Inspiration: #NoFilter (Week 6 Challenge)

We are plugging along to week 5.  This week’s challenge, as part of the Dogwood 52, was to get a shot that you didn’t do any photoshop to other than standard exposure adjustments.  This week’s subject was not my faithful buddy, Houdini.  It was actually my other puppy buddy, Asher.  He spent a day with me last month and I got some good shots of him specifically for this challenge.  So, here are a couple of those:

Those are all cute.  They are all serviceable.  I particularly do like the one with his little bugger of a snout in focus.  They all display his personality.  However, I liked one a bit better.  Not because these aren’t great.  I liked my selection better because it was more in focus and the natural light show’s Ash Monster’s redish fur a bit better.  Here it is, my week 6 submission.

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Composition: Symmetry Landscape (Week 5 Challenge)

So….. yeah….   We are like 10 weeks into the year now, eh?  I’m a little behind.  I got caught up on this one because I haven’t had my camera on me when I was actually outside viewing landscapes.

Below is my contribution for week 5 of the Dogwood Photography Challenge.  It’s not my best work.  It’s not my worst.  I just wanted to follow the guidelines with something that looked mostly symmetrical.  I took this on a trail at the Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve.  It’s a county park just outside of Green Bay.  It’s a beautiful place.  I highly recommend that you check it out sometime.

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Story Telling: Warmth (Week 4 Challenge)

I am a little late getting this one posted.    Another somewhat busy week and the weather was so craptastic that it was hard to find the motivation to shoot.  However, this week was probably a better week for this challenge than I would have initially thought.

Lots of snow.  Plenty of chill.  Should be easy to show some kind of warmth in contrast to the winter.  The featured photo here isn’t the one I chose, but it is a damn good example of what I was thinking.  Here are a handful of the options I had for my official week 4 selection:

Now, the header footer and the hot cocoa photos are completely fine and dandy.  However, I set a personal side challenge for this week to submit a picture that didn’t directly or indirectly include my faithful sidekick, Houdini.  He’s a handsome German Shepherd and deserves to be featured as much as possible, but not this week for the sake of me trying to do something different.  That’s what you’ll see him in the top image of this post.  Well, you see his silhouette in the featured image.  It’s great and tells a story, but it isn’t the one I went with.  This however, is my submission:

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Just nothing but me and the warmth of the fire on the coldest night of the year (-50ish with the windchill).  It is simple, to the point, and should make you feel the warmth through your screen.   Let me know what you think of any of these.

Last week was a black and white photo of inspiration.

The week before that was a motion shot.

Inspiration: Black and White

We’re at the week three point in this 52 week challenge.  I’ll be entirely honest.  I’m having a tough time finding the extra time to devote to the challenge.  Life happens.  However, I am still committed to getting something submitted each week.

This week, we had to take a photo to be done in black and white.  The idea around it was one word: inspiration.  Well, when I can’t go out and shoot something out in the external world, I find inspiration in my world.  Realistically speaking, of of the more inspiring aspects of my life is my faithful pooch, Houdini.  Sure, I used a pic of him last week.  However, I had a great opportunity for a nice shot on Saturday morning with the light coming through the living room window.  So yeah, here’s my week 3 submission.

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Here’s an alternate version of the same photo, but I didn’t think it was as dramatic.  Maybe I am wrong tho:

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Here’s another one from that morning that didn’t make the official cut, but I’ll be damned if he isn’t handsome anyway:

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And finally, here’s one from a couple weeks back that I wish I had taken this week so it was eligible for the challenge:

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Here’s last week if you want to check it out.

And week one too.

Let me know what you think in the comments.

Composition: Rule of Thirds Motion (Week 2 Challenge)

This one is up a little late.

Oops.  Life happens.  It’s been a busy week.  However, I was able to capture a photo that I think goes with the theme.  The idea is to use the rule of thirds for composition and somehow demonstrate motion with your photo.

So, here it is.  My all-time favorite subject doing is all-time favorite activity.  Houdini jumping to catch a snowball.  Seriously, there’s nothing in life that he loves more.  Honestly, action shots of this boy are some of the best things I capture.

So yeah, here’s my Dogwood Photo Challenge Week 2 selection:

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Here’s what I did last week.

Next week, the challenge is “Inspiration: Black and White”

Story Telling: Self-Portrait (Week 1 Challenge)

Here is is.  My week 1 submission for the Dogwood Photography Challenge.  The category was Story Telling: Self-Portrait.  Basically, we had to do a portrait that doesn’t show our face, but does tell something about who we are.  Some folks obscured their face in some way.  Others did more of an environmental portrait.    I chose that route.  Here’s a little bit about me, in one shot.

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Photography Challenge: Week 1 Early Efforts

Hi, as you read the other day, I am partaking in the Dogwood Photograph 52 Week Photography Challenge.  The first week’s challenge involves a self-portrait that tells a story about you without showing your face.  Seeing as photography is an art, I decided to take my own interpretation of the week’s category.  With that being said, my idea was to shoot an environmental portrait that doesn’t feature me directly.

I decided to show my world, so to speak.  Where I live, work, hangout.  Stuff like that.  So, here is what I’ve got so far.  One of these might be what I go with for the challenge.  I still might find something else.   Feel free to let me know what you think.

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