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Week 6: Honorable Mentions

Earlier in the week, I posted my interpretation of the “green” theme. This lichen-inspired photo had some nice, warm tones from the golden sun setting in the background.

I wanted to put up a couple of the others I took. These were close in the running as my favorite, but they just didn’t quite make the cut.

I think I like the perspective of the overhead one. Also, it gives such nice background texture to the photo. I think the grayish colors in the background pair nicely with the light, mint green of the lichen. The last photo was of a different kind of lichen or moss. I like the brighter green tones it has, and it has always been one of my favorite shades of green. The background of this last image is a regular cornucopia of colors. The rainbow of colors really invites your eyes to explore the background.

Let me know your thoughts on these images. Do you think I chose correctly, with the one I picked as my main image? Or do you think one of these honorable mentions should have taken its place?

Until next time…

2014.02.15 Green SOOC Edit 6

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

Be sure to take a look at their images as well. They have some really stunning shots!

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Week 6


“The Reaching

2014.02.15 Green SOOC Edit 7

Last week, our challenge was “night sky.” This week, our challenge set us on green. Not just that it made us ready to go and take a photo, but the actual theme was green. Do you see what I did with the bold letters in the title of this piece? If you’re good at the jumble, it won’t be difficult to decipher. Some of the other photos have been fantastic, as usual. You’ll have to check out the other guys’ work linked at the bottom of this post.

This has been a busy week, and an even busier weekend for me. I’ve not had a chance to get out and take a photograph, which seems to be the norm recently. I saw this stick today and the light green moss upon it and really wanted to capture the strange beauty of it.

Lichens, not unlike this one here, reach for the sunlight. It is their whole existence. It is all they know to do. At times in the winter, I feel the same. I feel like the sun is all I crave. We don’t get the harshest winters by far. We don’t have snow every day, but we do have long, dreary weeks. We will go week at a time without seeing the sun, and when it does come back out, I realize just how much I’ve missed it. Just like this little piece of moss, I realize that I too want to reach for the sun. I want it to warm my bones and kiss my face with light.

I’m looking forward to spring now. Today was a beautiful day in the 60’s and gave me a glimpse of what is right around the corner.

What is your favorite season? (does anyone answer “winter” to do that?)

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

Until next time…

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Week 3: Honorable Mentions

I wanted to post some of the details of how I captured Week 3’s “Lighting” photo. Also, I wanted to show some of my honorable mentions, that didn’t make the cut.

I had a lot of ideas about how to showcase “lighting.” As you will see, I just kept trying and kept trying. For some reason, I just never really loved the photo, so I just kept trying different things.

First, I tried to capture the filament of a light bulb, but none of the bulbs I had were conducive to such a shot. The ones I have are too opaque to even see the filament, so that was frustrating. I also tried this on one of those twisty, fluorescent light bulbs, but it really didn’t come out right either.

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ISO 320 | f2.8 | 1/8 | Manual Exposure | Flash: did not fire | Focal length: 35mm | Canon 5D Mark II

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ISO 160 | f2.8 | 1/2 | Manual Exposure | Flash: did not fire | Focal length: 16mm | Canon 5D Mark II

Then, I went outside in the cold to try out a long exposure with the car turn signal. I really wanted that star burst look, which I achieved, but nothing about the photo just stunned me, so I ended up not using it. I did manage to capture an airplane taking off in the background. That’s what that diagonal streak you see over my car is.

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ISO 160 | f2.8 | 10.4 seconds | Manual Exposure | Flash: did not fire | Focal length: 16mm | Canon 5D Mark II

Next up, I tried something similar to the previous one, but zoomed in on just the turn signal. Again, nothing stunning.

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ISO 160 | f22 | 32 seconds | Manual Exposure | Flash: did not fire | Focal length: 35mm | Canon 5D Mark II

I moved back inside after that, trying something by candle light. I thought, if captured properly, it would give a nice, soft glow. I tried some different ones of a candle we have, but that thing is just ugly, no way around it. Then, I tried using a little storage bin that we have, casting the candle light upon it gently. It came out ok, but again, nothing that just knocked my socks off.

Finally, I grabbed my daughter’s little stuffed animal and headed to our bedroom. I would bound and determined, after trying and failing earlier with extended exposures, to put up a successful extended exposure shot. I was using a handheld flashlight as a spotlight. It is an LED light, so it gives off a cool, blueish hue. I wanted that, so that it would give the appearance of an ocean. I held it up and off to the left of the camera (for the final two shots), pointing down on the subject. As you can see from some of the shots, too much of the background was showing, I had the Nemo back against the pillows at first, thinking this would look good, but I really didn’t like how the pillows and wall looked in the background. At that time, I had the flashlight sitting atop our chest of drawers at camera right. That’s when I moved it up to the foot of the bed (close to where I was shooting).

Here is the progression, with the final shot at the bottom:

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ISO 160 | f22 | 0.8 seconds | Manual Exposure | Flash: did not fire | Focal length: 35mm | Canon 5D Mark II

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ISO 160 | f22 | 3.2 seconds | Manual Exposure | Flash: did not fire | Focal length: 35mm | Canon 5D Mark II

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ISO 160 | f22 | 3.2 seconds | Manual Exposure | Flash: did not fire | Focal length: 35mm | Canon 5D Mark II

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ISO 160 | f22 | 8 seconds | Manual Exposure | Flash: did not fire | Focal length: 35mm | Canon 5D Mark II

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ISO 400 | f22 | 6.2 seconds | Manual Exposure | Flash: did not fire | Focal length: 35mm | Canon 5D Mark II

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ISO 400 | f22 | 6.2 seconds | Manual Exposure | Flash: did not fire | Focal length: 35mm | Canon 5D Mark II

Until next time…


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Week 3


“Water Bed”

2014.01.25 SOOC52 Edit 10

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


“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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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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There are many kinds of reflections, both literal and theoretical. It does us well, as humans, to actually take time out of our lives to appreciate both.This was a slightly golden reflection in a mostly placid lake on a dreary day. The dreary day was nothing very memorable and I would have missed this gem had I not stopped and taken the time to appreciate it.

Ironically, just viewing that reflection caused me to reflect on other things in life. Such things as how insignificant we are in life. We are but blinks in the eyes of time. We are but whispers on the breath of the Earth. If we don’t do anything to stand out, anything to be truly great…we will be as forgotten as mere blinks or whispers.

Reflections help us to constantly strive for greatness. They keep us looking inward for areas of improvement. Make sure you constantly look for reflections to shine in a normally dreary life.

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