I have signed up to commit to a photo a week per the prompts of https://52frames.com/ – each week the photographers are given a prompt of a type of photo to take. Below are the photos I have taken so far per these prompts. My profile can be found at https://52fram.es/huntzhogz to view comments I receive.
Sleeping by the SoundWeek 44: Inspired By a Famous Photographer
I went "EC" path and had the photographer picked - Alec Soth.
Alec Soth is an interesting one to try and nail down. At first glance, there seems to be no rhyme or reason, but on closer inspection, he's searching for an over-arching story in a project (such as "Sleeping by the Mississippi". With that in mind, I had to think, what would be my project if I was to do one? Well I've done a number of photos of Kingston.
GatsbyWeek 42: Fashion
My wife and I went to a ball on Saturday, and so we took the opportunity to do a photo shoot in the afternoon and capture possible options for 52 Frames - as well as just for fun.
Saucy SailorWeek 41: Street Photography
Saucy Sailor was recently opened by Peter and Daphne March 2023 as a take-out restaurant and catering in Kingston. I really didn't do this shot justice as the angle was wrong ... but no time for redo.
Toy Dirt MoverWeek 40: Dappled Light
I was really struggling to figure out an example - and was just not feeling it. As we got to crunch time, I'm camping with a friend and watching his grandchildren playing. Nearby was some desert plants shading some dappled light, and nearby was this toy ... and this photo was born.
A Sunday in KingstonWeek 39: Red
A constant local complaint is how the ferries are not able to keep up with the traffic, which is seen at times as very long delays and heavy traffic through a small town. I decided to use this weeks theme of "Red" to capture the traffic as it winds its way through the streets to the ferry terminal.
Flower FrogWeek 38: Wabi Sabi
A flower frog is a type of floral mechanic, or an apparatus or technique used to construct floral arrangements and keep flowers in place. Flower frogs sit inside the floral container in the water and are traditionally known for their use in ikebana, the Japanese art of floral design.
Cheese BoardWeek 36: Triangular Composition
I didn't want to fall into a trap of looking for triangles, and decided to work on a composition with the "golden triangle" in mind.
Signs of troubled timesWeek 34: Upside Down
I had a few ideas, but opted for something that was (in theory) quicker to execute. No flowers harmed or trashed in the process of creating this photo.
Black & White Minimalism: How well do you recognize a face?A few weeks ago, I learned a new word - Prosopagnosia - which may explain a condition I have dealt with through my life - unable to recollect faces, and a tendency to use other features to recognize people. With this weeks challenge, I wanted to stretch out of my comfort zone and try a concept I have seen for a minimalist portrait.
Night Photography: Active Port at NightPort of Kingston, an important Ferry port, but also (this night) a large collection of Ranger Tugs visiting. Boats being launched and retrieved. Cars in the small town (does this count as City at Night? I think it meets the spirit of the extra challenge).
Water Alt: Point no Point Lighthouse
Water: Sun breaking over gentle watersA quiet morning on Admiralty Inlet. Often having to deal with waves, but this day, just creating a wake. So how beautiful to observe the wake of our boat, and the reflections of the golden sunrise reflecting in the blue waters.
Meaningful Location: The family dining table is the heart of the homeAn intimate setting complete with a big mac leads to a whimsical night with great giggles, great conversation.
In The Center: Stonehenge MemorialNear the town site of Maryhill, Washington, stands a full-scale replica of the famous Stonehenge, built by Sam Hill. It is striking in that it seems very much out of place of the desert countryside.
In The Center Alt: Vista HouseAlternative consideration for "In The Center"
In The Center Alt: Multnomah FallsAlternative consideration for "In The Center"
Abstract: City Crowd AnxietyMy first try at abstract photography per this weeks prompt. Growing up, big cities always made me anxious, as do crowds. Crowds in cities is even worse. In later years, I can deal with big cities much better, but would rather live outside of a city. I tried a few ideas this week, and settled on this as representative of that anxiety.
Reflection Alternative: Moon StruckA composite photo to capture detail with varying exposures, highlighting the supermoon.
Reflection: Summers Night at the Fuel DockThis week the photo needs to use a reflection. What a beautiful night, July 3rd Buck Moon (First supermoon). Water was calm and peaceful, and a beautiful reflection in the water. The long 30s exposure smoothed this out even further. The night had natural yellow glow, and just made for a stunning picture (in my biased opinion).
Morning Routine: Bible StudyThis week is about depicting a part of my morning routine. Our daily morning routine has changed over the years. On a typical day, I make coffee, and my wife and I sit down together to do a daily study out of "Table Talk". Now, to be fair, we do this on our sofa, but that is the inspiration for this photo.
Note some elements here... 1/ follow the arms, and you see a heart, with our rings clearly visible, as we see this as an important part of our marriage. 2/ Our heads are intentionally cropped, and the bible is center of focus, because the focus is on God, not us.
Leading Lines: Dinner after a long journeyWhen waters are rough and you arrive at port, there is still a trek to get to the restaurant.
I was in Port Townsend - Point Hudson this weekend on my boat, and wasn't really feeling like any of my photos struck the goal of drawing the eye to the subject like I had hoped. This is the best of my collection, and happened to take this photo wide (24mm) making the bridge look longer then it was. I think it conveys that last part of a boating journey for a hungry traveler. If you find yourself in Point Hudson, check out "Doc's Marina Grill."
Inspired by a framer: Time for Coffee (Again)Inspired by Elizabeth Waters "Time for Coffee" https://52frames.com/photographer/1783/photo/639383
When I saw this photo by Elizabeth last month, I immediately had in mind that this was a concept I wanted to try myself. In particular how Elizabeth used every day items such as coffee beans to create such an effective photo.
Negative Space: MV TacomaMy concept this week, to make use of Negative Space, was to convey the vastness and emptiness of Puget Sound. I was planning to do this through a drone shot, but unfortunately the weather changed. Still, the weather along with color grading helps convey a grayness of Seattle, while using negative space and leading lines to draw attention to the ferry.
Religion: Poulsbo First Lutheran ChurchPoulsbo's First Lutheran Church has a prominent view from Liberty Bay demanding respect from all the boats in the marina.
Low Key: Bell Harbor, Seattle WaterfrontI decided to use this Blue Hour photo because of the Low-Key elements with a few highlights.
Low Key: Wine glassAlternate submission for Low Key
High Key: CombI was inspired by another photo, showing the shadow of a comb - so this is my take on the theme for this weeks High Key. The shadow was intentional. The lower reflection was a happy accident.
Details: Crossing the barWhen I think of details, a few different options comes to mind. For example, that detail of the individual hair in a macro photo, or, that rose floating in the water. In the latter case, you beg the question "why?". On May 13th, during Kingston Opening Day, there was a moment to celebrate the "Crossing the bar" of Tom, a very well respected gentleman who passed away in February. This shows only a sampling of many boats that laid a rose in the water to remember this gentleman that day.
Food Photography: Tomato (B&W)A small tomato quartered on black felt background, inspired by a B&W photo seen in Vancouver BC
Food Photography: TomatoSubmitted version of the Food Photography challenge - a very small succulent tomato
One light source: NoelleThis week I roped my wife (Noelle) into posing for me. I tried to do some standard single-light positions, but in the end, decided to go with this. Noelle doesn't like posing as, in her words, she's struggling with the aging process. Personally I think she looks beautiful, what do you say?
Blue Hour in KingstonAppletree Cove in Kingston during Blue Hour
Dreamscape: Ghost RiderA take on the fun song "Ghost Riders In the Sky", in this case, Ghost (Drone) Rider. This contribution was very last minute and missing fit and finish.
Fill the frame: Beans on ToastFilling the frame with beans - lots and lots of beans. "Beans on toast" is considered a staple for students in UK, and this is a nod to the fact that I had family from UK staying with me.
Get Low: Large LocomotiveTheme is to get low, and in this case using a low vantage point to show how large this locomotive is.
Get Low: Fallen LogTheme is "Get Low". Alternative submission, showing the perspective from a fallen log.
Music: Old Rockers Never Die"Music" theme this week, with a photo to portray the energy of music. Music is there for all ages, as demonstrated by Bernard in this photo.
Music: Young Girl SingingAlternative "Music" submission, this was the original photo idea before Bernard stole the limelight.
Ferry Terminal WalkwayTheme is "High Noon" - the time of day when the light is at its most harsh, using contrast and shadows to help tell the story. In this case, showing the protective walkway in the midday sun for ferry passengers.
Two little chicksTheme is to use complementary colors to help the photo stand out. We have recently adopted some chickens, so I contrasted the yellow of two little chickens with the purple eggs, sitting on yellow and purple tinsel. The colors of the eggs was adjusted to match that of the tinsel.
Alien Red PepperTheme is to use Macro photography. Extra challenge is to use stacking. This macro photo was created from a focus-stack of ~ 40 frames.
Macro: Yellow CactusThis was an experimental macro photograph of a yellow cactus, an alternative submission for Macro photography.
Tell me lies tell me sweet little liesTheme is a line from a song. While the song Little Lies by Fleetwood Mac has to do with a relationship, I don't think the relationship with a bathroom scale is what the writer had in mind. Even so, this is a song my wife loves singing as she gets on the scale each morning, as it is calculating weight, her last line is "tell me sweet little lies". The idea was my wife's, who also helped with the composition.
Big World, Big Coffee, Big Day AheadPrompt this week is "Chair". It's a big world out there. The day must start with a big cup of coffee.
I live in Kingston Washington, and anyone visiting Kingston will be familiar with the oversized chairs that are just about everywhere. It was a slam-dunk to incorporate one of these chairs somehow. The original story was going to be "visitor taking a selfie" but then my wife discovered these oversized coffee mugs.
Valentine52Frames Week 6: Shallow Depth Of Field
Goal this week is to make use of shallow depth of field to help the photo. I decided to tell a valentines story.
Norseman statue by Mark Gale, Poulsbo, WAChallenge this week is black and white. I lit this statue early evening using 2x Godox AD200. Power lines removed in post.
Greeter - Wings Over WashingtonWeek 4 submission is "Portrait of a Stranger" - here I met a greeter for "Wings Over Washington" exhibition in Seattle who was very willing to pose for my photo.
Hobby: DJI Mavic 3 CineWeek 3 challenge is to highlight a hobby. One of my hobbies that lead to my interest in photography is flying my drone. I'm on my 3rd DJI drone, the "Mavic 3 cine" a perfect general purpose workhorse for everything I like to do.
Blur the Action: Kingston FerryThe prompt was to show action through camera blur. This picture conveys a ferry crossing the water to arrive at a dock.
This photo is actually a composition of 45 individual photos, each with 4s exposure, taken one after another. Most of the photos were merged together in Photoshop. The "final" photo (actually first photo as ferry was really departing) was applied with a gradient filter to bring clarity to the dock and provide greater emphasis. The foreground grass was a happy accident.
Self PortraitThe prompt was to take a self-portrait. My creative approach was to first take a self portrait using a timer, then a picture of one of my drones, then combine the two together.
Low Key Keyboard Low KeysThe prompt was to redo any of the previous prompts of 2022. I picked the "Low Key" prompt, and took a creative approach as my first picture.