“Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.”
― Malcolm Gladwell

Participating in scavenger hunts and in the 52 Frames project have been terrific ways to keep me practicing my photography.  I find that each image I make, the good and the bad, help me create better pictures the next time.  Both the scavenger hunts and the 52 Frames project also  encourage me to try things or photograph subjects I would not have ordinarily photographed.

Week twenty-four presented the challenge of hands.  I thought of many ways to photograph hands.  One day, close to the turn in day, I had an idea during my walk.  I saw a lone basketball player on the local court.  I noticed his shadow on a nearby fence.    After continuing on my walk, I turned back and asked the young man if I could photograph his shadow while he practiced.

Hands

Hands

The challenge for week twenty-five was to make a background.  I purchased flowers that week to bring some sunshine into my life.  Using an image I took of the flower arrangement, I made a background for a portrait of my dog, Maui.

Maui in the Flowers

Maui in the Flowers

The challenge for week twenty-six was flashlight.  For some reason, I had a hard time coming up with anything I was excited about for the challenge.  In order to keep up my steak of submitting one image per week, I decided I would just take a picture of  a flashlight on the final day I could submit.  After taking a look at that image, I noticed a Lego camera on my bookcase.  I photographed it, added the light using processing software, and uploaded my flash light image for the week.

Flash Light

Flash Light

I had to use complementary colors to create an image for week twenty-seven.  I went to my favorite local florist and purchased some flowers to help me fulfill this challenge.

Complimentary Colors

Complementary Colors

Last week’s challenge, week twenty-eight, was to take a picture and ask another photographer to process it for me.  My great friend, Chris Almerini, agreed to help me out with this challenge.  I spotted the deer family on the golf course.  I was thrilled when they went to the water’s edge so that I could capture their reflections, as well.  Many thanks, Chris, for your wonderful interpretation of the image file I sent to you!

 

Group Effort

Group Effort

I am looking forward to this week’s challenge and continued photography practice.

How do you schedule deliberate practice with your photography?

If you would like to see all of the amazing submissions for each of these challenges on the 52Frames website, you can find them here:

Hands

Make a Background

Flashlight

Complementary Colors

Edited by Someone Else

 

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Mary Presson Roberts
Mary Presson Roberts

I am a travel and fine art photographer living and working in the Carolinas. My camera has taken me to places I never would have experienced and to people I never would have met. Photography has truly changed my life! Using my blog, I hope to share the joys of both travel and photography.

Comments (6)

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    Great images. What is the 52 Frames project?

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Thank you, Susan! 52 Frames is a community for photographers online. The website is https://52frames.com/. It is free to participate, but you can become a patron. Each week, participating photographers are given a challenge to complete in that week. Once you complete the challenge, you upload your image to the site. On Tuesday each week, all of the photographer’s images for the challenge are shared. There are literally thousands of photographers who create images for the challenges. I hope you will check it out!

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    Some difficult challenges Mary. I’m always amazed at what you come up with and how beautifully it’s done.

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Thank you, Dan! I have been enjoying it!

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    What a great idea for “Flash Light”! I think it’s my favorite.

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Thank you, Jennifer! I hope all is going well for you and your family this week!

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