Week 33: bnw | 2018 Project 52

I got really lucky this weekend in that I had plans to photograph some friends with their new baby. And while that was great (who doesn’t love a screaming baby?), I had a lot of fun playing with the older kids before and after.

They’re at the perfect ages of 3 and 5, they get along with each other, no one was shy, everything was FUN FUN FUN! Which means LOTS of outtakes… or does it?

bnw

Settings: f/3.5, 1/320 sec, 35mm, ISO 1600

Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF35mm f/1.4L USM

Not perfect for #bnw, but I’m rolling with it because there’s a lot to like.

The contrast of their white skin against the brown leather chair. The triangle they naturally made. Crawling on top of each other. A little sister’s love for her big brother. A little brother that I am sure is happy to have a friend since there’s a newborn in the house. It’s a scene that won’t last long, for 10 seconds even, but these two are loving the fact that they can lounge on and wrestle each other until they tire out. And I kept my camera on them… gotta love the outtakes.


Week 34: Large
due 08.22.18

I don’t feel that we’ve played that much with perception, so let’s try some on for size. (I kill, I kill!)

This week our theme is large… but really think about what you can do with it. You can photograph something that is huge, like buildings or trees. Or you can look at the world around you a bit differently. Because we all see things individually, and there are several factors that going into perceiving the size of objects, not everything you think is large is that to others. Just think about when you were a kid; things seemed so much bigger back then when now we smirk at the idea.

So how can we play with our photography with something as simple as an adjective? Let’s change our perspective and shoot from below. Or compare opposites to showcase how large your subject really is. Incorporate people, or anything really, for scale. Shoot with a wider angle lens and experiment with distortion. Fill the frame… or compose the subject in a way that the viewer knows it stretches outside the four edges of your image. Get funky with it, go for a photowalk, set up a photo shoot in your house… surprise us, but try to surprise yourself too.

Last Week’s photo: Silhouette #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!
Have questions about 2018 Project 52? You can find more about it here or in the 2018P52 Flickr group description. Join us any time with any camera!

Week 32: Silhouette | 2018 Project 52

This summer has been one of the best! And I’ve pretty much been nonstop since mid-July. Working full-time, cooking, socializing, hosting parties, going to parties, family events, trying new things… I feel like I’ve barely found time to sleep in the last three weeks. So my silhouette photo isn’t very original… I just wasted my week – and all the good light – when I was running around having fun. So I took the prompt inside, to my favorite window with my favorite light.

silhouette

Settings: f/4.0, 1/500 sec, 40mm, ISO 500
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8

Flowers in front of a window. Nothing really special about it. Except that these are MY flowers – picked from our front bed, some hydrangea I set around the house a few weeks ago that have since dried.

I like the few petals that stick out alone and I really wish I could have thought of something with a more distinct shape to it. And I like the reflection on the stool too. There are some things to like. Some things to wish were different. And still some things that make me want to go back in time and change. But #2018P52 isn’t about always getting a great picture; to me, it’s really about making sure I have a camera in my hands and that I keep learning as I go. And that was accomplished this week.


Week 33: bnw
due 08.15.18

I’m really excited about this week because I know we’ll all share something completely different with one of my favorite types of photography: bnw. Don’t know what bnw is? It’s short for “black and white” and is commonly used as a hashtag or a Flickr tag. Yep, we’re using our brains to find some opportunities to create some great black and white photos.

The light in my black and white photos is really important to me. Perfect light can provide the perfect contrast and it really brings the photo to life, the subject pops off the screen. Even finding good shapes, crisp definition and/or clean lines of or within your subject can really make a difference… can really make a story come to life.

If you want to push yourself even more, take your photo using the monochrome setting on your camera – this isn’t my jam, but it really does help you focus on tone and depth more. And don’t forget about other compositions we’ve learned too: feel free to experiment with intentional camera movement, reflections, grain, lines… get funky!

Last Week’s photo: Summer #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!
Have questions about 2018 Project 52? You can find more about it here or in the 2018P52 Flickr group description. Join us any time with any camera!

Week 31: Summer | 2018 Project 52

My intention was to take some awesome pictures while on a new adventure this past weekend: paddle boarding on Taylorsville Lake. Of course, I changed my mind a dozen times and decided to leave my phone on shore just in case… although I’m happy to report I did not fall. But even still, it was enough to excite me that I took some shots before we pushed off and paddled into the sun, which was perfect for our summer prompt.

summer

Settings: auto –  f/1.7, 1/60 sec, 4.25mm, ISO 80
Camera and Lens: Samsung Galaxy s8

We had a blast. I didn’t expect a total body workout, but even so the weather was gorgeous and I was with lady friends who were entirely too much fun to be around. Our adventure didn’t stop there though. Afterwards we hopped on a boat and there was waterskiing (not me), tubing (totally me) and enjoyed each other’s company until the sunset.

I’ve said it a lot this summer, but it’s true: the days where I have zero expectations but am spending time with people I enjoy… they are the best days! I’ve had a few already these past few months and I’m always amazed how much I let loose, how much I laugh and how much laughter I hear from others. Spring has been my favorite season for years now… but summer just might just overtake it.


Week 32: Silhouette
due 08.08.18

Silhouettes can be tricky, but they really can make an impact on an image. A silhouette is defined as a view of an object or a scene consisting of the outline and a featureless interior, with the silhouetted object usually being black. While we still have long summer days, let’s find ways to experiment with light and create our own dramatic photos.

If this technique is new to you, don’t worry – it may seem tricky at first but you’ll find yourself doing it again and again. The thing that helps me most is the time of day I shoot: early in the morning or in the late evening light, when the sun is low and warm and you can backlight your subject. But stop down your aperture… I usually shoot f/4.0, but I typically stop down to at least f/8.0. And really consider how you’re capturing your subject; most silhouette images are strong because of the simplicity of what you see in your frame.

I have some resources to help us out and I cannot wait to see what everyone photographs!

How to Photograph Silhouettes
10 Incredibly Easy Tips to Take Silhouette Photos
14 Tips for Shooting Stunning Silhouettes
Captivating Examples of Silhouette Photography (scroll down)

Last Week’s photo: Framing #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!
Have questions about 2018 Project 52? You can find more about it here or in the 2018P52 Flickr group description. Join us any time with any camera!

Week 30: Framing | 2018 Project 52

Inspiration flew in… inspo flew out.

The number of ideas I had for “framing” this week were… not many, but I still was so much of a bum I didn’t even try. I should have carried my camera everyday. I should have had a coworker step out with me for a walk. I should have stopped to talk to those two nice men who were smoking. Anything! But I didn’t.

Sometimes I wonder why I get myself into these pickles.

framing

Settings: f/5.0, 1/1600 sec, 35mm, ISO 250
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF35mm f/1.4L USM

This was my backup photo. Because nothing I tried at home last night was any better. But it fits the prompt.

I actually walked through parking garages a few times this week with my camera because my idea was to frame the subjects with light… I just should have been a lot closer to this doorway, but when I saw the dude walking I paused and framed it up… snapped a couple… then went on my way. And luck would have it was the only passerby I encountered. (Which is why I should have grabbed a coworker!)

There’s always next week… which is a new month. Where has this year gone already?


Week 31: Summer
due 08.01.18

With August finally upon us, let’s photograph summer this week! We’ve capture winter and spring already, so let’s roll through to the third season of the year (in the northern hemisphere) and think about what summer means to us.

Approach this theme in any way you like. You choose your environment, your subject, your story – just make sure you show what summer is like for you! Take your camera to the pool or on a canoe trip. Catch lightning bugs with the littles. Is there something you love to cook during these months? Or would you rather stay inside where the air conditioning is?

Whatever inspires you, choose your favorite photo and post it to the Flickr group next week!

Last Week’s photo: Kinetic Photography #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!
Have questions about 2018 Project 52? You can find more about it here or in the 2018P52 Flickr group description. Join us any time with any camera!

Week 29: Kinetic Photography | 2018 Project 52

Waiting for the sun to set was all I needed this week…

I had planned to play with lights. Twinkle. Colored. Small. Large. But something else caught my eye and I spent the next 30 minutes tossing my camera around in the dark like an idiot, saying “ow!” every 30 seconds because the strap was still around my neck. But… kinetic photography is my JAM.

kinetic photography

Settings: f/2.8, 0.8 sec, 35mm, ISO 250
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF35mm f/1.4L USM

I got something to love this week!

Narrowing down my image was harder than normal, only because I couldn’t decide if I liked a completely abstract photo where you couldn’t tell what my subject was. Versus one that showed the subject a bit. And, well, you decide.

I love the movement, the colors, the serpent shape of flipping my camera into the air. It’s different, it’s weird and I really like it.


Week 30: Framing
due 07.25.18

Framing is one my favorite compositions. It can be simple or challenging, but by creating a frame within your image draws a viewer’s eye to a single point. We can frame our subjects with man-made shapes. Or a softer, more organic frame with the help of Mother Nature. Whatever you try this week, just ask yourself “Will this add to, or take away, from my image?”

Push yourself a bit this week if you’re up for it. Create depth, change your exposure, shoot in full sun, slow down your shutter… wait for you subject to present itself instead of hunting it. However you experiment, how can you create a stronger story with your composition?

Last Week’s photo: Local #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!
Have questions about 2018 Project 52? You can find more about it here or in the 2018P52 Flickr group description. Join us any time with any camera!