Week 39: Photographer’s Choice | 2018 Project 52

It’s amazing what your eye can be drawn to… how often you see the same thing or how it begins to change.

I spent my weekend being lazy, watching movies, reading books, doing chores and a lot of cooking. So I knew that my photo would be taken on Monday or Tuesday. And even though it was rainy, I was really excited about the weather. Being outside when it’s cloudy but not raining is the BEST light in my opinion. I see the world in a completely different way – my eyes scan everything, light hits the wet pavement and I stare, I look for reflections in puddles, drops of water on windows… it is all so different than when it’s dry and sunny.

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Settings: f/4.0, 1/125 sec, 35mm, ISO 500
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF35mm f/1.4L USM

Nothing out of the ordinary from me with a #fromwhereIstand photo, but I took this on the way to my car Monday night. The tree on a nearby sidewalk had shed so many leaves – maybe it was the wind, maybe it was a large truck – but as I walked over to it I was mesmerized. I stood there for at least a full minute tilting my head back and forth, trying to see what was so darn cool about it. And then I dug out my camera.

This photo is nothing special. It’s an ordinary Monday, rainy and cool enough for a jacket. But it still has meaning to me. Once I take pictures like these, where I really look at a subject and walk through the possibilities, these photos imprint on my brain. I know every time I walk past this tree I’ll think of the wet day it lost leaves. And that brings me joy.


Week 40: Photo Walk
due 10.03.18

Let’s get outside this week and go a PHOTO WALK! You can choose an area you know and love, or a brand-new-to-you place, but grab a camera (dSLR, your phone, whatever you got!) and go for a walk. What makes you stop and consider lifting your camera? Before you do, can you think of three different ways to shoot that same subject? Explore your surroundings, inspect your subject, get close, step back… be that weirdo on the street!

Consider your composition this week and how you can make your photo stronger: rule of thirds, rule of odds, leading lines, curves, balance, depth, etc.

Now I do recommend taking a friend; it’s good to have a buddy with you because… people are assholes. And I also recommend staying in public areas, on public property, and avoid sketchy areas. Don’t trespass or do anything silly like take a walk on railroad tracks – people get hurt more often than you realize. Just pick a part of the town you’re in that seems interesting, stay on the sidewalks and alleys, and take the most brilliant photograph. No pressure.

Last week’s photo: Abstract #2018P52

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Week 38: Abstract | 2018 Project 52

The older I’ve gotten, the more I appreciate abstract art and photography. The fact that something looks so random and not thought through, but in reality each brush stroke or movement or setting is deliberate. The artist changes something ever so slightly in their next move to bring what’s in their head to life. You’ve got to slow down to appreciate abstract art; take in the whole piece first, but then dissect it as your eyes move across it. It begins to tell you a story.

I told myself I wanted to make more art this year. I haven’t done that, not in practice, but I will say that I’ve had fun with the abstract photos I’ve created. I felt like I was on a role at the start of the year and, well, work blew up in my face. (In a good way, but still, it took time away from my photography.) But playing with abstract this week… so much fun!

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Settings: f/14.0, 1/5 sec, 70mm, ISO 100
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8

I had the idea to use stuff, anything, from our kitchen for this week’s abstract photo. I played with food and tools… but ended up liking a pan with holes in it best. I moved lights in front of and behind it, changed my settings a few different ways, and decided that the light behind made the most interesting shapes.

This one is my favorite. With intentional camera movement, you sometimes have to try several times to get the shape that you want. And these little waves make me so happy. The light in the background did a great job highlighting them in the center and natural light helped the pattern carry over on top. The bottom just melted into darkness, making those little waves look like a spotlight. There are light and shadows and everything in between.


Week 39: Photographer’s Choice
due 09.26.18

We have three quarters of 2018 behind us already this year… so let’s do another photographer’s choice prompt!

For this week, anything goes this week. If there’s something you’ve been wanting to photograph or you have an event on your calendar, take advantage of it. Or if you’re not sure, maybe revisit one of the prompts from earlier this year that you’d like to master. All I ask is be yourself – shoot with your heart, find your intentions and tell us your story. The only rule is to pick your favorite and ONLY SHARE ONE IMAGE in the #2018P52 Flickr group. It can be hard to do, but that’s part of becoming a better photographer – being able to make that choice.

If you need some inspiration or help to narrow down your images, look back at Week 12 and Week 25 posts for some resources I linked up!

Last week’s photo: Triangle #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 37: Triangle | 2018 Project 52

Mike helped me this week with my photo. I’ve been so distracted with life lately and all of my ideas just seemed too… boring for me. But Mike had an idea and he was onto something.

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Settings: f/4.0, 1/320 sec, 35mm, ISO 2000
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF35mm f/1.4L USM

My husband is a motorhead. Well… maybe not the right description, but he does like cars and he likes to go fast.

I married Ricky Bobby.

He has quite the collection of random parts in the garage but started thinking about a stock supercharge he still has stored downstairs. He showed it to me and I said, “Sold – take it outside so I can get better light.” Then I watched him struggle to carry it (it’s not small and it’s quite heavy), but once I saw in natural light, the piece changed.

So much contract… shiny parts, shadows, grit and grime. So many lines… horizontal, vertical, round and… a triangle.

Not a true triangle, but I really like where Mike’s head was because not only does that area have a triangle top, but the rotors (are they rotors) inside also have a triangle shape to them.


Week 38: Abstract
due 09.19.18

Abstract photography is fast becoming one of my favorites. I love seeing how other capture the world around them, but that their process is done in a way that it changes reality. It really is non-objective photography and there are some amazing abstract photographers and works of art out there.

I’ve included some great abstract photography resources below for you, but don’t be afraid to get funky this week. Consider your composition, how you can add to or take away from your subject to completely alter its perception, get close, back up, intentionally move your camera… I can’t wait to see some cool stuff next week!

An Introduction to Abstract Photography
Tips on How to Create Abstract Photos
70+ Stunning Abstract Photos
40 Astounding Examples of Abstract Photography

Last week’s photo: Passing of Time #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 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.

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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

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 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.

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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!