I know it is already the first week of February... but I do have photos from weeks 1-4 that I want to share and will start with those shortly. For me, the impetus for starting this project 52 is as simple as making a weekly commitment to this site. I always learn so much whenever I visit CiC; whether reading feedback people give on various photos; receiving critique on my own; critiquing others, or the many other forms of advice so freely shared. But I've fallen into the habit of being here "in waves"... usually the lull between crests of "busy-ness" at work or in life generally. I'd like to make a commitment to come to the site at least weekly to both read and share so that my learning and reflection are more constant.
Please feel free to critique and offer any advice on the photos I share. All comments are very welcome. I'm also happy if people wish to rework something to illustrate the point they are making.
So let me get rolling...
1/52 - Glow of the City
From one of my favourite outlooks; Hervey's Range. The night sky overlooking Townsville. This was my first attempt at a starry night sky even though I'd been reading, learning and interested for some time. I got a new 14mm f/2.8 Samyang lens for Xmas mostly for this specific purpose and wanted to try it out. It was quite windy which didn't make for the best conditions for the long exposure, but I was pleased with my first attempt. Though it felt a bit noisy and overprocessed.
2/52 - Why I love early mornings
My new camera arrived and this was one of my first outings with it. I was still trying to orient myself with the new found "wideness" of my wide-angle lenses. I wasn't especially happy with the sharpness in the foreground. I was reminded that I now have new hyperfocal distance tables to learn...
3/52 - My old girl
My goal in taking this photo initially was to practice with back-lit subjects to get more of a feel for the metering in the D600. It evolved into a post-processing learning experience from there. I actually posted a thread asking for help, which I duly received. My beautiful old girl has bad cataracts and I was trying to make a realistic looking brown iris. Thread is here. Resultant photo below:
4/52 - Two images to share:
4/52 (a) A birthday present
Received a camera bag in my favourite colour for my birthday. So took a photo to show my appreciation. While it is nothing especially technical, it moved away from my usual landscapes and dog photos. It was a bit of a learning experience getting to move and position the subject in the light and within the frame rather than moving myself to frame the scene. A subtle difference, but it was an interesting experiment.
4/52(b) Another beach sunrise
Happier with my focus in this attempt at the beach. I also learned that morning that I MUST block out the eyepiece for long exposures with the new camera. I was trying a 30sec exposure of this same scene but ended up with a harsh light streak on the images. While I mostly got away with just a hand sheilding the viewfinder with my D90; that is not adequate anymore. So this experience led to me reading my instruction manual for live view which I've never really used before.