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.

This week’s challenge was “Red. Shoot whatever inspires you. Red should be the focus of the image. Don’t be afraid to be creative.” Well, the snow inspired me, but snow is white, not red. Besides, it was not a colorful day. It was a black and white day. Notice the picture of the train tracks above. It was that kind of day. Even “color” pictures didn’t have much color. Notice the shot of the trees below. That’s not a black and white image. It was just a black and white day.

As I mentioned in my week 2 post, I was already thinking about our shed. It met the qualification of being red, and it was – literally – right in my own backyard. So I wandered out back with a 35 mm lens and grabbed, essentially, a snapshot. Then I played with longer exposures to experiment with moving clouds, or a more moody atmosphere. I looked at different angles and heights and whatever else that I could think of. But in the end, I stuck with the most straightforward image of the bunch. After a slight crop I finished up with this:

Week 3: Red Shed on a Snowy Day

When I look at this picture, I feel like I did when I was in the yard taking it. Cold. Quiet. Still. The color of the shed was the only thing that stood out under the dark canopy of clouds. So, if a picture is supposed to capture an emotion, I suppose this one succeeds, at least for me.

Technical details:

  • Nikon D7100
  • 35 mm
  • ISO 100
  • 1/13 at f16

Challenges and things to work on: This shot was not particularly challenging. I suppose that I need to continue to work on the aspect of creativity itself. I am sure that this could have been presented in a more dramatic way, even though I like the simplicity of it as it stands.

The takeaway: I like making pictures, rather than just taking them. I had this image in mind before I ever stepped outside. Yes, you always leave room for what you might discover and improve in the process, but the images that I am always happiest with are those that I have already “seen” in some way.

Next up: “Headshot – You shot a selfie, now shoot a “selfie” of someone else!” Guess who just got a new background that he is eager to try? Sounds like I have an excuse to put somebody in front of it!

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