Project 52 | April #2016CMP52

If you missed Weeks 9-13 of Project 52, click back to see March’s #2016CMP52 Photos.

Another month in the books – I’ve got to admit that doing a photo challenge with others, albeit if I know none of them, is definitely motivating! And I’m loving the prompts too; we’ve had a couple repeats with colors and photographer’s choice already, but I never would have given myself the macro photography theme… it’s challenging me for sure. But let’s get to this month’s captures.

Week 14: Funny / April Fools

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I knew that most of the ladies who are participating in this Project 52 would have some super cute stuff to share – I mean, the forum is called Clickin Moms and I’d bet 97% of its members are, well, moms. But I got lucky. My friend Melanie texted late in the afternoon on Saturday. She said she was thinking about having some friends over for dinner. Nothing special – just some appetizers, some chit-chatting and let the kids go play together. It was destiny.

Melanie’s youngest, Sadie, who’s coming up on three next month would play with the older kids for a bit, then go find a quiet place to watch her tablet. Her location of choice: the floor. And while I know the lighting isn’t great and you can see our coolers in the background, that fluffy pink skirt and her little squishy face just made me laugh. I hope Melanie got a kick out of it too. ;)

Settings: f/2.8, 1/160 sec, 35mm, ISO 4000
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF35mm f/1.4L USM

Week 15: Macro Photography

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So, macro photography. I’ve only really played with it when shooting with Paco (my small point-and-shoot Canon). But I’d seen dozens of macro shots shared in the group already and I embraced the challenge. I read through the prompt a couple times to learn what to do and then got to work.

This was taken with my 50mm lens, but not mounted onto the camera body; I flipped the lens around and held it with my left hand, with the camera body in my right, and I’d barely sway back and forth to get different focal points. ISO helped me control the light. I even made a black tube to experiment with.

After about 30 minutes of camera play, two sore wrist (that equipment ain’t holding itself!) and sweat on my brow, I felt confident enough to upload what I took onto the computer. Lots of misses. A couple hits though. And this was my favorite.

I like it, especially since this was my first go at macro photography. And I’ve played around a little since… and plan to play around a little more. What I’m saying is I’ll have more pretty, soft, floral macros to share with you soon.

Settings: f/–, 1/200 sec, 50mm, ISO 800
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF50mm f/1.2L USM

Week 16: Photographer’s Choice

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Husband goes out-of-town for five days. Wife is left alone to her own devices. Impromptu photo shoot with the doggins.

With spring finally here and longer days, I find myself picking up my camera after work again. Like this day, when I came home to a house of happy doggins. I grabbed my camera, the Scoobie Snacks and the dogs followed me into the bedroom. This photo was actually taken in the hallway between my bedroom and bathroom, about a three foot space with really nice light. The dogs will do anything for cookies. (And sometimes get too excited about cookies to pay attention.)

It’s my favorite photo this month. It really is. I love everything about it: the framing, the DOF, the tones, that face… it’s also my desktop wallpaper at work now too. ♥

Settings: f/3.2, 1/400 sec, 35mm, ISO 6400
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF35mm f/1.4L USM

Week 17: Green (Color Challenge)

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When I saw the theme was another color, I was a little disappointed. After having three strong weeks, I was looking forward to a theme that would make me think. But no. Green. And I told myself, “You are not allowed to take pictures of trees, Brooke. Or grass. Or nature. You need to think outside of the box with this – be bold!” Yeah… no.

Nothing inspired me. I even had green flowers in the house, but I couldn’t frame it in a way I liked. Every time I looked stuff at home that was green, it looked dull and mundane. I carried my camera to work hoping to find someone was wearing green. No dice. So I went for a walk up the street from our house to the frog pond for inspiration. And this little heart-shaped leaf kept catching my attention. Well, at least green week is done.

Settings: f/3.2, 1/160 sec, 35mm, ISO 1600
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF35mm f/1.4L USM

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