Week 28: Abstract | 2017 Project 52

Abstract was another prompt I’ve been looking forward to! I haven’t really experimented with it much, but after playing around with macro photography and light painting for the first time last year, it was definitely something I wanted to explore more. The thing is I never think to do this on my own. I have to be prompted to experiment in these ways.

Boo Brooke, boo.

I had a plan: I would not carry my camera this week and instead I would find inspiration around my house. I was actually pumped with how my curves photo turned out a few weeks ago and that was such a random afternoon of picking things up, turning and twisting them in my hands… I knew I could recreate that feeling of just photographing different subjects on different backgrounds. An hour of “anything goes” with no disappointments.

I had about a dozen ideas and was dragging them all back to my favorite place to take stills of small objects: the closet in the office. It has a window in it, the walls are light, my small drawers in there are white and reflect light — it’s perfect. But there was one subject I kept coming back to.

abstract flower

Settings: f/7.1, 0.4 sec, 70mm, ISO 400
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8

A friend of mine showed up at my house on Saturday with a bouquet of sunflowers and I knew that I’d be photographing them in some way. I figured I’d practice some macro photography again… but I was tempted to play around with intentional camera movement instead. So I stopped down my aperture and slowed that shutter down enough that waiting for the click was excruciating… but it brought about some really cool stuff.

You would not believe the number of images I have of this one flower. I tried all kinds of things. Light background vs dark background. I moved my camera up, down, to the side — I even turned my camera clockwise and counter-clockwise to see what looked like. I got really close, I zoomed in, I stepped back. I tried so many things. And this one is my favorite.

It isn’t perfect; I kind of wish the flower was more centered on the image. But I still really like it. The vibrance of the yellow against the white background. The implied movement with streaks of white and “ghost” petals appearing above the color. There’s something eerie about it. Yet cheerful. This photo spoke to me this week.

Week 29: Nature
due 07.19.17

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” —Albert Einstein

From what I’ve seen, many of us love shooting outside. Maybe it’s the natural light that attracts us or maybe the things we discover when we’re enjoying a walk, so this week let’s get outside in nature. You can stay close to home, visit your favorite spot or go on an adventure somewhere new. Find the perfect scenic landscape or the details Mother Nature creates that make you pause.

Really consider your composition this week. Should you step in and get closer, or back up for a wider shot? Can you use leading lines or framing to make the photo stronger? Are there other things in your environment that will add awe to your image, like reflections or shadows? Would slowing your shutter speed change your image in any way?

There are millions of stunning photographs of nature out there on the web, but I’ve found some inspiration for us and linked it below.

5 Tips for Better Nature Photography
7 Tips for Photographing Smaller Scenes
Ultimate Landscapes: 5 Insights to Enhance Your Scenic Photographs
Getting Close Up With Nature Photography
Breathtaking Examples of Nature Photography
50 Mind-Blowing Examples of Landscape Photography

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