If you’ve followed my on Instagram for even the last year, you know that I like taking pictures while looking down at my feet — or as interwebs calls them, #fromwhereistand. In my 2016 Project 52, I made a little series of them as our prompts went through the seasons. And while I don’t consider myself much a “shoe person,” I just really like the idea of capturing something from my personal perspective. No one else on Earth is going to be able to have this view, it is mine and mine alone. And while it is a bit conceited, it brings me joy knowing that no one can take it away from me.
So I continue to do it. And worked the theme into this year’s Project 52.
But I do have goals when I take a #fromwhereistand photo. I like to include part of my body so that my legs can act as leading lines. And I look for interesting “backgrounds” that I’m walking on. I’ve been known to duck into a parking garage to incorporate yellow painted lines. Or step into flower beds. Or find patterns. But the ground has a purpose in helping to tell my story.
Settings: f/4.0, 1/200 sec, 35mm, ISO 4000
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF35mm f/1.4L USM
We got a dusting of snow last Thursday in Louisville. We don’t do well with snow. Inches, dustings or otherwise. Milk and bread fly off the shelves even if there’s chatter of an inch or two. The kicker is Kentucky gets snow almost every year. Nothing like the Northeast’s feet of snow they see every winter, but often enough that we shouldn’t be afraid of it. This dusting… it was light and sticking and fell across our backyard so that it looked like waves of snow. It wasn’t going to last long either – it would be gone before noon.
So when I got dressed for work — in my new favorite fleece-lined winter boots to keep my piggies toasty — I stepped out with the doggins to assess the scene. I went back for my camera and strolled down the hill where the “snow waves” were more noticeable, found my settings and snapped two frames. The exposure was perfect for the winter light. The focus was just the way I wanted it. And the tones… I love it when the tones are exactly what I’m looking for.
Some people may think #fromwhereistand pictures are weird. But I just added a new one to love to my collection.
Week 8: Fleeting Moments
“To photograph is to hold one’s breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It’s at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.” —Henri Cartier-Bresson
Life is made up of moments, all woven and stitched together, falling into time as it moves on. Fleeting moments are the ones that don’t even register as a blip on the timeline, but usually cause us to pause because of the feelings that come with them. Photograph a moment in your “everyday” that only lasts for a short time, but that you never want to forget and keep forever.
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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