Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Photography Challenge Week 17

This week's photography prompt certainly put the challenge in photography challenge! It started simply enough by asking us to shoot a balanced image. The twist was to do so in a way that it would represent the "Accidental Renaissance" style. What the heck is that? I spent some quality time with Google to try to understand this photo movement. It all began, supposedly, when someone posted a photograph online in 2014 of a brawl in the Ukranian Parliament.  The photo was shared on Twitter, and the comment was that it looked like a Renaissance painting. The photo went viral, and the term "Accidental Renaissance" was coined.

The renaissance period was from the 14th-17th centuries, so I looked at a lot of paintings from that time period. It struck me that lighting was key for getting the shot. Obviously, if I was going to stage the subject matter, it takes the "accidental" out of the equation. I selected items I had here at the house - my mom's hymnal, my husband's grandfather's glasses, my pearls, my husband's pocket watch, my parent's original wedding bands, and an old skeleton key. My husband held the light source so I could experiment with light angles. I'm pretty happy with the end result.

Dogwood Photography Challenge Week 17

Monday, April 22, 2019

Photography Challenge Weeks 15 and 16

The Week 15 Challenge called for us to take a photo with the inspiration being Anonymous, which we could interpret however we liked. While taking photos at Tower Grove Park, I saw this couple enjoying the sunshine on a bench, and photographed them through the daffodils.

Dogwood Photography Challenge Week 15
For Week 16, we were to tell a story while only using shadow. This caused some lively discussion amongst the Dogwood Photography Facebook group members as folks discussed whether a silhouette was a shadow, or how about a reflection in the water? And could other items appear in the photo besides the shadow? But it all comes back to the fact that this challenge is whatever you make it to be. Below is what I came up with on Saturday - shadows of tulips at the Missouri Botanical Garden. I don't know how compelling the story is, but I feel it stays true to the prompt given for the weekly challenge.

Dogwood Photography Challenge Week 16

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Photography Challenge Week 14

Composition: Center Frame Portrait was the charge for this week. You can isolate your subject by centering them in the photo. But the added caveat was to create a portrait that exhibits loneliness. I recently flew into the Charlotte airport, and the mood of this photo seemed right to me.

Dogwood Photography Challenge Week 14