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Shooting for LE and MCP

This morning, I worked on my assignments for Lighting Essentials and MCP Actions‘ separate 52 Week projects.  They just so happen to be the same this week – shooting something around the house.  LE asks us to use our immediate environment to elaborate on a mission statement.  I’ll have that up later this week.  But I wanted to post a few outtakes up here.


I was experimenting this morning with a concept I’ve had in mind for a while.  The great portrait artists all manage to capture this brilliant depth in their images – a feeling that the subject is very intimately involved with the viewer.  When you’re looking at a page of images, that doesn’t seem difficult to accomplish.  But it really, really is.

Photo 11: The course to beat all courses

I’ve decided that 2011 is the year of schoolin’.  There are so many good articles to read, DIY ideas to try and interesting and important photographers to study.  So many business practices to implement, marketing ideas to work on, writing skills to hone.  I keep a huge database of ideas and things in my Gmail folder (as discussed here) but far too often they are bookmarked and forgotten.  2011 is the year to get serious about all of that.  Plus, there’s nothing being taught at my community college I can’t learn better by tailoring the subject to my needs.  Plus, my husband is knee-deep in grad school and isn’t going to be around to entertain me anyway.  Plus plus plus.  2011 is the year to learn, to grow exponentially.

DCist Exposed photography show

Dear friends and readers, it’s that time of year again to make a decision on what to submit to the DCist Exposed photography show.  I’ve submitted for the last two years and am ashamed to admit that I’ve put a lot of energy into hoping to be picked and then not being picked.  This is my year!

I’ve chosen the following three images, but are they my best from the year?  Each submission is allowed three photographs.  Would you choose these three or some of the others that follow? Please let me know what you think in the comments!  If you choose a photograph (aside from one of my first three) selected for the show, I’ll do something awesome for you, promise.

My selections, which can change:

237/365: Justin from Fojol Brothers

250/365: Doggie Day Swim

I’m also considering:

Phone home

Shirlington Oktoberfest

245/365: Potomac

233/365: Cotton Candy

Piglet Races

206/365: Stormfront