Project 52 Photo Challenge : Low-Key Maddie (1/52)

If you follow photography blogs, you might be familiar with the Project 52 concept. If not, it’s really pretty simple — one photo per week, for one whole year, with each week presenting a new challenge and theme.

I recently teamed up with a group of fabulous pet photographers from around the world to offer our unique take on the Project 52 challenge. Here’s how it works: At the end of this post, you’ll find a link to another participant’s blog. She’ll also post a link to the next member’s blog in her blog post, and so on. Keep following the links to view everyone’s unique take on the theme of the week, until you end up back where you started (right here!). It’ll give you something fun to do on a Friday morning, and you’ll get to see everyone’s awesome interpretation of the week’s theme! We’ll be doing one of these every Friday, so be sure and check back next week for a brand new treat!

So, without any further suspense, this week’s theme was: Shadows

It took me a couple days to figure out what I wanted to do with this challenge. I had a few ideas that would have required way too much post-processing; wanting to keep everything au naturel, I ended up doing a simple one-light, low-key studio setup with the Maddsters, who was a pretty good sport about the whole “sitting still while I figured out the lighting” thing. This shot was my favorite from the bunch. I’ll call this her Olan Mills portrait.

This was shot using a single bare spotlight with a makeshift snoot (seriously makeshift. As in, I didn’t have one that gave me the size beam I wanted, so I cut a hole in a cardboard box and taped it to the light stand) on my 7d body with a 50mm 1.4 lens, at f/3.2, and 1/200 sec. Glad to see all of the expensive lighting equipment was relegated to the back room in favor of some duct tape and a box cutter. Oh well. Anything to get the shot, right?

Ready to see what the next photographer has in store for this week’s challenge? Head over to visit the fantastic Ann Kearns to see her take!

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Melinda - So beautiful of her!March 11, 2011 – 10:25 am

Ann Kearns - Well, you are a tough act to follow!
That is a beautiful portrait and I really love ~all~ your pet photography. You are amazing!
Great work on this one: “Strobist” would be proud. ;-)March 11, 2011 – 3:03 pm

Cynthia - Beautiful portrait. She looks very distinguished!March 11, 2011 – 7:53 pm

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