Week 3

Lighting

“Water Bed”

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Boy, this week’s theme has had me stumped for a while. The ironic thing is that I PICKED the theme! The theme is “lighting” and I left it wide open to interpretation, because I wanted to see how different everyone’s ideas were on this.

I picked this subject, because it is not my forte. I wanted to push myself by trying to use non-natural light. I shoot mostly with natural light, so this was a little out of the normal scope of photography.

I tried quite a few things before coming up with this shot. I didn’t want to use my speedlite (flash that sits on the camera’s hot shoe), because that seemed too easy. Well, there were hours of trying to get shots to come out right with extended exposures and flashlights that proved my previous sentence correct.

So, I’m sure you were wondering why I titled this post “Water Bed,” right? Do you remember when those were all the rage? I do. I wanted one some kind of bad. It seemed that all of my friends had one when I was growing up, but my dad was against the idea. No, we don’t sleep on a waterbed now, but it did make it look like the bed was the ocean…which was precisely my goal.

Just like the in the movie, “Finding Nemo,” this fish is all alone. He gets lost and has to befriend people along his journey of trying to reunite with his dad. So many times, in life, I think we feel the same. We are all alone, feeling like there is nobody out there to help us along our journey. But are we asking people for help? Are you befriending people along your journey? Sometimes, it is as simple as that…asking.

That actually happened to me recently, I felt isolated on this post. I felt like all of the other guys were posting great shots and I could not get a single photo to come out like I wanted. That’s when Eje actually reached out to me, as well as Chris. I hopped on a G+ hangout with Eje, and we just talked about some ideas. It was very encouraging. They didn’t have to do that, to reach out. But it sure seemed to make a difference.

Can you make a difference in someone’s life this week? Or will you ask for help along your journey? Try it…you might be pleasantly surprised at the results.

Be sure to check out the other guys’ “lighting” posts. It will be well worth your time, trust me. Also, do them a solid and interact with them with some comments.

All of the participants are as follows: [in no particular order]

Until next time…

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Week 2: Honorable Mentions

I only picked one photo to post in the Week 2 article of the 52 Week Challenge, but there were a few others I liked, so I decided to share them in a separate post.

These other photos kind of show some of my thought process, as I was trying to capture a photo that sufficiently portrayed the vision in my head. You see, for this particular post, I actually wrote the post before I took the photo. Sometimes it is the other way around, but this time, it was in that order. I had a mental image while I was writing, and then I just had to kind of create that image in reality afterward.

Let me know your thoughts about these others. Should I have chosen one of them for the main photo? And if so, which one was your favorite?

Until next time…

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Week 2

Footwear

“If These Feet Could Talk”

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Last week, our challenge took us into the kitchen. Ok, it took a few of us into the kitchen to find some utensils. Some had a different interpretation of what utensils to use, but they turned out great. This week, or attention is turned toward footwear, our theme for this week’s challenge. The other guys have already posted their footwear photos for the week, but I’m a little behind. Be sure to catch their blog information at the bottom of this post and give their pages a look and a comment.

First of all, if these shoes could talk, they would say the feet that go in them stink. That’s a given. But if they could talk, they might have more to say they you would think. They might be able to tell about some interesting places they’ve traveled. They might be able to pass on knowledge gained from arguments they’ve been near or groups they’ve learned from. They might be able to tell you vivid details about textures you would never think about normally, like table legs and steps and acorns and the carpet in automobiles. They constantly bump, scuff and scrape against all of these items and more, but we never give them a second thought. We never think about how they react to each texture…how they recoil when put into harsh environments.

But what if we did think about shoes?

What if we thought about our shoes and other people’s shoes? What if we started asking ourselves, “I wonder where those shoes have taken them today? I wonder what these shoes would warn me about in the future? I wonder why the shine stays on these shoes, and not those?”

Wouldn’t we then be much smarter than we are now? Couldn’t we glean even more perspective from, in fact, taking a different perspective? I know, it sounds silly, but if you think about it, why not try to learn from something so ever-present as shoes?

Let me know your thoughts below in the comments and remember, check out these other guys’ photos:

Until next time…

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The Fancy Whisk

The fancy whisk. Earlier in the week, I posted my SOOC photo for the 52 Week Challenge. I talked about the fancy whisk that I used, and some were interested in seeing said whisk.

The wait is over.

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ImageAs you can see, this is no ordinary whisk. It does do some magic things with eggs.

Stay tuned for next week’s post. The object is “Footwear.” I’m not quite sure what I’ll do for the shot yet, but I’ve got a few days to think about it.

Until next time…

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Week 1

Utensils.

“Egg’s Perspective”

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For week 1, we were tasked with the subject of “utensils” for our 52 Week SOOC Challenge. Part of why this was chosen was due to the cold outdoors at this time of year. Chris is in Minnesota, so he REALLY could not get outside to shoot. Well, he said he normally braves the cold, but when it is -50 like it was yesterday, i’m glad he stayed inside.

I had no idea what I wanted to do for this shoot. I started rummaging through the kitchen, inspecting different utensils. “Nope….nah…..not that one,” were all things said under my breath. Then, I came upon it. I found a utensil that was pretty unique. The whisk. And not just any whisk, a specialty, pottery whisk. I picked this up last year to put in Rebecca’s (that’s my wife) stocking. It was very unique so I thought she would love it, and she sure did.

I started staging a shot, and the first few shots were….well, boring to say the least. I grabbed one of my favorite bottles of wine and a platter that was hand made out of clay about 2 hours from where I live. I put them all together, and it was still boring. It was like I was trying to take a “still life” photo or something. There is nothing inherently wrong with still life, but that’s just not what I had in mind for this photo. I wanted something different, something as unique as the utensil that I had chosen. I started focusing on different parts of the utensil to see if that would help. Now we were cooking (pun intended). Now I was starting to feel the creativity flow. It eventually came down to me shooting all of the way inside of the whisk, to where the edges of the whisk appeared as little lights suspended in mid-air.

This would be an egg’s perspective. Right before you start whipping it up into a delicious omelette, it would see this very thing. It would think the lights are flashing before its eyes, but in fact, it is just the edges of the whisk.

Just for a little ambiance, I left the wine bottle in there. It did take me a few shots to get all of this to look just right, but most of that was with the white balance. It is still a bit more yellowish (warm) than I would like, but the lighting in this apartment is horrid for photos. It should also be noted that most of my photography is done hand-held, so I was holding the camera for this shot as well. I don’t do much tripod work, as it usually involves humans on the move, and there is not time to setup. Even if there were time to setup a tripod, the opportunities for photos would usually end up elsewhere.

I hope you enjoyed it and I would welcome any comments or questions that you have about the “Egg’s Perspective.” Also, check out all of the other guys’ blogs and review their utensil images.

Until next time…

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52 Week Challenge

I recently agreed to undertake a photo challenge with a few twitter photographer friends. We all started talking and decided that we have not given our photography or our photo blogs enough attention. Not nearly enough.

So, for this particular challenge, we laid out a few ground rules. First, we would do one new image each week for every one of the 52 weeks of the year. Next, the main image will be SOOC, Straight Out Of Camera. This means that the image would not be processed by Photoshop, LIghtroom, Aperture, etc.

I think for some, that last rule was a difficult choice to make. Not because they are not all talented photographers, or even because they are addicted to Photoshop, and some of them quite possibly are. It is just more for the fact that photography has to be much more deliberate when you know that you are not going to do any post-processing.

That’s precisely why we wanted to do the challenge with SOOC images. All of us wanted to stay sharp with our skills and possibly even learn more from this challenge. One other reason we were using SOOC images, which started as a minor one, but ended up being a major reason, is due to the lack of time all of us have. That is part of why we have all neglected our photo blogs…we don’t have time to regularly update them. I know most of these guys’ work, and they are always shooting photos. They never stopped that, but the added time of posting to a blog with some writing about it was what fell by the wayside.

So, the first week’s challenge was issued by Eje Gustaffson. He picked “utensils” as the subject matter and we all went to photographing our interpretation of that.

All of the participants are as follows: [in no particular order]

I hope you enjoy following along with this journey. Please feel free to post any questions or comments that you may have.

Until next time…

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Test Post

I am using this as a test post so that I can possibly change the theme. Some of the other posts you see on this blog were pushed here from another blog, and they are not formatted correctly. Therefore, I cannot choose another theme based on those posts, because they look bad on any theme. ha

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