Week 17: Earth Day | 2018 Project 52

What to do, what to do… before it gets dark, what is calling to me…

There’s been a lot of rain and… yes, rain.

Earth Day

Settings: auto –  f/1.7, 1/13 sec, 4.75mm, ISO 200
Camera and Lens: Samsung Galaxy s8

As much as the rain brings me down and I hate getting wet… I think that’s it’s one of the most amazing things about this place. How some areas experience draught, others have floods… and even places like Hawaii, on a single island that spans 100 miles, one side is wet and the other is dry.

But with water comes life. Spring is my favorite season – I love to see the old brown stuff turn green again, flowers budding, the weather becoming tolerable again… just like the outside, it brings me to a place of “back to normal.”

I chose this image because of the water droplets. Our nandinas are one of my favorite plants we have, with their green,  yellow and fiery red leaves… but the drops stood out more with the black and white, with more contrast, stripping away the color and reminding us that rain is good.


Week 18: Fill the Frame
due 05.02.18

Let’s dip back into some composition practice. Only this week, instead of worrying about how many subjects or where it’s placed in the frame, we’re focusing on FILLING THE FRAME with the subject.

It can get weird fast, but really consider about your subject and how your proximity can make an impact to fill the space of your viewfinder.

Does it feel forced? Does being this up close tell the story you want to tell? Do you need to move around or find different light? Is there another subject that makes sense for this prompt?

Don’t get frustrated, but I encourage you to experiment this week. Photograph people, animals, flowers, the details… just shoot as much as you can, fill the frame whenever possible and then go back through and choose your favorite photo of the week.

Need a little inspiration? I found some resources for us:
Composition in Photography: Filling the Frame
Fill the Frame in Your Photography Composition
Composition: Fill the Frame

Last week’s photo: Shoot From Your Boots #2018P52

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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 16: Shoot From Your Boots | 2018 Project 52

The idea was shoot from the ground. Hopefully looking up, changing the perspective and view of the subject.

Talk about missing the mark.

shoot from your boots

Settings: f/4.0, 1/320 sec, 24mm, ISO 16K
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8

I’m a broken record, but more of the same this week: work, work, emails, little bit of yoga, beer, beer, work… no creativity.

Actually, Friday afternoon my brain stopped working. A coworker was helping me and I heard the words coming out of his mouth, but… I did not compute any of it. Ugh.

I did try to get a doggin to play along. But neither one was interested. Mike was making chili and they’d rather be playing sous chef vs America’s Next Top Model. And this image was one I could tolerate. It’s evidence of my life recently too… which is why I’m OK with using it, because it’s authentically me. I come home, put on comfy clothes and keep working. Or stretch into yoga moves. Or drink an adult beverage. Or fall asleep on the couch. Or keep on working. Did I already say that?

At least my new hair brings me joy.


Week 17: Earth Day 
due 04.25.18

So… I assume that everyone around the world  knows about Earth Day… but if you don’t, it’s “an environmental movement to be conscience about what we do to our planet and how we can make a bigger impact as individuals.”

Since Earth Day is April 22, just a few days before our next “due date,” why don’t we capture and share our home planet… in a way that makes YOU happy.

Connect with nature, walk in it, enjoy it… what draws your attention, what things are you seeing for the first time, or for the hundredth time but still makes you smile… lose yourself a little to the ground beneath your feet and just BE. If you’re up for more of a challenge, photograph your favorite place in a new way, with fresh eyes… push yourself to change your perspective or focus… get creative in the outdoors, no matter how big or small.

Last week’s photo: Square #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 15: Square | 2018 Project 52

Another week of no dice. Gah.

I actually got home late last night and realized I had no photo while I shoving microwaved macaroni and cheese into my mouth.

But the wheels started turning. I knew I wasn’t going to “find” my square… I was going to have to “create” it somehow… but how…?

square

Settings: f/2.8, 1/100 sec, 70mm, ISO 160
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8

I have to admit I’ve been having fun with my light table this year. I’ve never really done much photography on it until now, but I’ve gotten a handful of photos this year that I’m like “YES. THIS IS MY JAM.” just by playing with the light table.

My square is a bit loose, the seeds that make it up weren’t playing super nice (static electricity, anyone?), but I like it. Not all fit in the box. You can still see some individual seeds that do… but others have disappeared into blackness. And for some reason I really liked more vertical rather than landscape. It’s different. It’s weird. And I’m keeping it.


Week 16: Shoot From Your Boots
due 04.18.18

For photographers, we get used to do the same things over and over. The muscle memory sticks in more than just the arms; our brains have a hard time breaking habit too. We may not think about changing our perspective until after we look at our images and it’s too late. So we’re doing just that this week.

We are getting low and “shooting from our boots.” Really consider your subject – does shooting from below make you, as the viewer, feel smaller? Do you feel yourself losing control? How does aiming the camera upwards change the story that you’re telling? Look for inspiration all around you: the norm, the mundane, your family, your friends, your pets… explore how lowering your eye makes an difference.

Last week’s photo: Colorful #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 14: Colorful | 2018 Project 52

I swear one of these weeks I’m going to start planning again versus playing the “what can I find around my house” game.

But alas… it isn’t this week. I hope you all forgive me.

colorful books

Settings: f/4.0, 1/80 sec, 50mm, ISO 5000
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF50mm f/1.2L USM

A total lazy ass move, but I photographed by shelves at home. I had some interesting play time with a hurricane; the way the light hit it was interesting, but it wasn’t enough. It lost my interest. But books on a shelf… there’s more to that.

I always like to see what other people keep on their shelves because you can tell a lot about person based on what they read. Personally, I love fiction. And if it’s weird like Gaiman or Niffenegger, I like it a lot. Last year I made a goal to read 30 books and I did it (still so proud of myself!). I know I won’t hit that milestone this year, but reading is a hobby I’ve enjoyed for years.

We have several books on our shelves that span from Tolkein to children’s literature to best sellers to photography to How to Fix Plumbing Yourself. But this little grouping here? These are some of my favorites, going back at least 18 years. Some I read in college. Some are gifts. Some have been read more than once. Some have made me laugh. Some have made me cry. And some remind me of certain people.

So while they are colorful and they help me get my photo this week… it was also a nice think of the memories that come with them.


Week 15: Square
due 04.11.18

We’re circling back to a shape prompt this week (see what I did there?) and we’re on the hunt for squares in Week 15.

This is another broad prompt, one that can be taken in almost any direction. And remember that you can photograph shapes in different ways: positive vs negative, diagrammed within the photo itself, composition, etc. So don’t just look for interesting squares, EXPLORE THEM – walk around your subject, get close, step back, change your point of view, slow down that shutter and move… and get funky.

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!

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

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!