52 Week Challenge

52 Weeks of Susan's Life

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Week 47 – #A2 Less is More


Longwood Gardens, Kennet Square PA, Orchid


Recently I purchased a Nikon 200mm Macro lens.  I’ve been wanting this lens for quite some time and finally found a bargain and made the purchase.  The overall function of the lens and the  minimum focusing distances  are a just a matter of practice.  Several weeks ago I went to Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania and decided it was a great opportunity to try out the 200mm lens. Taking the entire picture of an object is something that photographers can do quite easily but isolating a small portion and maintaining the interest is something I strive for.  On my trip to Longwood Gardens , I decided to try “less is more” and achieved some very interesting results. This is a photo of a portion of an orchid where I just wanted to capture the elegance of the curve.


Week 46 – # 49 -Where the “Skyline” meets the sky

Chicago Skyline, Chicago IL

On a recent trip to Chicago I got to photograph the Chicago Skyline early in the morning before the city woke up.  This perspective is from from the North Avenue Pier.   It was a beautiful day without a cloud in the sky. With this clear and perfect day  it really accentuates the outline of the skyline and gave me a perfect opportunity for this weeks challenge – “Where the —– meets the sky.”


Week #45 – Musically Inclined


Over the weekend I wanted to practice some high key and low key shots.  I’ve been wanting my husband to take out his guitar that he hasn’t played in many years so I decided that this would be a great subject for my low key shot.  When the guitar came out of the case, I noticed that it was missing a string.  Fortunately there was an extra string in the case.  Once the strings were all fixed, I need to sort out the lighting for the low key shot.  This shot was taken indoors in day light.  I started with a completely black background and just kept adjusting the lights and aperture until just the hands were being lit and the background remained black.  I was completely happy with the results and hopefully now my husband will get back into his guitar playing and show me how musically inclined he really is.


Week 44- #52 With a Ball

Volleyball team Bradenton Fl Recently I was asked to help photograph a club volleyball team.  This is just a fun team getting together with other fun teams.  I was hoping for some real diving digs for the ball but unfortunately I had to be satisfied with a few jump shots.  In any event, it gave me an opportunity to fulfill this weeks challenge.


Week 43 – #24 Out of Bounds

Sarasota FL Building, construction

On a recent outing to downtown Sarasota with the LWRDPC’s Focus Group I noticed the tremendous amount of construction that was taking place int he city.  It seemed that many sidewalks were out of bounds for pedestrians and only those sporting a hard hat were allowed to enter. I know this is for the safety of the public but it also provided me with a great photo opportunity.


Week 42 – #39 The Garage

Garage, Sarasota FL

Yesterday the LWRDPC had a black and white photography Focus Group outing in downtown Sarasota.  The “focus” was on finding interesting photo opportunities with black and white conversion in mind. We set our cameras on monochrome which enabled us to immediately view our photos in black and white. In doing this, I found that my subjects became more about shapes, shadows and lines.  I thought this garage mirror with the reflection of the parked cars would be an interesting subject. I’m posting it in both color and black and white to show the difference.


Week 41 – # 48 What a Character

Vietnam, Fish Sauce, Drying fish

Fish Sauce is a main ingredient to many dishes in Vietnam.  The variety of fish sauce  from Vietnam is called nước mắm.  On my recent photographic journey to Vietnam I got to see several fish markets and also the fields where the fish are dried in preparation for the production of fish sauce.  After harvesting the fish the liquid is poured out and the fish are left to dry under the sun.  They are mixed several times a day and sorted through to find fish that have gone bad and these are eliminated. All of this is done by hand. They are then put into a container with a thin layer of salt on to to help fermentation and avoid maggots.  Women and children work extremely hard in Vietnam.  We went to the fields where the fish were drying and I couldn’t help but notice in spite of this “fishy” job, the congenial attitude of the workers. I found this one woman to be quite a character and she was definitely not camera shy!