My July photo a day project, 31 days and 31 photos all using my Olympus OMD-EM5 camera with the 12-50mm lens. In this my last installment I share with you the final 3 days, days 29 to 31 and tell you what I learned during this process.
Today was a beautiful day, the sky blue, sun is shinning, a perfect winter’s day. I was fortunate enough to finish a little early and make the drive home in time for sunset. Just down the road from home we have this massive property which is to be developed at some time in the future, many of the trees have been cut down to make way for “progress” but there remains a nice little cluster of tree’s right near the road on the top of the first hill. As the sun sets behind the trees you see the beauty of a true landscape and today I timed it perfectly. When processing the photo I chose to look at it in Black and White, a true testament to the old B&W film days and the most stunning B&W landscape I have taken to date. Today’s photo transforms into “Ye Olde Landscape”
Sitting in the office today sorting through ideas for my photo a day, the dictionary on the corner of my desk caught my eye, that instantly gave me the idea for my photo. Since starting photography I have a list of cool and creative shots that I want to learn and master and the heart shadow ring photo is on that list. First task, find the torch – second task, find “love” in the dictionary, now start to experiment with the technique – place the ring near the word love in the middle of the book binding and use the torch to create the shadow heart. Sounds easy well I would give you one tip, use a tripod and cable release or better yet have an assistant, it’s very hard juggling everything with only two hands and still holding the camera still enough to take the photo. Today’s photo is “The Duality of Love”
Woo hoo I have made it! Well actually not quite yet – still have to find my final photo a day to finish the project. Walking around the boardroom in the late afternoon I caught sight of the sun creating shadows on the wall of the objects from the desk, only down side the blinds are interrupting the light. Opening the blinds right up I got into a few weird positions and angles to keep myself out of the shadow area. In processing I wanted to keep the look very contrasty, a black and white look using a filter in exposure 6. It’s “Adam’s family” table worthy – perfect – Today’s photo is “Light your way into Darkness”
And then it was over – I had done it another challenge, 31 photos in 31 days. A great selection of photos and honestly only one I consider boring, so for me this challenge is a success. It opened my eyes and forced me to look at things within my daily life differently. I believe this experience has taught me alot, I have grown during the month, found inspiration from things I see everyday and pushed myself outside my comfort zone. Each day finding something new, something different and create something unique. A true challenge but such an enjoyable one.
I love all the photos but if I had to chose a favourite it would be Day 27 – “Wall Shapes” not only did I look at a mirror I see everyday in a different way but I added another element by showing off the textures and lines that lie within this beautiful piece. I now appreciate it even more.
As I close out my blog today I would like to sincerely thank my readers for indulging me for the last 5 weeks I enjoyed not only taking the photos but sharing a little insight into each day and how the photo came to be.
Until next week.