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>Photo Assignment #5

>I’m sad to say that I did have to skip some other suggestions – waiting for some free daylight time, but I did enjoy working on some suggestions from Shareen (sassypants123) and my sister-in-law Jeannie!

Shareen also was into the reflection idea, and rather than take the easy way out and have one photo for both reflection challenges, I took another picture. I know, I know, I’m sooooo great. 😛

“I love pictures of reflections- in a mirror, in water, in a shiny tabletop, anywhere.”

I chose to use a metal bowl as my reflective surface. In post-processing I used the fairly common technique of combining different exposures of the same subject to get a richer tonal range. Now that I have a remote shutter release (thanks Mom & Dad!) I can actually use this technique (the photos have to be perfectly aligned, even pressing the shutter button can throw it off). I think the reflections of the flower petals in this shot have a particularly “organic” feel to them, like they’re kind of going off and doing their own artistic thing.

Jeannie’s first challenge was “a cool label from an item in your pantry of fridge”. This one ended up being all about the color balance and post processing techniques used to get some really rich color, more than about composition. I wanted to focus on the label, and not the item itself, so not a lot of interesting shadow details or anything. It was interesting, and much different than my usual photographic method. Now I’m hungry for Indian desserts!

And finally for this evening, Jeannie’s second suggestion “an object from your childhood that you’ve held onto”. My object of choice was my favorite doll that I’ve had FOREVER – baby blue. He’s so darn cute! I tried to take the photo as a portrait of the doll, as if he was a real person. He kinda is to me, I guess.

Enjoy! I should have more up tomorrow.

>Photo Assignment #4

>I’m on a roll with these photo assignments, I’ll tell ya! Such great suggestions, it’s hard not to spend all my time working on them!

Tonight I’m featuring two “challengers” – sethsgal05 and shanana77. Both had some suggestions that will have to wait until I’m free during the daylight hours, so for now I’ll post the indoor shots!

sethsgal05 – “any cool things you brought back from your honeymoon”

My cool thing of choice was the gorgeous bracelet we bought in Istanbul…

shanana77 – “photographing food? sort of edward weston-esque style? like fruits, veggies, etc.”

I’ll be honest, I’ve tried to emulate Weston in the past, and I just can’t come close to his awesomeness! I’ll blame it on the reduced tonal range of my digital camera vs. his film. 😉

Here are some lovely parsnips, in a quasi-Weston style. I noticed that most of his food photos seemed to mirror the look and feel of his nudes, so I attempted to do something similar. Such sexy veggies!

and the final assignment of the evening…

shanana77 – “reflections of things in puddles, etc.”

I took that “etc.” for all it was worth and used a pan full of water instead of a puddle, so I could get a shot indoors using artificial light. I partially desaturated the image, and I like it. I particularly like the translucency of the petals.

As always, check out the galleries! Art makes a great Christmas gift! (*nudge* *nudge* *wink* *wink*)

>Photo Assignment #4

>I actually got a chance this weekend to take the last 2 photos Alicia (a.k.a. asf619) had ideas for! Without further ado, here they are:

“Piano keys or even a computer’s keyboard?”

Since we don’t have a piano, I took a photo of my somewhat dusty computer keyboard.

Next up – “Your husband’s shadow coming through a doorway, as lit from another room?”

This one was a little tough, since the doorway configuration in our apartment is kind of tight, but I like how it came out. I also have one where his shadow looks like a wierd alien robot, but I decided not to embarass him by posting it!

Enjoy, please feel free to post comments about the photos or to suggest new ideas. Don’t forget to check out the galleries! A new photo was added today.

Since my website contact form hasn’t been working since we switched servers, I’ve added a different way to get in touch with me.

>Photo Assignment #3

>Alrighty, today we’ve got photo ideas from Alicia (a.k.a. asf619) – I picked 3 of the 5 ideas she gave me to focus on this afternoon. I will hopefully get to the other 2 tomorrow!

“The pages of a well-read book”

This one was my favorite to work on of her suggestions – and I came up with two photos that I coudn’t decide between, so I’m posting them both. I wanted to focus on the pages themselves, since that was specifically mentioned, and I wanted the books to remain anonymous. Here are the results (in the first photo I flipped the pages as the shutter went off, to get the blurred effect):


Next – “a radiator or heating register/vents”

Our apartment has very normal and boring heating vents – but like they say, anything can be a picture! (Who are “they” anyway?) What I ended up with was this wierd and very high contrast abstract image. I kinda like it.

And finally… “A candle’s flickering flame”

This one came out much differently than I expected. Instead of seeing the movement of the candle flame as it flickers, sort of like in the first book pages photo, the flame took on a different shape entirely. I think this is because a candle flame is actually light – not an object reflecting light. I kept this one kind of simple.

That’s all for today! Check back tomorrow!