52 Week Photography Project 2018, Week 3: Full Manual

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  1. JonA_CT

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    Good day, fellow photographers!

    I posted some musings about a 52 Week Photography Project here -- 365 Project? No way. But... -- and this thread is an "official" off shoot of that thread to post themes and photos. Unless things go crazy, I'd expect this thread to be fine for the entire project, but who knows.

    I've decided to use the Dogwood Photography prompts -- their website. 52 Week Photography Challenge for 2018 by Dogwood Photography

    THE CHALLENGE LIST
    WEEK 1 Vision: Look Ahead New year. New beginnings. New you. Look ahead. Interpret as you wish.
    WEEK 2 Composition: Color Harmony Get out your color wheel. Do opposites attract? Can there be harmony with opposite colors? Does the Hulk wear purple pants? Mix warm and cool colors.

    WEEK 3 Technical: Full Manual While the camera often determines shutter speed and aperture for the photographer, it doesn't know your creative intent. This week, challenge your self to assume creative control over the camera by using full manual mode. Select a subject where varying the aperture and / or shutter speed helps enhance the composition and visual qualities of the image.
    WEEK 4 Creative: Quiet Moment Peace. Serenity. Tranquility. Convey a quiet moment.
    WEEK 5 Wildcard: Photographer's Choice Capture an image on your terms; who, what, where, when, why, how … it's all up to you. Caveat: You must tell us your intent.
    WEEK 6 Vision: Alternating Rhythm Alternate patterns of light to bring depth and rhythm to the photograph.
    WEEK 7 Composition: Fill the Frame Fill the frame with your subject, no background. You will need to get up close and personal, or use a good zoom lens.
    WEEK 8 Technical: Zoom Burst By changing the focal length during long exposure you can add movement to your frame, producing leading lines within your frame.
    WEEK 9 Creative: Forsaken Abandoned and Forgotten were favorites in the past. Let's revisit the idea the idea this year with forsaken.
    WEEK 10 Vision: Selective Color I know, I know. Yuck. Selective color can be cringeworthy, however, when done right, it brings compelling focus to the subject.
    WEEK 11 Composition: Negative Space Minimize the composition to isolate your subject. The composition should be simple, thereby drawing your viewer to the subject.
    WEEK 12 Technical: Macro Life is in the details. Get in close and show us the details we usually miss. You don't need a macro lens to shoot a macro shot.
    WEEK 13 Creative: Leading Lines Back by popular demand, use lines to lead the viewer to your subject.
    WEEK 14 Vision: Diptych or Triptych Connect 2 or 3 images together, creating one image, to provoke a thought or tell a story.
    WEEK 15 Composition: Rule of Space Your subject should be facing the frame, walking into the frame, this keeps your subject "in" the frame and engaging with it. Give your subject room to move.
    WEEK 16 Technical: Portrait Lighting Whether Butterfly, Rembrandt, Split, or Loop Lighting, choose the technique which best flatters your subject.
    WEEK 17 Creative: Humor Laughter is the best medicine. Make us laugh.
    WEEK 18 Wildcard: Photographer's Choice Capture an image on your terms; who, what, where, when, why, how … it's all up to you. Caveat: You must tell us your intent.
    WEEK 19 Vision: Edge Cut Sun Having an edge cut through the sun looks nice, or having the sun rising over a line or diagonal within the photo. Stop down the aperture to create a starburst.
    WEEK 20 Composition: From Below Get down low; below 2 feet, and change your perspective. Look out or look up.
    WEEK 21 Technical: Product Imagine your image in a catalog or a magazine. It's not as easy as it sounds.
    WEEK 22 Creative: Door A symbol of transition, a door or a gate provide a passage way.
    WEEK 23 Vision: No Peeking Shoot as if you were using a film camera. That means that you will not look at the photographs you've taken until they are downloaded on your computer.
    WEEK 24 Composition: Contrast An easy way to make a photo more interesting is to introduce some form of stark contrast: liquid/solid, hard/soft, delicate/brash.
    WEEK 25 Technical: Starburst Create a very strong focal point and add an entirely new dimension of interest to your image using a starburst.
    WEEK 26 Creative: High or Low Key You don't have to do both this year; choose your favorite and shoot that.
    WEEK 27 Vision: Flattery They say imitation is the highest form; so, past or present; choose your favorite master photographer and imitate their art or technique.
    WEEK 28 Composition: Left to Right Rule Compose an image in the way we read; most countries read from left to right. Compose your shot to follow this direction.
    WEEK 29 Technical: Twilight Zone While golden and blue hours bring beautiful lighting, shooting in twilight opens up a new way of seeing the world. Capture a "scape" that isn't dominated by darkness. Show the light and textures that can be found under the stars, in city lights, or a moon filled sky.
    WEEK 30 Creative: Circles The circle is a universal symbol with extensive meaning; it represents the notions of totality.
    WEEK 31 Wildcard: Photographer's Choice Capture an image on your terms; who, what, where, when, why, how … it's all up to you. Caveat: You must tell us your intent.
    WEEK 32 Vision: The Alphabet Alphabet photography involves taking photographs of existing or created objects to create a word.
    WEEK 33 Composition: Figure to Ground If camouflage is designed to make things disappear, Figure to Ground is designed to make the subject stand out. Light on dark, dark on light.
    WEEK 34 Technical: The Wild Side Capturing a captivating wildlife photograph requires knowledge of your camera settings and the behavior of the animal. Capture a compelling wildlife photograph that has proper subject alignment (e.g., no "bird butts") and exposure. For an easy introduction, urban critters (e.g., squirrels) are easy targets. For an advanced challenge, a bird in flight could be considered.
    WEEK 35 Creative: Loneliness One is the loneliest number.
    WEEK 36 Vision: Ordinary Find beauty in the ordinary.
    WEEK 37 Composition: Eye Lines Eyes draw attention to certain parts of the frame, your subject will direct your audience's eye. Where is your subject looking? What are they seeing or not seeing?
    WEEK 38 Technical: Focus Stacking A technique which combines multiple images taken at different focus distances to give a resulting image with a greater depth of field. Especially helpful in macro.
    WEEK 39 Creative: Abstract Photograph a common object in an abstract manor.
    WEEK 40 Vision: Classic Novel Create an image that identifies a classic novel or story.
    WEEK 41 Composition: Rule of Odds Compose and image highlighting an odd number of subjects; some see this as natural and more pleasing to the eye.
    WEEK 42 Technical: Shutter Drag Used to balance fill light with ambient light or add motion-blur to images.
    WEEK 43 Creative: A Song Create a photo from the title of a song.
    WEEK 44 Wildcard: Photographer's Choice Capture an image on your terms; who, what, where, when, why, how … it's all up to you. Caveat: You must tell us your intent.
    WEEK 45 Vision: Show Half Tell a complete story by only showing half of it.
    WEEK 46 Composition: Golden Triangles A diagonal line divides the frame from corner to corner, two more lines are added from the other corners, intersecting the diagonal line.
    WEEK 47 Technical: Step Back Edit your image to where you think it's perfect and let it sit for two days. Then return to it and see if it works. Print a picture and review it from a different perspective before finalizing.
    WEEK 48 Creative: Split Tones Another favorite; last year's technical, is this year's creative. Have fun with it.
    WEEK 49 Vision: Look Back We need to look back to see how far we've come. If you were Captain Ahab, which skill would be your whale? Post a comparison.
    WEEK 50 Composition: Golden Ratio Often called Fibonacci, the spiral leads the viewers eye to the squares (the subject), compose your image using the Golden Ratio.
    WEEK 51 Technical: Exposure Compensation While high dynamic range pictures can help capture challenging lighting situations, there are times when you need a single frame. Use exposure compensation mode on your camera to capture backlit or other challenging lighting situations
    WEEK 52 Creative: Self Portrait Not popular, but it's good for us to get on the other side of the lens. This year it's in a creative categroy, so be creative.


    The following members exhibited their interest in the previous thread:
    @Destin
    @snowbear
    @adamhiram
    @jcdeboever
    @Gary A.
    @SquarePeg

    I'd also like to throw the challenge out to a few more regulars...

    @smoke665
    @waday
    @limr (c'mon...use your Pentax digital camera, the water is fine ;) )
    @Dean_Gretsch
    @Braineack
    @nerwin
    @Peeb
    @gk fotografie
    @Frank F.
    @Derrel
    (Not a complete list...feel free to call out some other members! And no pressure to those called out -- I won't take it personally if you tell me where I can stuff this idea ;) )


    Anyways, everyone should feel welcome to join.

    I can't wait to see what y'all post!


     
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    WEEK 1

    Vision: Look Ahead New year. New beginnings. New you. Look ahead. Interpret as you wish.
     
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    I have something in mind that will not only fit this theme, but my alphabet as well. Actually running some test shots, now.
     
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    Looks pretty good....I undertook a self-imposed challenge of a photo per day of my newborn son, some 14 years ago...it became exhausting, but this 52-week challenge seems easier; more structured, logical, some assignments sound easy, others more demanding. I reads through the first 25 weeks and the topics/challenges. I'd have to say this 52-week challenge could create a vastly improved skill set for many who undertake and complete even half of the weekly challenges it lays out. Thanks for thinking of me, and some of the other usual suspects here on TPF.

    I want to wish you the very best of luck in this! A few weeks I thought looked interesting are:
    WEEK 23 Vision: No Peeking Shoot as if you were using a film camera. That means that you will not look at the photographs you've taken until they are downloaded on your computer. and
    WEEK 36 Vision: Ordinary Find beauty in the ordinary.
    and also
    WEEK 15 Composition: Rule of Space Your subject should be facing the frame, walking into the frame, this keeps your subject "in" the frame and engaging with it. Give your subject room to move.

    Nice too that some "wildcard" weeks are thrown in...necessary IMHO to reduce stress from an imposed and inflexible schedule.
     
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    I'm going to try to keep up with the group on this challenge but I like that it can also be self paced if that suits a person better.


    For the first week I'm a little short on original ideas. First I was thinking of something to do with resolutions or something around packing up all the Christmas stuff but I really hate how bare the house looks after taking everything down! So now I'm hoping for a relatively clear morning so that I can capture a sunrise or something signifying a new day. If not, I have a different idea around starting over that may work out. And of course, there's always the option of a New Year's Eve pic. For me this year that would be me and the dog asleep in front of the tv with a couple of empty martini glasses on the table (he likes his extra dry). I went out last year on NYE for the first time in a while and it was even more annoying than I remembered so this year I am staying put.
     
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    I have a couple of ideas for the first week...there are definitely some further down the road that will give me a run for my money. My favorite though, I need some time to drive a bit and some weather to go in my favor. We'll see how it goes.

    I actually have NYE plans this year, but fortunately they are at my house. I had enough of NYE at the bars when my cover band was playing. Amateur hour on full display, and we always seemed to play at a more dive-y place than normal (they were more desperate and paid more...). The only worse night is the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.
     
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    oh -- and I can't believe I left out @JustJazzie in my call outs. She has two beautiful full frame Nikons to work with now!

    (only a little bit of envy...;))
     
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    I'd love to try this, I'll do my best to get 52 shots but as said above even if only half was done it would likely help people improve. Well done for coming up with the topics, there is work in ideas and putting it on the forum.

    Will there be a thread here for people participating to put their photos?

    Oh maybe it is on this thread :)
     
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    I probably won't play every week, but I'll try.
     
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    Week 1 - New Beginning.

    This black ant is a fishing fly I tied many years ago. I have not tied any flies, nor fished, for a number of years, for any number of reasons (or excuses). I've decided to get back into both fishing and fly tying. Fishing will provide a little exercise, something that will help me battle my recently diagnosed diabetes.
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    by Charlie Wrenn, on Flickr
     
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