Week 11: From Above | 2017 Project 52

I’ve been on the go so much the last few weeks that I spend every minute I can at home. I am a home-body – it’s my most favorite place to be. I love the someone I share it with. I love the doggins. I love to cook in my kitchen. I love to cuddle up with a book on my couch. And I love going to bed in my comfy bed. So, naturally, I had to push myself to get out shoot.

I had a few ideas that included walking bridges and parking garages for our “from above” prompt… but those didn’t happen. The weather turned cold again (what is up with these temp swings?!) and while I know the perfect way to bundle to keep warm, the idea of being out in the elements and risk having snot run down my face was a turn off. So I ditched those ideas and settled on a new one: a snowy walk in the woods.

I walked down the hill to where the waterfalls are hidden (I took my transitions photo at the same place) to poke around Monday evening. I’m always hesitant to explore on my own… telling myself that when I think nothing bad will happen, I’ll end up taking a spill and crashing my camera or my teeth into a rock… but I believe those hyperbolic scenes make me more aware of where to put my feet, what steps not to take.

I ventured out into the creek, inching closer to the waterfall to get some pictures from above. I climbed up a small hill to see if there was anyway to get to the larger waterfall below for an interesting point of view. I marched over huge rocks that were topped with bright green moss and fresh show. I wore a bright red hat so that in case I fell and had to scream for a help a neighbor could more easily identify the fallen human.

Hey, if anything I’m a realist.

from above

Settings: f/4.0, 1/250 sec, 35mm, ISO 1000
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF35mm f/1.4L USM

My waterfall and mossy rock photos were fine, but I kept coming back to this image. There’s a jut of rock that overhangs the creek bed below the first, smaller waterfall, and trees grow crooked out of it. The trees are what got my attention — and lately I’ve been taking pictures of whatever calls to me — so I ventured over, finding my footing as I went, letting my boots sink into wet piles of leaves, getting a little closer to the edge… and no Brookes were harmed in the making of this photo.

But I liked what I saw. I used the tree on the left and a broken root on the right to frame the scene below. The water ripples and reflects light as it continues on, showing how bright the evenings are becoming. The creek bed is green in some places and black in others, where moss, mud and rock live beneath a few inches of icy cold water. There’s composition and there’s movement in this image. And it looks a lot further down every time I look at it.

Week 12: Let There Be Light
due 03.22.17

The basics of photography boils down to four things: aperture, shutter speed, ISO and exposure. Or in the most simplest definition of those four things: light. And how light is captured can impact an image greatly. It can create contrast, add depth, set the mood… it is the greatest element to master as a photographer. With daylight savings taking place the past Sunday, let’s go out into the world and let the longer days be our inspiration. (Deepest apologies to my friends who are in the Southern Hemisphere… it was good while it lasted, no?)

Bonus Challenge: Take your photo using the monochrome setting on your camera, or with the intention of converting it to black and white. Pay attention to different kinds of light (full, directional, open shade, rim, etc) and how it contrasts on your subject. When you remove color from your scene through you camera or in post production, how does the light look different? What kind of light do you prefer for black and white images?

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