This month’s theme is portraits. I have much more of an interest in this, and a subject that I love putting in front of my camera. Last week, Bryan and I took a walk through the river valley on a lovely, cloudy day (perfect light for pictures) and he allowed me to prop him in front of various things and take pictures from a thousand angles, yelling awkward directions like, “Uh, could you not hold your head like that?” and “Stand up STRAIGHT, you look like an old man!” (Yeah, my photography bedside manner could use some polishing, haha.) It was really fun and I got a few shots that I am quite happy with. I am looking forward to doing it again soon! Maybe with a different model this time? (Any volunteers? I promise I won’t yell at you!)
I can’t believe the project is halfway done and I didn’t even realize it!
This photo project has been a bit of an after thought for me in the last few months. In the waning days of the month, I look out the window and think, “Oh yeah. I need to take those pictures.” And then I shrug, and go about doing whatever I was doing before.
Perhaps it is that the themes aren’t particularly inspiring me at the moment. Or perhaps it is that my creative energy is being put to different uses. Either way, I think it is useful, in its way, to have a creative project that I am not really invested in. It is teaching me to do it even when I don’t really want to. Doing the work, even when it doesn’t exactly excite me.
That being said, while the project was an after thought, and I didn’t even manage to get a shot of the river valley (AGAIN, I know, I know), I did get some images that I really, really like in June. So there’s that.
Without further ado, I present you with: Night Life.
What about you? Have you been flagging on any projects lately, or have you in the past? Did you pull out of it, or just grind your way through?
What is the macro challenge, you ask? This: figure out a way to make a bunch of close-ups of random stuff look interesting. Step number one was making sure that I took photos of more than just plants. Step two was … well, I didn’t really have a step two.
Originally, the theme for May was portraits. But when May 22 rolled around and I had taken only one (blurry, badly composed, defiantly subpar) photo, I knew I needed to change things up. I’d been falling behind on this project for a while already, and I didn’t want to continue that downward spiral. So I made the executive decision to switch the themes for May and July; I’ll be doing those portraits in the summer instead. May is a fabulous time for macros anyway: spring is in full swing around me, and all I want to do is bury my nose in all the delicious details anyway.
So here are a few (if 26 can be called “a few”) from the photo walk that I took last week! It felt so great to get out of the apartment and just wander around with my camera. I forgot how creatively liberating that can be.
Also, here is my river valley photo of my favorite bridge, from a slightly different perspective. I dig this photo pretty hard.
And two portraits of Bryan. Haven’t decided which one to officially include in the project yet.
Check out the rest of the photo project here. I think May macros has been my favorite so far. What about you? Do you have a favorite from this series, or are you working on a year-long project of your own? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!
My favorite thing that we did in Vegas was actually the thing that took us furthest from the Strip and all its craziness: we rented a car and drove the 2.5 hours to Zion National Park. And it. was. amazing. I had no idea what to expect. Bryan was really gungho about the idea and orchestrated everything, including getting up early on the day and taking a cab to the airport to pick up our rental car, as well as returning it amidst the chaotic traffic on the Strip later on (my hero). I was basically tagging along because he was so into it.
But oh God, this place was like nothing I’d ever seen before. It reminded me of the mountains, but not. Everything was so red. Even the road. The asphalt throughout the park was stained red from all the rock dust, I guess, and I thought that was so cool. Every twist in the road brought some new thing to take our breath away.
We decided to do the Canyon Overlook hike, which is a really easy, one mile round-trip hike with incredible views at the end. It took us almost two hours because we stopped every five feet or so to take pictures, and I don’t regret a minute of it. We got a bit lost trying to find it, which is quite the feat, since there is literally only one road to follow, but we eventually made it there. I tried to cull these down but just couldn’t decide on any to cut, so here, you get to enjoy them all. 🙂
I failed a lot less than I thought, actually, so that’s nice.
I didn’t manage to get a photo of the river valley from my usual spot, so the super grainy, low quality snap I got from the other side will have to suffice for this month. I did, however, manage to get a decent portrait of Bryan, as well as 25 of the 31 photos I aimed for. Considering how uninspired I felt by this theme, and how difficult I thought it was, I ended up with a lot more photos than I thought I had. Go me.
So here are the last of March’s pictures, and good riddance to this theme. Onwards and upwards to April: architecture.
All photos for March (except Bryan’s portrait) were taken on my Samsung Galaxy S4 and edited with VSCOcam.
ISO 400 || 28 mm at f/5.0 || 1/6
Find the whole project here. Which was your favorite from this month? Share your thoughts and whatever projects you have been working on in the comments.