Last night I had some successes in the Light & Shadow Camera Club in Pictorial, Travel and Photojournalism. A couple first places and thirds. I’m excited since I still feel pretty new to photography and I have only had a DSLR since September of ’09. Yes, I have had other point-and-shoot cameras, but I never took them too seriously. The other photographers in the club are very experienced and constantly put out amazing photographs and I learn quite a bit from their work, techniques and criticisms. Placing in competition could be a bad thing however, it will just encourage me which will likely lead to wanting more lenses, filters, flashes, etc etc.
Here are the images I submitted that did well.
I’ve decided that want to practice more with the sun and the warm effects it can have in the mornings and evenings on subjects. This evening I spent about 20 minutes chasing this photo with various angles on different leaves. The nice thing about leaves is they cooperate, even if the wind is blowing them all around.
In contrast, I spent the sun’s waning time with my kids on getting some portraits with similar lighting. As you might imagine, the kids are not as cooperative as the oak leaves. That is why you only get to see the leaf today.
Starting from later in the game doesn’t make it easy to do all of the Daily Shoot assignments. I took some time over the holiday to try and catch up on a photo-walk around town. Here is what I came up with for a few of the assignments.
Clockwise from the top left:
#ds9: “You might not be next to an ocean, but surely you can find some water around you to take a photo of.”
#ds14: “Sunday challenge time! Pattern is built on repetition, like a rhythm. Make a photo of a regular or irregular pattern.”
#ds16: “Doors can have a lot of character, be it in the hinges, knob, or style. Make a photo of a door you pass through today.”
#ds17: “Let’s play around with contrast today, to help train the eye for it. Make a photo that has contrasting colors.”
It was quite cold, for a Californian, this morning. I like the steel colors that are warmed up by the leaf. Also, I love the individual crystals. The focus is just perfect to see each crystal along the leaf. The bushes in the far background deepen the color just before the picture trails off near the top. This is one of my favorite photos.
A nice fall leaf. I like the deep gray background on this one.