I joined fellow photographer friends for a “photo a week” project. Here are our prompts. This week, number nine, is “animal”, in case you want to join us! Of the eight I’ve taken for this “challenge”, my favorites have been week 4 bokeh and week 6 hands.
You may remember the following photo from that time I brought snow into the house for our 3.5-yr old (J) to play with since it was too cold to be outside. I took this one to represent “bokeh” since I was recently reminded that bokeh is the aesthetic quality of the blur and is not limited to light sources that are out-of-focus. To create bokeh, use a small f-stop. I used f/2.8. A smaller f-stop actually means the lens is open more. Counter-intuitive, I know. Took me a while to “get it” too.
For the “hands” prompt, I took a lot of photos. I was trying to make the hands the subject without taking the hands out of context, if that makes any sense. So, here’s my favorite one. It’s of Baby O’s hand. My favorite part is the reflection of her arm and hand in the water that she is playing with.
Other “hand” photos I took: Baby O sucking on her hand, which was her favorite toy for a while.
This one is a keeper because it just melts my heart to see my son (green sleeve, top) holding his sister’s hand.
I wasn’t specifically looking to take a photo-a-week in my 2014 goals, but it’s definitely been helpful in boosting my creativity, experimenting with angles and perspective, and finally in defining my photography style as I now have more chances to practice shooting and editing photos.
To see more of my photo-a-week photos, visit my Flickr.