For this week’s photography challenge I had more creativity as the prompt was “photographer’s choice”:
Photographer’s Choice Capture an image on your terms; who, what, where, when, why, how … it’s all up to you. Caveat: You must tell us your intent.
The challenges for each week are also divided into one of 4 categories. The category for this week is…
Wild Card Consider this a Show-and-Tell for grown-ups. You have freedom do shoot what and how you wish. Let us know if you’re trying a new technique, composition, style, subject, working on a specific project, or just exercising your freedom. Have fun!
Photographer’s Choice Challenges
Before starting these photo prompts I peruse the subreddit threads for ideas and inspiration. This varies on emulating the theme or trying out cool techniques, but I did take inspiration from one of the photos in the subreddit.
I don’t know what happened to that photo so I can’t link it, but it involved a close-up side-angle shot of a cat’s eye.
After that I gathered my equipment and searched the house for my cat, who I found sunbathing in the backroom.
The biggest challenge that I came across involved the sunlight when coupled with my 18-55mm lens kit.
My other lenses wouldn’t serve the purpose of a close up and my kit’s F-stop number starts at 5.6, making setting adjustments tricky.
I caught my cat at a bad time to be my model as sunbathing will make a cat rather drowsy. The sunlight caused him to either squint or he would fall asleep, making it difficult to get a good picture of his eyes.
Adjusting the sunlight by closing the curtains in the backroom didn’t help matters. The F-stop number made it so I had to lower the shutter speed, resulting in blurry pictures due to a moving subject.
This week proved to be my first real challenge as I had to adjust settings and focus before Bailey moved, fell asleep or lost interest.
Toward the end I captured his attention with a string and I was able to snap six edit-worthy photos after that hour of shooting.
Photographer’s Choice Edits
Like the photo shoot, the edits proved to be more involving than I anticipated.
Because of the sunlight I needed to adjust the exposure, shadows and the highlights so everything didn’t look blown out.
I tweaked the blacks, whites, vibrance and contrast to make the pictures pop more. This caused Bailey’s fur to look too defined and I lowered the sharpness to counterbalance the unwanted effect.
For color edits I tweaked the blues and aquas to better represent his eyes as they looked subdued. This resulted in random blue patches where the shadows and blacks are. I didn’t catch this until after I exported everything and more tweaks only made it worse.
I”m pleased with how this week’s Photographer’s Choice challenge turned out, but the unexpected blue patches are a bummer. Through more experience and time I’m hoping that I’ll have an answer to avoid this happening again.
Laz’s Question of the Day
What did you think of this week’s Photographer’s Choice challenge? Let me know in the comments below alongside anything you want to see in next week’s photography challenge!
Author: Brandon Lazovic
Brandon Lazovic is a district digital manager at General Motors assisting a number of dealers in New Mexico and southern Colorado with website optimization, reputation management, content creation, CRM integration, social media promotion and search engine marketing. Before Lazovic began working at General Motors he collaborated with start up companies in Ann Arbor, Mich. to expand their businesses through digital marketing initiatives and previously served as the news editor for the Eastern Echo in 2016 and as a staff writer for the EMU media relations department in 2017.