As usual my first photo of the project did not turn out as I had hoped. My subjects were super cold and could only stand it for so long. Still better than the first photo of my project last year. Here is to looking ahead.
So many beautiful photos already posted for this challenge made this one a bit intimidating for me. So, while I wanted intense color I decided to go for a bit more of a dirtier look instead of the pollished look I have seen so much of. Started off shooting something completely different when I spotted my son's basketball in the yard. A little zoom and crop and here you go.
For better or worse this could be any photo I shoot. I shoot manual all the time and rarely let the camera decide much. So, when we actually got snow I knew I found my subject, I just had to find an interesting point of view. I think this shot works good. I used a slower shutter speed and higher ISO than I like due to loosing the light of sunset. 1/40 sec at f 8.0, 55mm, ISO 1600
This may not be what you think of when you think of a quite moment, but the minutes before putting on a record and putting on the headphones can be the quietest in the house. I tried to shoot the coffee cup and book and didn't like a single shot, so I went the other way. For me listening to a soft jazz, blues or worship album through my favorite headphones can bring peace, serenity tranquility and is my quite moment.
My son decided to try basketball this year and I wanted to get a good photo of him in his jersey. So I took him to the school playground. I wanted to get a dramatic looking shot so I exposed for the sky and put my flash in a rapid box. I think it came out pretty good and we may even get some basketball cards made
I had no clue what I was supposed to do for this one. Once I saw some of the other efforts posted I started to understand but didn't know what I would shoot. Finally saw the sunlight shinning through the railing on my deck onto our canoe. I desaturated everything but the canoe to help draw your attention to the canoe.
Here in the middle of Tennessee where I live there is an abundance of old barns and farm buildings to photograph. After getting so much rain it was hard to get differnent angles and vantage points without sinking. I wanted to make this one a little different so I put the barn on the right without much lead which usually makes people uncomfortable.
I know, I know two barn photos in a row. I wanted to do something besides red for the selective color challenge and there have been so many good ones and red ones already. I remembered a green barn not far from my house and the clouds were interesting. It was a little challenging to desaturate as the grass has already turned green as well.
I took several photos for this challenge and with some help settled on this one. There is a nice alley just of the square downtown that has some great brick textures and colors that work well for this challenge.
As usual so many great photos already posted. I wanted to try shooting something different. Well this time different meant way way hard, lens inverted, narrow depth of field, moving needle, low light, handheld. Yeah couldn't get the tripod close enough. Ugh. I do like you can see the tracks in the record at the needle.
As usual I had grand plans for this weeks challenge of shooting a sweeping landscape with great lines or a road going through it. That didn't work out but I was at my parents house and saw this split and dry siding on the side of an old shed and loved the look. I like the lines leading the blocks of wood at the bottom.
It was fun taking this photo with my son while camping. He enjoys climbing around on the rock at the lake. I had a hard time getting a composition I liked for this challenge, but this one fits the bill I think.
I don't have a lot of studio lighting or experience. I do have a softbox for my flash now though which through some trial and error has taken my portrait photography to a new level. For this one I used the sun for the backlight.
Not sure if I actually like this image. I have been wanting shoot in the field at sun set for a week now. Finally have a moment to try it and break in a new flash and nothing goes my way. Flash won't fire at full power and clouds moved in totally destroying any chance of a great sunset. Still worked with an off camera flash in a softbox in front and a bare flash behind. Looks like I have more learning to do.
I actually did 3 different shoots for this week. Just couldn't find an interesting subject I likes. Still not completely happy with this grain silo but the sky is at least interesting and the sun rays look good.
I took so many photos for this challenge. First I didn't think they met with the spirit of the challenge then they just didn't look right. This is actually the very last shot of the day. I like the different perspective of the swing seat.
I have always loved these doors at a small church not far from my house. I do always have to find a different angle to shoot them though as they always have some kind of sign hanging on the railing in front of the doors.
Yeah, I went literal on this one. Took my son to Webelos Resident Camp this week and liked how this tipi contrasted against the green forest and thought it would look great in black and white. I think I was right.
Well that didn't go as planned. I was hoping for a bit more traffic and action in the photo but downtown was nearly empty when I was there. I do like that even though the city I live in has grown it still has an active and viable downtown.
I decided I wanted to go low key for this challenge. So I stepped into my state of the art photo studio, my front yard, and talked my daughter into posing for me as she watched our neighbors shoot fireworks.
I don't actually follow have many photographers I emulate it more specific images. Anyway I had an idea for a project for my church and found work by David Hockney that was fantastic for the idea. So this is my representation of some of his work. Round two, After talking to a friend he showed me some of my errors in the original image and helped me out. I like this better. https://dangerousminds.net/comments/david_hockneys_cubist_photography
It was fun to take some of the family cups and try to make the glow like neon. I like how it turned out. No special studio set up just an off camera flash pointed back at the camera a TV tray and my living room. CCWelcome
Still not sure if I got this one right but here is my interpretation of this challenge. I can tell fall is not to far away as my walnut tree is dropping leaves and nuts. It is always the first tree on the block to do so.
Wild life did not cooperate this week. I try to shoot each weeks challenge that week, and nothing. Finally went to a pond with some ducks and took several photos. This is the best one. I should have used the dolphin photo from my trip to Florida a few weeks back.
Well nuts. Went and had a picnic at a local vineyard with the family and some friends. Took my camera hoping to get some shots in. We sat at a picnic table under a tree with all these nut on the ground. My wife started arranging them and suggested I take a photo. Worked out pretty great.
Finally got a decent photo. I wanted to shoot a landscape for this but life and weather did not cooperate. I shot a different series of still life photos that failed spectacularly. With a very make shift back ground and one of my wifes flutes I finally got a good image. 7 images down to 1.
Took the family on a short vacation to Mammoth Cave in Kentucky. We had a great time going on the tours and exploring two different caves. I had an idea for this challenge I wanted to shoot while at the cave. Unfortunately the limitations of what you can and cannot do while on the tours made that very difficult. This is not the image I had in mind but I still think it works.
Finally, shot a photo the basicly turned out the way I envisioned it in my head. Half of the fall color tree. I once heard it said that a portriat oriented photo of a landscape is only half a landscape, so this works on that level as well.
We had gone on a drive to see and hopefully shoot some fall colors as a family. The trip was only a mild success but I shot this at the Natchez Trace bridge and like the image of my son. Then I realized it met the Golden triangle requirements.
What a beautiful day and a cool find. Went to go cut down our yearly Christmas Tree and got to the location a half hour early. So, we drove around the back country to kill some time and found this old Dodge pickup with a giant rooster in the back and I just had to stop and shoot. Though you can't see the rooster well this is my favorite shot so far.