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P52.2 | Week 15 Puppy Love

Love is a four legged word

Meet Sammy, our new miniature schnauzer puppy.  We are smitten with his sweet personality and he is the best cuddle partner while watching a movie.  I’m sure you will be seeing more of this little guy on the blog.  We are continuing our focus on Perspective, with the first month examining the way a choice of lens alters one’s viewpoint. This week we are seeking to isolate our subject, whether through the use of a telephoto lens or otherwise.

Telephoto lenses bring distant subjects close by magnifying the scene and, consequently, we are able to view only a smaller portion of it at a time. Moreover, telephoto lenses tend to create a shallow depth of field and compress the background, leaving less environment surrounding a subject, and that environment is often quite blurred. For this reason, portrait artists often use longer focal lengths, so that their subject remains prominent in the frame and other elements are reduced. The consequence, of course, is that the photographer then has fewer elements with which to tell her story.  Be sure and visit the collaborative site “Who We Become” to see everyone’s images in one place.





P52.2 | Week 14

It is a new year, a new month, and a new topic on Who We Become. For the first two months we will be spotlighting Perspective, with four weeks examining the way your choice of lens can alter your viewpoint, and the second four focusing more on the camera and photographer.

Most everything in photography is a compromise, choices in which each of the options carries specific consequences. Our perspective results from how we make those choices – not simply the story we tell, but how we decide to tell it. Wide angle lenses allow our camera to see wider than the eye can, and therefore allow us to include a great deal of environment along with our subject. As such, they are typically the lens of choice for a landscape photographer. Wide angle lenses tend to flatten our subject into the environment, however, so that most everything seems about the same distance away. And just like flattening the globe into a 2 dimensional map, a great deal of distortion can result, particularly toward the edges of the frame. A savvy photographer can turn these supposed consequences into advantages – the choices allow us to develop our unique perspective.




P52.2 | Week 13

Last January, at the suggestion of our own Stacey Vukelj, our group of intrepid photographers dubbed 2013 “The Year of Awesome.”  And an awesome year it was. We completed our 52-week collaborative blog project devoted to the in-depth exploration of light. We launched a new website, Who We Become, a collaborative photo blog devoted to our collective creative development.  Together we have stepped out of our respective comfort zones, grew in our craft, and – best of all – had fun!

For this final week of December, our theme is “Photographer’s Choice“. Some images will be a 2013 personal or emotional favorite. Some will be a continuation of our month-long exploration of lines. All images will be a reflection of where we are in our photographic journey.

It’s been awesome, 2013. As for you, 2014, we are looking forward to see what you have in store.

Dear readers, thank you for being a part of our photographic journey over the past year. It would not be the same without you. From our family to yours –  best wishes for a Happy and Healthy New Year!”



P52.2 | Week 11

We’re going places this week as we continue to explore the creative use of lines in our imagery.

There is a sense of movement and immediacy when diagonal lines are effectively captured in a photograph. When used thoughtfully, they can imbue an image with tension and energy. Diagonal lines can give a sense of soaring structure, or add remarkable depth to an image. As is the case with other kinds of lines, they help direct the eye and encourage the viewer to explore the frame.

Diagonal lines can add a sense of motion and anticipation. We anticipate you will very much enjoy our collective take this week on the use of diagonal lines.

Diagonal Lines




P52.2 | Week 10

Lines lend structure to a photograph, leading our eye through the image They create a feeling of movement, rhythm and flow.

For our second week on this topic, we are exploring the creative use of horizontal or vertical lines in our images. Although there are no hard and fast rules, each type of line typically inspires a different kind of feeling in the viewer. For horizontal lines, there is a tendency towards peacefulness, serenity and stability. Think of a classic shot of a desert horizon at sunset, a tranquil lake at dawn, or a magnificent row of tulips. Vertical lines imply something more dynamic, suggesting growth and power. Towering buildings, massive trees, even a small person shot from a low angle can impart and sense of strength and grandeur.

Check out this week’s images for our collective exploration of horizontal and vertical lines.


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