Landscape is the subject for my 13th challenge of my Project 52 (yes yes, I am SUPER behind..but I will not let that stop me!).
I love this category…it’s so broad. It means that I can revisit it throughout the year as opportunities arise.
I recently found Samantha at Elah Tree and noticed that she is doing a photography challenge for 10 weeks called the Lens Revolution. This week I am deciding to link up with her here!
Her most recent challenge is shooting landscape, which was totally perfect because Josh and I just did a trip out to Peggy’s Cove.
I just love living in Nova Scotia. I never have to travel very far to get a beautiful scene. Enjoy!
My trend in these challenges is not so much to focus on photographing specific things but to use a technique. I decided to scrap that for this week’s challenge simply because it’s not every day that I get an opportunity to take pictures of mountains!
At the beginning of March, we were very blessed to be able to take a trip to Calgary Alberta for business. Fortunately, I have many friends on that side of the country and was able to mix in a little bit of pleasure as well!
We arrived on Friday, and my good friend took us on a drive into Banff National Park. This will have been my third time venturing into the mountains, but it never gets old. They are so beautiful in their majestic raw beauty. Not to mention it was a gorgeous sunny day.
The challenge I did this past week for my Project 52 was to capture a high-key bloom, and I chose to do this one in the Easter season because Josh came home with a gorgeous Easter Lily that I knew would be the perfect subject for this challenge.
High-key photography refers to a lighting style where shadows are kept to a minimum, if not completely non-existent. This typically requires lighting the subject against a white background. This type of photography is possible using natural light, reflectors, or flash, or a mixture.
For these first two pictures, the window is to the left. I have a white poster board taped to the wall behind the lily. I actually meant to use my reflector to bounce the natural light onto the right side of the flower, but I forgot! I think it turned out pretty well despite.
I liked the pictures taken in front of the poster board, but I didn’t like how the background looked more grey than white. I have to figure out how to fix that. More light maybe?
I really wanted the “blown-out” look, so I decided to use the same technique I used for the daylight portraits I did in a previous challenge. The picture below is actually taken in front of the window in my dining room!
For all the pictures, I used an ISO of 100 in aperture priority mode at f/4.
In the Easter theme, here are 2 pictures from the festivities on Sunday.
At the end of mass, Fr. James invited the kids to dance during the concluding song. Joseph loved seeing all the kids jumping and dancing. Plus isn’t he soooo adorable in his little bowtie?! The beautiful altar with all those gorgeous flowers 😉
Way back in early February, I hosted a baby shower for my friend Johannah (she was due March 28th! Still no baby…). While I was there, I took pictures of the cake that her sister-in-law had made. I later sent them to her. She seemed impressed with my pictures, because she asked me to take pictures of her little girl for her 2nd birthday! And she wanted to pay me. Whoa.
My immediate reaction was to say no. Having someone hire me to take pictures for them seemed like wayyyyy too much pressure. When I’m just taking pictures for fun, it’s just that. Fun. What if someone paid me and hated the pictures? Or what if I couldn’t take one decent picture? I thought of all the reasons why I shouldn’t and almost wrote her a message to say no. But then I thought of the biggest reason why I should: because it’s a challenge and I wanted to push my boundaries this year.
So I said yes. I told her that she could come here, since it was in the dead of winter and we certainly were not going outside. I charged her for the cost of the materials to make the backdrop. I built a little studio in my dining area. I Pinned a bunch of ideas on Pinterest. The day arrived and I had butterflies! I was so nervous, mostly because I realized I had prepared everything to the last detail except for one important thing: the child! Everything can be controlled, except for the beautifully unique and unpredictable little person who will be coming over.
Taking pictures of someone else’s child was indeed the greatest challenge of this “shoot”. A two year old does not “get it” when it comes to creating Pinterest-worthy pictures. They are squirmy, fidgety, and want to run around. They definitely do not want to sit still and smile in sweetly premeditated poses. There is a lot of bribery that happens 🙂
But I am so happy I did this! I think I ended up with some lovely pictures of her, and it definitely helped to create more confidence in my abilities. Not to mention I got to meet two lovely individuals. It was actually a lot of fun getting to know Julia and figuring out how to make her laugh and smile. I hope I get to see them again!