Week 36: Passing of Time | 2018 Project 52

It’s been a whirlwind of a week between work and life. No complaints, but there were so many things on my to-do list that other things had to wait… like my photo for this week. I had a couple of ideas and was really wanting to play with some intentional camera movement or something abstract, but during a cat-nap last night, I had an idea that I wanted to try first.

I liked that idea. A lot.

passing of time

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

We’ve been photographing seasons this year, but to me, they really help define the passing of time. Here in Kentucky, we experience all four seasons (which a lot of folks don’t all around the world), but as we ease from the cold of winter into the green of spring, the heat of summer and then the yellow and orange of fall… we know that time is passing by. We can see it in the environment around us, feel it too. Colors change constantly, skies lighten and darken, and the idea of leaves spoke to me.

Nothing fancy. But still a good representation of the passing of time.


Week 37: Triangle
due 09.12.18

How about another shape to keep us on our toes and on the hunt?

For Week 37 we’re looking for triangles. I really love this shape because of how common it is in photography composition; usually not as a tangible triangle, but an invisible connection of three points, or natural shape, that occurs in an image. It helps to draw the eye in and sometimes create balance, making a photograph more interesting, holding the viewer’s eye longer than anticipated.

So if you’re into triangle composition, implied triangles or finding the shape in subjects or backgrounds, show us your favorite photo of the week. Be as creative or as literal as you please.

Last week’s photo: Small #2018P52

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Week 35: Small | 2018 Project 52

I decided to go macro this week.

I was invited to go on a hot date with my gal Molly to see the new expansion of Louisville’s football stadium. And between all the excitement of meeting new people and being able to walk on the field (WHAT!?), I couldn’t help but admire the centerpieces on the tables. Especially the cockscomb flowers.

They are so weird, looking like fuzzy little brains, but still so pretty. And there’s always so many beautiful submissions to the state fair. So… I took one. Hoping to get the seeds from it and see if I can grow some myself.

Well… maybe. I don’t have a green thumb, but I can at least try.

small

Settings: f/–, 1/30sec, 50mm, ISO 640
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF50mm f/1.2L USM

I found this flower very hard to photograph with my makeshift macro technique of turning my 50mm around off the camera body. It’s so dense and the texture of the flower petals are so close together that there really wasn’t much depth to any of the images. So I worked my way around the flower and one of the little areas where the seeds have started to shake out. And there they were: the small, feathery petals.

I am in love with this photo. The softness of the red fuzzy flower. The feather-like petals that are in focus, separated and different from the flower around it. The darkness in the bottom right corner. The lightness in the top left corner. I can’t stop looking at it.


Week 36: Passing of Time
due 09.05.18

“Time is an imp—a pesky, little, hellish troll that hastens the clock when I smile but then delays the passing of minutes when I frown.” ―Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway

We’re closing another month in the next few days and it’s hard to believe that eight months have already passed this year. Time is tricky…we wish so many minutes and hours away every day, but in big chunks, it feels as if it flies by. We don’t feel it, and we can’t see it other than a clock on the wall, but we still see it pass as children get older, we earn more wrinkles and people and places fade away.

Think about time this week and how you can photograph it. Keep it light or dig deep, just don’t take a picture of a clock. Explore what stories you can tell with your camera.

Last Week’s photo: Large #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 34: Large | 2018 Project 52

I’m late posting my blog – I had a late night last night and just didn’t have it in me to cull, edit and write. But I did click over to the 2018P52 Flickr Group this morning to let them know what the new prompt was… and I’m just now sharing my own image.

I held out this week. I had plans to go the state fair and knew there’d be something large and obnoxious and I was right. But I didn’t go for the more humorous photo – this one held my attention longer.

large state fair

Settings: auto –  f/1.7, 1/16K sec, 4.25mm, ISO 50
Camera and Lens: Samsung Galaxy s8

I love spending a full day at the Kentucky State Fair with my girlfriends. We do it every year. And we typically skip the midway… but this year we were on the hunt for a toy snake so the littles would stop fighting, so I found myself surrounded by bad games, bad prizes, and rides that I have no desire to get on. But photograph? YES.

There weren’t many people on the rides because it was senior day – as in senior citizens get in for free – but the swing had a couple of people aboard. I waited for their legs to come around a few times until I got a frame I was happy with. What I love even more about this is that the sky is ominous. We were expecting rain later in the day and they hung around with dark sky behind them. But there was still enough light in the clouds to help with a silhouette.

It’s like our weekly themes are uniting or something.


Week 35: Small
due 08.29.18

We’re flipping it this week and shooting SMALL! With so much focus on large subjects in the past week, let’s think about ways to find small subjects.

Again, really consider how you can shoot your subject and change your perspective; shoot from above, below, the side… or go for macro if that’s your thing. Practice a tilt-shift and make something look small even though it isn’t. Are you able to incorporate surroundings or other subjects to provide scale? Think big when you’re focusing on the small… get funky and explore!

Last Week’s photo: BNW #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!
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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!
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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!