Project 52 – NEW

I’m finally back in the groove with Project 52.  I’m determined to continue thru 2017 – at least I’ll try.

New.  So many ways to interpret.  My first photo below was taken on the last day of 2016.  I classify it as “new” since this is my first full-bodied horse shot.  Although I say first, I have attempted horse photos in the past.  With my dog and cat photos, I tend to shoot close with my 35mm.  Did a little research before I shot this photo and one writer suggested to use a 70-200mm lens to shoot horses.  So, I did.  But my habit of getting close is hard to break, so many of the photos I shot that day were only half, or 1/3 of the horse.  In and of itself, they weren’t bad, but I wanted that full-body shot which I finally achieved with this one.  It’s not perfect, but not bad.

The next photo is only of people and not pets.  But I wanted to classify it as “new” since I broke thru my fear and trepidation to take it.  A photography friend of mine had a family emergency and had to go out-of-town.  He was able to reschedule all his shoots, but this one.  I initially hesitated since it’s not my usual thing, a group of people.  Plus, I always meet the people (always with their pets) before hand,  scope out the area, etc.  Wouldn’t be able to do that this time since it was the next day.  Seems that the grandparents would be returning to Florida the day after the shoot, which was Dec. 29 so they could not change to when he would return.  He asked me to take the pictures and he would post-process them when he returns.  Like I said, I was very hesitant, but the fact that he knows a lot of other photographers but he asked me, made me think that he has faith in what I could do.  The way he explained it via FM messaging,  it would be the grandparents and their daughter who lives locally.  Well, it was those three, plus their other daughter, their two sons-in-law and three grandchildren.  NINE total!  Plus, it was very windy, chilly, and a bit overcast.  Plus, one of the children decided that she didn’t want to cooperate, would rather run around, and didn’t want to even look at the camera.  Now, if this were a dog, the owner would put a leash on the dog.  Couldn’t do it this time!

This does not mean I’m going to start including family pictures in my portfolio.  I prefer pets and will continue that way, incorporating people now and then with their pets.  But I’m proud that I overcame my fears and just pushed thru it.

Please move on to Pet Love Photography, serving Greater Cincinnati and San Francisco to see how she interpreted “New”.

 

6 thoughts on “Project 52 – NEW”

  1. Welcome to the group and yay for accomplishing goal #1 – week 1 is in the books! One of my very first sessions was a group of 4 people, 2 dogs and a cat. 90% of the images had all of the people in them. I swore I’d NEVER do that again and I haven’t. Nice job with the horse (I’ve never photographed one before so I’m jealous 🙂 ) and with the group.

  2. Horses are so much harder for me than dogs or cats. So hard often with the environment you have, hard to blur all that out. You did great on the shots! People are so much harder for me than pets as they blink, they want to look slimmer, they want lots touchups. LOL You did excellent on this theme! Happy New Year!

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