Playing with Perspective

Playing with Perspective

This is photo challenge #2 on my New Years list.  This challenge I expected to be more of a practical effect but what I found was, unless you want to invest a lot of time into building miniatures, this is going to require some Photoshop skills.

What I found interesting were the issues I had with depth of field. I ended up taking two shots of each “picture.” One where the foreground was in focus (Deadpool) and one where my background was in focus. For example, you can see where the images below could work with a little trickery. If I’d had something on the same scale as my model for him to stand on or partially behind and some fishing line I might have had something. Continue reading “Playing with Perspective”

Framing

Framing

This past weekend I was responsible for photographing a Texas Best competition. My husband, as a member of TASBT, was asked to judge the competition . While this didn’t fit into any of my predefined New Years Challenges, I did manage to find a few set-ups that work for Challenge #3 which was framing.

To me, framing is a very important element of photography. The use of it, or even the absence of it, can really affect the way a person views a photograph. My favorite technique is to use hanging tree limbs, or a gap in the shrubs, or  even tall grass to soften and darken the edges of an image. The darker colors provide a nice contrast to the lighter subject matter. It also gives the image a slightly surreal feeling like you are are spying on your subject. My favorite images have always been candid images where the subject appear unaware the are being photographed. Continue reading “Framing”

Shake Stills Challenge

Shake Stills Challenge

This week I decided to attempt to recreate a photo from one of my favorite photographers Carli Davidson. She did an entire series of pet portraits, which is now available as a calendar and a book, that I adore. You can see more on her website:

http://www.carlidavidson.com/

The challenge was simple enough, capture a split second still of a dog mid-shake. The execution was a tad more complex. To start I didn’t want to shoot this inside because I was expecting to make a mess. Thankfully even though it’s still February in Texas the weather has been fantastic. Continue reading “Shake Stills Challenge”

A few of My Favorite Things – Photo Challenge #1

A few of My Favorite Things – Photo Challenge #1

This weekend I decided to kick start my New Years Challenge and complete my first photoshoot; with a lot of help from my husband Bob.

I chose the first and in my estimation easiest of my setups. The idea was simply to arrange and photograph a few of my favorite things as a way to help people get to know me better.

This was a lot harder than I had anticipated. First condensing my personality and all the things that I am into in a single photo wasn’t easy. Continue reading “A few of My Favorite Things – Photo Challenge #1”

New Years 2016

I know this is the time of year everyone starts making resolutions. Resolutions tend to be really generic and have no real deadlines. You tell yourself “this year I’m really going to buckle down and do XY or Z” but you don’t actually put anything on your calendar or make any plans.

This year I decided I am going to use my blog posts to keep me accountable and set myself some short term goals to help me become a better photographer. And hopefully have a lot of fun. Continue reading “New Years 2016”