Dogwood Photography Challenge: Weeks 14 and 15

Whoops, got a bit behind on updates (I’ve stayed true to getting my photos each week, however)! Let me catch you up…

Week 14 – Technical: Panning [Shot with Canon EF 50mm/f1.8 II]
Use the technique of panning to capture a subject in movement. Panning is using a slower shutter speed while following the subject with the camera to create the sense of movement in an image.

This. Was. Difficult. I made the poor Boy run back and forth through the snow to capture this shot, but I’m not sure how the professionals manage it…

Dogwood Week 14

Week 15 – Artistic: Hard [Shot with Canon EF 50mm/f1.8 II]
Your artistic inspiration this week is hard. Hard is both an adjective and an adverb. Interpret this how you wish.

Barely made it in under the wire on this one late Sunday night, when I decided the hard texture of a metal lantern in my home would do the trick – shot in black and white, I’m actually rather pleased with it…

Dogwood Week 14

A Moment in the Mountains: Vail

As mentioned in my earlier food-specific post, the Boy went on a work trip to Vail a little bit ago and I was lucky enough to get to come along – my first trip to Colorado! Not my last this year, but we’ll get there when we get there.

Vail View

From what I can tell, Vail is a series of beautiful views punctuated by snow, skiing, and food & drink – so, a very chilly heaven? I’ll run you through a few of the highlights, mostly in photography form. Continue reading

Dogwood Photography Challenge: Week 13

Week 13 – Story: Golden Hour [Shot with Canon EF 50mm/f1.8 II]
The golden hour is the hour before sunset or after sunrise when the sun casts amazing golden tones. Find a way to use the golden hour to tell a story.

The golden hour turned out to be tricky purely because you have to catch it – miss it, and your moment is gone. I managed to catch a multi-metallic scene on a balcony in Vail (tough life, I know…).

Dogwood Week 13

Dogwood Photography Challenge: Week 12

Week 12 – Artistic: Orange [Shot with Canon EF 50mm/f1.8 II]
Your inspiration this week is orange. Either the color orange or an actual orange. Or both.

We took a photo walk to the nearest farmers’ market (this photo challenge is really getting us out and about) for this week’s challenge, and I spotted these gorgeous red and yellow golden beets at one of the produce stands – totally evocative, in my opinion, of orange.

Dogwood Week 12

Dogwood Photography Challenge: Week 11

Week 11 – Technical: Split Tone [Shot with Canon EF 50mm/f1.8 II]
Split Tone is an editing technique where the shadows are toned one color, and the highlights a second color. Split toning is often used with color grading in the media to give a scene a desired look and feel.

I figured, if we’re going there, why not GO THERE – and the result? A perhaps overly dramatic but very split-toned photo of a corridor at Disney Hall in downtown Los Angeles. I used this tutorial to figure out how to do the technique in Photoshop.

Dogwood Week 11

Dogwood Photography Challenge: Week 10

Week 10 – Story: Perspective [Shot with Canon EF 50mm/f1.8 II]
Perspective for the purpose of this challenge is the relationship of objects in the scene. If you really want a challenge this is a good chance to use forced perspective.

I dabbled with the idea of forced perspective, but eventually opted to use perspective to create the illusion of some outdoor tropical “art” in our backyard.

Dogwood Photography Challenge 2017: Week 9

Continuing on with the Dogwood Photography Challenge

Week 9 – Artistic: Still Life [Shot with Canon EF 50mm/f1.8 II]
Your inspiration this week is Still Life. A couple of pieces of fruit on a table won’t impress in the advanced challenge though… so really be creative.

I had a hard time with this one, but eventually went with a simple still life setup and played around with the focus to bring out the texture in my Mom’s beautiful obi table runner.

Dogwood Week 9

Dogwood Photography Challenge 2017: Weeks 5-8

And this should get us caught up on the Dogwood Photography Challenge 2017 – so next up, Week 9! (Side note – if you want to see the Boy’s photos, check out his Instagram.)

Week 5 – Technical: Ten Shots [Shot with Canon EF 75-300mm/f4-5.6 III]
Shoot 10 shots of the same subject. Each shot should be from a different angle, distance, and focal length. Share your favorite image from the set.

I staged a shoot with some of my prettiest belongings for this challenge, taking shots from all different angles and distances.

Dogwood Week 5

Week 6 – Artistic: Candy [Shot with Canon EF 50mm/f1.8 II]
 A throwback to one of the favorite weeks of the original challenge. Your artistic inspiration this week is candy. Since this is the advanced challenge… you can’t actually use candy in the scene.

No candy IN the candy photo?! Augh. I went the “candy-colored” route, with some candy-shaped doodles to really hit the nail on the head. Continue reading

Dogwood Photography Challenge 2017: Weeks 1-4

As mentioned, the Boy and I are doing the Dogwood Photography Challenge for 2017 with a few friends. I figured I might as well start posting my efforts here, so to start getting caught up, here are Weeks 1-4! I’m also posting these to my Instagram with the appropriate hashtags as we go…

Week 1 – Story: Rule of Thirds [Shot on iPhone 6s]
The rule of thirds is the first compositional rule most photographers learn; but most don’t know why they learn it. The rule of thirds is amazing for telling a story. Tell a story using rule of thirds.

For this photo, I was waiting on a corner in Beverly Hills on a gorgeous day. I aligned the corners of this odd building above me with the grid on my phone and snapped the shot.

Dogwood Week 1

Week 2 – Technical: SOOC [Shot with Canon EF 50mm/f1.8 II]
Straight out of the Camera. No Photoshop. Shoot a compelling image and post it without edits. No cheating!

This was a tough one for me, who tends to get edit-happy, but I grit my teeth and did it…it’s a lovely camellia bush in front of my home. Continue reading

Out and About: Temescal Canyon Park

The Boy and I have been participating in a weekly photo challenge this year with some friends – actually, maybe I’ll start posting my results here as well – and when the challenge was “Land,” we decided to take a photo walk that turned into more of a hike than we perhaps intended at Temescal Canyon Gateway Park.

Hikers on Rocks

Tesmescal Canyon Park is set in the Santa Monica mountains, and has a bunch of popular and not-too-crazy-difficult hiking trails you can take that often reward you with impressive ocean views. We (somewhat unintentionally) probably did about 5-6 miles round trip since once we got to the top of the ridge, the Boy insisted we follow the signs another mile or two to see Skull Rock, which looks exactly how you’d expect it to (but, yes, it was cool and exercise is good). Continue reading