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

Eating Out: Otium

Last weekend, the Boy and I joined my mother downtown to see Fun Home at the Ahmanson (it was great – highly recommend!). We went down a little early to take photos for our weekly photo challenge, then met Mom at Otium near the Broad Museum for an early pre-theater dinner.

We got there around 5:00, before dinner actually started at 5:30 (the show was at 6:00) but decided to hang out, order some cocktails (including the Bartender’s Choice, pictured above, which was a yummy citrusy mezcal concoction based on my request for something refreshing with mezcal), and fill up on their “Snacks” menu until dinner started. Continue reading

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

Eating In: Kahlo (Mexican Chocolate) Cookies

I received Libbie Summers’s Sweet & Vicious: Baking with Attitude for Christmas, and it didn’t take me long to find an occasion to test it out – a friend’s birthday. I wanted something that was easy to pack and go, so I went with cookies – “Kahlo Cookies,” to be exact. These spiced Mexican chocolate cookies seemed like the perfect balance of interesting and crowd-pleasing – and also, not too difficult (I wasn’t really trying to get into a four layer cake or anything).

Kahlo (Mexican chocolate) Cookies

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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