PUSH creative challenge: Motion blur

Machine gunners, Funland, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware


Usually, I’m trying to stop motion in photos of my children’s active lives. Slowing my shutter speed and steadying my hand to capture motion blur was a challenge for me this month. Please continue around our PUSH blog circle to see my friend Lisa‘s take on motion blur. Or, if you would like to take this ride backward, go to Catherine’s blog.


Project 52/Playing with Light: Creative settings [1]

We have reached the last month of Project 52, a year-long* study of light in its many forms that I have been pursuing with a group of amazing photographers from around the country. For August, rather than take on a new form of light, we are setting the terms a bit more loosely and using the technical skills we’ve built up in the past year to try some new creative directions. Summer is a great time to do something a little different, whether it’s using the rules to capture a creative vision, or breaking the rules altogether.

Normally when photographing kids in motion, I use a high shutter speed to stop the action and keep my subject in focus. But here I slowed down my shutter to get a sense of my soccer star moving through space.


Next up in the Project 52 circle is my friend Kim DuPree, a talented senior photographer from Texas. Please continue to her website here.

*full disclosure: nine months long for me. I’m a slow starter.

PUSH creative challenge: Mobile phone

The first of the month means that it is time to post July’s PUSH creative challenge. I am participating in this challenge with a group of talented photographers from around the US that I met through the Clickinmoms forum (happily there is some overlap with my “real life” friends). We have a creative theme each month that is designed to push us out of our photography comfort zones.

July’s “mobile phone” theme coincides with a stretch where my iPhone is pretty much my photography world.  At the beginning of June, I saw that busy times ahead at work would likely keep me from getting out much with my “big camera”. To motivate myself to keep looking for interesting light and compositions, I joined up with another group of Clickinmoms for a daily photo project on Instagram. There are no set themes, just a commitment to post a photo every day. And I’m happy to say I’ve kept up for two months and counting, and that giving it the #cmig365jul tag pushed me to aim for a high quality photo every day.

So here you have it —  my life in July 2013 in 31 tiny little squares, from the camera that is always with me.

July1 July2 July3 July4 July5 July6 July7 July8 July9 July10 July11 July12 July13 July14 July15 July16 July17 July18 July19 July20 July21 July22 July23 July24 July25 July26 July27

July28 July29 July30 July31

Please continue around the circle to see Linda’s interpretation of our theme, or head back this way to Catherine’s blog.