Week 32: Silhouette | 2018 Project 52

This summer has been one of the best! And I’ve pretty much been nonstop since mid-July. Working full-time, cooking, socializing, hosting parties, going to parties, family events, trying new things… I feel like I’ve barely found time to sleep in the last three weeks. So my silhouette photo isn’t very original… I just wasted my week – and all the good light – when I was running around having fun. So I took the prompt inside, to my favorite window with my favorite light.


Settings: f/4.0, 1/500 sec, 40mm, ISO 500
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8

Flowers in front of a window. Nothing really special about it. Except that these are MY flowers – picked from our front bed, some hydrangea I set around the house a few weeks ago that have since dried.

I like the few petals that stick out alone and I really wish I could have thought of something with a more distinct shape to it. And I like the reflection on the stool too. There are some things to like. Some things to wish were different. And still some things that make me want to go back in time and change. But #2018P52 isn’t about always getting a great picture; to me, it’s really about making sure I have a camera in my hands and that I keep learning as I go. And that was accomplished this week.

Week 33: bnw
due 08.15.18

I’m really excited about this week because I know we’ll all share something completely different with one of my favorite types of photography: bnw. Don’t know what bnw is? It’s short for “black and white” and is commonly used as a hashtag or a Flickr tag. Yep, we’re using our brains to find some opportunities to create some great black and white photos.

The light in my black and white photos is really important to me. Perfect light can provide the perfect contrast and it really brings the photo to life, the subject pops off the screen. Even finding good shapes, crisp definition and/or clean lines of or within your subject can really make a difference… can really make a story come to life.

If you want to push yourself even more, take your photo using the monochrome setting on your camera – this isn’t my jam, but it really does help you focus on tone and depth more. And don’t forget about other compositions we’ve learned too: feel free to experiment with intentional camera movement, reflections, grain, lines… get funky!

Last Week’s photo: Summer #2018P52

If you post your images on Instagram or any other social media, use the hashtag #2018P52 so that we can find your work and share some hearts!
Have questions about 2018 Project 52? You can find more about it here or in the 2018P52 Flickr group description. Join us any time with any camera!