Week 33: Leading Lines | 2017 Project 52

I felt like this theme was made for me this week. I had plans to visit with my niece and do some senior photos (SENIOR PHOTOS?!?! WAHHHH!!!) and I knew we’d find some areas near her home that would offer up some nice leading lines.

When it comes to portraits, leading lines are great composition for making the image more interesting so even if this wasn’t our prompt, there would have been several lines leading to my Emily. I just got lucky. And this wasn’t planned, I promised. It’s just how the cookie crumbled.

We had a few different ones to choose from and this is my “leading lines” choice:

Settings: f/2.8, 1/4000 sec, 50mm, ISO 1000
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF50mm f/1.2L USM

This kid. Gah. She’s my brother’s oldest and made me an aunt. Which if you aren’t an aunt, I’m here to tell you it’s the best thing ever. Ever ever. But being an aunt to Emily was the easiest. And I can’t believe she’s 17 (WAHHHH!!!) and already a senior in high school. I picture her as my little red-haired midget with a tiny voice yelling up the stairs “Aunt Book-uh-nay! Come pay wit me!” (Brooke Renee is a mouthful for the littles.) But here she is.

Emily’s smart. Beautiful. Creative. Humble. Lovable. Hard-working. Imaginative. Just the thought of this girl makes me smile. I look forward to learning more about what she has planned for the future, what new ways she wants to push herself and grow. And I really want to go on a photo walk with her and our cameras; she’s quite the photographer at school and helps with the yearbook… and may have even won a little award earlier this spring for her work.

I love my Emily to the moon and back two times over. And all the lines that lead to her. ♥


Week 34: Birds of a Feather
due 08.23.17

They say “birds of a feather flock together”… or do they?

This week’s theme has a lot of exploration and can be interpreted however the photographer likes. But consider the phrase birds of a feather… does an image come to mind? Do you picture actual birds? Or several things or people who are similar? Or do you think of the opposite, a subject that sticks out like a sore thumb when compared to the ordinary?

Really think about the phrase. Do some online searches for other words that come to mind — find inspiration from others on Flickr. Write down your ideas and try a few of them out. Carry your camera with you, push through any fears you may have and shoot with your heart. Anything goes.

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