Dogwood 52 Week Challenge

I’ll be updating this blog post each week as I progress through the Dogwood 52-Week challenge. If you’re wondering why I’m participating, click here for a previous blog post. Hover over the image for description and camera info. I don’t think this works as well if you’re viewing on a mobile phone or tablet, so I’ll also add description and info below the image gallery. Enjoy.


Week 3 // Black and White

Take an amazing black and white photograph of any subject you want.

I decided to challenge myself to convert a photo that I normally would want to depict in color as black and white. This colorful sunrise photo was the perfect candidate for me to try and make black and white. I emphasized the layering of the foggy hills and the fluidity of the cloud textures as they become the dynamic points of interest once color is stripped away.

Camera + Lens: Nikon D810 + Sigma 85mm f1.4EX
Exposure: 1/2.5 sec at f/16, ISO 64
Lighting: Hydrogen Fusion + Dihydrogen Monoxide (DHMO) Softbox


Week 2 // Rule of Thirds Motion

Use Rule of Thirds to show motion in your picture.

Knowing that I was going to go hiking this weekend to chase some waterfalls, I had a couple of rough ideas of what I wanted to capture. I don’t normally photograph waterfalls using the rule of thirds, but this particular waterfall was almost asking for it.

Camera + Lens: Nikon D810 + Nikon 24-85mm f3.5-4.5 VR
Exposure: 15sec at f/16, ISO 32 + ND8 Filter
Lighting: Hydrogen Fusion + Dihydrogen Monoxide (DHMO) Softbox


Week 1 // Self-Portrait

Take a picture that tells us who you are, without actually showing your face.

For this week’s photo, I went with the “take photos of items that represent who I am” route. The items in this image are pretty self-explanatory for most of those who know me.

Camera + Lens: Nikon D810 + Sigma 85mm f1.4 EX
Exposure: 1/80sec at f/8, ISO 400
Lighting: 18” Neewer Ring Light