Saturday, June 19, 2010

Scavenger Hunt

I felt like I lacked creativity this week.  I just couldn’t ‘see’ anything that fit the scavenger hunt assignment.  I sort of felt blah about photography this week, so maybe that’s why.  Anyhow…here are my finds.

1.  Sky – When I first moved from Colorado to California, I was in awe of all the palm trees.  I couldn’t get enough of them.  What I loved most was how they seemed to line every street.  I still love looking up at all the palm trees.DSC_8019_edit_wm

2.  Reflection – This a photo from my archives right after I got my new D90 and my 50mm f/1.8.  This is one my most favorite photos I’ve taken because you can see the two of them, the dog, and me.  It was one of the first times that I could ‘see’ the shot before I took it.  You can see more photos from this walk here.DSC_0069_edit_wm


3.  Health – Now that I have my walking boot off I am very slowly starting to work out.  I don’t want to overdo it and hurt myself again, so I started with a very basic Pilates workout.  I’m hoping that Pilates will help me align my body/hips/feet so that I’m not compensating on one side or another.  Since I was doing a lot of floor work, I put down both my Pilates mats.DSC_7966_edit_wm


4.  Sun Flare – I took several photos with sun flare this week because I realized I have no idea how to get really good sun flare.  I also have no idea how to use it to enhance a photo.  It’s almost like another layer of photography for me – subject, exposure, composition, color, texture, pattern…and sun flare.  Here’s what I learned:  a wider aperture (lower f/ stop) makes a softer, hazier sun flare, while a narrow aperture (high f/stop) makes a starburst.  My prime lens (35mm and 50mm) don’t flare much, but both my zoom lenses do.  I prefer sun flare that comes in from the side and creates ‘bubbles’ in my photo.  Here are my attempts at sun flare.sunflare storyboard

5.  Two of a kind – I enjoy running and walking through the neighborhoods near our house.  There are some really unique houses and I often wonder what kind of people live in these houses.  This house in particular is symmetrical in nearly every aspect and the front is shaped almost like an isosceles triangle.  This house appeals to the engineer in me, and I love the little mural at the top.  Admittedly, photographing something that appeals the engineer in me, makes for one of the most boring photos I’ve ever taken.  It doesn’t appeal to the creative side of me at all.  I have no idea who lives in this house, but I imagine they are Type A personalities.DSC_8026_edit_wm

Assignment due June 27.  Remember one photo can be from your archives.

1.  Summer

2.  Letter A

3.  Celebration

4.  Door

5.  Symbol of Love


Ashley Sisk said...

These are all wonderful shots - I just posted mine.

mrs.magoo said...

Oh I think they came out great!! I know it is tough when you feel you are lacking creativity, but they all look wonderful - I love the bubble sunflare too :)

Kindred Spirit said...

These are all incredible! And I can see why the "reflection" is one of your favorites. It really caught my eye, LOVE it :D