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Week 17 – Urbanscape

This weeks assignment from the 52 week photo challenge was a bit of a change up. It’s landscape week, but instead of heading to the woods or the mountains, the challenge was to shoot a “landscape style” shot in the city. As it turns out, I have another project in mind that calls for a skyline and a waterway, so that meant that I could – possibly – kill two birds with the same shoot. We’ll see how the other project develops, but as for a cityscape I was fairly pleased. The subject is Jacksonville, Florida. I often travel to […]

Milky Way – Take 2

One of my goals this year has been to learn astrophotography. Well, at least to begin to learn. I suspect I will spend the rest of my life on the process. I had my first opportunity to photograph the Milky Way last month, and I was relatively pleased with the process. By that I mean you could actually see the Milky Way and it was reasonably in focus! Those are low expectations, I know, but they were realistic. I wanted to get back out as quickly as I could to try to build on that first experience. My wife and […]

Why Go to a Photography Workshop?

Let’s face it, there are a hundred ways to learn new things. Well, maybe there are really only three or four, but one of those ways is “online” and there are hundreds of places online to learn just about anything. Want to learn math, or cooking, or French or how to change your oil? No problem. A quick Google search and a few YouTube videos later you are on your way. Of course you can still learn by taking a class, or reading a book, or watching someone else in real life. You can even pick up the old “trial […]

Week 12: Transportation

This week’s assignment for the 52 week photo challenge was from the artistic category: Transportation – Our world is one defined by how we get around. Literal or interpretative, find inspiration in transportation. As it happened, I found myself over on the South Carolina Coast with some time in front of one our state’s most iconic sites: the Arthur Ravenel Bridge, which spans the Cooper River along the Charleston Peninsula. There is no shortage of imagery of this bridge. It has become the de facto logo for Charleston and it’s likeness is everywhere. Aside from graphic representations, photographers have shot […]

Week 11: Landscape Reflection

The 52 week photo challenge from Dogwood Photography rotates between 3 distinct categories: portraits, landscapes, and artistic shots. It only stands to reason that there will be some overlap between those genres. Week 11, a landscape week, is a good example. Here’s the assignment: Find a way to show your landscape/natural beauty in reflection. The mirror world revealed. So we’re looking at a landscape through an artistic lens. No pun intended. I found my subject at Middleton Place in Charleston, SC. Any place that has a body of water referred to as the “Reflection Pool” is probably a good place to start for finding reflection images. The setting sun illuminated this tree, highlighting […]

Week 7: Faceless Portrait

So the 52 Week Photo Challenge assignment this week was pretty straightforward: Tell someone’s story without showing their face. Photojournalism, or even street photography, came to mind this week. Literal storytelling. I could envision a heart-broken person, face buried in his hands. Or perhaps someone who is overjoyed, with his face turned toward the heavens, or buried in an embrace with a loved one. I probably should have grabbed a picture of a small boy playing peek-a-boo. But, then, I saw something. I was out, working on a shot, when I noticed my shadow. Candidly a picture like this is […]

Week 5: Black and White Landscape

After studying German for five years of my youth, you would think that I would remember more than a few odd words and spurious phrases. However, when you consider just how long ago my youth was, and how little I have used my German over the years decades, you probably shouldn’t be that surprised. One of the few things that I remember is particularly relevant this week’s entry for the photo challenge. “Besser spät als nie.“ I know this post is late. Week 5 officially ended a couple of days ago. I didn’t get out to take the shot until […]

Week 4: Headshot

The 52 Week Photography challenge, as composed by Dogwood Photography, rotates between three categories: portraits, landscapes and artistic shots. On the fourth week, then, we are back at our first category: portraits. This week’s challenge was to take a headshot. As they said, “You shot a selfie, now shoot a “selfie” of someone else!” My week 1 self portrait was done in the traditional style of a headshot: bright, white background. fairly sterile. I wanted this week’s version to be a little more refined and stylized. To be refined, I had to start with a different model! For that matter, […]

Week 3: Red

It snowed yesterday. I don’t know where you live, so maybe that’s not a big deal to you. After all, snowfall in January in the northern hemisphere isn’t really that unusual. Unless you live where I do, in South Carolina. Every couple of years we get enough snow to notice, and yesterday was that day. Schools, government offices and most businesses around here shut down at the mention of the possibility of a snowflake sighting, so that leaves time to get outside. For me, it also meant a chance to complete the third week of this year’s photography challenge.