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!

Week 44: Eye Contact | 2018 Project 52

Plan of attack: Take my camera to work and ask the first pair of beautiful eyes if they mind modeling for me.

Mission: Accomplished.

eye contact

Settings: f/3.5, 1/800 sec, 50mm, ISO 400
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF50mm f/1.2L USM

My friend Amy from work hasn’t ever told me no. And I love her for this. Immensely.

We strolled outside of the office around 3p and Amy suggested heading to the new convention center. SO MANY PRETTY PLACES. SO MUCH PRETTY LIGHT. GAH. We chose a few spots, did a few poses and then walked back to the office. Maybe away for 15 minutes. But I think we got some goodies in such a short time period.

But here’s what’s funny – our first few shots Amy didn’t smile. She looked mad. No happy thoughts. So when we moved on she started to smile. And when I took the frame above and saw the small smirk – which is how Amy almost always looks, with a wisp of a grin on her face – I was bummed that I underexposed it. Ugh. But even in LR later, I liked it and just turned that exposure all the way up, blowing out the background but HOT DAMN I LOVE IT MOST. This is the Amy I know. Wisp and all.


Week 45: Fall/Autumn
due 11.07.18

On the top side of the world, the leaves are finally starting to change color. So many people love this time of year – that cooler temps return, the trees are beautiful and warm, and we’re heading into some of the best holidays of the year. Show us your fall/autumn wherever you are!

Approach this theme in any way you like – anything goes except you have to show what fall is like for you! Go for a walk in the woods, find beauty in things that are fading away, or try photographing a friendly vampire since Halloween is coming up. ;) Think about what the season change means to you and write down your ideas.

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

Last week’s photo: Minimalist #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 8 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 43: Minimalist | 2018 Project 52

Every time I ventured out this week, scenes were busy. With people, with things, with nonsense that didn’t fit what I was looking for. It was probably there, but I couldn’t see it. My eye just wasn’t focused on “minimalist.” I feel like a dork for not looking harder, but my head’s been elsewhere… I had a backup plan though.

Settings: f/4.0, 1/200 sec, 35mm, ISO 250
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF35mm f/1.4L USM

This area is one of my favorite little spots near work. I love the way the light creeps in; how it’s intense in the middle and then naturally vignettes with the building’s walls. And the checkered tiles and lines help with leading in and balance. I almost always convert images I take in this area to black and white because I love the way they turn out.

I talked one of my newest coworkers into helping me out. I wanted something to hold the viewer’s eye, but I wanted to frame the scene several ways to see if one caught my eye more than the rest in post. This one – this one caught my eye.

The model is in soft focus (you can see just about a foot or two in front of her where my camera focused), but I really like the balance of the image overall, from left to right, from top to bottom. We still have the checkered floor, but the light, my friend and the banister further behind her are the only things you can make out. Which is interesting because there is a lot of stuff over here – the light just helped me out. ;)


Week 44: Eye Contact
due 10.31.18

“Sometimes you have to disconnect to stay connected. Remember the old days when you had eye contact during a conversation? When everyone wasn’t looking down at a device in their hands? We’ve become so focused on that tiny screen that we forget the big picture, the people right in front of us.” —Regina Brett

This week our goal is to work with a model. This can be a person we know and love, or a person we just met. Or even a pet. But the goal is to hold their gaze, having them look straight into the camera.

The rest of the story is up to you. They can be at home or in a field. Experiment with emotions if you like. You can close and intimate, or maybe you want to step back a bit and have some breathing room. Include vibrant colors, use props, convert to black and white… you can do anything else in this image – but your subject has to be looking back at you.

Last week’s photo: Depth of Field #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 10 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 42: Depth of Field | 2018 Project 52

I had no ideas!!! I’m a broken record!!! And I’m actually counting down to the end of the year.

Who am I?

I’m a lady that has stretched herself too thin this year. A photographer who loves to shoot and edit, but has trouble making time for it. I’m a Kentucky gal that… wait a minute…

depth of field

Settings: f/3.2, 1/125 sec, 50mm, ISO 5000
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF50mm f/1.2L USM

Ha! I didn’t think that last one, but I did look around the house last night tapping my finger on my lip, saying, “What to try next… what’s next.” I didn’t have ideas. I tried to get the dogs to work with me – those old ladies are no help. I played around with some Halloween candy we have for the kids [but that Mike continues to eat instead]. I kept thinking back to some of my favorite DOF photos like this one and this one and this one and this one – could I revisit one of them and make it better?

My eye kept going back to our little bar. Being from Kentucky – and living in Kentucky – bourbon is part of life. And my husband has leaned into these last few years. So I played around with the bottles, finally settling on this still life of our Woodford Reserve.

The lighting isn’t perfect and I probably could have stopped down to f/4.0 or f/5.6, but the story is still there. We have a neat poor in our snifter glass, the open bottle with the cork and then a second bottle in the background. The story to me is “wind down with a bourbon – here you go.” The brand is represented throughout the image with the name on the glass and then the recognizable bourbon bottles… but having that cork out adds a little something for me. Like, an invitation. Pull up a chair and a pour.


Week 43: Minimalist
due 10.24.18

You know the saying less is more? Well, we’re putting that into practice this week.

Contrastly.com says it best:

Minimalist photography draws inspiration from the concept of minimalism in art – a style of art that was used by many 20th century artists. Artistically speaking, minimalism depends on high simplicity and involves using a minimal amount of compositional components such as shape, color, and line.

The goal of minimalist art, or photography, is to convey a concept – or an idea – provoke an emotional response, or provide a unique visual experience. Compositional elements must be kept to a minimum, and the ones that are left should be essential for conveying the overall idea, or symbolism, of the photo.

The thing to keep in mind is to think big and small at the same time… think of a big, blank, bold backdrop and then only a couple of points that immediately catch your eye. Composition is key – don’t be afraid to frame your subject different or to SHOOT WIDE. Negative space can be used to your advantage, contrast and texture can add more depth… if you need to take a photo walk to help your eyes find new settings, do it! My goal is to get out this week too.

If you need some inspiration or a little more to read about minimalism, check out the resources below.

Minimalist Photography: Keep It Simple
Minimalist Photography: 4 Tips
A 10 Step Guide to Superb Minimalist Photography
Less Is More: 50+ Examples of Minimalist Photography

Last week’s photo: Mental Health #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 10 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!