Week 50: Out of Focus | 2017 Project 52

I was telling my husband Monday how worried I was about my photo for this week’s out of focus theme. I had tried stuff and it just wasn’t working for me. At all. A super busy Saturday occupied me and then left me in bed all day Sunday to recover from being social. (Not a joke. This introvert is down for the count when I have to be “on” for an extended period of time. Even when I’m with people I love.) But then I got lucky Tuesday.

A water main broke early yesterday morning and I was already at my downtown desk — without having access to water, we were told to head home and login from there. Which meant I had a little more freedom at lunch than I normally would. So five minutes after noon I was looking for inspiration… saw the sun was out a bit more, with a lot of light coming in the front of the house… I HAD AN IDEA!

out of focus

Settings: f/2.8, 1/160 sec, 35mm, ISO 200
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF35mm f/1.4L USM

To say I was happy with this photo is an understatement! I LOVE IT!

I knew I needed a lot of back lighting to get the photo I desired but with these winter days that’s next to freaking impossible. Being home midday made this possible though. I set up camera on a stool, opened the front doors, metered for the light and then unfocused the lens. And then I just walked in the door with my remote [while the construction workers across the street stared at my insanity].

My first try had the image way too dark. Trying again, I boosted my exposure to +2 and then I was able to the entry way a lot more and thought it would work. Walked in and out again. Picked up the camera to see what I had and BOOM! I actually squealed with joy. (one love, am I right?)

I knew I wanted to covert to black and white — that was the purpose of getting the backlighting right — and I tried a few different ones and this held my gaze the longest. A little different from how I’ve been editing in black and white, more contrast and grain, no haze… and I totally dig it. No, I love it. I do. I love it. This is a big win for this week.

Week 51: Future Tense
due 12.20.17

With only a little more than a week left in the year, what plans are you making for 2018?

Think about the things on your calendar, the trips you have planned, your resolutions or self-development that you want to tackle in the New Year and how you can photograph it. Focus on one thing or on multiple. Create a still life, work people into the frame, take a photowalk in search of what’s in store or interpret it in some completely different way. But have fun with the prompt this week and don’t take yourself too seriously. ;) We’re almost done, folks!

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!
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Wendipants - J’adore this image. You totally nailed it!