Week 36: Shadows | 2017 Project 52

I was on the struggle bus this week.

My brain thinks of nothing but website development and project management right now, so I didn’t put a lot of effort into the search. It also didn’t help that it rained like the dickens (thanks to Hurricane Harvey making its way across the country) therefore no sunlight, and that we were also out of town for a football game… so… I barely tried.

Forgive me. Not every week is going to be the bomb dot com.


Settings: f/4.0, 1/400 sec, 24mm, ISO 800
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8

I took pictures all day Monday and only one (ONE!) photo had shadows in it. So it came down to the wire on Tuesday and I threw my own shadows up on the wall. The nandina leaves always have such nice symmetry so I propped them up, shined my lamp and got my thinking cap on.

This is far from being a favorite photo, but I do like some things about it. I shined the light from below and I like how the shadow is the twin of the original. I also like how the lamp created a vignette of its own, making it a bit more dramatic. And the leaves themselves — I like how long and skinny they are, how they sprout and make for an interesting shadow. I really like nandinas, the colors that come and how easy they are to take care of… this isn’t the first time I’ve photographed them.

Week 37: Centered
due 09.13.17

Rules of thirds are great, but this week square up your subjects and make them the center of attention. Your subject can be anything: a person, a flower, a truck, a building, a tree, a plate of food… but examine it and try to find a way to make it more visually pleasing by centering it in your frame.

Consider patterns and shapes — is there a way to create visual balance and symmetry to showcase your subject? Is there a visual focal point that draw your eyes in to the middle of the image and hold the viewer’s eye? Are you able to use negative space, reflections or colors to convey a certain mood? Plan ahead or go on a photo walk, but I think you’ll be able to find inspiration either way.

Bonus Challenge: If you want to learn more about composition, shoot the same subject using rules of thirds as well. Don’t move your feet or zoom in, just reposition the subject in the frame and take a second shot. Which do you like better? Share your centered picture in the group and if you took a second, share it in the comments of your submission for Week 37.

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