Week 6: Layering | 2018 Project 52

I took so many amazing photos with layers the first week in Hawaii… and then we went to the Big Island where there’s a ton of lava. Not so much layering happening there, unfortunately. But while we were at the National Volcanoes Park on Hawaii island, I told Mike that we’d be upset if we didn’t hike down into a crater. Went all that way and passed up the chance to be in a crater…

… and I forgot that we had to hike up.

But luckily I found some wonderful greenery to layer into a photo of said crater.


Settings: f/4.0, 1/5000 sec, 45mm, ISO 1250
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8

So my layering went a step further into a framing. I really do like the framing layer here, like we’re in a jungle peering out into this large crater we just happened to stumble upon. (Ha!)

But the image itself isn’t my favorite. My ISO was rather high because I kept walking in and out of areas with lots of light to practically none – so I didn’t monitor it close enough. And because of that the exposure is a bit flat; I wish I had more contrast beyond the plants, but it wasn’t possible for me with the sun being so high in the sky (it was about 3:30p) and everything reflecting sunlight back despite it was all black.

Lava is not easy to photograph. Just like snow, it’s challenging.

But I always say you’re not going to love every photo you pick each week… but you learn from it… what could I have done differently, would it have mattered, if I got to try again, etc. Regardless of not loving the image for the layering prompt, I really do like it. Again… in the jungle. Haha! Such a great time – and many more photos to come, I promise!

Week 7: Mirror Reflection
due 02.14.18

Upping the ante this week…

Mirror reflection is a technique that’s new to me, but essentially we’re trying to reflect our environment and/or subject in some manner. Most images I’ve seen are outdoor with landscapes or buildings reflecting in water, where you can see both the original and the mirror reflection of it within the same frame. But this technique can also be created with a mirror itself.

Let’s explore this theme this week and see what we can share. Write down your ideas and really try to push your creativity this week. Get weird! And for a little help, below are some links to help with inspiration.

How to Photograph Reflections in Water
44 Impressive Examples of Reflection Photography
25 Stunning Reflection Photos

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