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52 Project [20140124|10:19]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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I didn't want to say anything about it lest I jinx it before I got too far into it. Now that I've reached Week 6 (and planned Weeks 7 and 8) I feel comfortable announcing that I have started a 52 project. My approach this time will be to select what I think is my best photograph of the week. I started out free-form, but at the moment I'm using reading material for inspiration. At the moment it's The Horologicon by Mark Forsyth, in which the author indulges his passion for reviving obscure and under-utilised words by sorting them according to the hours of the day and their associated "typical" activities.

I've also decided to work in black and white for a while, because I've acquired a new dSLR. It's a significant step for me since I had the same entry-level consumer dSLR for seven years, and now I'm using a camera that, while not full-frame because I don't fancy lugging that kind of weight or responsibility around, is still a big step up from my previous bit of kit. Using black and white forces me to see where I'm making mistakes in focus, exposure and depth of field. I find colour can distract from recognising those errors. Often a photograph that looks interesting in colour becomes extremely dull when the colour is removed, because from a technical perspective it has not been well executed. This isn't always true, of course - the whole appeal of some photographs is in the colour. But with the types of photography that I like to do, portrait and macro, the previously mentioned items are of paramount importance in creating a memorable, striking image.

So, starting with week six, here's what I've done so far. I won't post an update here every week (although I probably will in my favourite DW and LJ communities) - instead I'll do periodic updates like this one.

Week 6
6/52: Agastopia 2: Feet
(The word that inspired this is agastopia, defined in the Descriptive Dictionary and Atlas of Sexology as, "a rarely used term for admiration of any particular part of the body.")

Week 5
5/52: Agastopia 1: Hands
(See Week 6)

Week 4
4/52: Darwin's Finches
(Pretty happy with this one.)

Week 3
3/52: Mele Kalikimaka
(This one is not good technically. Overexposed, colour's wrong, the list goes on. But it's hilarious so it had to go in.)

Week 2
2/52: Hatchling
(Depth of field is too shallow, but it was my first, er, hour or so of using the new camera!)

Week 1
1/52: Mmm, snuggly
(Taken with the old camera.)

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[User Picture]From: nanila
2014-01-28 16:22 (UTC)
Thank you. I'm really fond of that shot too.
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[User Picture]From: cosmiccircus
2014-01-25 00:57 (UTC)
I loved the first one when I first saw it! It has such as certain sexiness to it, and I'm not even a "feet guy"!

And The Horologicon looks interesting! I like it when you recommend books, because we have a lot of similar likes...
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2014-01-28 16:22 (UTC)
Thank you! I think you'd enjoy The Horologicon. The bloke & I also liked The Elements of Eloquence by the same author.
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[User Picture]From: victorine
2014-01-25 03:12 (UTC)
I actually like the super shallow depth of field. For me, it zeroes in on the moth (butterfly?) and everything else becomes a pale echo.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2014-01-28 16:25 (UTC)
Thank you! I think it could have been a little deeper (e.g. gotten the eyes of the butterfly in focus) with it stopped down a tiny bit more, without bringing the background into focus.
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[User Picture]From: mysterysquid
2014-01-25 10:16 (UTC)
All the best with it!

Great shots - I love the birds.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2014-01-28 16:26 (UTC)
Thank you! It's going well - fingers crossed that I continue to be able to make the space/time for it.
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[User Picture]From: soliano
2014-01-25 15:09 (UTC)
Wonderful shots. I love black and white. BW film was the best, but digital BW is not bad. Also, hands are the best! Just something graceful about them, or at least yours.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2014-01-28 16:32 (UTC)
Thank you. Yes, I'd forgotten how much I love black and white. Rediscovering it with this new piece of kit is pretty awesome.
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