Dogwood Photography Challenge: Weeks 38-40

Week 38 – Technical: 50mm [Shot with Canon EF 50mm/f1.8 II]
Learn to sneaker zoom! Shoot an image using only the 50mm Focal Length. Either use a fixed 50mm lens or set your zoom lens to 50mm. Since this is the advanced challenge make sure the image is compelling.

This image compels me to eat, I’ll tell you that! Kidding…I took a photo walk by my house with my 50mm and happened upon this sign in a nearby cafe. As it happens, that’s the lens I usually shoot with, so no biggie.

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Week 39 – Art: Water [Shot with Canon EF 50mm/f1.8 II]
Your inspiration this week is water. Interpret this how you will.

Another favorite shot of the challenge, taken just as light turned to golden on the Venice Canals. Spot the little water bird in the shadows!

Dogwood Week 39

Week 40 – Story: Colorful B & W [Shot with Canon EF 50mm/f1.8 II]
Tell the story of a colorful scene. Because this is the advanced challenge, no flowers. Do it in Black and White.

This one was HARD – I didn’t find many opportunities that were both colorful and would read in black and white, so eventually took this shot of L.A. at sunset. It’s pretty, but I’m not sure it captures the heart of the challenge…

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Dogwood Photography Challenge: Weeks 32-35

More from our weekly photography challenge! I’ve almost caught you up to where we are…kinda?

Week 32 – Technical: HDR [Shot with Canon EF 50mm/f1.8 II]
HDR is the technique of combining several photos of the same scene but shot at different exposures to create an image with a High Dynamic Range.

I am not good with HDR (I  think it might be that it’s just not my personal photography style) – so I may have cheated a bit with some post filtering to get this HDR look.

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Out and About in Massachusetts: Quarry Dance 6

The Boy and I were in Massachusetts recently for a wedding, and as our services weren’t needed the morning before the wedding we were looking for something to do. As it so happened, that morning at breakfast our B&B hostess told us about Quarry Dance 6, an event happening at the nearby Flat Ledge Quarry.

Flat Ledge Quarry

Note: that’s the last picture you’ll see of the quarry without dancers or a plastic flamingo in it, so prepare to play a little “Where’s Waldo” if you don’t spot them immediately.

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Dogwood Photography Challenge: Weeks 28-31

We’re still catching up with the weekly photos challenges! Here’s a few more…

Week 28 – Story: Portrait as Landscape 
[Shot with Canon EF 50mm/f1.8 II]
Shoot a portrait that is posing as a landscape. Tell a story of the subject using the landscape around them. Fool the viewer.

I didn’t come across any good actual landscapes to serve in this challenge, so I ended up getting creative with Photoshop and a self-portrait.

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Dogwood Photography Challenge: Weeks 24-27

Clearly, I’m behind on my blog posting, but I HAVE been keeping up with the Dogwood Photography Challenge behind the scenes. Here’s the first in a series of posts to get you all caught up on where we are with that…

Week 24 – Artistic: Green 
[Shot with Canon EF 50mm/f1.8 II]
Your inspiration this week is green. Green is the color of life, nature, and hope.

Green seems like it should be easy, but only at the last minute did I land on this arrangement of pretty succulents.

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Dogwood Photography Challenge: Weeks 21, 22, & 23

I might be behind on my posting, but not on my photo-taking! Here are the most recent three weeks of the photography challenge…

Week 21 – Artistic: Soft [Shot with Canon EF 50mm/f1.8 II]
Your artistic inspiration this week is soft. Just like hard earlier in the challenge, soft is both and adjective and an adverb. Interpret this how you will.

We happened to be in Kaua’i the week of this challenge, and the soft, gorgeous sands of Polihale Beach made the perfect subject.

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Dogwood Photography Challenge: Weeks 19 and 20

Week 19 – Story: Back Yard [Shot with Canon EF 50mm/f1.8 II]
Tell the story of your immediate surroundings. Give us a glimpse into your daily life.

Was thrilled to hear that I didn’t have to leave my home for this one. Was less thrilled when I remembered the state of my backyard. Luckily, this deeply colored bloom proved a willing subject.

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Week 20 – Technical: Sky Overlay [Shot with Canon EF 50mm/f1.8 II]
Sometimes the sky just doesn’t cooperate. This week replace the sky in your image.

This one was a bit more demanding, but also kind of fun – I’ve never seen a sunset quite this good, but now I can make one!

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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.

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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…