Week 20: Anonymous Portrait | 2017 Project 52

I was so excited about including this theme in this year’s challenge! But you guys… I was not the photographer I wanted to be this last week.

Work got the best of me; I was handed a big project I was not expecting and it is all that I’ve been able to think about. I brought work home with me, I stayed late most nights, I logged hours over the weekend… my project looks great, but I had a hard time coming up with ideas for an anonymous portrait. I had trouble coming up with ideas for myself even. Boo Brooke, boo.

But you know how this story goes: I still got a photo.

anonymous portrait

Settings: f/4.0, 1/320 sec, 35mm, ISO 5000
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF35mm f/1.4L USM

The husband was doing a quick trip to Cincinnati for the day and I was waiting for my parents to get home for church, so I just experimented like crazy on Sunday. I had plenty of light throughout the house, but ended up in my bedroom again. The light is just perfect in there during the day. But I had my camera remote and got to work.

Out of the set, this was my favorite. I usually opt for my bed, but I could not get the focus right on any of those self-portrait. But this one… the focus was good. I like how the light and shadows play together in the image. And the leading lines of my dresser. And the fact that I am there… and so is a picture of me as a four-year-old at Christmas.

Is a favorite? No. But some weeks I focus on just getting a picture, even if it doesn’t make my heart pitter-patter. So while there isn’t a story… there’s a photo.

That’s all she wrote.


Week 21: Green
due 05.24.17

I am feeling it this week… I am soooo feeling a color challenge! Only this time we’re doing something about the color green.

The same as before, you can display the color green anyway you like in your image. Have the color dominate your photograph or isolate is a *pop* of color. Find the deepest, darkest green you can find or opt for a lighter, pastel version. Whatever gets your kicks – all I ask is you have fun hunting for the color green this week!

Bonus Challenge: So with our last color challenge, we talked a little bit about advanced colors. This time we’re on the flip side and talking about receding colors. Cooler colors – blue, purple and green – have a way of falling behind warm colors; your eye doesn’t see them first and they tend to act as a support versus standing out. That said, find a way to use the color green as a background so that your subject can be front and center and your “story” will stand out.

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