Week 41: Step Back | 2017 Project 52

So things didn’t go as planned this week, but I still took my own advice – I stepped back.

Settings: f/4.0, 1/1000 sec, 50mm, ISO 1000
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF35mm f/1.4L USM

I explored everything this week with new eyes and nothing really excited me. But coming home one afternoon, I pulled over by our little fishing pond in the neighborhood determined. I framed up the shot how I would like to. Then I stepped back. And then again. Until I was under the tree.

Is it a great picture? Not really. But the exercise forced me to use the things around to create more composition within the photo. I used the leaves of the tree to layer and frame the waterfall. I was able to crop the sign out of the image with a slight move. I made sure that no houses were featured. And I also was reminded how much I love our little neighborhood.


Week 42: Texture
due 10.18.17

We’re going a little abstract this week and focusing on texture. It can be tough to photograph because you can’t rely on light or composition very much. But on the flip side your eye is engaged with patterns and colors and intensity. I’ve included some links at the bottom for inspiration in case you need some…

Look for texture all around you. Can it be found in things you see every day? Have you discovered a completely new place to explore? Does the color draw you in? Can your exposure make a difference? Does your photo help us “feel” the texture simply by looking at it?

Get a little weird this week – photograph something you’d normally overlook and see if you like it more in post-editing. Get close to your subject, underexpose the image, get the texture to come to you through the camera. I bet once you start testing yourself you won’t be able to stop!

How to Photograph Textures
Texture as a Design Element
Texture in Photography
40 Terrific Photographic Textures

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