Week 49: Diamond | 2018 Project 52

Had a plan all week. Didn’t take my picture until last night. #winning

But it almost turned out as I had hoped.

diamond

Settings: f/4.0, 1/80 sec, 35mm, ISO 10K
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF35mm f/1.4L USM

My friend Krista doesn’t even know it, but she totally helped me this week.

She wore this sweater a few times to work and I always fawned over it. When she decided to part ways with it, she gave it to me. Very sweet. Except for the fact it’s a size small and I am not. Oy vey. But I started looking for diamonds last Wednesday and I had dozens of them sitting on the back of my chair. Fate, man. I swear I didn’t think up this prompt because of the sweater. What’s the fun in that?

I took the sweater home (because there is like no time at work and daylight is a bust every day), and finally got around to trying some shots. Of course, I leaned toward the self-portrait. And I know that some people don’t like them, they seem egotistical, whatever you want to say… but I like controlling the camera when I’m in front of it. Yeah, it’s me on the couch looking at the television… but this is something I do often. And now I have proof of my potato ways. ;)


Week 50: Cloud Nine
due 12.12.18

The phrase to be on cloud nine, meaning that one is blissfully happy, started life in the United States and has been widely known there since the 1950s.

What is your cloud nine? Or a loved one of your’s that makes you float too?

Consider the things around… people, tasks, memories… that bring you to a place of bliss. And consider how you’d photograph the subject in a way to tell your story, connect the viewer with how you feel.

If you have trouble, reach out to your family and friends – ask them what brings them bliss. Then ask them to be your subject. I dare you.

Last Week’s photo: Rim Lighting #2018P52

If you post your images on Instagram or any other social media, use the hashtag #2018P52 so that we can find your work and share some hearts!

We’re in the home stretch of 2018 Project 52 with only 3 weeks left to go! Plans for #2019P52 are underway but we will stick only to Flickr. There will be some other changes, but I think they’re for the better. Our new group is set up already, so join us on Flicker at 2019 P52!

Week 48: Rim Lighting | 2018 Project 52

I told myself to do research. Let’s not repeat the frustration that came with smoke art photography. Rim lighting is easier, you’ve done it before, it’s nothing new…

… except it’s been years and I still got frustrated.

People, this is why I like to have a P52. Not every week is a grand slam, but you’re learning, re-teaching, finding new ways, digging into who you are as an artist. Frustration aside though, this week I felt like I was “back in the game” and didn’t have to rush myself at all. That in and of itself felt good.

rim lighting

Settings: f/5.6, 1/320 sec, 35mm, ISO 1250
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF35mm f/1.4L USM

I really wanted to photograph one of the dogs this week. But the fact is that they are getting worse at being in front of the camera. I don’t know if they’re bored or tired or over it, but I tried my darndest with my BDD and she just laid down on me. Useless. So I got in front of the camera instead.

Armed with my camera, remote, tripod, accessory flash and a second light, I got to work. And I could not for the life of me figure out the accessory flash! I don’t have a remote for it, so I was working it manually off-camera and… ugh. Nothing worked. So I just used the other light. Positioned and repositioned. Made different shapes with arms, turn my head in different ways, trying to see where I could create the most rim lighting.

This was my favorite. There are small areas along my arm that have great rim lighting and while it would have been cool to have gotten a perfect shot, I kind of like that I didn’t. With the light escaping a bit more over my arm and backlighting my hair, the image seems softer to me than if I was completed rimmed in light. So no grand slam, but I’m walking away with an image I really like.


Week 49: Diamond
due 12.05.18

It’s been a few weeks since we’ve hunted for shapes, so let’s make our last one of the year DIAMOND.

We’re using to find circles, squares, and triangles on the regular so this one may be a little harder, but don’t fret. Diamonds are really just two triangles together, which is a common photography composition… so how can use this knowledge to our advantage?

Of course, we can look for the diamond shape in the world around us, create it ourselves, or create an abstract image. Or we can connect four points in our image that mimics the shape. Or imply the shape exists with it not staring back at us. There’s a lot to play with here and I’m eager to see what you all create.

Last Week’s photo: Unity #2018P52

If you post your images on Instagram or any other social media, use the hashtag #2018P52 so that we can find your work and share some hearts!

We’re in the home stretch of 2018 Project 52 with only 4 weeks left to go! Plans for #2019P52 are underway but we will stick only to Flickr. There will be some other changes, but I think they’re for the better. Our new group is set up already, so join us on Flicker at 2019 P52!

Wendipants - I can’t stop staring at this image. It is phenomenal.

Week 47: Unity | 2018 Project 52

Time has been hard to find lately. And with no light after 5pm (I hate daylight savings. HATE.) it’s been hard trying to think of ideas that fit the prompt. I didn’t realize how closely “a good match” and “unity” were… but my head was still in the same space as last week. I took to making my subject this week, which isn’t anything new for me. I had an idea… not sure if it would work… it did… but it’s so cliche.

Sometimes you just need to embrace the cliche.

unity

Settings: f/5.6, 1/320 sec, 50mm, ISO 1250
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF50mm f/1.2L USM

So this idea actually came from watching a few minutes of The Grinch on Saturday night. The cartoon, of course. All the little Whos came together down in Whoville, held hands and sang their song, as one. And I wanted to recreate that. With a twist.

Paper doll chains aren’t anything new, so I moved around my light source, changed my perspective and the shadows just plays into the theme even more. I mean, holding hands, making hearts, totes on point. With the POV changed up and the crop, it becomes more abstract. (Which I’ve been digging a lot more lately.)

No slacking next week, but luckily not having light is going to help me out.


Week 48: Rim Lighting
due 11.28.18

Rim lighting is a technique that has a spectacular effect and once you recognize it, it’s hard to miss. I was taught this technique in a workshop and one of the homework assignments was to pay attention to lighting in magazines and movies – I can still remember watching Jurassic Park and realizing how much the light – and rim lighting – added to the storyline.

Consider your subject this week. No matter what you choose, the viewer should understand what the small amount of light is escaping around. Don’t shy from trying abstract photography though.  Just try some different things, get in front of the camera yourself, grab different objects and try something weird.

This week we’re practicing it for ourselves. You don’t need an off-camera flash, but it does help – you can also work with lights that you have the house, the setting sun or even with directional light. Below are some resources to help us out – I can’t wait to see what you all share next week!

A Simple Way to Create Powerful Images with a Single Flash
Rim Light Photography Tutorial
30 Beautiful Photographs of Rim Lighting

Last Week’s photo: A Good Match #2018P52

If you post your images on Instagram or any other social media, use the hashtag #2018P52 so that we can find your work and share some hearts!

We’re in the home stretch of 2018 Project 52 with only 5 weeks left to go! Plans for #2019P52 are underway but will stick only to Flickr. There will be some changes, but I think they’re for the better. Check out our 2018P52 Flickr group description to learn more about 2019’s project!

Week 46: A Good Match | 2018 Project 52

I don’t know about you, but daylight savings is making my life miserable right now. Losing daylight so quickly at night… ugh, the worst. And I just feel drained. Work isn’t just busy, it’s psychotic – in a good way, but that doesn’t make it any easier. I’ve been having to listen to meditation music at work to keep the stress that builds up far, far away. I know I need to do yoga but I’d rather sleep. I mean…

I’m complaining.

Some good news? I had an idea this week. Just a day late and a dollar short…
good match

Settings: f/3.2, 1/160 sec, 35mm, ISO 16K
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF35mm f/1.4L USM

I really wanted to play with a mirror because, well, reflection… what’s a better match than a reflection? But had a hard deciding what was interesting enough. I threw myself down on the mirror and was sold on what I saw on the LCD screen.

It’s not a perfect reflection, and I like that about it. My hair breaks up the image a bit, there isn’t a clear line of division and even the reflection is distorted a bit. I don’t like that my face is out of focus. I leaned into though, thinking what else could maybe elevate the image, so I added some grain and very selectively highlighted areas. I’m not great at editing images, but it has been fun getting to know Lightroom better. And tell other people tricks that I’ve learned – I like the part best. :)


Week 47: Unity
due 11.21.18

The state of being united or joined as a whole. Harmony. Pleasing. Oneness. A complex whole.

In a world where we sometimes feel all alone, we really are in it together.

This week let’s let our minds explore what this word means and how we can photograph it. I encourage you to really consider your subject(s) this week and the story you want to tell. Don’t just point and shoot, but walk around your subject(s) and consider how to make your image, your story, stronger.

Last Week’s photo: Fall/Autumn #2018P52

If you post your images on Instagram or any other social media, use the hashtag #2018P52 so that we can find your work and share some hearts!

We’re in the home stretch of 2018 Project 52 with only 6 weeks left to go! Plans for #2019P52 are underway but will stick only to Flickr. There will be some changes, but I think they’re for the better. Check out our 2018P52 Flickr group description to learn more about 2019’s project!

Week 45: Fall/Autumn | 2018 Project 52

What a doozy of a week. Work is bananas. Daylight savings started. I’ve been reading Interview With a Vampire. I’m not sure if I’m human anymore. Who cares about a photo?!

I completely forgot about this week’s photo. COMPLETELY. There have been so many other things on my mind and on my calendar that it slipped right past. And then it’s been completely dark for what already feels like days. But this morning I woke up early to go vote and decided I’d get my fall photo on the way to work. I passed so many gorgeous driveways lined with trees and EVERY SINGLE ONE I told myself to turn around. It will only take 30 seconds. No one will know you were ever there.

But I didn’t. And I’m mad at myself for it. Ugh.

Settings: auto –  f/1.7, 1/350 sec, 4.25mm, ISO 50
Camera and Lens: Samsung Galaxy s8

I so wish I had that perfect picture, but instead of a snap of the stretch of road I love most coming and going from my house. Horse farm on the left, cattle ranch on the right and soft rolling hills lined with black fences. This right here is Kentucky. THIS. You won’t see this inside the city of Louisville, but outside it’s everywhere.

Besides being my favorite place to drive, the colors are changing of course. You can’t see it too well, but this is what I got this. Here’s to hoping next week is better for me.


Week 46: A Good Match
due 11.14.18

What’s that even mean?!

Don’t know, but you get to tell us!

This week is wide open for interpretation to the photographer. Just think about things that go well together – popular opinion or something only you think match. Food with wine, adventures with the weather, the best couple you know, a pair of sock… whatever floats your boat. Just choose your favorite to share in the Flickr group next week and TELL US what the match is!

Last Week’s photo: Eye Contact #2018P52

If you post your images on Instagram or any other social media, use the hashtag #2018P52 so that we can find your work and share some hearts!

We’re in the home stretch of 2018 Project 52 with only 7 weeks left to go! Plans for #2019P52 are underway but will stick only to Flickr. There will be some changes, but I think they’re for the better. Check out our 2018P52 Flickr group description to learn more about 2019’s project!