Why photography projects are good for the soul?
what do you do when you are stuck and end up with a brain freeze?
Sun is shining, but it is cold. Winter is here. We picked some apples a while ago and had too much left. After caning some and making apple muffins, I was sick of looking at them. So I decided to watch YouTube and see if I can get inspired to take some shots. What do you know? Imagination started flowing. I got dressed and got my hubby to help. We didn't get too far from the back yard.
How I created these images?
the first take
The sky was blue, and the sun was lower to the horizon compared to the summer. I thought this would be a good time to catch some sun rays.
Attached the fishing line to the apple and hung in on a branch above. There was a little breeze, so the apples were swinging and rotating a little.
I thought not bad for a first attempt.
I did not take my own advice, and my camera was set to single-shot mode.
the second take
This time I made sure I engaged my cameras burst mode to take multiple shots to catch the right composition.
As you see, the apple turned just at the right moment to be light up by the sunrays.
the third take
So I went on shooting more. This time I had a partner holding up an apple that he bit into. I was holding a camera in on hand and throwing fall leaves from above. This took many more trials, and by the end, I was exhausted and my arms sore, but finally, I got a decent shot. I bit of help would go a long way. You might want to engage your kids in this. Who doesn't want to throw fall leaves up in the air or roll in it?
As for the next project, I will be looking for things that I can do myself. Will see. Keep you posted.
the fourth take
By the end of the day, I was pretty tired but also thrilled at the same time. I was happy just to get out and enjoy the cold but sunny day and feeling accomplished. The miserable day turned into something to look forward to in the future. Look out for more projects to come!
The image below was the last minute idea. Feeling heavy-handed holding my camera, I grabbed my tripod and set it up. I placed the apple on the top of the fence post and exposed the light for the clouds to make sure the color and texture weren't blown out. I wasn't sure what I was going to do with the image, but when I started post-processing, I found one of my older Lightroom preset and applied it. This gives it an eerie feel and instantly thought of Halloween.
Here are two more versions of red and blue Lightroom Presets.
Projects are good for the soul. Energizing, uplifting, and nevertheless, fun.
It doesn't have to be expensive. Use the dear what you have.
Find everyday objects and make something different. It doesn't have to be pretty, only creative. Don't know what to do? Read our next project or find inspiration in other's work.