Year of the Photo is a self-imposed challenge to take a unique photograph every day for a year. Each day we will shoot a common theme allowing us to not only exhibit our own photo but see the other's interpretation. Our goal in this is to expand our creativity, inspire each other and ultimately become better photographers. This is not a competition nor contest. We are undertaking this as a joint venture because like all things in life, a photography challenge is better when you have a friend to share it with.
Not as many soft things as you might think so we both go with stuffed animals! I almost went to McDonald's to get a soft ice cream cone. I didn't break my diet which would make my belly 'soft'.
ISO 100 50mm f/1.8 1/250 sec
Regardless of his age, Teddy is super soft. No matter how dark it may seem at times, Teddy is always waiting with open arms.
The black surrounding him was a pleasant surprise. Since nothing was behind him for about 10 feet, and the shutter speed 1/125 nothing except what was hit directly by the flash was picked up by the cameras sensors. Makes complete sense in retrospect but I definitely learned something new.
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Melting an ice cube was out so I carved a heart and melted the sucker. No flash either!
ISO 100 43mm f/2.8 1/2 sec
OK, so I may not be winning any awards in the next while for my Photoshop steam, but for someone who's used the program about 15 times in total I'm quite happy with it :) We boiled a couple of pots of water to try and get real steam but it just wasn't happening. I think I would need to put a direct light source on it to make it appear better.
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I tried scaring Victoria and taking a picture but that turned out badly. Not just photo wise but now I'm in the dog house. I still could use the photos that I took of her for 'fear', 'anger' and possibly 'dead man'.
ISO 100 24mm f/9.0 1/250 sec
Definitely the most time consuming and technically challenging photo to date. This photo was the first time I became more of an 'art director' than a photographer. This shot is meant to be over-exaggerated so I picked out vibrant panties, adding some details (the band-aid on Kelly's knee is Dora the Explorer) and constantly made sure the fabric wrinkles were good, hands and hair were in the right place and lighting was acceptable (based on 1 flash with no umbrellas).
Thanks to Kelly for letting me shoot her in such a seemingly revealing state. For those of you wondering, the striped panties are were just a prop, her shirt is covering her real ones ;)
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Not as tasty as rice crispy squares but more refreshing!
While staring at a caramel, the idea came to me. A square made out squares made out of squares (well the caramel part at least). The red background is our Christmas Table Runner all bunched up. Creating the stacks of food took longer than expected, and yes Kelly and I both have stomach aches from picking at the food. Thanks to Kelly for making the Rice Crispy Squares on a days notice.
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ISO 100 24mm f/5.6 1/250 sec
Taking a cue from James, I decided to make today's shot about learning something new. Today's lesson was depth of field. While I've always understood the concept, I spent some time adjusting settings and paying attention to the varying results to achieve the shot I wanted; blurry top and bottom with focus about 70% up the tower.
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I agree with Matt as to how hard it is to take a photo a day. I'm going to try my best to keep on it as I see how much creativity comes out of it. I'm really happy with the shots I've done so far with how little time I've invested in them.
For the pastels there were two flashes set on very low power to allow a wide aperture to get lots of depth of field. I learned a lot more about my flashes (Vivitar 285HV's and a Canon 580EX II) as before I didn't know how to bring them below 1/16 power. It may be late and the picture isn't amazing as I'd like but I learned something new.
ISO 100 70mm f/2.8 1/250 sec
Wow a photo a day is not as easy as I originally thought! I think the challenge will need to become 365 photos in a year rather than a daily photo as life sometimes is time consuming. With this said, I present RED.
This shot was Kelly's idea. She was out and she bought me roses, awwww.
To take this shot we turned off the lights, bounced the flash (Canon 430EX II) off of a red velvet pillow and that was it. The wall in the background is actually cream but the red reflection worked wonders.
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