Week 26: Photographer’s Choice | 2018 Project 52

I had great plans this weekend with friends and parties and children and food and jewelry and I took no pictures. Ugh.

I usually snap a few frames when we visit with our college friends, and especially when there are birthday candles to blow out… but I was not feeling it. (Being sprayed by water may have been a turnoff too. So I tucked my camera somewhere safe instead of in my hands.) But all this laziness amounts to is another Tuesday night of scratching my head and thinking “oh what shall I ever take a picture of?!”

What is photographer’s choice the hardest prompt for me?

macro photography

Settings: f/–, 1/125 sec, 50mm, ISO 400
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF50mm f/1.2L USM

I love Queen Anne’s lace. I know it’s wild and always has bugs, but they have always caught my eye. And I saw a few that hadn’t been mowed yet in the empty lot across the street, so I picked a few and then went inside. Bug-free, I might add.

I had a large, open flower. Some small buds that were tight little balls. And quite a few in between the two. But this one, which is half-opened, is my favorite.

I went macro with this shot, using my 50mm lens turned around, kind of free-lensing and moving my body to find a focus that worked well. (Also known as “holding my breath and barely moving my arms.”) And this photo right here, where the depth of field is at such a perfect spot that part of the flower disappears, leaving little clusters of tiny flowers floating in the air. Magic.

Week 27: Sunburst
due 07.04.18

I’m all about light and keep trying to learn as much as I can about it. How to find it, manipulate it, explore it… and this week we’re all about having the light work for us. Let’s find or create a sunburst, some dazzling and blazing streaks of light and rainbows!

I challenge you to shoot outdoors in full sun and explore your environment by changing your perspective constantly. Sometimes when we shoot into the sun we end up some unwanted lens flare, but try positioning your camera in different ways or even using a prop to help you get the sunburst exactly how you want it. If daytime isn’t an option for you, it can be done at night, but you’ll have to change the settings of your camera and experiment a bit more.

This is not a technique familiar to me – it mostly happens on accident if I’m being completely honest here – so I did link up some resources below for us to read through before we stretch our photography brains this week.

How to Get “Sunburst” in Landscape Photography
Using Sun Flares and Starbursts to Create Stunning Images
Create Compelling Star Effects… or Diffraction Spikes in Your Photographs
How to Get Sunbursts in Photos
5 Steps to Creating a Starburst Effect Day or Night
Understanding Camera Lens Flare
What is Lens Flare and How to Fix It

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