Fortnight Focus on Photography – Week 1

Ah, alliteration!

It’s been nearly a year since I moved back to the UK from Basel, Switzerland.  It’s been an interesting year, a thoughtful year, a year where I have battled (and am mostly winning) with my ‘stuff’ and one in which I have sort of given myself a bit of a year off from too much work.  That’s one of the main reasons you’ve not seen too many updates here.  Well, that is about to change!  My year is nearly over and I have recharged my creative juices, refreshed my thinking and am ready to have my camera in hand whenever you see me!

To kick this all off, I am lucky (?) enough to have a full two weeks to myself;  no child, no big events or occasions – just me, my house and my camera.  In those two weeks I have big plans, for both me and my work.

So, my summer challenge to myself is to do a creative focus on photography for a couple of weeks.  Each day over the next two weeks  (27th July until the 9th August) I will take a different challenge or focus that involves photography and see where it takes me.  I will happily take requests and suggestions, leave a comment below.   Feel free to join in if you like too!

 

Day 1:  Rainbow colours (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet)

Here is a row of rainbow coloured photos from around my house and garden (it’s rainy today here in Sheffield, so I didn’t go out further afield).  I’ve exclusively used my macro lens (Canon 100mm F/2.8 IS L).  These photos took less than 5 minute to take (and a bit more than that to upload, edit and format).

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Day 2:  Texture (50 shades of Grey)

This one is easy.  My absolute favourite texture in my house is contained within my 4 amazing Gotland Sheepskins from Little Whitehall Farm.  I have 4 now, well, I have three and Maia has one.  They are all cherished and make up a feeling of home and happy memories.  These photos have not been converted into B&W.

 

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Day 3:  Unusual Perspective

Something I’ve been thinking of doing for a while.  A unusual photo, the solution to how it was made is up on my FB Fan page if you are interested!

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Day 4:  Arty nude

The most PC one for this page.  Purposely blurry.  For those that are not offended by breasts, I also tried to emulate a photo I liked.  Click here to see how I did.  Password is emulate.

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Day 5:  Film Developing and Sensor cleaning

I’ve noticed these last few days that I have quite a bit of dust on my sensor.  I had film to develop too, so I have taken the opportunity today to go to Harrisons, the camera shop with the best reputation in Sheffield.  I thought it was about time we got aquainted.   It’s a nice shop, with knowledgable staff and lots of pretty shiny things.   I kept to my mission – sensor cleaning and putting my film in to be delveloped.  Next Tuesday I will find out exactly what was on the films.  In addition to the array below, there was also a disposable, a lomography fisheye roll of film and an underwater disposable.  So, nothing every exciting today, but how many of you have rolls of film undeveloped or sensors that need cleaning???

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Day 6: 
The Best Camera

Armed only with my phone I planned to join a Meet Up group for a ramble in the Peak District.  As it happens, I had traveled to the start for the walk that was happening the following day.  I was a long way off where I should be.  This caught my eye, so is my Photo Focus for today, alongside a pretty view that I took cycling to a Dairy farm later that day to buy some milk direct.  The aim of the post will be to re-iterate Chase Jarvis and say that,  The Best Camera is the one that is with you.

 

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Day 7:  Find some Vitamin D

So, I went back to the Edale train station and found my walking group.  I took my little camera with me this time and here are a few awesome landscapes from my 13 mile walk.  Lovely.

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Current ideas for future days:

  • Take a photo of each bike for insurance purposes (for you it might be jewelry, tech gear or any other valuables)
  • Back ups and digital  de-cluttering
  • Abstract B&W pics (of me?) – this concentrates on contrast
  • Pets
  • Get rolls of film developed (I know I have at least a couple of rolls I need to take in)
  • Stock take camera  gear and use something you haven’t for a while (I have an awesome filter that I’ve rarely used, but felt I *must* have)
  • Updated headshot (with a white background for application purposes)
  • Friends and loved ones
  • Instagram my meals for a day
  • Awesome landscape
  • Lego people (or any other toy) and silly situations
  • Light – the main focus of the picture
  • Dark – the main focus of the picture
  • Pick a photo that brings you joy and do something with it
  • Thank you cards

 

  • Jennifer Sinclair - Brilliant idea .

  • JamesP - Love the rainbow colours. Very striking.
    If you want some challenges then here’s a few to consider – perhaps one will interest you enough to have a go at 🙂

    1. View from the other side. Stuff viewed from… well… the other side.
    2. Unsymmetrically identical (identical ‘things’, 2 or more, but photographed together to appear different).
    3. Plane to see (the narrowest, tiniest plane of focus capturing a single part that makes it obvious what the object is. And I want some recognition for my awesome title. Actually not too far off what you have in the Rainbow Colours photo to an extent!).
    4. Old and Young. Photos of modern life made to appear old-fashioned.

    Cracking photography, glad you’re getting back into it.

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