Week 27: Half & Half | 2017 Project 52

The half  & half prompt had been on the list since #2017project52 started in January. I thought it would be a fun way to “celebrate” making it halfway through the year. And seeing the photos in the Flickr group so far, I think I was on to something.

This week was a weird one for me because I was off work for most of it. Mike and I host an Independence Day party almost every year to bring together all the friends we’ve had over the years, so I’ve taken to having a couple of days off beforehand so that party prep doesn’t wear me out before the actual party begins. I can run errands and go to Kroger as much as I need to without worry of rushing out the door at 5pm, dealing with traffic, and the grocery store being sold out of red potatoes once again.

One thing I learned about this week: I am a morning person when I can wake up on my own at 7am versus an alarm at 6am and can putz around the kitchen with a hot drink while frying eggs. Who knew?

But with all this time off, most of which would be spent at home, I carried my camera with me on most of my errands. You never know when inspiration will strike.

half & half

Settings: f/4.0, 1/125 sec, 35mm, ISO 2000
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF35mm f/1.4L USM

For most of my life I haven’t been adventurous with my hair. I wasn’t allowed to dye in when I was growing up and when I was out of the house, I couldn’t afford to get it done (or trust myself to do from a box). But lately, I’ve been experimenting. It helps that my hair lady is also a very good friend, Martha — or “Navi” to those who know her at the salon. I trust her completely because 1) she’s known me long enough that she’s aware of what I can and can’t do with my hair and 2) we have dinner almost every Friday night, so she sees her handy work on the regular after the appointments.

I think this was my fourth time letting her play with color and we changed it up a bit, but it was the first time I had my camera with me while in the salon. And while she and her coworkers were exploring the newly gutted area in the back of Splitting Hairs Salon, which Martha is the new owner of, I saw my hair in the mirror… half up in foil, the other half limp, all of it looking like crazy. I had to take a picture, if for no other reason than I looked ridiculous, but it fit the theme well. So there you go – having that camera through trips to Kroger, Target, a local hardware store, the post office and a salon paid off.

Week 28: Abstract
due 07.12.17

Sometimes called non-objective, experimental, conceptual or concrete photography, abstract is a means of depicting a visual image that does not have an immediate association with the object world and that has been created through the use of photographic equipment, processes or materials.

This type of photography is new to me, so I’ll be exploring with you! I’ve included some links below to help introduce the ideas of how to create an abstract image, starting with a great article from PetaPixel. Let’s see how we can learn, experiment and test ourselves!

An Introduction to Abstract Photography
Tips on How to Create Abstract Photos
70+ Stunning Abstract Photos
40 Astounding Examples of Abstract Photography

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