Week 16: Unexpected | 2017 Project 52

While the beginning of this challenge, nothing of mention was happening… nothing unexpected… but that sure did turn around on Saturday.

Mike and I had plans to go to UofL’s spring game to watch the red and white scrimmage. We tailgated for a bit. Went to the game, sat in the fancy seats in the Brown & Williamson Club. Left the game to go to The Granville. Swung by the fraternity house to see if his key still worked. (It did.) Then ended up at home where we took the longest naps ever.

It was a whirlwind of an afternoon and so much fun. But it didn’t stop.

We got a call at 9pm to join some neighbors up the road. I was still tired as hell, but Mike wanted to go and I’m glad he forced me out the door. We ended up seated between six of our neighbors, finding our second wind, and having a blast just laughing it up. But the unexpected kept coming.


Settings: auto –  f/2.2, 1/10 sec, 31mm, ISO 2000
Camera and Lens: Samsung Galaxy s5 

I totally used my cell phone this week! We have a burn pile in the middle of our neighborhood, probably 100 yards from anyone’s house but visible from all back doors. And with a mild night without wind and a fire chief in our midst, the group voted that the pile burn that night. While three of stayed back in the safety of a back porch, the others marched out into the darkness and got to work.

I honestly didn’t want to leave the back porch. As much as I love bonfires, I had come across a [dead] snake earlier that afternoon in our backyard and the idea of walking through ankle-high grass… well, that snake had to come from somewhere, didn’t it?

The stack of branches didn’t burn well as it was too green, so the group gave up an hour into it but they had fun while it lasted — and happened to pick up a couple of strays as well. We have a great group neighbors, so any time we spend with them is a good time. Even when it’s unexpected.

Week 17: Macro Photography
due 04.26.17

Macro photography is a new love of mine. I don’t own a macro lens, so I actually fake it — and I’m going to tell you how in case you don’t have a macro lens either! True macro photography requires a lens that will capture an image at a 1:1 or 1:5 ratio, meaning that you will get a life-size magnification. But you can get creative with gear that you already have and achieve a similar effect.

The way I prefer to shoot macro is to do a reverse lens with my 50mm. (You can read about my first try with macro photography here.) You simply detach your 50mm lens from the camera and flip it around holding it up to the camera body. You’ll definitely want to secure your camera around your neck and steady your arm that’s holding the lens; the slightest movement will change your focus. (My arms always get tired, so your elbows will become your best friends.) The best way to control the image is to control the light with your ISO — you won’t be able to set an aperture or shutter speed with your lens detached. And auto-focus won’t work either. So be patient, keep trying even after you get frustrated… and I bet you’ll be surprised with what you’re able to capture.

Another way to achieve a nice macro photo is to use the macro mode on a point-and-shoot camera or even your cell phone. Most offer this setting and it can be a lot of fun to experiment with.

And the final cheat: take a close-up of your subject with a zoom lens and crop the image.

If you want to do some reading to learn more about macro photography, I’ve included some links below:
Introduction to Macro Photography
Understanding Magnification
Macro Photography (Or Have to Fake It)
25 Beautiful Macro Photography Shots

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