negative space and dates

Jing’s parents are drying some dates from the garden. So while I was taking photos for the “negative space” assignment I was able to get a few interesting photos with the baby and the dates. In general I think the dark grass made for stronger negative space shots, but I liked these as a series of explorations.

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Big Belly
Big Belly

negative space

OTP #91’s assignment was negative space. I approached this as a single session assignment on a lovely evening. I had a few nice photos, and I was quite taken with the lawn and baby, but the final one I selected was somewhat abstract with our legs, it just felt like it fit the assignment better.

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contact sheet

Because it was a single session shoot, I ended up putting together a contact sheet of all the shots, which I think was a nice exploration.

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As usual, most of the photos ended up with the baby, but there was a nice moment when a pigeon was hanging out on the wall.

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But back to baby…to a photo that I took a few hours before I found out about the assignment.

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underexposure

Going through the OTP archives, episode 90 was underexposure. I took a variety of shots with this in mind, but somehow the baby always ends up in these photos!

Distant Shadow
Shadow

It was a very tough decision between Backlit and Shadows…I think the idea of the baby growing up ended up winning the day, but I really love the subtlety of this one with grandma, if you’re not looking carefully or on a monitor that is a bit dark you can’t even see the baby’s profile.

Backlit
Backlit

I did one shot with an iphone with the exposure dropped.

18 months!
18 months!

But I really did like how the underexposed images from the D40 came back up with a nice grain to it.

Out.
Out.
Up!
Up!

upside down

Unlike the previous assignment, we happened to have a moment when we went to sprouts without the baby. I realized this was most likely my one chance to just shoot away and even though I forgot my D40, the iphone did quite well in the bright environs of the supermarket.

One advantage of the iphone is that it facilitates a different shooting style and let me compose a shot without my eyeball in the viewfinder, which was quite necessary when digging into the cheese fridge. This was also one of the few items that was naturally upside down.

Upside Down
Upside Down

There was also some green peppers

Green Pepper
Green Pepper

And an artichoke that was invading the eggplants

Artichoke
Artichoke

And a box of mac and cheese…but I cheated on that one.

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favorite things

The assignment for OTP 172 was Favorite Things. It would have been a fairly natural assignment but we were caught up in putting down the wood floors in the kitchen and barely had a moment to breathe. As such it turned out to be an all iphone assignment, including the final photo which I took and edited on the camera. Partly as an experiment but also just due to not having a chance to breathe. I considered doing the whole post on the iphone but then thought better of it.

Morning
Morning

The other contending photos were also shots grabbed around and about with the phone

happy baby
happy baby
air conditioning and a rabbit
air conditioning and a rabbit
lunch with sweetie
lunch with sweetie
my ever changing signature
my ever changing signature
every once in a while I get to actually design at my job
every once in a while I get to actually design at my job

parking lot

this week’s assignment from OTP 171 was parking lot. I actually did take some parking lot photos…because I accidentally thought Harbour Freight opened up at 7am instead of its actual opening at 8am. So I spent about 45 minutes wandering around taking shots. But in the end I up staging a parking lot at home with a couple toys and the baby did the rest.

babyzilla
babyzilla

But that said I did get some nice parking lot photos. I think my favorite turned out to be this shot of the Home Depot parking lot behind Harbor Freight.

home depot
Home Depot

But I did find an interesting little present on the ground at Harbor Freight.

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I also went to the neighboring park and found a couple nice more ephemeral item on the ground.

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Made some bokeh with the iphone

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had a little fun with a self portrait

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but in the end, as always, things are better with a baby…so here’s one more.

fender bender!
fender bender!

crayons

A couple months ago we got some crayons for the baby.

It didn’t take long for her to use it on more than just paper. When the paper hit the floor and the crayons did too.

setting
setting

I tried some close up photos, most of which were kind of meh, but I really really like this photo. Its just a nice simple composition.

abstract
abstract

abstraction

OTP 158 had an assignment abstraction. Its been hanging over my head for the past couple months as I’ve been taking different abstracts as I pass through the world, but I finally decided to go ahead and upload them. I might keep doing it…or maybe not…but it was time I shipped.

swatches
swatches

This is what I uploaded to the OTP group. The swatches came out really well and was just a strong graphical item.

However I did a whole bunch of other photos I want to upload so here you go:

Window Blinds really create some nice effects.

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shades
Shadows
shadows

Like the shadows, I found that some of the photos were much more interesting with just a little insertion of people into the picture. Of course my dughter always wins for me, but so do strangers.

Stripes
stripes
Tiles
grid

While at Jack in the Box, I also came across a really interesting situation at the dining counter. I tried several views but I am quite partial to this one with a perspective…but cut dead horizontal.

Backsplash and Wallpaper
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Close ups of the glass espresso cup at the coffee shop up the street also worked nicely.

glass cup without espresso
glass

And while looking at closeups, here is one of something that is so familiar that I can barely think of something more banal…my car seat cover.

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pattern

Interesting assignment all in all…but I’m happy its out the door now.