I’ll say that while doing a daily video project results in some amazing quality time with my video cameras, it does very little for my still photo work. I wouldn’t exactly call it a resolution –and loyal readers will probably have heard this refrain before– but I think I’d like to try to do a monthly photo theme project… again. But actually do it this time. The theme wouldn’t limit my photo-taking, but it will hopefully let’s-call-it-inspire me to actually go out and take more pictures. Kicking it off then? January’s theme is “Fire & Ice” — and for the record, these themes will be interpreted very liberally. Look for some submissions as the month (and year) presses on.
Sunlight, fresh snow, and a staged selfie-esque running photo. There were a few good ones, but I like the one backlit by the sun through the snow-covered trees.
Probably something with sunsets and silhouettes. But there were a few of those.
I’m gonna go with the epic lightning bolt pic I captured from the doorway of our garage during that storm a couple weeks ago.
It was an awesome outdoor kinda weekend, and I took advantage of it by (among other things) killing some weeds in the backyard and giving the upper hand to the perennials in the various flowerbeds. It meant lots of dirty hands, bags of compostable plant matter, and startling about fifty little red and black lady bugs from their hiding places among the soon-to-be removed detritus.
Claire and her friend took some captive, temporarily, and I took the opportunity to pull out my camera and macro lens for some photographic fun times.
There were lots to choose from, what with my photo-a-day effort, but I think I like the sledding photo from December 7th the best.
There was a group selfie I took on the (otherwise disastrous) Neon Run that was pretty awesome.
Because of Iceland I took so many, but my fav is the one of Claire pinching her nose in the sulphur fields. It is currently the wallpaper on my phone.
I think it would be a toss up between one of those exquisitely-metered family shots I took at the wedding, or that spider-web-in-the-sunset shot that nearly got me stung by a wasp while trying to snap it.
They are elusive little buggers, dragonflies.
Fast, skittish, and with a sense of timing to irk the most patient photographer, when I happened to be in the backyard snapping away on another series of much-more-mundane images and a pair of mating anisoptera found fit to jostle their game into the view of my lens, I did the only sensible thing that I could in the moment: I started snapping.
Of course, my shutter and aperture settings were all wrong for fast movement.
And my auto-focus was in that all-too-scattered “servo” mode.
And even mating, they were bustling, buzzing, darting, scooting, and flitting about for that short thirty seconds of opportunity, with a complete disregard for my depth of field and limited camera optics.
But I snapped away anyhow.
The result –and this particular result that I’m submitting for my photo challenge– a smudge of motion and colour may not have been the most crisp of images that I took in those few short moments, but it struck me as reaching into the blur of energy that defined that span of time and capturing something more than a crystal, pixel-perfect snapshot of two carousing insects.
The Pixel Game
Episode 001. A roll of the die and a simple challenge met as follows.
style | post-processed | cropped and colour corrected
primary palette | single colour emphasis | green
subject / theme | nature / flora / fauna | mating dragonflies
bonus for… | non-standard lens | 100mm macro
The fact I took so many more was good, but that first snap on the new camera –a picture of a smiling Claire– was probably the so-called best.