Project 52/Playing with Light: Final post!!

Project 52 draws to a close this week. Full disclosure, more precisely it’s been Project 39 or 40ish for me. Procrastination tends to be my m.o., and in my usual manner, I was running a bit behind as the project started up and didn’t join until the fourth month when I finally got a blog up and running. The month-long focus on each type of light and the weekly push to post a quality photo have been a tremendous boost to my photography, in a year in which work and other responsibilities kept me from pursuing formal courses with the intensity I had managed earlier. I am forever grateful to my fellow Project 52 circlers for the support and inspiration they provided each week.

Some members of the circle will be using this last post to highlight a favorite photo from an earlier post. Others will feature a new creative photo from August’s theme. I ended up going a different way. In the past couple of weeks I’ve made some headway in going through my 2013 photos to print for albums and frames. I came across this forgotten series from early January. While I shot them for that month’s theme of Natural Light Indoors, for whatever reason they did not make the cut for any of my weekly posts. Maybe the claustrophobically close composition? Not wanting to show my living room messy from couch-cushion fort building on a cold January day? The tongues (although, full disclosure, most decent pictures of my girls are obtained by counting to five and telling them they can make the goofy expression of their choice on the fifth click)? Yet this set is what gave me the biggest smile as I browsed through my photos many months later.  And if Project 52 brought a bit of technical skill with light to my everyday photos of my crazy children, that is a pretty happy outcome.





For one last time, please continue around the Project 52 circle to see how my friend Kami Chaudhery has chosen to close out the year.

Our circle is taking a one-month hiatus, but we’ll be back in October with a new year-long project and a new format. Stay tuned to see who we’ve become!

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.

Project 52/Playing with Light: Color of light [yellow]

For the month of July the Project 52 circle is exploring different colors of light. This week we move to the warmer side of the color spectrum. On a recent Saturday morning the girls and I went to Le Pain Quotidien for croissants, which we slathered generously with assorted jams and chocolate hazelnut spread. There was some beautiful natural light coming in through the windows, but the overhead lights had a strong yellow cast. Usually I would try to correct for that, but much as we embraced the green last week, in these photos I kept the yellow glow.

Kate spoons up every last bit of her jam and Nutella…


realizes I am taking pictures and pulls a typical 4-year-old face…


And wants nothing more to do with photography.


Follow the yellow brick road along to see how child photographer extraordinaire Jill Cassara has interpreted our theme this week.

Project 52/Playing with Light: Color of light [green]

This week our Project 52 circle takes on the somewhat intimating color of green. Normally I try to fix my photos when they come out greenish, but for this week’s challenge I sought out and embraced the green at our town’s annual Firemen’s Fair.

Dazzling reflected light from the grass:


Finally tall enough to go on most of the rides without a grown-up!


In the belly of the beast:


Please continue along to Julie Kiernan’s interpretation HERE.

Project 52/Playing with Light: Color of light [blue]

This week marks the start of a new month of Project 52, a collaborative study of light that I am pursuing with several talented photographers whom I have come to know and admire over the past two years. In July we will be spending each week looking for a different color of light, starting with blue. I didn’t do much shooting in recent weeks at the natural “blue hours” before sunrise and after sunset, so my blue light comes from a birthday party at Bowlmor Lanes. Big sister was the invited guest, but little sister parked herself on the neighboring lane and enjoyed her first bowling experience.

Bowlmor Lanes

Next up in the Project 52 circle is my fellow Manhattanite Sarah Davis.

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

Summer in the city means sprinklers in the park.The late afternoon sun created a rim-light effect on my daughter’s hair and body as she caught droplets of light in her bucket.


Which she then proceeded to pour over her head.

Sprinklers 2 Sprinklers 3

Today’s post is part of Project Light, a year-long collaborative study of light in its many forms. I am fortunate to be pursuing this project with a number of talented photographers in the US and Canada whom I have had the pleasure of getting to know over the past couple of years. Please click here to see this week’s contribution from my friend Kennedy Tinsley.