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!

Week 37: Centered | 2017 Project 52

I had another week of struggle. Work is kicking my butt. My brain has three modes right now: working brain, non-working brain and sleeping brain. Cooking is hard. Picking out clothes in the morning is hard. Blow drying my hair is hard. Leaving the house in a matching pair of shoes is hard… I spend all my brain cells between 730a and 530p most days, so my creativity has gone right out the window.

The good news is my project should be done in 17 days. (Should being the key word.) The bad news is I didn’t even try to take this week’s “centered” until Tuesday night. I started in the car, sitting in the surface lot getting ready to head home. I did some others, but I settled with the first frame.

Settings: f/4.0, 1/1000 sec, 35mm, ISO 1600
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III withCanon EF35mm f/1.4L USM

I haven’t taken a self-portrait in a while and when the going gets tough, self-portraits have been a way to document how I feel. I’m not smiling, I have no energy, my hair is a mess, my face is broken out, my mood could improve, I’m ready to be at home in my pajamas and not here… but this is me right now. Center of the image, staring right at the camera, tired as hell.

Like I said, not every week is a win. But Week 37 is down – only 15 more weeks left in 2017!


Week 38: Orange
due 09.20.17

We’re stepping away from mind-bending themes this week and are back with a color challenge: the hunt is on for orange!

You can showcase the color orange anyway you like. It can be the dominant color or isolated. A deep hue, a soft tone, something bright and outrageous. You can use contrast to make it pop more — look at a color wheel for inspiration or even nature. But anything goes this week!

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 36: Shadows | 2017 Project 52

I was on the struggle bus this week.

My brain thinks of nothing but website development and project management right now, so I didn’t put a lot of effort into the search. It also didn’t help that it rained like the dickens (thanks to Hurricane Harvey making its way across the country) therefore no sunlight, and that we were also out of town for a football game… so… I barely tried.

Forgive me. Not every week is going to be the bomb dot com.

shadows

Settings: f/4.0, 1/400 sec, 24mm, ISO 800
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8

I took pictures all day Monday and only one (ONE!) photo had shadows in it. So it came down to the wire on Tuesday and I threw my own shadows up on the wall. The nandina leaves always have such nice symmetry so I propped them up, shined my lamp and got my thinking cap on.

This is far from being a favorite photo, but I do like some things about it. I shined the light from below and I like how the shadow is the twin of the original. I also like how the lamp created a vignette of its own, making it a bit more dramatic. And the leaves themselves — I like how long and skinny they are, how they sprout and make for an interesting shadow. I really like nandinas, the colors that come and how easy they are to take care of… this isn’t the first time I’ve photographed them.


Week 37: Centered
due 09.13.17

Rules of thirds are great, but this week square up your subjects and make them the center of attention. Your subject can be anything: a person, a flower, a truck, a building, a tree, a plate of food… but examine it and try to find a way to make it more visually pleasing by centering it in your frame.

Consider patterns and shapes — is there a way to create visual balance and symmetry to showcase your subject? Is there a visual focal point that draw your eyes in to the middle of the image and hold the viewer’s eye? Are you able to use negative space, reflections or colors to convey a certain mood? Plan ahead or go on a photo walk, but I think you’ll be able to find inspiration either way.

Bonus Challenge: If you want to learn more about composition, shoot the same subject using rules of thirds as well. Don’t move your feet or zoom in, just reposition the subject in the frame and take a second shot. Which do you like better? Share your centered picture in the group and if you took a second, share it in the comments of your submission for Week 37.

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!