Week 42: Texture | 2017 Project 52

I keep wanting to go for a photowalk downtown during lunch… but eating lunch is so much better.

It’s a struggle because there’s so peeling paint and rocks and stone and rust… and then there’s left over seafood paella with a plantain and bacon wrapped stuffed date.

Priorities, y’all.

But I had a backup plan for texture and it required was walking out my front door.


Settings: f/5.0, 1/200 sec, 42mm, ISO 8000
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8

The woods just outside our door has nice little waterfalls and several large rocks covered in green, hairy moss. I knew it would photograph well, so I went on a little 15 minute hike for the best looking rocks and moss I could find while Mike Murphy was grilling some chicken. I had about 30 frames when I called it quits — I bracketed my exposure to see how much contrast I could create without Lightroom, so I had a few of the same shot. And the bracketing paid off. So did my little hike.

I chose this image for a few reasons. The texture of the moss is clearly evident: it looks soft, almost fur-like, curling off of the rock. And I like the rules of third here: zooming out and capturing a bit of the woods around us really helps set the scene. And then there’s that sun flare: because I haven’t shot a good sun flare in what feels like forever!

I do wish I had stopped down a bit more; at f/5.0 my focal length feels to narrow, but with my ISO already at 8000 I didn’t want to risk more grain for a longer DOF. It’s the risk of shooting after 6pm in the shaded woods… but that sun flare tho!

Week 43: Key to Happiness
due 10.25.17

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” –Albert Schweitzer

What do you believe is the key to your happiness? Is it being in the moment? Being imperfect? Loving unconditionally? Or being loved unconditionally?

Think about the things in your life, in your world, that give you purpose, meaning, and lead to feeling endless joy. Now, how would you like to photograph this thing, place, person or feeling? Write down your ideas, look for inspiration from others, try a few things out this week that might scare you — push through any fears you may have and shoot with your heart. Anything goes.

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