Week 29: Nature | 2017 Project 52

I had big plans to go out this weekend. I’d convinced Mike Murphy to come along and we were thinking up cool places to visit to find inspiration for my nature photo. We could stay close to home in Oldham County or head over to The Parklands. Or we could have driven out to Jefferson Memorial Forest and hunted for Fairmount Falls, or gone further out to Bernheim Forest. Or drive north into Indiana to see the Falls of the Ohio, which is a place I’ve never really explored. Mike even remembered a lookout near Clark Memorial that he thought would be cool. We had big plans. But none of that happened. Nada.

I got sick. I picked up a sore throat on Thursday, started some OTC medicine into Friday and by Saturday I was a hot mess. HOT MESS. My sore throat, which thankfully disappeared by the weekend, turned into a full-on head cold and knocked me on my ass. For the most part I felt fine — I never lost my appetite and my stomach only felt cruddy when I took pills without food. But I was congested. Sneezing, coughing, blowing, wheezing, slipping in and out of sleep for three days mess.

The thing is that the weather over the weekend was actually nice. It was hot (I mean, it is summer here), but not unbearable. But come Monday it’s like Hades slept with his mouth open — so much humidity you could where the air outside like a blanket. I knew that by the time I was up and at ’em on Tuesday that an outside adventure was out of the question. I confirmed it with my two block walk into work when breathing became impossible: congestion plus hot, heavy air is not a winning combo.

But I did manage to pick my camera up last Wednesday after work.

nature

Settings: f/4.0, 1/200 sec, 57mm, ISO 400
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8

I know they’re a weed, but I have a thing for Queen Anne’s lace. Or some call it wild carrots. There’s always pesky little bugs around them. But I love how simple they are. Flat, white lacy flowers that grow wild here in Kentucky. So when I drove home last week and saw the field across the street had a slew of them growing, I walked up the hill with my camera.

I wasn’t really happy with any of the pictures I took, telling myself that I’d get something so much better when Mike and I went exploring… but then life just had to remind me that plans change.

I chose this frame because of how the flowers line the bottom 1/3 of the image, white tops popping out against the dark background. But you can still see the tree line in the back, with light breaking through, creating a soft bokeh that contrast with the sharp flowers below. Is it a good photo? Meh, not really. But one of my goals with this project is to have a new photo each week that aligns with the prompt. And if I hadn’t had visited the Queen Anne’s lace last Wednesday, I would have been putzing around my backyard yesterday with my camera in one hand and my inhaler in the other.

This week I went with the flow and took the easy route.


Week 30: Red
due 07.26.17

How about we focus on photographing only one hue this week… the color of passion, of energy, of power — let’s focusing on the color red.

Being a warm color, we’ve learned that it’s an advancing color that comes forward in an image. And red is one that carries a lot of meaning and feeling without trying very hard. But like our other color challenges, know that anything goes. Isolate the color taking advantage of the advancing color to make it pop on a background. Or choose to have the color dominate your frame, in all the shades in between. It’s your project, you choose how far you want to push yourself, how much you want to explore.

Bonus Challenge: Red always seems like a hard color for me to photograph. It’s like the details of my subject get lost in the vibrance of the color. So I challenge you to approach this prompt as if you couldn’t see in color. Look for light and contrast so that if you converted it to black and white, the image won’t lose detail and still tell the story you intended. If you want to push yourself even more, take your your photo using the monochrome setting on your camera and then share the color version with us in our Flickr group.

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