In my ongoing attempt to keep the creative side of me flowing (which was the original purpose of this blog), I’ve decided to take on a weekly photo challenge. It sounded like fun, so I’m giving it a try. Photos on the blog are reduced to ensure faster loading. So they actually look BETTER than they do here!
Still a little behind but catching up.
Week ten was “Portrait – Environmental”. The challenge here is to show the subject in their natural environment, tell their story through the environment. Portraiture remains a challenge to me. Finding someone in their environment I could photograph was an even bigger challenge. I did find one, took the picture and either my camera or my computer ate it! Can’t find it anywhere. Very frustrating.
An Irish festival seemed like a place where I might be able to snag some interesting pictures. Some rain put a damper on it so I didn’t get a lot. Was actually two seconds late on this one. The adult was stilled kneeling when I brought the camera up:
Again, nice but not thrilling. I spent some time following the pipers around trying to get a good portrait of the drum major. And it paid off. I really like this one:
Next week’s challenge is Landscape – Reflection. Find the beauty through reflection. A mirror image world. I still have to work out the kinks for my panorama too.
I’ve been struggling with some strange color shifts in the photos. While that gives me a great opportunity to grow my post production skills, I’d rather get good originals. This week went very red/pink. In digging through my settings I see that my white balance control is set to manual. I do not ever remember taking a manual white balance. Which may explain a lot. Learning more about myself as a photographer and my equipment! Pretty good challenge.
This is part of a year-long photographic challenge. Dogwood Photography came up with this interesting challenge (HERE) where you have to come up with a photo a week in one of three categories – Portrait, Landscape or Artistic Impression. Each week has one with a slightly different challenge.
For the folks who are interested in technical type things:
Primary camera is a Fujifilm Finepix S1000fd. It is a 10.0 Megapixel CCD, sensor size is 1/2.3″. I shoot in the Fine JPEG 3648 x 2736 format and usually in the “Chrome” setting.