Random adventures through my life... in all their glory and splendor.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Photo Challenge Days 26 - 30

Day 26: Close up
So Dad, Is this close enough for you?
Day 27: From a Distance
Kites on Mackinac Island
Day 28: Flowers
Flowers are easy to find in Michigan in July. I took a lot of flower shots but I like the near silhouette look in this one, just because it's different.
Day 29: Black and White
Other than cropping, I really didn't mess with the other pictures much. This one, though, I had to play with the settings to get the football nice and dark.
Day 30: Self portrait
I liked the idea starting and finishing the photo challenge with the same topic. Then, I guess in theory, you can see how much you've improved. In this case though, I really like my Day 1 picture of myself more than any of my final portraits. Now, maybe it's because I did it in 5 days and not the full 30 so my artistic eye didn't have as much time to develop. Or I'm photo snob now and I'm so hip I don't even like my own stuff any more. There is another lesson in this though, sometimes the first shot is the best. Many of my final choices were actually the first, most spontaneous shots. So I guess the moral is, when in doubt shoot it anyway.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Photo Challenge Days 21 - 25

Day 21: Faceless self portrait
Ok so technically there is a face in this picture, but if you look in her eyes you'll see me.
Day 22: Hands
Day 23: Lens Flare
I've never actually tried to get a lens flare, I've only gotten them on accident.
Day 24: Animal
I did have some other 'successful' animal pics this week, but this one had the most personality even though it was fleeting.
Day 25: Something Pink

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Photo Challenge Days 16 - 20

Day 16: Long Exposure

Day 17: Technology
My battle worn MP3 player... on a stump.

Day 18: Shoes
It's easy as a photographer to end up with shoes in your shot. I thought it was more interesting to not make them the focus of the picture.

Day 19: Something Orange
Chris thinks she looks like an Oompa Loompa and tried to dial the color back a bit, but this is how it left the camera. It looks vintage magazine-y to me. I shot it at sunset, so yeah, everything was orange and naturally over saturated.
Day 20: Bokeh
Ok, I've never done bokeh before. You're supposed to have a bright, out of focus background that then becomes 'starry' in the picture. Of course, Chris did the old, "You do it like this..." *CLICK* and got a great bokeh shot on the first try. This is as close as I got.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Photo Challenge Days 11 - 15

Day 11: Something Blue
Yoyo toes

Day 11: Something Blue2 (Bonus!)
Day 12: Sunset
Cedar Campus bay, from 'The Bear'
Day 13: Me with 13 things
Day 14: Eyes
So we're on Mackinac Island and this horse drawn carriage pulls up and stops right in front of me. I was shooting straight into the sun so I couldn't see much through the camera viewer, but I thought I had a good angle on these great horses. When I got home I realized the whole series was quite... disturbing. Although maybe it was me doing the disturbing.
Day 15: Silhouette
Cedar Campus bay at dusk

Monday, August 1, 2011

Photo Challenge Days 6 - 10

Day 6: Low Angle
Marquette statue, Mackinac Island

Day 7: Fruit

Day 8: Bad Habit
I think Chris is right. This picture is much more interesting left on it's side.
Day 9: Someone I love
We argued about whether or not shooting with the flash through a window would work. I tried it anyway and I was very happy with the results.
Day 10: Childhood Memory
I had a lot of fun throwing the frisbee and trying to shoot left-handed from the hip.