Week 13: Photographer’s Choice | 2018 Project 52

I was chatting with a coworker on Monday who is also participating in our Project 52 this year and we agreed: it has been a funky time of year to stay inspired.

Even with daylight savings over and longer days before us, this in between of winter and spring… having trouble waking up and falling asleep… work is getting super busy so how do we stay motivated… and I just tell it like it is.

For me, this challenge is about keeping a camera in my hands every week. I want 52 photos at the end of the year. And I can honestly say that if it wasn’t for this project, I wouldn’t be even trying to pick up my camera. Not every week is going to make me happy… but for me, it’s about pushing myself and at least trying.

So I went easy on myself when I didn’t try until Tuesday again…

photographer

Settings: auto –  f/1.7, 1/50 sec, 4.25mm, ISO 80
Camera and Lens: Samsung Galaxy s8

Luckily, inspiration hit at lunch time.

A group of ladies from the office ventured over to the new Omni in Louisville and OH MY GOD IS BEAUTIFUL. But we were there for the food. And OH MY GOD THE FOOD. But seriously. I knew that the hotel was going to be a sight to see (just from the pictures and news segments on TV), so I had my cell phone out, ready to shoot. Only the “boot brigade” in front me caught my eye.

Well… the boot brigade and Amy’s sneakers. (Which we totally high-fived about because I had on my Keds too. Red Keds.)

So what do I like about this image? For starters, I like how you can see an odd number of models at varying distances. (Hello, rule of odds.) The negative space on the bottom half. How it feels balanced both top and bottom, left and right. The small movements I caught in their steps. The anonymity of the ladies. Which, if I’m being 100% with you all, is what I like best about it.

While I know who is who… which people I’ve known long enough to know their footsteps and have nicknames with… which ones I’m still getting to know, but cheer for them on the sidelines… you don’t know them. But I care and support them all, and I like to think I tell them that frequently. I feel like the Mother Hen these days, but these ladies are important to me. And it reminds me of a gal from many years ago told me that you should never stop making girlfriends; that as women, we adapt to our current situations and if we keep making friends, we’ll always have someone to support and feel supported by.

Keep that in mind, ladies. Always keep making friends. Then you’ll never be alone.


Week 14: Colorful
due 04.04.18

I am ready to for some serious inspiration as we start our second quarter – the hunt is on for something COLORFUL.

The subject can be what ever you want, but wow us with the multitude, the hues, the saturation that you’re able to discover. Make it warm, make it cool, make it bright, make it pastel, make it monotone, make it the main subject, make it stand alone… find the color in the world around you and get lots in you craft. Let your eyes drift a little more, see if inspiration can come to you in an unexpected way, and shoot with your heart. I really can’t wait to see all the photos next week!

Last week’s photo: Rule of Odds #2018P52

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Week 12: Rule of Odds | 2018 Project 52

Down to the wire, guys.

I had an idea this week and never found the time to execute it, so it came down to the wire. Last night after work, daylight fading thanks to cloudy skies filled with snow (what the hell, spring!)… I was scrambling. Where did my eyes go, what seemed good to photograph, was there an odd number…

And while I was editing my second batch of photos, it caught my eye.

I wanted my heart to lead me this week… but I’ll settle for eye-catching.

rule of odds

Settings: f/4.0, 1/1250 sec, 35mm, ISO 3200
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF50mm f/1.2L USM

Not my intention at all. And to be honest, not a favorite. But I’m trying to “embrace the weird” this year and I paused long enough on my image to crop and turn it. And it’ll do for rule of odds.

Three large puddles. Four small. Seven total. Glaring light, made reflection, texture in the background. I wonder how many people can figure out what it is. But for now, it fits the bill and has my wheels turning for what I can do with this idea later.


Week 13: Photographer’s Choice
due 03.28.18

We did “photographer’s choice” last year at the end of each quarter, and I’d like to keep it going again this year. I think it’s a fun prompt to keep us excited to share our favorites of the week throughout the year and get to know each other in the group – what we like to shoot, how we push ourselves without being prompted, etc.

Anything goes — you find the subject, the light, the story that you want to share with us. My personal goal during this week is to take at least one photo everyday and then pick my favorite to post. If you’re having trouble narrowing down your photos to share only one each week, I wanted to share a few articles that may help you think about the composition and elements of your photos and linked them up below. I usually pick the photo I can’t stop staring at, or the one that makes me really excited. But choosing only one photo is part of the project, the part that helps us think about our work and help us grow as photographers.

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

Last week’s photo: Rule of Thirds #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 11: Rule of Thirds | 2018 Project 52

This week’s composition of “rule of thirds” isn’t too difficult to implement, but I do hope that all the photographers following along challenged themselves to see how much it could impact an image. Even if it’s something as simple as shooting the same subject two different ways: centered and then with rule of thirds.

I wasn’t able to explore with my camera last week, but luckily I have two very adorable and cuddly models that are willing to pose for cookies.

All the cookies.

rule of thirds

Settings: f/3.2, 1/250 sec, 35mm, ISO 3200
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF35mm f/1.4L USM

I chose an image of Chevy, my BDD.

She plopped down, tossed back those ears in the “I’m here, what do you need” position and I snapped a few frames. I really love the directional light we get in our main room and I also like the pops of color with have with our area rug. With good light and interesting background, that big hairy face with brown eyes was positioned on the right 2/3 side of my view finder. A very simple image, but still one that I’ll keep forever.

She is so darn cute. And funny. And noisy. And smelly. So much BDD love.


Week 12: Rule of Odds
due 03.21.18

We’re half way through March and keeping up with our numbers theme for the month. Next week we’re focusing on another composition rule called “Rule of Odds.”

The rule of odds is new to me, but it makes sense. Essentially it is including an odd number of subjects in your image to make it more interesting. It’s suggested to choose at least three subjects. And since we’re keeping with odds, that’s three or five or seven… it might get a little difficult to keep up after that. But explore with the idea!

Would you like to shoot people and have three models? Set up a table scape or still life with an odd number of items? Take to the world outside and find something that fits the bill? Create a scene that has three different subjects but are related in a way? Whatever you want to do, let your heart lead and your brain take a back seat. And if you need some inspiration, there are some links below.

Rule of Odds
Understanding the Rule of Odds in Photography
The Odd Rule
Composition: Rule of Odds (Pinterest)

Last week’s photo: Two Subjects #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 10: Two Subjects | 2018 Project 52

To be honest, I wasn’t sure what I would do for “two subjects.” I had a lot of ideas, but nothing that wouldn’t require serious model work and posing… which are two things I don’t necessarily have time for right now. Bummer. But I decided to take my camera to work and walk out of the office with it around my neck on the way back to the car. A little shooting from the hip action.

I really like shooting from the hip because you never know what you’re going to get – your perspective changes with the frame lower, you have to stop down to keep more in focus, but have that shutter fast enough to keep the world from being blurred in your image. And sometimes you get lucky.

two subjects

Settings: f/6.3, 1/800 sec, 35mm, ISO 10K
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF35mm f/1.4L USM

I see the couple quite often after work. They either work together, or nearby, and carpool downtown. And no matter how many people are around, they hold hands on the way to their car.

Is this picture perfect? Hell no. But there’s a lot I like about it. I have two very clear to see subjects. The balance of color from my subjects’ clothes to the brighter ground. The lines of the sidewalk leading your eye further up the image. To where their hands meet and hold. Not perfect, but something that still makes me smile.


Week 11: Rules of Thirds
due 03.14.18

Most of us are familiar with the rule of thirds; it is a strong composition for any art that is simple to put into practice and apply. For those that don’t know it, imagine your viewfinder is split into nine cubes and you’re aligning your subject along the intersecting points. This simple composition trick can impact an image, a story, and the way a viewer interacts with your art.

So this week, we’re practicing our rule of thirds – horizontal or vertical – show us how you can flex these muscles.

Rule of Thirds
The Rule of Thirds in Photography
10 Myths About the Rule of Thirds

Last week’s photo: Wanderlust #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 9: Wanderlust | 2018 Project 52

We’ve had a crap ton of rain here in Kentucky the last month. So much so that a lot of Louisville is underwater – my drive to and from work has doubled because of all the detours everyone has to take and even some neighboring counties have closed school because getting out of neighborhoods has been bad. It’s been a doozie, that’s for a sure. And the Ohio River is only getting higher everyday.

The part of this is that the waterfalls behind out house are flowing.

I took a nature walk the other day when the rain decided to stop. Everything else was sopping mess, but I armed myself in rain boots and my camera and headed out. The waterfalls were gorgeous and the sound of water is the best. I explored the area for about 30 minutes and experimented with shutter speed before I headed back home. And crossed my fingers that something turned out to be good enough.

wanderlust

Settings: f/4.0, 1/400 sec, 35mm, ISO 250
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF35mm f/1.4L USM

All I wanted was a photo that invited the viewer in. One that I would look at say to myself “I want to be there” or “this makes me want to explore.” So it’s no surprise that I chose the widest shot I had of one of the waterfalls.

Things I like about this picture: The layering with the mossy rock. Being able to look upstream. To see all the “rapid” water heading my way. That I really do want to step inside the image.

Things I don’t like about this picture: The fact that I couldn’t position myself better without possibly harming myself. Those damn twigs that are out of focus so effing annoying.

But I did like being out in the woods by myself. One of these days I’m going to wade in and get a fabulous photo of this little waterfall from the water… but it was too deep and moving a bit too fast for me to feel comfortable doing that. And it was cold. But I did get some other photos from my little adventure that might create wanderlust for others.

I really love photographing moss. The texture, the way light hits it… I’m obsessed.

This leafy photo is my favorite from the day. So simple and too detailed for the prompt.


Week 10: Two Subjects
due 03.07.18

This week we’re kicking off a series of composition challenges that revolve around numbers – and we’re starting with “two subjects.” Most of our images have one subject that we’re focused on, but this week we’re going to incorporate TWO subjects, both of which as essential parts of the story you’re telling with your photo. The subjects can go together or be juxtaposition, but together create a stronger image and anecdote for the viewer.

I have a few articles below to help us explore the idea of two subjects, this one by Eric Kim is my favorite. Kim shows us why multiple subjects can be interesting in photography and he also teaches us that balance is really important for more than subject. Even if you don’t read the article, look a the pictures. Stop and think “What makes this interesting? Is there more than one story here?” before scrolling down to see how Kim dissects the image. Let’s see if we can step out of comfort zone and get creative… if not, let’s just find a way to work two subjects into one frame.

Street Photography Composition: Multiple Subjects
Photography Composition: Creating Visual Tension with Two Subjects (YouTube)
10 Tips on How to Create Juxtaposition in Your Photography
28 Examples of Juxtaposition in Photography

Last week’s photo: Grain #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!