Lifestyle Photography: Week 4 {the finale}

Part 1:  Thematic and Conceptual Shooting

For the love of the game, my husband does not think twice about heading out to the course even if the temps are 100+ in the afternoon.  He loves the heat.  And he likes the wide open fairways, as more sensible people are enjoying the air conditioned indoors, and are downing icy, cold drinks. 

Part 2:  Getting into the Picture

Aaarrgghh.  I won't even get into the challenges of this assignment.  Except for the dead battery in the remote trigger.  And the sun, which insisted on moving across the sky faster than I could finish.  And all the little things I noticed when I saw the images on the computer.  Did I learn anything?  Oh, yes.

Enjoying the morning sunshine in my driveway at 7 AM.  

Thank you to Brooke Snow and fellow photogs for a thoroughly enjoyable learning experience.  I'm sorry to see it end.

Lifestyle Photography: Week 3

Part 1:  Conceptual Contrast

This week, Brooke Snow showed us how to incorporate elements of contrast within the image.  We all want to have compelling, interesting photographs and this is another factor for me to keep in mind.

Shopping for Shorts for Larry, Android Phone, Vignette App

Even though I took this with the camera in my cellphone, I did think about the composition.  It was impossible to see the screen in the bright light, but in the end I thought the contrast of the reflections and the poster through the window was interesting.

50 mm lens

The human mark against the beauty of nature fascinates me.

17-85 mm lens

I waited for her to move into the patch of sunlight, taking advantage of the contrast of light and shadow.

Part 2:  The Decisive Moment

Slow down and wait for it, wait for it . . . 
Waiting for that decisive moment is truly a challenge.  I am so afraid that I will miss something special if I don't keep pressing that shutter.  But Brooke encouraged us to watch and wait, to only take three images (did she mean 30?) and post the best one.

17-85 mm

Her increasing ease in the water is a joy to behold.

This week, I did find myself thinking more, taking more time.  It's not always clear to me why I find a scene compelling, so this practice forced me to be more thoughtful and deliberate.  

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