12.29.2014

Project 52: Week 9

28mm, ISO 1250, f/6.3, 1/125ss
Week 9: White flower no. 1
I think I've decided to try for a personal project of photographing different white flowers this year. Here's my first. I'm hoping to learn about lighting, composition, foreground and background, all that good stuff.

12.24.2014

Project 52: Week 8

50mm, ISO 100, f/16, 10 sec ss.
Week 8: Candy Cane

I took this a few days before Christmas.  My brother had just given me a nice piece of black velvet to use for a backdrop and I wanted to test it out.  It is so much easier than the not-quite- black and too textured towel I had been using, which then needed a lot of help in photoshop to make actually black.  The candy cane was a tough subject because I kept getting blown highlights where ever the light hit it so I tried to make a tent with the velvet and let in as little and as diffused day light as possible (hence the long exposure).  And then I used photoshop to convert this to b&w with an infrared filter to get the reds nice and dark.  Overall it was a fun experiment, but for now I'm going to stay away from shiny, reflective objects.

12.21.2014

Project 52: Week 7

28m, ISO 400, f.4.5, 1/160
Week 7:  Hot chocolate break at Shoes, Cup and Cork in downtown Leesburg.

For some reason I still feel really really self conscious when I take my camera out on the street or in public in general. Even though it wasn't very crowded and I was only taking a picture of my son, I tried to be as quick as possible before anyone noticed me. One of my 2015 goals: Be a bold artist.

12.18.2014

Project 52: Week 1-6

The beginning of a new photography project.  I know I never finished my 365 last year, but I still learned a lot from it, and I think I came out of it with some images I love, that would have never happened if I hadn't been forced to take those pictures.  So I want to try again.  However, I realize that I just dont have the time it takes to do a 365, so instead I'm going to attempt a 52 project... one photo a week for a year.  I'm hoping to come up with one really great photo a week, though I'm sure some of them will be less that wonderful.  But I think having something to force me to take pictures on a regular basis is good for me in many ways.  Plus I will start using my blog again!  yay!

And the truth is that I started my Project 52 several weeks ago.  I wanted to get a little ways in before I really made any kind of official declaration, and now that I'm ready, here we go.




66mm, ISO 800, f/2.8, 1/80.
Week 1: Playing in the Autumn

He is so independent.  I could fill a book with all the pictures I have of the back of his head.  He's much more interested in exploring the world than he is in staying close to mom.



28mm, f/2.8, 1/125ss, ISO 160.
 Week 2: Orlando Vacation
with on-camera flash for the foreground and some multiplied layers to bring in the colorful sky background



50mm f/2.5, 1/200, ISO 160
Week 3:  Christmas Card 
Sunset on a freezing cold day.  Not the picture I envisioned for our christmas card this year, but it was tough and unrealistic to "pose" the kids.  Honestly, I like this better than what I planned anyway.




100mm, f/5.0, 1/125, ISO 640
 Week 4: First snow of the season
We are a family of snow lovers!  I found that if I had to manually focus to get the focal plane on the right part, the camera had a hard time seeing through the falling snow.  Luckily Aaron was sitting at the time, so I was able to get this in focus.


300mm, ISO 200, f/29, 1/2ss
Week 5: Just Past the Full Moon
 I was curious to see what kind of moon shot I could get.  I'm really happy with how this turned out.


28mm, ISO 640, f/2.2, 1/60ss
Week 6: Christmas time is here.
A small tree this year, full of unbreakable ornaments.  Still magical.