Week 31: Summer | 2018 Project 52

My intention was to take some awesome pictures while on a new adventure this past weekend: paddle boarding on Taylorsville Lake. Of course, I changed my mind a dozen times and decided to leave my phone on shore just in case… although I’m happy to report I did not fall. But even still, it was enough to excite me that I took some shots before we pushed off and paddled into the sun, which was perfect for our summer prompt.


Settings: auto –  f/1.7, 1/60 sec, 4.25mm, ISO 80
Camera and Lens: Samsung Galaxy s8

We had a blast. I didn’t expect a total body workout, but even so the weather was gorgeous and I was with lady friends who were entirely too much fun to be around. Our adventure didn’t stop there though. Afterwards we hopped on a boat and there was waterskiing (not me), tubing (totally me) and enjoyed each other’s company until the sunset.

I’ve said it a lot this summer, but it’s true: the days where I have zero expectations but am spending time with people I enjoy… they are the best days! I’ve had a few already these past few months and I’m always amazed how much I let loose, how much I laugh and how much laughter I hear from others. Spring has been my favorite season for years now… but summer just might just overtake it.

Week 32: Silhouette
due 08.08.18

Silhouettes can be tricky, but they really can make an impact on an image. A silhouette is defined as a view of an object or a scene consisting of the outline and a featureless interior, with the silhouetted object usually being black. While we still have long summer days, let’s find ways to experiment with light and create our own dramatic photos.

If this technique is new to you, don’t worry – it may seem tricky at first but you’ll find yourself doing it again and again. The thing that helps me most is the time of day I shoot: early in the morning or in the late evening light, when the sun is low and warm and you can backlight your subject. But stop down your aperture… I usually shoot f/4.0, but I typically stop down to at least f/8.0. And really consider how you’re capturing your subject; most silhouette images are strong because of the simplicity of what you see in your frame.

I have some resources to help us out and I cannot wait to see what everyone photographs!

How to Photograph Silhouettes
10 Incredibly Easy Tips to Take Silhouette Photos
14 Tips for Shooting Stunning Silhouettes
Captivating Examples of Silhouette Photography (scroll down)

Last Week’s photo: Framing #2018P52

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