Week 35: Small | 2018 Project 52

I decided to go macro this week.

I was invited to go on a hot date with my gal Molly to see the new expansion of Louisville’s football stadium. And between all the excitement of meeting new people and being able to walk on the field (WHAT!?), I couldn’t help but admire the centerpieces on the tables. Especially the cockscomb flowers.

They are so weird, looking like fuzzy little brains, but still so pretty. And there’s always so many beautiful submissions to the state fair. So… I took one. Hoping to get the seeds from it and see if I can grow some myself.

Well… maybe. I don’t have a green thumb, but I can at least try.


Settings: f/–, 1/30sec, 50mm, ISO 640
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF50mm f/1.2L USM

I found this flower very hard to photograph with my makeshift macro technique of turning my 50mm around off the camera body. It’s so dense and the texture of the flower petals are so close together that there really wasn’t much depth to any of the images. So I worked my way around the flower and one of the little areas where the seeds have started to shake out. And there they were: the small, feathery petals.

I am in love with this photo. The softness of the red fuzzy flower. The feather-like petals that are in focus, separated and different from the flower around it. The darkness in the bottom right corner. The lightness in the top left corner. I can’t stop looking at it.

Week 36: Passing of Time
due 09.05.18

“Time is an imp—a pesky, little, hellish troll that hastens the clock when I smile but then delays the passing of minutes when I frown.” ―Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway

We’re closing another month in the next few days and it’s hard to believe that eight months have already passed this year. Time is tricky…we wish so many minutes and hours away every day, but in big chunks, it feels as if it flies by. We don’t feel it, and we can’t see it other than a clock on the wall, but we still see it pass as children get older, we earn more wrinkles and people and places fade away.

Think about time this week and how you can photograph it. Keep it light or dig deep, just don’t take a picture of a clock. Explore what stories you can tell with your camera.

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