52 Week Challenge

52 Weeks of Susan's Life


Week 26 – #7 Bent or Twisted

Giraffe, Lowry Zoo, Tampa FLI love the watching how graceful giraffes conduct themselves considering the proportions of their bodies.  They are the worlds tallest mammals.  Their necks are 6 feet long and weigh about 600 pounds. Their legs can also be 6 feet long (taller than most humans) and they can look into a 2nd story building without any problem.  Aside from their physical stature, one of the most interesting facts I learned about giraffes is that you  will never hear them make a noise. This is because giraffes communicate using noises that are too low for humans to hear, according to PBS Nature. Considering the height of this animals it only makes sense that they are able to twist and bend their large necks for eating and it appears in this photo- for affection to another giraffe.


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Week 25 – # 31 Show with Flash/Speedlight

Christmas, Speedlight, Sarasota FLWe’ve lived in Florida for 16 years and this is our 4th move.  Also recently we had to change our email addresses which we had been using for 20 years.  With this change of information, I thought a combination Holiday and address change card was appropriate.  After dark, with the camera set on a tripod, speedlight set to TTL and with the use of a remote trigger, I was able to capture this image for our card. I added the snow through winter actions in Photoshop for our wish for a white Christmas.


Week 24 – #16 Macro/Close UP

Macro beach sceneMy continued convalescence has encouraged me to challenge myself with my photography.  With a few items from Michael’s craft store I was able to create a  beach scene.  I set up these mini beach items and a little sand  next to a window with extremely good natural light. I tried to mimic the bright sun by taking the photo at noon when the light is the harshest. I used my Nikon 105mm Macro lens and set the camera on a tripod. My settings were ISO 320, F-18 and SS 1/160.    After taking the photo into  Photoshop I decided that my set up deserved  a beautiful surf. With a little help from Google images, I was able to find a good match.   Makes me want to go to the beach but the excepted  high of the day is 50!!! Hardly beach weather.


Week 23 – #11 Four

Macro, 4 toothbrushes

To satisfy the “four” challenge, I decided to photograph four toothbrushes.  I’ve been housebound for several weeks while recovering from hip surgery which has give me a wonderful opportunity to do some macro photography with things around the house.  I experimented with different depths of field and after taking about 30 shots decided that I liked this one the best as it achieved my goal of getting the front brush in focus while blurring the rest.