Dogwood Photography Challenge: Week 18

Week 18 – Artistic: Purple [Shot with Canon EF 50mm/f1.8 II]
 Your inspiration this week is purple. Purple is the color of royalty, magic, and mystery.

Finally, a challenge with a bit more leeway (and less requirement for technical prowess!). A simple walk around the neighborhood revealed that California (at least our immediate part) is home to many pretty purple flowers, including these ones with a hint of ombre about them.

Dogwood Week 18

(Almost) No Recipe Required: Cilantro Lime Burrito Bowls

You know when you know something is gonna be good? Like, tasty? Like, you’re excited to eat it before you’ve even started cooking it? That’s how I felt about these burrito bowls, courtesy of Fork Knife Swoon. I knew they were going to be hearty and savory and something I wanted to take big fat bites of. (Also, I love lime. And carbs. So, easy sell?)

Burrito Bowl with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

Plus, look at all that GREEN. They look so healthy! But enough mooning over them – here’s the basic situation. Continue reading

Dogwood Photography Challenge: Weeks 16 and 17

A few more from recent weeks of the Dogwood Photography Challenge…

Week 16 – Story: Leading Lines [Shot with Canon EF 50mm/f1.8 II]
Leading Lines are a very important compositional element that every photographer needs to master. Use leading lines to tell a story. No train tracks.

I experimented with some water feature shots and pathways before landing on this photo, which uses the leading lines of the fence to draw the eye into the distance.

Week 17 – Technical: Loop Lighting [Shot with Canon EF 50mm/f1.8 II]
Loop lighting is one of the most used portrait lighting techniques. Shoot a portrait using loop lighting. If you don’t have an off camera flash setup, get creative with how you light your subject.

My #1 model! I don’t have an external flash setup, so we “got creative” with our new porch lights – see the little “loop” shadow right under his nose? I think that means I at least partially got it right…