Dogwood 2018 Photography Challenge: Weeks 24-27

Wow, seems like I haven’t posted these for a while! Here are some of the latest…

Week 24 – Composition: Contrast [Shot with iPhone 6s]
 An easy way to make a photo more interesting is to introduce some form of stark contrast: liquid/solid, hard/soft, delicate/brash.

We had a busy weekend and were running out of time for this challenge, but the broad white wall of a studio in Hollywood created the perfect blank canvas for a contrasting play of light and shadow from a nearby tree.

Dogwood Week 24

Week 25 – Technical: Starburst [Shot with Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6]
Create a very strong focal point and add an entirely new dimension of interest to your image using a starburst. Continue reading


Happy Fourth of July!

In honor of July 4th, which hopefully you’re all out safely celebrating (or IN safely celebrating, if that’s your particular jam), I give you some photos of “America’s Oldest Seaport” and the Boy’s hometown: Gloucester, Massachusetts.

America's Oldest Seaport Continue reading

Dogwood 2018 Photography Challenge: Weeks 22-23

Week 22 – Creative: Door [Shot with Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM]
A symbol of transition, a door or a gate provide a passage way.

I took a leaf out of an old 2017 challenge, and made my “door” photo more interesting with a magical fairy light emerging from it and darting through my hallway.

Dogwood Week 22

Week 23 – Vision: No Peeking [Shot with Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM]
Shoot as if you were using a film camera. That means that you will not look at the photographs you’ve taken until they are downloaded on your computer. Continue reading

Dogwood 2018 Photography Challenge: Weeks 20-21

Week 20 – Composition: From Below [Shot with Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM]
Get down low; below 2 feet, and change your perspective. Look out or look up.

We were on a mini-vacation in Portland the final few days of this challenge, so while we were wandering through a public garden I plopped down in the dirt to capture these tiny little daisies from a new angle.

Dogwood Week 20

Week 21 – Technical: Product [Shot with Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM]
Imagine your image in a catalog or a magazine. It’s not as easy as it sounds. Continue reading

Dogwood 2018 Photography Challenge: Weeks 18-19

Week 18 – Wildcard: Photographer’s Choice [Shot with Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM]
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.

I definitely had an intent – and a vision – for this challenge, which was to capture “a sunset in a glass.” I think it came out a bit more photoshopped than I would have liked, but the overall effect is there.

Dogwood Week 18

Week 19 – Vision: Edge Cut Sun [Shot with Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM]
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. Continue reading

Dogwood 2018 Photography Challenge: Weeks 16-17

 Week 16 – Technical: Portrait Lighting [Shot with Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6]
Whether Butterfly, Rembrandt, Split, or Loop Lighting, choose the technique which best flatters your subject.

I was traveling and not in a great setup to take actual human portraits the week of this challenge, but while on a walk I stumbled across a bunch of deer and the evening light fell in such a way that I decided that this counted.

Dogwood 2018 Week 16

Week 17 – Creative: Humor [Shot with Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM]
Laughter is the best medicine. Make us laugh. Continue reading

Dogwood 2018 Photography Challenge: Weeks 12-15

Week 12 – Technical: Macro [Shot with Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6]
Life is in the details. Get in close and show us the details we usually miss. You don’t need a macro lens to shoot a macro shot.

I don’t, in fact, have a macro lens – I do have a zoom lens, however, which I used to get a unique angle on a tiny potted evergreen in an Air BnB we were staying in for a wedding in Rhode Island. Some post-production on my phone (love the app A Color Story) completed the shot.

Dogwood 2018 Week 12

Week 13 – Creative: Leading Lines [Shot with iPhone 6s 4.15mm f/22]
Back by popular demand, use lines to lead the viewer to your subject. Continue reading

Dogwood 2018 Photography Challenge: Weeks 10-11

Week 10 – Vision: Selective Color [Shot with Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM]
I know, I know. Yuck. Selective color can be cringeworthy, however, when done right, it brings compelling focus to the subject.

I didn’t really plan ahead for this challenge, and instead played around with selective color filters in Lightroom on some shots I’d taken on a trip to Lake Arrowhead with some friends until I got a result I liked (the lovely Jen La Bella, a talented LA event designer, served as my model).

Dogwood 2018 Week 10

Week 11 – Composition: Negative Space [Shot with Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6]
 Minimize the composition to isolate your subject. The composition should be simple, thereby drawing your viewer to the subject. Continue reading

Dogwood 2018 Photography Challenge: Weeks 7-9

Week 7 – Composition: Fill the Frame [Shot with Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM]
Fill the frame with your subject, no background. You will need to get up close and personal, or use a good zoom lens.

I took a bunch of shots for this challenge on a wander around my immediate neighborhood, but it was this simple, graphic plant that won out for the week.

Dogwood 2018 Week 7

Week 8 – Technical: Zoom Burst [Shot with Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6]
By changing the focal length during long exposure you can add movement to your frame, producing leading lines within your frame. Continue reading