Week 5: The Sign Says | 2017 Project 52

If you had told me when I started making this list of 52 prompts that I’d trip myself up in January, I’d laugh at you. But here I am laughing at myself.

There just wasn’t any inspiration this week. I barely picked up my camera. I had to force myself out of the house early on Sunday before meeting with girlfriends to at least try to photograph some signs that I admired. (Those pictures turned out terrible. Gah.)

So on Monday, after lunch out with my pal Erin who indulges me far too often with donuts, we took a quick detour into the Starks Building. A 100 year old building nestled in what we now call Fourth Street Live that has marbled walls, wood and iron railings, deco-styling throughout and even an original mailing shoot. Needless to say it was the inspiration I was looking for.

Settings: f/4.0, 1/60 sec, 35mm, ISO 2800
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF35mm f/1.4L USM

We walked around the first floor and there were a few things that caught my eye. The metal mailbox with the shoot. The details on the first set of elevators, with the large brass panel that lights up. But when we walked down the hall, making small talk with the security guard, Erin pointed out the back set of elevators.

They were beautiful. Large wood panels with silver details inlaid, a very posh and deco “S” centered on each door… and the most perfect sign that read “this car up.” After the shutter snapped, I knew I had my photo for the week.

We snuck around a bit more, walked up to the third floor where there’s ongoing construction – I got a really cool picture of the inside of the building and when you look at it the image looks like it’s moving. But the Starks Building proved to be the perfect place to get distracted and explore with Erin and my camera. Looks like I’m buying the donuts this week.

Week 6: Blue
due 02.08.17

Our first color challenge! You’ll see more of these throughout the year because color can inspire photography. But this week let your eyes find the color blue.

You can display the color blue anyway you like in your image. As the dominant color or an isolated pop. A deep, dark hue or something light and soft. You are the master of this palette!

Bonus Challenge: Blue is a color that’s commonly described as calming and can create a sense of serenity and concentration. But it can also demonstrate coldness or lack of emotion. Find a way to photograph the color blue and capture an emotion (positive or negative) that is usually associated with it.

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