This weeks challenge against friend and photographer Jonathan Miksanek was simply “nature.” Limited rules.
I really like my results. I’ve got some pretty decent photos for shooting at noon. After editing my photos using Photoshop, I realized I’m a lot more liberal about my post-processing in Instagram. I decided to go ahead and tone more closely to my Instagram photos instead of trying to be “correct.” I pushed my blacks, played with color maybe too much, and didn’t let the histogram tell me what I should be doing. I shoot around outside a lot, so I let this challenge be more about noticing the details in nature. Sure, I enjoy the landscape stuff, but I was more interested in watching the light on leaves. I was looking for interesting shadows. Abstract shapes. I had fun beginning to end.
Check out Jonathan’s photos here:
I just wanted to post a visual account of some things that have happened to me this week.
Let’s start with my friend James. He had a very successful Kickstarter that lead to his first album. He had a show for the release of the album, and I shot a photo of him and the audience. He’s come so far, and everyone around him is very proud.
Less importantly, my fish had babies. I’ve been taking care of catfish youngsters. Exciting stuff. Here’s a cell phone photo from day one eggs.
I attended a crazy annual whipped cream fight at the local high school. I’ll be talking about that in a blog post later on.
I wrecked my car for the first time. Cell phone shot before they towed it away.
I was able to shoot Morton High School’s graduation. Here’s a photo of some of the chaos that comes with putting on those mortarboards.
Here’s a preview of my next challenge blog with Jonathan Miksanek:
I’m currently working on a series of photo challenges with Jonathan, a photographer I work with at the Ball State Daily News. The first project was a self portrait. We agreed to one light only. Anything else was game.
My goals were really simple: get experience using my soft box, play with light, and do a little portrait research. I’d be happy just accomplishing that.
At some point, I will be doing more challenging, conceptual self portraits, but this challenge wasn’t the time to do it.
With a little soft box and a speedlite, I started with a sort of Rembrandt-esque technique. The light was angled and relatively close to me, which would create a drop off of light on my face. I thought this would create an interesting shadow I could play with.
I’m happy with the photo. It’s not any sort of studio masterpiece, but it’s a fun Facebook profile photo, and it helped me dive a little deeper into portrait photography. I reached my goals, set a small platform for me to jump from, and got myself excited for other portraits. Good thing that was exactly the point.
Self portraits aren’t particularly easy logistically, so I might need a model to help me out next time.
I’ll be discussing our next challenge in a couple of weeks. So check back.
In the meantime, I intend to do a small symmetry project this week.
You can check out Jonathan and his super cool, artsy entry here.