daily prompts. Her photos are beautifully composed and have lovely lighting. It was so nice to learn a little more about her. Thanks for sharing your 365 with all of us.

  10. Penny has a real passion for photography. She is meticious in getting the best shots producing awe-inspiring photos. I’m proud of Penny.

  11. Very nice stuff. Congrats !!

  12. I am Penny’s mom. I am so proud of her. Not just for her beautiful photo’s but for her ability to wright such grafic descriptions of the photo’s.

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