Week 45: Negative Space | 2017 Project 52

Another week of a stellar idea only to be squashed by a busy weekend and daylight savings.

I hate you, daylight savings.

But then I had another idea. And asked a coworker to help me out. So we stepped out back, into the frigid alley with a cold breeze blowing for only three minutes. And my other idea came to life lickety-split.

negative space

Settings: f/4.0, 1/400 sec, 35mm, ISO 800
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF35mm f/1.4L USM

This is my friend Amy. We’re cubicle neighbors, teammates and frequent the snack table together at work. I was reluctant to ask her to be my model, but she agreed and we were walking toward the elevator in less than 30 seconds. On the way back in I told her I’ve been less inclined to ask for models these past couple of Project 52s as compared to the photo challenges I did six years ago… and I think it’s because I don’t want people to be disappointed in my work. Or if I decide not to use the image. But I need to get over it because those three minutes in the alley were fun. And editing, watching the out-of-camera shot turn into what I had envisioned, was even more fun.

Our office building backs up to a parking garage and the alley runs in between. “I have a dream” has been painted on this wall since I’ve been here, and it’s not the first time I’ve photographed it. (Probably not the last.) But I really like the placement of the graffiti with Amy and her gaze leading us along the quote. The grates above help set more of an urban setting, one that has some inspiration that’s seen daily, along with contrast and texture. I knew I wanted to convert to black and white… and with bit of vignette to keep your eye around that key area… this is what I saw in my head when I asked if she was game. Exactly.

Don’t be surprised if you see Amy again before the end of the year. ;)


Week 46: Purple
due 11.15.17

How about one more color challenge before 2017 ends?

The first thing I think of when I think of purple is Mesopotamia. I remember a story from grade school about how they were one of the first civilizations to dye their clothing purple. Of course people of high status and military rank paved the way for us to consider purple the color of royalty these days, but it carries other meanings as well: power, ambition, wisdom, creativity, peace, independence, magic…

Photograph the color purple however you please. Fill the frame, make it pop, find pastels, go bold — just make sure you have fun finding the color around you and in the unexpected. It can sometimes be a difficult color to photograph, so be take your time with your camera settings and finding the right light.

If you post your images on Instagram or any other social media, use the hashtag #2017project52 so that we can find your work and give it some love!
If you have questions about the project, you can find more about it here or in the Flickr group description. Looking for a group to join in 2018? We got you covered for #2018P52.

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