Week 49: Cozy | 2017 Project 52

I had a few cozy ideas, but my weekend got away from. And not having daylight is the poops. But my cozy backup plan worked perfectly.

cozy dog

Settings: f/3.2, 1/160 sec, 35mm, ISO 12800
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF35mm f/1.4L USM

A little doggin love for the blog this week.

Chase is our dog that can hear. Both her ears used to stand up, but the left one is now limp after dealing with hematoma. And, well, she’ll practically do anything for a cookie. Throw some soft blankets and her squishy toys on the bed too, and she’s all in.

I took several frames, but this one was my favorite. She’s obviously snuggled in a big more, which I love. And she finally laid down. Her stuffed bone is under her foot. And she’s giving me this look that says (to me), “Food Lady, I needs more cookies. Stat.”

I did convert the image to black and white because I had lamps on — there is literally no daylight at 6:30p — but a little editing helps the fact that my ISO was booming at 12800. Yikes. Still… I got a friggin cute picture of my Chasey Bear.

Week 50: Out of Focus (OOF)
due 12.13.17

That’s right — we’re going to intentionally shoot out of focus this week.

I really love the idea of making an image a bit blurry to tell a different story. Light can play a big part in what you’re trying to convey, as well as movement, so really consider the time of day, direction and your camera settings. It might take a few tries to find something you’re happy with, but keep clicking and changing it up as you go. And with the holidays fast approaching, I’m sure several of us have some wonderful twinkle lights to inspire us.

If you’re not sure what to photograph out of focus, then look for inspiration that you’d normally shoot — and then change your perspective. Get closer or further away, lower your aperture so that you’re shooting wide, turn off auto-focus and soften the focus a bit manually. But if you’re looking for a bit more guidance, I have some resources linked below for us.

Awesome Tips and Examples of Out of Focus Photography
Out of Focus—On Purpose
When Being Out of Focus Makes the Shot

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