Week 4 – Winter Doldrums

This week’s images feature a wide angle panorama, some painting with light on a still life, which was super fun to do with Lauren, several portraits of my lovely wife, a blended exposure sunset, and the ever present dog photo.The reflection photo with Lauren stands out to me as a fun photo, because of how miserable it was to take.  It was late at night on the 24th, and I’d not been able to find anything interesting to shoot all day. We finished up whatever  we were doing, and Lauren was ready for bed.  I’d asked her to help me out, and she grudgingly climbed out of bed, half asleep, to help me figure something out.  I had the platter portion of an old hard drive, and was trying to figure out how to do something fun with it. Eventually I decided on stacking two separately focused photos.  Lauren was very happy to be done, and I was very happy to not skip a day so early in the project.

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Week 3 – This is fun…right?

Week three and I’m still discovering what kinds of photos I like to take.  The dog and wife continue to be willing and interesting subjects, and at this point my mind’s eye begins to see the world through an imaginary lens.  I notice things around me that I normally wouldn’t take a second glance at, and in particular, I find myself looking UP a lot more.

I start a trend that lasts a few weeks where I choose shots that require two exposures blended together.  Truth be told, this is a much more advanced post-processing skill than I possess at the time, but I had fun doing it none the less.

Title is in reference to future events.  Shhh… no spoilers.  Anyway, looking back on my early works, I was trying real hard to be impressive, so I was spending a LOT of time photoshopping my images after the fact.   In college, I got great grades without really ‘studying’ because I learned and retained knowledge pretty well just by taking notes in class.  So when I set out to learn photography and Photoshop post processing, I made a point to write down what edits I did on each of my photos.  I’d intended to make individual posts for each day of the year, with a short description of what I did to each, but I didn’t even get STARTED writing the first post before realizing that it would be terribly uninteresting to read about. So although I’ll continue to keep notes for my own learning purposes, I’ll only sparingly make mention of edits that I think are of interest.  Of note in this batch are the photo of Lauren’s hair, which it should be obvious has been enhanced in the color department, but the edit I’m proud of is the background, which used to be the standard hodgepodge of living room clutter, but I managed to shoop out, as well as the candle and pearl still life, which Lauren assisted me on setting up.  That shot is one of my favorite to work on, as it is actually two separate photos exposed at two different levels, then blended together (one for the candle, one for the pearls). Neither image was all that interesting on its own, but combined they make for a striking shot.

Week 1 – I’m going on an adventure!

For the first few weeks of posts, I’ll be putting up blocks of 7 days at a time in order to try to catch up. I’ll consider going day-by-day or something close to it as I near the current date. At time of posting, you’ll notice that I’m about four months behind. After taking photos nearly every day for that length of time, if found it interesting that my first week of shots closely represented my subject matter for the entirety of the project so far: Dog, Wife, Cats, local sports, monuments, and landscapes. Enjoy the first set, I can promise you (i can see the future!) that they’ll get better and more interesting.