Project 52 | August #2016CMP52

If you missed Weeks 27-30 of Project 52, click back to see July’s #2016CMP52 Photos.

Another five weeks in the hole! Shooting this month was a little different from others because I spent most of my time thinking about the documentary approach workshop I’m taking. So most of my photos were taken with my 35mm and I pretty much kept my aperture above f/4.0. My head was in “documentary mode,” but I don’t think that’s a bad thing. It’s just a different way of thinking about the subject.

Regardless of what mode I was in, I was still able to take a new photo every week for my Project 52. Which is a feat in and of itself. The yearlong commitment has began to wear on the rest of the group; in Week 1 the forum had 20+ pages and this past week there were maybe 3 pages. So, it’s not easy. But I’m in it to win it. Here are my photos from August. ;)

Week 31: Negative Space


Ideas had for this prompt? ZERO. I couldn’t think of anything so I ended up setting up the camera for myself.  Used the tiny hallway between my bedroom and my bathroom (because the wall is blank) and tried a few different times to get the framing right, and then went to town with my remote and my expressive eyes.

I like the final image. Even with the messy bun, greasy bangs and puffy eyes, it’s still fun and goofy. But what I’m most proud of is the post production! It’s not very often that I work Photoshop magic, but for this image I did extend the canvas so that my face would sit at the bottom left… because the original had me fully centered and taking up most of the frame. Took a couple of YouTube videos to figure it out – and I’m very happy with it. Definitely need to take more self-portraits.

Settings: f/4.0, 1/100 sec, 50mm, ISO 1000
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF50mm f/1.2L USM

Week 32: Photographer’s Choice 


I love fairs. I’m not really into the rides, but I love the hokey-ness of it, the fried food and the people watching. This year we went back to the Oldham County Fair (where I got A LOT of really great photos) with some of our friends who also live in the county. With eight kids in tow, I was having a field day photographing them on the kiddie rides and noshing on corndogs. And while they waited in line to ride the big ferris wheel with their parents, I saw something I wanted to capture.

I stopped all the way down to f/16.0 because it was so bright out (sunny 16, y’all) and I wanted the entire wheel to be in focus. I wanted to get as much of the wheel and the cars as possible with shooting below. And I walked away with a new favorite photo. I love the colors, the sharpness, and that pretty clouded sky. The whole thing makes me happy and reminds me of our super fun night at the fair.

Settings: f/16.0, 1/200 sec, 35mm, ISO 250
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF35mm f/1.4L USM

Week 33: Lines


I got stuck with this prompt (and to be honest, stuck the next couple weeks too). I had a couple of different shots, but decided that this one was the most interesting to me. It’s a scene I see everyday when I get to work, and it’s filled with so many lines. The most obvious ones are the parking garage levels, but look around and you’ll see hundreds of lines intersecting. The building lines, brick lines, deck railing, the telephone pole, the grid on the garage… there’s a lot to see here.

Ignore the fact that I didn’t really check my settings before I took the picture. I see them now and I’m like GAH!, but in the moment I saw the lines and wanted to take the photo as fast as possible. You never know who escaped the looney bin and is walking the streets in downtown Louisville at 8am on a Monday.

Settings: f/4.0, 1/2500 sec, 35mm, ISO 1600
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF35mm f/1.4L USM

Week 34: Juxtaposition34_juxtaposition900

True story: Juxtaposition is lost on me. I get the concept, I do, but when I look at someone else’s photo I rarely think “Oh, great juxtaposition there!” Which is funny because all the women in photo workshop do this. And I do not. But this was my attempt. And since I have a hard time finding juxtaposition in photos, I’ll tell you what I see here: heads turned opposite ways, little screen vs big screen and younger vs older.

Hell, I tried. That’s all the matters.

Settings: f/4.0, 1/400 sec, 35mm, ISO 8000
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF35mm f/1.4L USM

Week 35: Repetition


I have seen patterns everywhere this week, but none that encouraged me enough to carry my camera to work. So I decided to find patterns in nature and turned back to macro photography! (It really is fun. I get winded when I do it because I hold my breath, but I just love how the images turn out.)

This is a red clover – as in Thumper’s favorite treat – and I happen to find one single clover next to the house. So I killed it. And proceeded to sit on the front porch with the little flower and my camera and have my way with it. The awesome thing about flowers is the symmetry in their shape. When you magnify it though it gets even more awesome.

Settings: f/–, 1/160 sec, 50mm, ISO 200
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF50mm f/1.2L USM

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