“A symbol of transition, a door or a gate provide a passage way.”
On our farm we have several old buildings, and I knew I needed to get my “door” photos before we headed north on our trip! Here’s some great door/gate photos from the farm:
“Imagine your image in a catalog or a magazine. It’s not as easy as it sounds.”
I had several ideas of what I might do for this week, but time got away from me. Richard and I got out the watermelon on this HOT day, and I thought, hey, here’s my chance for a photo to sell watermelon!
“Get down low; below 2 feet, and change your perspective. Look out or look up.”
This one seemed hard for me, but I was able to find two neat items to photo “from below” while at Purina Farms for a dog agility trial.
“Having an edge cut through the sun looks nice, or having the sun rising over a line or diagonal within the photo. Stop down the aperture to create a starburst.”
This was another busy week with travels and visiting my son and his lovely family. This is actually one of my favorite subjects, and I did get these few nice shots during a sunset in New Jersey. I didn’t fully follow the instructions by having an edge cut through the sun, but I did get the starburst.
“Capture an image on your terms; who, what, where, when, why, how … it’s all up to you. Caveat: You must tell us your intent.”
This week I was really busy at the NARM Board meeting in Rockville, Maryland. However, I did take time one morning to take more lensball photos! My intent was to photo the buildings using my lensball and learning more about how to get the best from the lensball.
“Laughter is the best medicine. Make us laugh.”
Yesterday I found this really unique carrot in the bag and showed it to Richard. He suggested we make a “man” out of it. Then I remembered this week’s photography theme is “humor” so I felt this would fit perfectly. Richard built Selfie Stan and got him all set up for me and also ran the lighting. We don’t have the best lighting, and I didn’t really like the shadows, but then I figured, hey, he’s taking a selfie in the bathroom mirror, of course there will be awful shadows! It’s a selfie! So, with the addition of an iPhone image and a flash flare (I built the latter myself in Photoshop!), and a poem also written by me, I have a completed “humor” image!
“Whether Butterfly, Rembrandt, Split, or Loop Lighting, choose the technique which best flatters your subject.”
This one was tough for me as I don’t have any knowledge of nor equipment for studio lighting. So, I did the best I could with what I had. The picture of Dolly was on a north balcony with no direct lighting, but I positioned her toward what light there was. The pictures of the hippo statue (don’t you love it?!) were taken in the house. The first shot was in the kitchen with a south window and a filter between the hippo and the window to soften the light. The second hippo photo was from our living room. I positioned the hippo in direct south window light with the filter between the hippo and the light. In order for me to get into the best position, one of our house plants was in the way. However, when I saw the shot I felt it added to the photo, so didn’t move it!
“Your subject should be facing the frame, walking into the frame, this keeps your subject ‘in’ the frame and engaging with it. Give your subject room to move.”
This week I just used the events I was going to. First, on Sunday Richard and I were still at Hot Springs at the races. I thought race horses coming at me down the stretch fit the instructions. Next I was at a dog agility trial and picked locations where the dogs were coming right at me.
“Connect 2 or 3 images together, creating one image, to provoke a thought or tell a story.”
I love doing this in Photoshop, but this was a pretty busy week for me, so I didn’t do nearly as much as I should have. However, I did have a great morning at the park where I took these series photos.
“Back by popular demand, use lines to lead the viewer to your subject.”
This was a fun theme and I had several different ideas. This week the weather was rainy, so I didn’t have too many nice days to work on them. I took most of my best shots on Friday, the BEST day for photos in a long time.