Week 31: Close Up | 2017 Project 52

This might be the first week all year that I didn’t have a running list of ideas for the prompt. I had zero plans, figured if inspiration struck I’d just zoom in as much as I could and see if I could frame something interesting. I mean, the theme was “close up,” how hard could it be? But without my list, by Sunday I started to worry that I was letting myself off my creative leash too much. So I decided carried my camera all day while I was running around town… and then a light bulb went off.

close up

Settings: f/7.1, 1/125 sec, 70mm, ISO 400
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8

I had brunch plans with my book club (I love those ladies and our little group) down on Frankfort Avenue. If you haven’t had brunch at Silver Dollar yet, make yourself a reservation and put your face into some biscuits and gravy. But anywho, I always park on a side street and remember that there’s a really weird/cool salvage place on Frankfort at William Street. So I showed up a bit early and took a walk a block over to see if anything caught my eye.

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy. SO MUCH TO CHOOSE FROM!

I’m not sure how many pictures I took of the side of a rusting train car, but it’s not like I would disclose that embarrassing information anyway. ;) But the fading, scraping and rusting paint made was the inspiration I needed. I chose the image above because of the colors and the textures bleeding into one another. I love the warm and cool colors, those big rust rings that reach out to crackle the paint. It makes me happy. Really happy.

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.


Week 32: One Love
due 08.09.17

One Love. One Heart. Let’s get together and feel all right.

Think of something that makes you pause, maybe makes your heart grow two sizes bigger, and melts into happiness all over. Now try to photograph it.

This theme can be interpreted in many ways, but I challenge you to let your heart lead you this week. What got you interested in photography to begin with? What types of subjects draw you in the most? Forget perfect lighting or fantastic composition — slow down, think about the things that matter most to you and then pick up your camera. Make us feel what you feel.

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