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Dogwood52: week 5: landscape: black and white

The challenge of the week is:

Look for a scene with great contrast that will make a great black and white.

I had this in mind when the challenge started so I started shooting pictures a bit early while doing other shootings. As a person keen on colorful stuff, it’s not that easy to think black and white; but I think I have managed to work on the topic a little bit and made a little pre-selection; also each picture has been given a name and is in the gallery.

The selected picture is “The end of the road trip”, a city landscape shot during a misadventure when the car engine started burning down. They say I am going too far with my bicycle activism :-). The good news is that no one was hurt and the insurance company took care of it.

The end of the road trip
The end of the road trip

Other than that, I have been playing with black and white transformation with many of my pictures, and decided to save a few of them after fiddling with the black and white mix.

Le Grand Dagoda Blanc, a K-Doll in Bertrange
Le Grand Dagoda Blanc, a K-Doll in Bertrange
A tree and playground at night
A tree and playground at night. Shot during the Dogwood52 artistic red challenge.
An evening at "Parc des Contades"
An evening at “Parc des Contades”
Two floating stones
Two floating stones
Somewhere over a monochrome rainbow
Somewhere over a monochrome rainbow
Water under the bridge
Water under the bridge

Now I’m looking forward to the candy challenge.

Dogwood52: Week 4: Portrait: headshot

This one was really difficult for me. It’s hard to find out what expression and posture to ask to people, therefore I have decided to publish a picture of Sheepie, my travel companion from New Zealand. I am so bad at have a lot of potential in portrait photography 😉


Other candidates (includes my mother, a lovely bike found on the street, Sheepie and my work mate):
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Link to the gallery challenge.

Previous challenges:

Dogwood52: Week 3: Artistic: red

Topic of the week: Shoot whatever inspires you. Red should be the focus of the image. Don’t be afraid to be creative.

I’ve been having this red playground in mind for some time since I bike in front of it everyday. When I saw this week’s challenge, I hoped they wouldn’t remove the red lights; and they didn’t 😉 Also added a few other candidates for the challenge, all related to red and winter, as it decided to show up.

Playground at night

And the other candidates are:
Lit snowman Snowman sitting on a bench Snowman sitting on a bench A playground at night A playground at night A playground at night A playground at night

I really had a hard time choosing only one photo among the last.

Dogwood52: week 2: Traditional Landscape

This is not so traditional. I had originally planned to bike to Little Switzerland, but not only it was hectic at work, also the weather had been chaotic. This was the only evening it wasn’t raining and windy, and I didn’t wear adequate clothes to step into the tracks (covered with a layer of mud and another layer of water on top).

I decided to select this photo, not because I had no real choice, but because after fiddling with bracketing and HDR processing, it did really feel my state of mind when I managed to see the stars after several days of fog, wind and rain.

The color could have been a candidate for week 3 challenge, but I have something else in mind 😉 My camera aperture was locked in 1.4 as the aperture ring was blocked and I did not dare to fix it in the darkness and humidity.


Other shots for the challenge:
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Dogwood52: Portait: Self Portrait

The description was:

Start things off right with a “selfie”! Explore the self timer setting on your camera

Oh no! I hate shooting myself, that’s why I always stay behind the camera, but let me try anyway… Add to that the humid grass and the damp air. I used my remote shutter to shoot the pictures. My original plan was to lie of the grass and shoot myself in different position, but from the second I was set in position, I did feel the humidity going through my clothes. As soon as I got in front of the lens, I couldn’t have any natural smile anymore, and it got worse over the shots.

Since I love outdoors, I thought going somewhere green and wearing something green would be appropriate. I tried different poses, holding still or being active; then I didn’t qualify jumping as a portait photo, but it was a good exercice.

Selected photo:

My favorite photo:
But I did not qualify it as a portrait.

All candidates:
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