Project 52 | November #2016CMP52

If you missed Weeks 40-43 of Project 52, click back to see October’s #2016CMP52 Photos.

It’s hard to believe that November is over. Only four more weeks left in the year. LEFT IN THE YEAR! AH!!!

The last month was over in the blink of an eye. There was Halloween and all of a sudden it’s Thanksgiving. I am/was excited about the project winding down, looking forward to the last few themes… and then I was bored again. I know that not every week is going to sweep me off my feet, but I just wasn’t feeling it again. I tried though. That’s all that matters. And now there’s only four more weeks with #2016CMP52.

BUT, if you’ve liked following along with this weekly photo project and think you might like to try it yourself, I will be hosting a 2017 Project 52 group via Flickr on my own. I’ve really enjoyed the group of women I’ve chatted with each week, but I need to be challenged differently. I shared the details of #2017project52 last week on the blog and look forward to getting started December 28 – check it out even if you’re a little bit interested in photography, wanting to learn more or keep pushing yourself to try harder. It should be a fun time, people.

Week 44: Photographer’s Choice

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“Why are you posting so many sad pictures lately?” Because I feel like crap. That’s why.

On this specific day, I took the morning off work to do some tests at the hospital to figure out what exactly is going on with my stomach/gallbladder/gut and then spent the rest of the afternoon working from home. The tests wore me out more than I thought they would, so I wiggled into some sweat pants and propped myself up on the computer to put in some hours. And I, again, decided to document my feelings at the end of the day.

I know that people like seeing happy pictures, but getting in front of the camera has been a way for me to deal with it all. If you makes you uncomfortable, sorry – my camera, my feelings, my choice.

Settings: f/4.0, 1/200 sec, 35mm, ISO 2500
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF35mm f/1.4L USM

Week 45: Before & After

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I didn’t like this prompt because it wasn’t a prompt at all. “Before & After” was to showcase editing. And since I’m fairly new to Lightroom and I don’t know everything that I’m doing, I rely presets for the most part. So… I wasn’t into it. And it was pretty much another “photographer’s choice.” So… yeah.

At least there’s doggin love.

Settings: f/4.0, 1/200 sec, 35mm, ISO 10000
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF35mm f/1.4L USM

Week 46: Beauty

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The week after the elections, the host of our group decided we needed to focus on finding beauty. I liked the idea of the concept, but of course I struggled. I had a new experience that week though and after some reflection, I decided to use an image that I originally decided to take for an Instagram post.

I had lunch with some girlfriends from work at a place called The Table – a small, pay-what-you-can restaurant that lives in the Portland neighborhood of Louisville. They were recently featured on Guy’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (later that same week actually) and it was not only exciting to see my hometown on TV, but learn more about who they were and hear Guy’s opinions. The food was delicious, but the amazing part of this place is their approach to it all – while other businesses are focused on making more money and growing, The Table focuses on nourishing, belonging and love.

Settings: auto –  f/2.2, 1/170 sec, 31mm, ISO 40
Camera and Lens: Samsung Galaxy s5 

Week 47: Food Photography

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Food. A prompt I can get behind. And lucky for me I had plans to meet up with some lady friends who happened to read the same book as I did and wanted to discuss it over brunch. And brunch is the favorite meal of the day.

My meal didn’t look very appetizing. With stomach issues, I’ve been staying away from really rich and fatty foods. So I borrowed a girlfriend’s plate. Bacon and Eggs Benedict. And it is beautiful. I want to put my face in it.

Settings: f/4.0, 1/200 sec, 35mm, ISO 6400
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF35mm f/1.4L USM

Week 48: Photographer’s Choice

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Another photographer’s choice. The last one of the year. Supposedly.

With shorter days it’s been hard to stay motivated and experiment after I get home from work. I’d tried taking a few different photos this week and none were speaking to me. Sometimes that’s how it is.

Once a month, the offices in our building are invited to a happy hour at the bar that resides on the second floor. (One of benefits in working at Fourth Street Live.) I didn’t have plans to go, but decided last minute to follow some teammates down – I did have my camera after all. So while my co-workers picked their poisons, I looking for inspiration, taking pictures as I went. And this is the last one I snapped before I left. I was there for less than 10 minutes, they had only been playing bocce ball for about three minutes, but this was the one.

The bright background with starbursts. The silhouettes of the people. The leading lines of the bocce “court.” Tim celebrating. It makes me pause and look longer. And it makes me happy to know that I work with people who not only work hard but play hard too.

Settings: f/4.0, 1/80 sec, 35mm, ISO 10000
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF35mm f/1.4L USM

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