Dogwood Original Photo Challenge (Week 1)

WEEK 1: Portrait: Self Portrait

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

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Because I am using an iPhone 6+ for all my photos now, I decided to experiment with lighting (a bedside lamp in mum’s spare room). The bark painting of me feeding the chooks was done by my grandmother when I was just 5 and only some of my hair is still black. I liked the idea of different versions of myself. I really buggered up the lighting and the reflection off my right eye (left to you) and the pupils is just yuk. But I guess that is how you learn because I took so many photos in so many different positions experimenting with shadows and positioning. Definitely more lighting experimenting needed. PS: It sure is a challenge posting this photo to the public (eek). © 2017 Melinda Irvine #Dogwood52 #DogwoodWeek1

The Dogwood Photo Challenge

The Dogwood Photo Challenge is a series of weekly assignments responding to a theme or technique. Participants are encouraged to share their work as displaying your work is an important part of growing as a photographer.

Unlike most photography challenges which are just a simple list of ideas, this 52 week challenge is designed to push your photography to the next level. The list is designed to be more challenging to complete than a simple 52 week photography challenge list. But participants are encouraged to stick with it to the end and better photographers for it.

Weekly Challenge Categories

Each week, the weekly assignment will be in one of 3 categories:

  1. Portrait: Portrait photography is really about capturing the essence of a person in an image. A portrait image can range from a classic portrait to candid, or from street photography to a selfie. Each time this category comes up we will dive into a different area of portrait photography. The main focus should always be a person/persons (or maybe a pet).
  2. Landscape: In the context of the #dogwood52 photography challenge, this category is pretty broad covering both traditional landscapes, and some non-traditional areas such as urbanscapes. Don’t be afraid to really explore your surroundings in this category. If the focus is the environment you are in, it will qualify as Landscape in this category.
  3. Artistic Impression: When this category comes up, you really have room to express yourself. You can interpret the assignment literally or figuratively. Unlike the other two categories that are more focused, the main focus of this category is to let your creativity shine.

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