Well, with my picture posted on Thursday, I wrapped up the 4th week of my 365Project. I got some cool and interesting shots this week. I think my overall favorite shot was my shot of a coke glass that was filled with ice water. I made the glass glow by putting the flash behind the glass. More information on the particular shot can be found in another blog post I did for the shot you can find it here http://emanonphoto.blogspot.com/2010/01/day27-have-cold-one.html Here are the seven shots that I made as part of my 365Project this week.
Originally uploaded by Emanon Photography
I'm blogging about this photo that I shot today because I think it is really cool, and I like it even more each time I look at it. This is a cool example of a single off-camera flash photo.
the set up for this was pretty simple. I placed the glass on the edge of a counter. I set my Canon 40D to Manual mode. My off camera flash for this photo was an old Spiratone Master-Strobe which was connected to my camera with a PC-Sync cord. This old flash unit has 4 power levels, color coded white, yellow, red, and Green, I think the roughly correlate to 1/4 power increments. So the exposure control is made by adjusting the aperture. This flash unit sync with my 40D up to 1/350sec. though this shot was made at 1/250th sec. which is fast enough to pretty much black out the background, which was possible since I cut off all the room lights, so that my flash was the only light source.
Now, with only one light source, positioning it for this shot was critical. I wanted it to look like the glass of ice water was glowing. I experimented with placing the light to both sides, and above, but the shot seemed to be missing the punch. I then moved the flash off to the camera left side, and slightly behind the glass. I also pointed the flash up on an angle toward the top area of the glass. With that change of position, The glass came alive with a cool blue glow. The glass itself is tinted teal glass, and while I was cleaning the image up in Aperture2 I pushed the White-Balance a little bit more toward the blue side.
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Well for all of my fellow photographers out there who started a 365Project with the new year for 2010, I hope you have been able to keep up with it. I almost missed a day but was able to put something together for one of my days earlier this week. for those of you out there who follow me, you might know that I'm working hard to stay motivated with this project and one way I'm doing that is by planning out my shots in advance, one week at a time. This week my shots included Winter, Birds, Historic, Doorways, Low-Angle, Food, and Reflections. You can see all the photos by going to my FlickR set here I'm keeping it organized with the most current photos at the beginning. My favorite shot from the week was this one
The fortune says, "Doing what you like is freedom, Liking what you do is happiness." This was the photo for my 'food' inspiration/theme/subject day.
This week I'll be shooting these themes 'Low-light' which I will be submitting to Shutterbug magazine's Picture This contest (if I get a good shot), Americana, Lines, White, Weather, 'High-Angle', and something with my point and shoot camera.
Stay tuned, so far I have been able to keep up and post one shot each day, and a weekly recap here on my blog. So for everyone else shooting a 365Project, remember the fortune cookie, and keep on shooting.
OK I'm 10 Days into my first 365Project. I know a lot of photographers both amateurs and professionals will at some point in their photographic career start a 365Project. But I always have wondered who finishes. I wonder who makes it past the first week. Well I made it, and if you are working on a project of your own, I hope you have made it this far too. If you have not started your project yet, or you got off track with it already, have no fear, just jump right back on the 365Project train. Before you jump though make a plan, that's right it may not seem necessary, I mean anyone can take and post a picture a day with the new digital technology and posting sites like flickr, right?
Well I started with a plan. Mainly because I know that without one I might have made it through the first couple days, then I would kinda feel lost and might give up. My plan is to pick a theme/subject in advance for each day of the week, then I will think of something of shoot or just go out shooting based on the theme for the day. I has gotten me to day 10, and I know I'll be shooting 'Reflections' tomorrow and 'doorways' the day after that.
The other main point I can make based on what I have learned so far in my project. Shoot and post, even if you are not completely happy with the shot. For my 7th day my subject was 'numbers' I had been out with my camera all day, but couldn't seem to find anything that really worked for what I had in my head. After looking at all the images I had shot I picked one that I was going to post. Because this project is not about any one day, it's about growing as a photographer, building skills and getting more experience behind the viewfinder.
My final tidbit of advice for photographers working on a 365Project is this, don't be affraid to re-shoot something, or reshoot a different idea. As I said above, for my 'numbers' shot for day7 I really didn't much like what I had shot, I decided that before I posted a photo, I would try shooting one more idea. I grabbed my tripod, my RebelXT (because I have a remote trigger for it) and a LED flashlight. I went out into my backyard and started practicing something I have seen before but never tried. "Writing with light" or 'painting with light' it took me about 25 tries before I got what I was looking for, but when I was done, I ad the right picture to post for the day, the picture that pushed my creativity.
Keep going, you will end up somewhere,