Week 42: Depth of Field | 2018 Project 52

I had no ideas!!! I’m a broken record!!! And I’m actually counting down to the end of the year.

Who am I?

I’m a lady that has stretched herself too thin this year. A photographer who loves to shoot and edit, but has trouble making time for it. I’m a Kentucky gal that… wait a minute…

depth of field

Settings: f/3.2, 1/125 sec, 50mm, ISO 5000
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF50mm f/1.2L USM

Ha! I didn’t think that last one, but I did look around the house last night tapping my finger on my lip, saying, “What to try next… what’s next.” I didn’t have ideas. I tried to get the dogs to work with me – those old ladies are no help. I played around with some Halloween candy we have for the kids [but that Mike continues to eat instead]. I kept thinking back to some of my favorite DOF photos like this one and this one and this one and this one – could I revisit one of them and make it better?

My eye kept going back to our little bar. Being from Kentucky – and living in Kentucky – bourbon is part of life. And my husband has leaned into these last few years. So I played around with the bottles, finally settling on this still life of our Woodford Reserve.

The lighting isn’t perfect and I probably could have stopped down to f/4.0 or f/5.6, but the story is still there. We have a neat poor in our snifter glass, the open bottle with the cork and then a second bottle in the background. The story to me is “wind down with a bourbon – here you go.” The brand is represented throughout the image with the name on the glass and then the recognizable bourbon bottles… but having that cork out adds a little something for me. Like, an invitation. Pull up a chair and a pour.

Week 43: Minimalist
due 10.24.18

You know the saying less is more? Well, we’re putting that into practice this week.

Contrastly.com says it best:

Minimalist photography draws inspiration from the concept of minimalism in art – a style of art that was used by many 20th century artists. Artistically speaking, minimalism depends on high simplicity and involves using a minimal amount of compositional components such as shape, color, and line.

The goal of minimalist art, or photography, is to convey a concept – or an idea – provoke an emotional response, or provide a unique visual experience. Compositional elements must be kept to a minimum, and the ones that are left should be essential for conveying the overall idea, or symbolism, of the photo.

The thing to keep in mind is to think big and small at the same time… think of a big, blank, bold backdrop and then only a couple of points that immediately catch your eye. Composition is key – don’t be afraid to frame your subject different or to SHOOT WIDE. Negative space can be used to your advantage, contrast and texture can add more depth… if you need to take a photo walk to help your eyes find new settings, do it! My goal is to get out this week too.

If you need some inspiration or a little more to read about minimalism, check out the resources below.

Minimalist Photography: Keep It Simple
Minimalist Photography: 4 Tips
A 10 Step Guide to Superb Minimalist Photography
Less Is More: 50+ Examples of Minimalist Photography

Last week’s photo: Mental Health #2018P52

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We’re in the home stretch of 2018 Project 52 with only 10 weeks left to go! Plans for #2019P52 are underway but will stick only to Flickr. There will be some changes, but I think they’re for the better. Check out our 2018P52 Flickr group description to learn more about 2019’s project!