So, here I am: working on week 8’s challenge many months after it has happened. Life has taken some crazy turns for me and it looks like it has no plans to slow down. I’m not complaining but it means that I complete these challenges at my own time and pace.
The Dogwood Challenge was quite simple: Explore panorama stitching and create a wide sweeping landscape.
I tried to complete this challenge three times before I got most of it right. I used my DSLR for the challenge so I had to take multiple pictures and stitch them together with Photoshop Elements. I’m not completely happy with my end result but I hear that Photographers aren’t really ever completely happy with their end result. I definitely found the stitching aspect of this assignment hard, but I am so glad I tried it. I can only get better from here.
Portrait: Faceless – Tell someone’s story without showing their face.
Went right to work, asked for a model and then the concept was hazy. Decided not to force anything, and just took pictures until I liked one. I decided I wanted an outside shot and I wanted something pensive or meditative.
This week, I went back to the Nikon D3200 , so glad I did.
Special thanks to my model, Tia Strachen.
Challenge #6: Your artistic interpretation this week should be inspired by something sweet. A great chance to play with macro photography.
Wow, so I waited sooooo long to find this pic. I tried everything and for some reason, I just couldn’t find a creative way to present candy.
Recently, I went on an audition and there were peppermint candy dishes, I instantly thought, I’m going to be up in somebody’s face. Needless to say, I totally took a pic of my favorite peppermint candy.
This is another venture away from my Nikon D3200. For this picture, I picked up my iPhone 6 Plus.
Here it is, enjoy!
Challenge #5: Look for a scene with great contrast that will make a great black and white.
Hmmm, sounds easy enough. Started taking pictures with any readily, available camera and they were all beautiful in color but not so much in black and white.
While driving to my Mom’s, I noticed this tree that stood out because of the absence of color. The sun was directly on it and made it look white. In person, the tree looked like someone just pasted it into the landscape. I grabbed my super tiny Point and Shoot camera: Sony, Cyber-shot, Carl Zeiss edition. Disappointed it wasn’t my DSLR but I figured the point and shoot would be good to have since it slides right into a pocket in my purse.
So here it is
Week 4: You shot a selfie, shoot a “selfie” of someone else!
Pretty simple and pretty straight forward. January has not disappointed, as every year it continues to get more and more hectic. I found myself scrambling for a subject and decided why not photograph, Bella, my beagle and all day companion. I used my Nikon D3200 and continue to get familiar with
In Florida, we have been enjoying some beautiful weather and on this day, Bella just wanted to sit outside in the sun. I love that the picture caught that she was slightly aggravated by me and the camera.
Third week, third challenge: Shoot whatever inspires you. Red should be the focus of the image. Don’t be afraid to be creative.
I had so many cool and creative ideas running through my mind. Some were grand and others were so imaginitive, I honestly didn’t know how I could photograph them. I have also added a limitation to the challenge as I want to only use my DSLR Camera. Because it is much bulkier than my iPhone, I find it harder to travel with it; I’ve also had friends had their cameras lifted from their cars because of the resale value of them.
As I was driving into my garage, I saw my little berry bushes and decided, I must shoot these up close.
So here it is:
Hope you enjoy, every week is more challenging and I’m loving every minute of it.
Second week, second challenge. The instructions were a tradional landscape. Shoot a landscape and share it with the world. Find a nice foreground and don’t forget the sky.
Instantly, I started to panic; Landscape? I have no idea where to go! I took a breath and reminded myself that the challenge is to challenge myself. I found a nature preserve nearby and took the photograph below:
I was sitting down on the ground for this one, so that I could get a different perspective. I was able to get more of the sky through the trees. I didn’t find an interesting foreground, which of course drove the OCD of following directions in me, crazy. As a photographer, I would love to actually see beams of light shining down through the trees, all in time.
Hope you enjoy,