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


Dogwood 2018 Photography Challenge: Weeks 5-6

Week 5 – Wild Card: 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.

We took a hike the weekend of Week 5, and when I spotted this determined little scrubby bush, I set out to make it my subject with the intention of centering it in frame and highlighting how it sat smack-dab in the middle of the path, refusing to be tamed.

Dogwood 2018 Week 5

Week 6 – Vision: Alternating Rhythm [Shot with Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM]
Alternate patterns of light to bring depth and rhythm to the photograph. Continue reading

Dogwood 2018 Photography Challenge: Weeks 1-4

And we’re back! We’ve got a much bigger group for Dogwood 2018, which is exciting. You can check out all the challenges to come (and join in yourself!) here. Let me know if you’re also taking the challenge – would love to see your images!

Week 1 – Vision: Look Ahead [Shot with Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM]
New year. New beginnings. New you. Look ahead. Interpret as you wish.

I was struggling to get this one in at the last minute, and finally staged a self-portrait shoot inspired by the idea of moving towards the light as we head into the New Year. I wish the focus was a little better, but am happy with the overall effect.

Dogwood 2018 Week 1

Week 2 – Composition: Color Harmony [Shot with Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM]
Get out your color wheel. Do opposites attract? Can there be harmony with opposite colors? Does the Hulk wear purple pants? Mix warm and cool colors. Continue reading

Backyard Brunching

The Boy made a New Year’s resolution last year to host a “dinner party” once a month – basically that means we had to have people over and provide food. Preferably that we cooked. Normally, I was far too harried before these events to take a single photo, and then too busy hosting during them, but I did manage to capture a few pictures of a lovely outdoor brunch we hosted in service to this resolution and figured I’d share with you all.

Brunch Table

A friend and attendee (bless her), offered to do the table, which was our dining room table dragged outside under a tree. She put together a gorgeous blue palate, which I’m sorry I didn’t capture before we’d scattered glasses all over it. Oh well. Continue reading

Dogwood 2017 Photography Challenge: Weeks 43-47

Hi! I’m back. I’ve noticed I have a tendency to fall off the blogging train when everything turns to madness at the end of the year (does that happen to anyone else?). Maybe one day I’ll be smart enough to get ahead of that, but then…maybe not. Oh well!

The point is, I’m back now, and catching you up on the rest of the 2017 Dogwood Photography Challenge (which I totally completed – woo hoo!). I’ll be posting the rest in two posts, then moving on to catch you up with the 2018 rendition, which is already going full steam ahead. I love this challenge, which my friend Mike got started for us, and this year we have even more people participating, which is awesome. It’s a great way to exercise your photography skills regardless of skill level. Anyway…on to the photos!

Week 43 – Story: Movement [Shot with Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM]
Capturing and creating movement in a still photo is a challenge for every photographer. Use movement this week to tell a story.

This was hard, especially as it was Halloween week and I was consumed with getting my costume in order. In the end, the swirling lights of a disco ball worked well enough, but I wish I’d been able to get more of the essence of this challenge.

Dogwood Week 43

Week 44 – Technical: Magic ND Filter [Shot with Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM]
Use an ND filter combined with a shutter speed of 30 seconds or even longer to create your image. Try a waterscape or even a busy landmark to see the magic happen. Continue reading

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.

Dogwood Week 38

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

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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