365 CHALLENGE WEEK ONE | KATY, HOUSTON, TX PHOTOGRAPHER
Well week one in January has come and gone, and I can say it was much a pretty productive week. See I’ve never taken on personal projects like 365 or a 52 week challenge. In the past started it for one day then became distracted on the next to where I just blew it off. I figured if I miss one, then I’ll miss again. I’ve thought about doing a 365 in 2014 because I wanted to stay busy shooting, motivated and challenged. Something I'm ashamed about is my camera wouldn’t be picked up unless there was a schedule shoot going on. I always depended on my iPhone to get shots and yes I did challenge myself how far I can take my iPhone for good images, but I still felt something was missing. I needed to get to know my camera more. Know how far I can push its limits like my lighting and creativity and I took on this challenge without hesitation. I could of easily did the 52week challenge, which I still think it’s tough but I wanted to see this through with my 365. Well I was lucky enough to join this 365 group on Facebook. I wasn’t to sure what to expect, I thought the rules was get ideas on either Pinterest or colleagues and stick with it. I was already stressing myself out because I didn’t know the rules, say I miss one day of what was on the list then it all went downhill. But I got great advice, I didn’t have to follow a theme. Even though a theme is like a push in creativity but it wasn’t necessary. I shoot what inspires me, what draws my eye to that spot. I also shoot at angles to make once single thing look different from different perspectives. I did follow though the light/reflective theme from the group because I never looked at light the way I do now. We have light all around, but we never paid attention to how important just the little bit of light can give such a huge impact especially when it’s reflecting off of any surface. We all stress when light isn’t available but you have to make it, you have to find it in spots you least expect it. This is why I’m enjoying the month of January, because I see it now. I see it differently and it becomes a benefit on how you want to use it.
Below I have images of my first week. You might be thinking, why are there some soft images, or some not in focused? Well I took on the challenge of freelensing and yes it has be uber exciting! Something I’ve never thought I would ever do because I was afraid of what could happen to my equipment. Well I got out of that comfort zone and went with the flow. I will post if this image is freelensed or not. Most if not all, they were all taken with either my 50mm or my 85mm. I do own a 35mm but it can be challenging because of the size so I leave that off for now.
Taken in my front walkway very cold and wet here in Katy, TX and seriously a wet New Year's day. I was really challenged because it was my first day of the challenge. My focus was to find texture but light. This image was of a sparkler left over from the day before that I propped on two flat river rocks. I got low and really low to the ground and took a shot not knowing what to expect. I was fighting against the light because of the overcast and the sun was gone for the day. But the light from the sparkler really created this bokeh affect in front of me creating this gorgeous depth of field (DOF).
^^ Well here is Yoshi, again wet and muggy but you know, what I love shooting in this type of weather. It took a little of calling and bribing him to get in front of this flowered light which I got really close in creating a gorgeous DOF. Cranked up my shutter and snapped before he jumped off. Oh one thing to mention is little cutie was mention in IT LOOKS LIKE FILM blog check them out!
^^ My fan, my beautiful desk size vintage industrial fan. We finally got a break from the rain. I've been sick all week but I just couldn't say in bed anymore. I also need to find some inspiration around that was throwing light at me. Nada, ziltch but as I walked in my office I see some sunlight peeking through the tree in my front yard hitting the corner of this fan. It glowed like gold and I thought why not take something like this. I see so many pets, and kids but never anything that you find around the house. It has this beauty of angles and creaminess.
^^ So this shot was freelensed. Yep I challenged myself. I took this one with my 85mm which isn't a choice for everyone, but I really wanted that distance with my lens. I keep this camera displayed in my office because it belonged to someone very important to me. This is a reminder of why I picked this path to begin with and it is clear as day to why I love doing what I do. Again, we had muggy rain but the light was reflecting off this table giving it a nice glow.
^^ My great dane! My nine year old beauty. Yep freelensed with my 85mm. See why I love this lens choice to do this technique. Perfect lighting, perfect subject the colors BOOM nothing more.
^^ If I can take a million pictures and only choose one, this would be the one. We did many shots because as we all know you either get it right from the start or you don't get it at all according to my five year old. Freelensed with a 50mm.
^^ Well last day of my first week. Image was freelensed with my 50mm. I was actually worried that I wouldn't get my last shot of the week. I've just come back from an engagement session and couldn't find anything to take pictures of because my daylight has dropped. I saw this cup sitting next to my desk as I was sorting through the images and the lighting was perfect. Also, it's my favorite pen cup so I had to capture it.
Well there you have it with week one. I really enjoyed it, never thought I would actually finished this week let alone day one. Make sure to check my Personal Gallery page. There I will post each image daily, but blog them with more detail.