Week 43: Minimalist | 2018 Project 52

Every time I ventured out this week, scenes were busy. With people, with things, with nonsense that didn’t fit what I was looking for. It was probably there, but I couldn’t see it. My eye just wasn’t focused on “minimalist.” I feel like a dork for not looking harder, but my head’s been elsewhere… I had a backup plan though.

Settings: f/4.0, 1/200 sec, 35mm, ISO 250
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF35mm f/1.4L USM

This area is one of my favorite little spots near work. I love the way the light creeps in; how it’s intense in the middle and then naturally vignettes with the building’s walls. And the checkered tiles and lines help with leading in and balance. I almost always convert images I take in this area to black and white because I love the way they turn out.

I talked one of my newest coworkers into helping me out. I wanted something to hold the viewer’s eye, but I wanted to frame the scene several ways to see if one caught my eye more than the rest in post. This one – this one caught my eye.

The model is in soft focus (you can see just about a foot or two in front of her where my camera focused), but I really like the balance of the image overall, from left to right, from top to bottom. We still have the checkered floor, but the light, my friend and the banister further behind her are the only things you can make out. Which is interesting because there is a lot of stuff over here – the light just helped me out. ;)


Week 44: Eye Contact
due 10.31.18

“Sometimes you have to disconnect to stay connected. Remember the old days when you had eye contact during a conversation? When everyone wasn’t looking down at a device in their hands? We’ve become so focused on that tiny screen that we forget the big picture, the people right in front of us.” —Regina Brett

This week our goal is to work with a model. This can be a person we know and love, or a person we just met. Or even a pet. But the goal is to hold their gaze, having them look straight into the camera.

The rest of the story is up to you. They can be at home or in a field. Experiment with emotions if you like. You can close and intimate, or maybe you want to step back a bit and have some breathing room. Include vibrant colors, use props, convert to black and white… you can do anything else in this image – but your subject has to be looking back at you.

Last week’s photo: Depth of Field #2018P52

If you post your images on Instagram or any other social media, use the hashtag #2018P52 so that we can find your work and share some hearts!

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!

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