I love being on the lookout for the type of light that draws me in like a moth to a flame. Thing was… it just wasn’t happening this week.
You can’t expect to be blown away every week, but least I try to be.
I had a few different approaches to finding light that inspired me. My eye was pulled towards harsh shadows and deep contrast. I kept inching toward windows to see how late the sun would stay up. But mostly I looked for directional light — that’s my favorite kind of light for converting my images to black and white.
Settings: f/3.5, 1/320 sec, 35mm, ISO 500
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF35mm f/1.4L USM
And that’s what I settled on. Directional natural light from a window. My deaf dog takes to staring out the front bedroom window often, looking to see if there are any strangers to bark at. (And since there’s a house being built across the street, there is plenty to bark at.) I tried a few different point of views: I stepped back, got close, shot from the side, but ultimately settled on the view from above. (Fitting since that was last week’s prompt, no?)
I’ve taken several pictures of her doing this over the past couple years, but I still love to capture it. I think I like this POV best because it’s a view I see often, as I try to peek over her head to see what is going on outside. And her curiosity keeps me laughing as she’s nearing nine years old and acts like a puppy most days.
I love the strong light on her face and the shadows that grow down her back. And the curtains add a textural element, offering lines to lead our eye down the image.
My best work? No. But definitely something that’s a part of my everyday and makes me smile.
Week 13: Photographer’s Choice
In the Project 52 group I was a part of last year, “photographer’s choice” was a prompt that I was always excited about and scared of. I liked the idea of a wild card week… but the prompt occurred every eight weeks. But I think it’s a fun prompt to keep us excited to share our favorites so we’re going to have a photographer’s choice every 13 weeks to finish off each quarter.
Anything goes — you find the subject, the light, the story that you want to share with us this week! My personal goal is to take at least one photo everyday this week (a little daily project inside our weekly project) and then pick my favorite to share with the Flickr group. If you’re having trouble narrowing down your photos to share only one each week, I found a few articles that may help you think about the composition and elements of your photos and linked them up below. But really… I usually pick the photo I can’t stop staring at, or the one that makes me really excited. But choosing only one photo is part of the project, the part that helps us think about our work and help us grow as photographers.
If you post your images on Instagram or any other social media, use the hashtag #2017project52 so that we can find your work and give it some love!
Have questions about 2017 Project 52? You can find more about it here or in the Flickr group description. Please join us!