Week 35: Shoot From the Hip | 2017 Project 52

We had plans to go to a pool party Friday night and visit with friends from college. Some of them we saw last week. Others we hadn’t seen in nine years. Tons of kids floating, jumping, climbing in and out of the pool. I had my camera in tow to take pictures of everyone being together (obviously) and plans to try shooting from the hip too.

Kids make for willing models and fun photos. ;)

shoot from the hip

Settings: f/4.5, 1/3200 sec, 35mm, ISO 640
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF35mm f/1.4L USM

I knew going through my photos that the crooked ones where shot from my hip, so it was easy to flag and choose from those. And I straightened them up. But I caught myself staring at this one longer than the others.

I took a series of photos of three of the kids jumping off the diving board. One was of a perfectly framed little girl smiling back at me. I had several of the boys flipping midair. But this one… I think this makes me pause because shooting from the hip in fact changed my perspective in a way that the other photos didn’t.

You can see all the chaos happening in and around the pool, but this kid was in the moment, timing his jumps perfectly so he could get enough height to do a sideways twist before landing. His jump implies movement, his toe is pointing to the diving board and the diving board creates lines out into the pool. It’s a keeper.


Week 36: Shadows
due 09.06.17

As photographers, we’re always looking for the best light. Those of us who like to shoot portraits often go ga-ga for soft boxes or find open shade to shoot in. Those of us who prefer photographing nature probably like to venture out when the sun is low in the sky, whether it’s morning or evening. But not may photographers care for shooting in the middle of the day with the sun is bright and shadows are harsh.

This week we’re changing that.

The light you use does not have to be natural, it can be man-made as well, but think about shadows can help tell your story. Consider the direction of the light and shadows fall on your subject. Or even make the shadow itself your subject. Are you able to find/make patterns or create an abstract image?

Step back and watch how light hits everything this week — while you’re driving, walking, sitting at your desk. Is there a certain type of light and shadow that makes you look closer? Could you recreate it if you tried? Notice the time of day, how everything works together… you might end up learning something new this week.

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