I’m still on a weekly streak with my 52 Frames challenges, but I am a bit remiss in sharing them here. So let’s look at the last month or so of challenge images. This is a lightweight post, folks, so sit back and enjoy them on a screen bigger than your phone and enjoy that you don’t have to do much reading if you want to skip the words and just look at the pretty pictures.
Week 13: Slow Shutter Speed
I was staying at Paris Mountain State Park in South Carolina, which had a nice little lake that ended in an even nicer waterfall. I got up close and played around with how slow I could get the shutter speed and not cause blurring. Instead of pure black and white, I went with a sepia toned filter because it brought out the texture of the dark rocks so much more.
Week 14: Fast Shutter Speed
If slow shutter week was easy (and it was), then fast shutter week was a bit more challenging, mostly because I was in slow country as far as getting anything speedy going by me. I was at Modoc campground, way out on the peninsula, so no cars, jets, or even jetskis going by me. I ended up realizing that I could toss a good-sized rock out into the water and take a photo of the ripples it made. So that’s what I did, with the dusk light helping me make the image more appealing. And the light was so beautiful, there’s no way I could turn this image into a black-and-white shot.
Week 15: Trapped
I really didn’t get into this theme until I saw my friend’s dog staring at us eating dinner at Edisto Beach State Park as she was sequestered inside the trailer. I went back the next day and we did a little photo shoot with Sophie (the dog) and Karen (the human, and owner). I made the image black and white to move the focus to Sophie’s face and because Karen’s blue shirt took away from that sweet dog face, and because I’m trying this year to do my challenges in B&W as much as possible.
Week 16: Edited by Another
Another of my least favorite challenges, both because I have to give up final control of my image and because I have to coordinate my photo with another person and their schedule. And this year I totally didn’t remember it was coming and so I had no one to edit it. I begged my friend Sue to please, please, pretty please do it, and she did a fine job of it. I like the painterly style and the way it evokes the heat and light of summer in retro fashion.
Week 17: Nature
Back at one of my happy places, Huntington Beach State Park, for the Nature challenge. Perfect! In the end, this tight collection of live oaks won out over all the beach and the sky shots I took. Black and white put the emphasis on the branch structure rather than on the riotious spring green in the original shot.
So, which one is YOUR favorite?
We are making photographs to understand what our lives mean to us.