Project 52 | September #2016CMP52

If you missed Weeks 31-35 of Project 52, click back to see August’s #2016CMP52 Photos.

Four more weeks, FAST WEEKS, in the books – only 13 more weeks to go until the year is over. It sounds so crazy to even think that Christmas is only 81 days away.

I feel like a broken record, but this month’s prompts just didn’t excite me very much. One thing I did have to do was pay more attention; look around, see what caught my eye, made the wheels turn, catch my heart. Which, actually, this is a good thing. Just forget that I was completely stumped in Week 39 – but I was able to make it work! And I’m proud that I’ve posted every week, all 39 of them, on time.

The little wins… they add up.

Week 36: Blue

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I tried to photography “blue” all week long. Set up some self-portraits – hated them. Looked for it in nature – felt uninspired. I eventually just took to carrying my camera everywhere in hopes that I’d find it before Friday.

Enter my co-worker, Krista.

She had on a blue jean jacket at work and I was like “That’s it – that’s got to be the blue I’m waiting for.” So we took a 5 minute break down in the alley behind the office. Krista’s a photographer too so she offered ideas to push me beyond the basic – she’s not only super fun to be around, but super fun to photograph! I ended up settling on the image above. I like the blue being the center of attention while my model remains a bit anonymous. I would have liked to not have cropped so close to her top lip (including some of her nose would have been ideal), but this project is about learning as you go and improving along the way.

Settings: f/4.5, 1/250 sec, 35mm, ISO 400
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF35mm f/1.4L USM

Week 37: Revisited // Lines

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I appreciate the idea of giving people the opportunity to visit a prompt they may have missed or skipped over, but I see a Project 52 as a weekly challenge. The only problem here was I wasn’t sure which theme to revisit. I had Chase outside with me one evening thinking maybe I could capture another “negative space” image to love. It didn’t go the way I planned.

Actually, it rarely does with the doggins. I’m sure my neighbors were like, “What in the hell is Brooke doing laying down on her driveway?!”

I gave up fast because Chase wanted none of it. Plopped my butt down in defeat. And she climbed in between my legs. Wheels… turning… BOOM.

I love this image. I mean, when do I not love images of my doggins, but there’s more to this one. I am so proud of myself for stopping down to f/7.1! I never do that! The tones in image are cool and I was able to make it more matte, which I really like with cooler tones. All that negative space on the right – unplanned, but I like it. And I absolutely love how the line of my leg intersects with the line of Chase’s blaze down to her nose; it carries your eye horizontally across the image while my leg takes it vertical.

Settings: f/7.1, 1/400 sec, 35mm, ISO 200
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF35mm f/1.4L USM

Week 38: Framing

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I knew that I wasn’t going to be able to capture “framing” with my dSLR the way I wanted to, so I didn’t even try. After taking a documentary approach workshop last month I learned that framing is one technique to help compose a stronger image and help tell a story better. So I didn’t want to create a scenario myself, but rather find it. So phone camera it was.

I skipped down to the post office one afternoon and I’ve always looked through the square windows on this big white wall. On the way back I decided to stop and micro compose – I had my phone camera positioned so that the wall would fill up the frame and was ready to wait like that for a minute. I didn’t have to wait long though as the elevator doors opened and this lady stepped out. I snap-snap-snapped and walked away.

Had a great silhouette of the woman, leading lines above her with a strongly lit background, and the wood paneling filling in the space of the other windows. I like it.

Settings: auto –  f/2.2, 1/30 sec, 31mm, ISO 40
Camera and Lens: Samsung Galaxy s5 

Week 39: Squirrelly

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This prompt… ugh. I’m not as familiar with the other women who are doing this challenge as they are with each other. And I don’t mind being an outsider. But this theme was chosen to “cheer up” someone else – an inside joke that I’m not a part of. But I tried like hell to find something “squirrelly.”

I looked for wildlife everywhere – the closest I got was a family of three deer down the road from the house and a great horned owl that flew past me one dark morning. (I love the owls. There are two of them. They are gigantic. And they ho-hoo-hoo-ho-hoo to each other almost every morning.) I tried create my own squirrelly scene – pulled out some stuff I’m hanging on to but lives in boxes. It was far-reaching, but I was desperate. I knew I had an image from over the weekend that would work… but…

I went with the image I took over the weekend. I was in historic LaGrange with my friend Melanie and her girls saw “Jumpy” and took off around this gigantic tree. I had my camera following them, hoping to capture something that would be idyllic of childhood. It’s close… and it was as close as I could get to squirrelly in a week’s time.

Settings: f/4.0, 1/640 sec, 50mm, ISO 320
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF50mm f/1.2L USM

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