Week 41: Step Back | 2017 Project 52

So things didn’t go as planned this week, but I still took my own advice – I stepped back.

Settings: f/4.0, 1/1000 sec, 50mm, ISO 1000
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF35mm f/1.4L USM

I explored everything this week with new eyes and nothing really excited me. But coming home one afternoon, I pulled over by our little fishing pond in the neighborhood determined. I framed up the shot how I would like to. Then I stepped back. And then again. Until I was under the tree.

Is it a great picture? Not really. But the exercise forced me to use the things around to create more composition within the photo. I used the leaves of the tree to layer and frame the waterfall. I was able to crop the sign out of the image with a slight move. I made sure that no houses were featured. And I also was reminded how much I love our little neighborhood.


Week 42: Texture
due 10.18.17

We’re going a little abstract this week and focusing on texture. It can be tough to photograph because you can’t rely on light or composition very much. But on the flip side your eye is engaged with patterns and colors and intensity. I’ve included some links at the bottom for inspiration in case you need some…

Look for texture all around you. Can it be found in things you see every day? Have you discovered a completely new place to explore? Does the color draw you in? Can your exposure make a difference? Does your photo help us “feel” the texture simply by looking at it?

Get a little weird this week – photograph something you’d normally overlook and see if you like it more in post-editing. Get close to your subject, underexpose the image, get the texture to come to you through the camera. I bet once you start testing yourself you won’t be able to stop!

How to Photograph Textures
Texture as a Design Element
Texture in Photography
40 Terrific Photographic Textures

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!

Week 40: Lost & Found | 2017 Project 52

I had an idea this week. It might be cheesy, but I love it.

During last year’s Project 52, I took the most adorable picture of my dog that can hear, Chase. I’ve made it my desktop background.

On multiple screens. You can see that photo here.

I share this image so you can get where I’m going with my lost & found photo. That photo was my inspiration. Chase was my inspiration. More specifically, her ears. OK, wait for the cheese…

floppy ear

Settings: f/4.0, 1/160 sec, 50mm, ISO 2500
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF50mm f/1.2L USM

Chase lost one of her pointy ears. And found a floppy ear. An adorable ear. More character than she ever needed in her life.

Unfortunately, we have trouble with doggins and allergies in September. And unfortunately, I was a bad dog mom and tried to deal with it all without a visit to the vet. Chase ended up developing a hematoma on her left ear. It actually swelled up quite large, and started to go down, but the tip of her ear still has a pocket of blood in it and the cartilage can’t support it. So now it flops. All the time.

When she runs, it flops.

When she snuggles up to us, it flops.

This dog’s cuteness has reached an all time high and I squee all the time because of that damn ear.

Also, I can’t believe how old Chase is getting. Twelve years strong with this furry one.


Week 41: Step Back
due 10.11.17

Most new photographers find themselves getting closer (and closer) to their subjects. I did it myself. And until I had a photographer friend encourage me to “step back” a few years ago, and to shoot wider. It didn’t happen overnight, but eventually I was able to embrace stepping back and I fell in love with it.

So this week, we are stepping back. Take your photo like you normally would and then step back to take another shot — and step back again. See how far you can step away from your subject and still create an interesting image, one that you’re still connecting with your subject.

Bonus Challenge: Don’t just zoom out, actually move your feed and step back. I prefer to use prime lenses so zoom is not an option, but don’t forget to use your body to find a wider angle.

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!

My Point of View | 3Q17

I haven’t been as active with my camera this quarter as the first two this year; I was neck deep in a project at work, and when I’m busy at work all I want to do is rest when I’m not working. But… I still have some photos that I haven’t shared on the blog. Some extras that I took in between #2017project52 prompts. And I even have some that I haven’t edited yet – that hurts to admit. But these are some from the last few months that bring me joy – or  hit me right in the feels – and make me keep going.

Week 39: Photographer’s Choice | 2017 Project 52

It was one of those weeks where I took so many pictures by the end of it I had no idea what I had shot. Or if I even had a shot I’d like enough. Ruh-roh.

The week has been… busy. Come Tuesday and I have still hadn’t picked my photo, and I couldn’t believe how much stuff was going on at work. But everything was starting to shake out by end of the day. Feeling positive about the day, about my situation… and then it was time to go through my pictures. Luckily I had something that intrigued me enough to share.

Settings: f/2.8, 1/640 sec, 35mm, ISO 500
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III withCanon EF35mm f/1.4L USM

I spent some time out in the backyard because the end-of-summer light was hitting the overgrown woods in such a way that the goldenrod would glow. I probably stared at it more than I took pictures of it, because the pictures didn’t do it justice. I changed my perspective, my camera settings, I got close, stepped back, zoomed in… I could not capture what I could see with my naked eye.

But I really did like the way the wild flowers made me stop and play for a while. I ended up going with a shot from below — that I converted to black and white, believe it or not. The texture of the little flowers down the stem against the bright sky, the brush around a blur making it feel more distant… the end of summer is officially here.


Week 40: Lost & Found
due 10.04.17

“Not until we are lost do we begin to find ourselves.” –Henry David Thoreau

A prompt that can be defined — and photographed — in a number of different ways. I encourage you to write down your ideas and see which ones get you the most excited. If it’s a new technique, get out there and try it — this is a great group to share with. If it’s something you want to try again, do it. Really consider you subject though… would a different composition tell the story, should you lean in or zoom out, or maybe show movement to help tell your story? Step into the idea that you have (dare I say “get lost”) and explore what you can do with your camera.

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!

Yves Gagné - I’m reading a book from John Shaw. And he says that photography as nothing to do with reality. Our eyes see reality, but not the camera. Or like Michael Kenna whos says that he doesn’t want to show us the world as we see it.
Well done.

Week 38: Orange | 2017 Project 52

Inspiration came slow this week. Again, I seem to use all my marbles at my day job. But on Friday night when we were picking up Chinese food to take over to a friend’s house… I grabbed my camera.

“Why are you taking your camera?”

“I think I’ll get lucky finding orange. The boys have all those construction toys. And they seem to wear a lot of orange.”

Lucky indeed.

Settings: f/4.0, 1/160 sec, 35mm, ISO 1250
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III withCanon EF35mm f/1.4L USM

I have so many photos of Calvin and Felix to share from this night. I just watched them play, got close, stepped back, candids, looking at the camera… a little bit of everything. They were good moods and completely willing to let me take photos while they did they their thing. Bulldozers and forklifts and dump trucks and skid-steers and whatever else they have… they can name the entire construction toy playground. But this one was my favorite for this week’s theme.

I like how the orange is the prominent color with Calvin being closer to me, helping to frame Felix a bit more on the other side of the sandbox. Their matching shirts were perfect! Both boys were minding their own business, in their own world of scooping sand and making car noises — and the funny faces that come with it. And all of this cam before they decided to argue over the yellow loader… complete with fake tears and chasing and taunting… you can’t help but laugh at them.


Week 39: Photographer’s Choice
due 09.27.17

Can you believe we are coming to the end of another quarter? Three quarters of the year is GONE. And we’re at another “photographer’s choice” prompt!

I’m so happy that you all are still playing along every week — Wednesday is my favorite day for a reason. ;) So next Wednesday, share your  favorite photo with our Flickr group, your choice. I challenge to choose only ONE image to share — your absolute favorite that sums up what your week in photography has been like! Being selective with the photos you share is part of this project, and it helps find our style and define who we are as photographers. If you need a little guidance, I’ve included some articles below that might help you select the perfect photo.

7 Tips for Choosing Your Best Photos Fast
How to Choose Your Best Photo in a Series — Every Time
How to Narrow Your Vision and Find a Voice

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!