Week 31: Summer | 2018 Project 52

My intention was to take some awesome pictures while on a new adventure this past weekend: paddle boarding on Taylorsville Lake. Of course, I changed my mind a dozen times and decided to leave my phone on shore just in case… although I’m happy to report I did not fall. But even still, it was enough to excite me that I took some shots before we pushed off and paddled into the sun, which was perfect for our summer prompt.

summer

Settings: auto –  f/1.7, 1/60 sec, 4.25mm, ISO 80
Camera and Lens: Samsung Galaxy s8

We had a blast. I didn’t expect a total body workout, but even so the weather was gorgeous and I was with lady friends who were entirely too much fun to be around. Our adventure didn’t stop there though. Afterwards we hopped on a boat and there was waterskiing (not me), tubing (totally me) and enjoyed each other’s company until the sunset.

I’ve said it a lot this summer, but it’s true: the days where I have zero expectations but am spending time with people I enjoy… they are the best days! I’ve had a few already these past few months and I’m always amazed how much I let loose, how much I laugh and how much laughter I hear from others. Spring has been my favorite season for years now… but summer just might just overtake it.


Week 32: Silhouette
due 08.08.18

Silhouettes can be tricky, but they really can make an impact on an image. A silhouette is defined as a view of an object or a scene consisting of the outline and a featureless interior, with the silhouetted object usually being black. While we still have long summer days, let’s find ways to experiment with light and create our own dramatic photos.

If this technique is new to you, don’t worry – it may seem tricky at first but you’ll find yourself doing it again and again. The thing that helps me most is the time of day I shoot: early in the morning or in the late evening light, when the sun is low and warm and you can backlight your subject. But stop down your aperture… I usually shoot f/4.0, but I typically stop down to at least f/8.0. And really consider how you’re capturing your subject; most silhouette images are strong because of the simplicity of what you see in your frame.

I have some resources to help us out and I cannot wait to see what everyone photographs!

How to Photograph Silhouettes
10 Incredibly Easy Tips to Take Silhouette Photos
14 Tips for Shooting Stunning Silhouettes
Captivating Examples of Silhouette Photography (scroll down)

Last Week’s photo: Framing #2018P52

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Week 30: Framing | 2018 Project 52

Inspiration flew in… inspo flew out.

The number of ideas I had for “framing” this week were… not many, but I still was so much of a bum I didn’t even try. I should have carried my camera everyday. I should have had a coworker step out with me for a walk. I should have stopped to talk to those two nice men who were smoking. Anything! But I didn’t.

Sometimes I wonder why I get myself into these pickles.

framing

Settings: f/5.0, 1/1600 sec, 35mm, ISO 250
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF35mm f/1.4L USM

This was my backup photo. Because nothing I tried at home last night was any better. But it fits the prompt.

I actually walked through parking garages a few times this week with my camera because my idea was to frame the subjects with light… I just should have been a lot closer to this doorway, but when I saw the dude walking I paused and framed it up… snapped a couple… then went on my way. And luck would have it was the only passerby I encountered. (Which is why I should have grabbed a coworker!)

There’s always next week… which is a new month. Where has this year gone already?


Week 31: Summer
due 08.01.18

With August finally upon us, let’s photograph summer this week! We’ve capture winter and spring already, so let’s roll through to the third season of the year (in the northern hemisphere) and think about what summer means to us.

Approach this theme in any way you like. You choose your environment, your subject, your story – just make sure you show what summer is like for you! Take your camera to the pool or on a canoe trip. Catch lightning bugs with the littles. Is there something you love to cook during these months? Or would you rather stay inside where the air conditioning is?

Whatever inspires you, choose your favorite photo and post it to the Flickr group next week!

Last Week’s photo: Kinetic Photography #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 29: Kinetic Photography | 2018 Project 52

Waiting for the sun to set was all I needed this week…

I had planned to play with lights. Twinkle. Colored. Small. Large. But something else caught my eye and I spent the next 30 minutes tossing my camera around in the dark like an idiot, saying “ow!” every 30 seconds because the strap was still around my neck. But… kinetic photography is my JAM.

kinetic photography

Settings: f/2.8, 0.8 sec, 35mm, ISO 250
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF35mm f/1.4L USM

I got something to love this week!

Narrowing down my image was harder than normal, only because I couldn’t decide if I liked a completely abstract photo where you couldn’t tell what my subject was. Versus one that showed the subject a bit. And, well, you decide.

I love the movement, the colors, the serpent shape of flipping my camera into the air. It’s different, it’s weird and I really like it.


Week 30: Framing
due 07.25.18

Framing is one my favorite compositions. It can be simple or challenging, but by creating a frame within your image draws a viewer’s eye to a single point. We can frame our subjects with man-made shapes. Or a softer, more organic frame with the help of Mother Nature. Whatever you try this week, just ask yourself “Will this add to, or take away, from my image?”

Push yourself a bit this week if you’re up for it. Create depth, change your exposure, shoot in full sun, slow down your shutter… wait for you subject to present itself instead of hunting it. However you experiment, how can you create a stronger story with your composition?

Last Week’s photo: Local #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 28: Local | 2018 Project 52

The holiday had me bouncing around a bit, but I knew what – and where – I wanted to take my picture this week.

Just leave it to me, to forget my lunch and my camera this week. Luckily I have this phone…

localSettings: auto –  f/1.7, 1/60 sec, 4.25mm, ISO 80
Camera and Lens: Samsung Galaxy s8

One of my favorite areas in Louisville is NULU. A stretch of local eats and boutiques and few bars down Market Street near downtown. I’ve been down this street hundreds of times. I’ve eaten at the restaurants – well, some of them. I’ve shopped on the stores – well, kind of. But I’ve seen all the window displays – meh, not really. Story short? There’s always something new to explore. Even if the shops and restaurants stay the same, the things the offer and the people who visit are ever-changing.

This was my choice this week. I love the all the dinosaur planters, the bright colors, the “handmade local awesome” sign, the dog peaking around the corner… it’s weird and it’s fabulous and it’s 100% local Louisville. But I also like the reflection in the window, the hint of something new. Ghyslain, a local French patisserie, closed not too long and even though I hadn’t been in years, I suddenly miss it so much more. I can still taste their sweet, sweet chocolate croissants and gruyere paninis… *drool*

Not a special picture. But it shows a bit of home, our personality… how homey and quirky we are and even how much we are changing. Louisville’s been my home for years and it will stay that – it’s my little piece of paradise.


Week 29: Kinetic Photography
due 07.18.18

Speaking of weird, are you all ready to try something completely odd?

We’re back to experimental techniques, this week we are tossing our cameras – not away, but into the air. Yikes.

Kinetic photography is influenced by the motions made with your camera – similar to intentional camera movement (ICM), but different as in your camera is tossed into the air with an open shutter and creating something wild and interesting. Or… trying to at least. So if you don’t have use a camera strap, I suggest you use one this week. Or if you’re too afraid to explore this technique, improvise how you see fit: you can use your phone camera, use an older camera, create a soft landing area, barely let go… what ever feels comfortable to you.

This is new to me so I’ve linked some resources below for us to look into, and some examples are include too. Have fun, find some lights to shoot with at night or step outside with the sun is fading, let that long shutter stay open and share your favorite for the week!

Kinetic Photography: Techniques and Stunning Examples
Beautiful Examples of Kinetic Photography
25 Great Examples of the Camera Toss
Kinetic Photography (Flicker)

Last Week’s photo: Sunburst #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!

wendipants - Love, love, love this. I’m especially intrigued about how your reflection in the shop window just melts away.

Week 27: Sunburst | 2018 Project 52

Waiting until the last-minute was not working for me this week. Mostly because there was no sun. Ugh. But I have a photo…

sunburst

Settings: auto –  f/1.7, 1/22K sec, 4.25mm, ISO 50
Camera and Lens: Samsung Galaxy s8

… and it sucks.

I didn’t have it in me this week. No inspiration. No motivation. No energy. No cares, to be honest. But I do have a photo. Taken before clouds and storms moved in for two days.

This funk needs to go, that’s for sure.


Week 28: Local
due 07.11.18

“Pertaining to a city, town, or small district rather than an entire state or country.”

Show us a bit of the town or city around you. It can be your favorite place or a completely new-to-you area, but take a tour with your camera and share something about the place you call home.

If you’re up for more of a challenge, tell a story with your image. Think of ways to include people and make composition stronger so that it really captures the narrative of your home town.

Last Week’s photo: Photographer’s Choice #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!