Project 52 | October #2016CMP52

If you missed Weeks 36-39 of Project 52, click back to see September’s #2016CMP52 Photos.

October is the first month in a while that I’ve like every single picture I’ve taken. Every single one. Whether it’s because I like the story behind it or the final image itself. But I like them all and I’ve been quite proud of my shares for the past four weeks. And this is my favorite thing about having a weekly photo theme.

The project itself is a nice representation of the year and I do like the community aspect of sharing with a group of people who are like-minded, but the ebbs and flows, the growth and wins that happen along the way are what make it worth while. And I know that I’ve complained [more than I should have] about the weekly prompts this year, but it’s got me excited for next year. And, honestly, you should get excited too. ;)

But right now 43 weeks are a wrap and there’s only nine weeks left until the end of 2016 – I have no idea where the time has gone.

Week 40: Photographer’s Choice


This is a new favorite of mine. I had experienced a royally crappy day at work and ended it with having to defend the team’s work on a current project. I was tired, I was over it and I truly felt defeated. When I got home I didn’t want to do anything. I didn’t want to start dinner or even eat at all for that matter. I didn’t want to settle in front of the TV or grab my book. I didn’t feel like myself at all and I remembered something that was said in my documentary approach workshop: If you feel uncomfortable, you’re doing it right. I wanted to document this utterly shitty feeling.

There was a bit of light coming in through the office that caught my eye. I set up my camera and tripod, tested the focal length and just pushed myself against the wall. I took about 10 frames total and told myself that was enough. And the image above was the first frame.

It conveys everything I was feeling. The light reflected off my hair and my face stayed shadowed. My red shirt adds a pop of color in an otherwise dark photo.

This photo made a lot of people uncomfortable. When I posted it on Instagram and Facebook I didn’t expect to get so many comments because I usually don’t get many. But people left words of encouragement and I appreciate that they took the time to do that. But you should also know that 30 minutes later I was eating ice cream and was starting to get over myself. But it goes to show how powerful an image can be.

Settings: f/4.0, 1/125 sec, 35mm, ISO 10000
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF35mm f/1.4L USM

Week 41: Fall / Four Seasons


I knew that when we took a “winter” photo in February that I should expect the rest of the seasons to eventually be announced. But I didn’t realize that my first four seasons photo would inspire me to do a little project within a project. Through them all, winter, spring, summer and now fall, I have taken each photo from my perspective, looking at the ground and the shoes that follow each season.

And while some might think it’s boring or uninspiring… I don’t care. Because I love seeing all four seasons together.

Settings: f/4.0, 1/100 sec, 35mm, ISO 800
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF35mm f/1.4L USM

Week 42: Low Light


Week 42 is a week I complained. Because I had taken a kickass self-portrait two weeks prior that fit the “low light” theme and I was coming up dry with any new ideas.

I hate when that happens.

But late in the week I decided to shoot from the hip on the walk to my car after work. I got some pictures that I really do like; it had just rained and the reflections of the street and sidewalks were perfect. But when I finally got to my car, I do what any woman alone in an empty downtown parking lot with a big camera around her neck would do – shoved my big ass into my car as fast as possible and locked the doors. But after I got all my bags off my shoulders and started the car, the rain on the window stopped me.

So I took the camera out once more, pointed it at the window, stopped up to f/2.5 to knock out the background completely and fired. And just as the third frame clicked, one drop traveled down the window. It’s a simple shot and can be recreated at any time, but something about it sets a mood. I’m into it.

Settings: f/2.5, 1/200 sec, 35mm, ISO 100
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF35mm f/1.4L USM

Week 43: Whatever the Weather


Week 43 was another week I complained. Only because the week’s theme, “whatever the weather,” was inspired by our hostess’ recent trip to Seattle where she loved shooting in the rain and encourage us all to get out into the weather in our regions (because we are all over the world), and just shoot. Sunshine, rain, snow, whatever the weather.

This was right after I took dozens of awesome photos in the freaking rain. Gah. I can’t win.

So I started thinking a little harder. Can I take a picture of how the weather makes me feel? Is there something else that withstands the weather? Or someone? Boom.

And so my capture of the week is of my teammate, David, during his smoke break. Because if there is any group of people who are more committed to their vices than smokers, I don’t know who they are. There are smokers huddled outside everyday, no matter the weather, and the idea just inspired me. Luckily, David was game and was super easy to work with. We walked away with more awesome images, but this anonymous portrait was my favorite. The focus is sharp and the whirling smoke makes it a bit more dramatic.

Settings: f/4.0, 1/400 sec, 35mm, ISO 1000
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF35mm f/1.4L USM

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