Project 52/Playing with Light: Off-topic

Our Project 52/Playing with Light circle devotes a month — typically 4 weeks — to each topic in order to dig in and develop our abilities in that facet of light. In months that have 5 Sundays, however, we designate the 5th week “Photographer’s Choice”. I mentioned in a previous post that I was having trouble practicing our March theme of Artificial Light, because in a stroke of bad timing, I had signed up for the Natural Light 101 course at Clickinmoms in the very same month. I cannot speak highly enough of this course and the instructor, Lisa Harrison. Here is a sneak peek of one photo I took while practicing my assignments for the class. More to come next month, when I’ll be putting the concepts learned in this course into practice with our April theme, light around the clock!


Next up in the circle is my New York City friend Sarah Davis.


Project 52/Playing with Light: Artificial Light [4]

Waiting for the magic to happen…

Waiting for the magic

I said in my first post for this theme that I was hoping some flash magic would happen by the end of the month. Unfortunately, it turned out that work, life and a photography class on a different topic kept me from breaking out the flash very often. So I am closing out the month with a cute but not spectacular take from one of my practice sessions. It’s still work-in-progress but I’m so glad I made the effort to learn and have this additional tool in my photography arsenal.

Please continue around the circle to see the work of my friend Linda Hooper.

Project 52/Playing with Light: Artificial Light [3]

Sometimes the most interesting light happens when we don’t have our “big” cameras with us. Thank goodness for the iPhone. The image quality in low or artificial light may not be the best, but it has allowed me to capture many plays on light that otherwise would exist only in my memory (see here for another example).

Loren had a school skating party this week at Lasker Rink, at the north end of Central Park. As we walked toward the rink from 110th St. at dusk, the still waters of Harlem Meer reflected the lights of the surrounding buildings.

Artificial light - Harlem Meer

On the way out of the park after skating, Loren was walking on the benches and I noticed that the lamplight illuminated her nearly as well as a studio light.

Artificial Light - Central Park

Next up in our Project 52 blog circle is my dear friend Linda Hooper.

Project 52/Playing with Light: Artificial Light [1]

For the month of March, our Project 52 circle is changing gears completely. After focusing on natural light indoors for January, and then visualizing black & white in February (for which I used all natural light photos), we are turning our attention to unnatural sources of light. We are defining this pretty darn loosely as any source of light other than the sun, so expect to see lots of creative use of flash, lamps, candles, streetlights or other conventional and unconventional light sources as you go around our circle this week.

A recent photography goal of mine has been learning to use an on-camera speedlight. It is definitely a steep learning curve. Frustratingly, after a few weeks of practice, I still have no flash image that I like better than some test shots of the girls playing dress up that I took within a few hours of taking the flash out of the box for the first time. But this is why we dig into our topics for a month, and I am determined to make some flash magic by the end of March!


Another new development is the Project 52 debut of another member of our band of photography explorers, my fellow Manhattanite Julie Mak. I met Julie in my first photography class nearly two years ago and since then have come to deeply appreciate her talent, dedication and friendship. Please take a moment to congratulate her on her beautiful new blog, and check out her take on our March challenge.