Up Close and Personal continued…
August 21-27, 2012
Without actually intending to, I did a second weekend with my new Canon 50mm lens. Since I didn’t get away from Anchorage again for a second week, I was forced to be more creative and get off my usual beaten daily paths. When I work (my job), it seems like my usual mode is to wait until after work to find a shot. This isn’t good, as I am usually tired and not feeling like being creative. The couch, a glass of wine, and an episode of Modern Family call. In these weeks I force myself to carry my camera everywhere.
Tuesday’s shot was at the Brown Bag Sandwich Shop. I was taken with the fun beer taps that were on display. It was a rough day at work, and I could have used a beer too!
On Wednesday morning I had to stop to get gas on the way to work. As we move into August, the sun is coming up later and so I’ve been able to capture some early morning light on my way to work (As I write this now on September 15, it is now more or less dark when I go to work in the morning). I was trying to capture the motion of the cars, and then I noticed the “One Way” sign and thought it was funny.
As I said when I started, being creative some days is challenging, hence the picture of my mailbox. The 50mm lens is great for getting the narrow depth of field, so I was going for the clear mailbox and a out of focus Stop sign. I’m glad for the commitment of the 365 Photo Project, but some days are more creative than others.
The Self Portrait of me was taken at Campobello Bistro. The 50mm lens was great to get the low light condition. I hid the camera from the mirror by getting it down low. Not a good angle for me. It was also a RAW shot, so I had to do some post processing.
Saturday was another more mundane shot around the house. We have some boas in our bedroom for reasons I can’t entirely remember. I keep thinking I want to do a mirror challenge with the three recent mirror shots I’ve taken. A week of mirrors might be fun. I liked the sharp focus in the mirror.
Sunday’s shot has become one of my favorites. This was taken at a family dinner and represents the youngest and oldest in the family–Great Grandma Jeanette and Little Chloe. I love the look on Great Grandma’s face.
As I said earlier, with the progression of summer the light is changing quickly in Alaska. As the light is getting later in the morning, it is getting earlier in the evening, so getting some nice sunset shots in more reasonable hours (ie NOT around 11:30 P.M.) is much easier.
When doing a project, how do you keep the creativity flowing? Also, I would love some ideas for weekly themes and challenges.