Week 24: Curves | 2017 Project 52

I searched high and low and never came upon a place, a situation or a curve that caught my eye. I had an idea to find the most perfect piece of grass and frame the most perfect subject with the curve pointing directly to it… but life didn’t happen that way this week. Actually, I barely took my camera out of my bag. So I started thinking about ways to photograph curves I could make myself.

Settings: f/2.8, 1/640 sec, 70mm, ISO 1600
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8

I looked for inspiration all over my house and finally found it when I was flipping through a book, folding the pages into the middle, creating little teardrop curves. It was a simple idea, but I liked it. I ditched the book when it didn’t photograph a way I liked and decided to make my own curves from card stock.

The sheets were all different colors, but the black and white held my eye a little longer. I stopped up to f/2.8 and the narrow depth of field really started to change my subject. The focus blurs out quickly when looking down through the curve. It’s sharp and soft. The light and shadows play inside and out of the shapes, tricking your eye. It’s a little trippy.

This wasn’t what I intended to capture at all. And I am hopeful that I’ll look at a fellow participant’s photo this week and just be blown away. But for me, this week, I am OK with getting a little creative with paper and light. Sometimes that’s how something really fun happens.

Week 25: From Below
due 06.21.17

In Week 11 we shot from above and this week we are shooting from below. Consider your subject — does shooting from below make you, as the viewer, feel smaller? Or that you’re not in control? Are you able to transform the story of your subject just by lowering yourself and angling your camera upwards?

Change your perspective, position yourself under your subject and fire away!

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