52 Week Challenge

52 Weeks of Susan's Life


Week 23- #20 HDR

White Rose HDR, white Rose


I’m not a fan of roses; in fact my husband is under strict instructions not to buy me roses when he is in the mood to buy  flowers.  I’m not sure exactly what my aversion is to roses but there are other flowers that I much prefer.  Several weeks ago, a white rose crept into my house.   Of all the colors of roses, white seems to have the least definition and color range.  I decided to try and take several exposures and create an  HDR image.  I was pleasantly surprised how fusing different exposures brought out the dynamic color range of this flower. I won’t be running out to buy more roses but if one happens to show up in my house, I will take out my camera and try and find some beauty.


Week 21 – #16 Favorite Holiday

Longwood Gardens, Kennet Square PA, Christmas

Anyone who really knows me appreciates how much of a”humbug” I can be around the holidays.  It’s not that I’m not spiritual or relish in the meaning of Christmas, it’s more to do with the over saturation of the holiday even before Halloween!  As the holiday gets closer, the frenzy seems to escalate.  So you are asking why I’m blogging about this being a favorite holiday?  What I do love it the transformation that takes place everywhere with the festive decorations.  It’s hard not to appreciate the beauty around you.  What I do love is to take pictures this time of year. Yesterday I went to Longwood Gardens in Kennet Square PA.  I was there in the spring and knew a second trip (or more) was in my future.  I am happy I didn’t miss their holiday extravaganza.  When I see displays of this magnitude I marvel at the man hours that must go into transforming these places into magical scenes.  It was difficult to choose just one photo to post here and it was also difficult to capture all the beauty in just one trip.


Week 18 – #3 Abandoned

Chattanooga TN abandoned barm

While traveling to Chattanooga TN with some photography friends, one morning we went in search of barns.  It was a beautiful fall day and the weather was just perfect. The trees were jut beginning to change color and the sky was glorious.  About 25 minutes outside of Chattanooga we came across an abandoned barn with a beautiful backdrop of the Tennessee mountains.  When I see views like this, it makes me miss this type of topography and my Northeastern roots.


Week 15 – #46 The Color Purple



Lens Baby Velvet 85, Purple Mum

In the past one could have accused me of being a spur of the moment shopper but in my later years, that can hardly describe me.  We have been downsizing for the past 8 years and are finally in a nicely sized condo with just the things that I feel are essential.  Maybe that isn’t entirely accurate when it comes to photography equipment – one can never have enough of those items!  Recently I was on a photography trip with some friends and a few of us decided that we just HAD to have the Lens Baby Velvet 85mm.  We had them shipped  overnight to where we were staying.  Once I returned home, I wasn’t sure about my spontaneous purchase but after the LB and I spend this afternoon together I think it’s here to stay.  After I processed this image, I decided that it would be perfect for this weeks challenge; The Color Purple.


Week 13 #2- A Stranger

Market Street Bridge, Chattanooga TN

This week, I’ve had the opportunity to spend some time in the Chattanooga TN area with some of my photography buddies.  Tonight we did night shooting in the downtown area practicing long exposures.  We were under the Market Street bridge overlooking the banks of the Tennessee River when I came upon this homeless man.  A long exposure was necessary in the evening light so I needed my subject to remain still for at least a 20 second exposure. When I got home and downloaded my photos I was really drawn to the fact of how a photo of a perfect stranger can create such strong emotions.


Week 11 – #52 Zig Zag

 Multi Colored Pencils, Zig Zag, Zipper

I had purchased the colored pencils for another project and decided that there must be another use for them – then I thought of the 52 Week Challenge Zig Zag theme.  Getting the pencils in this pattern turned out to be harder than mastering the shot with correct lighting.  I used double sided tape to secure the position once I decided on the pattern.  Once the pattern was securely fastened, it was a matter of getting the lights adjusted. After an experiment with flashes, I decided to use my constant lights which gave me a much better result.