Week 13: High Key Portrait

Don’t you just love when you get to do something that you like, and it just kind of falls in your lap?  I do, and you know I don’t need anymore complications with how crazy this year and all this school work has been.  I’m happy to report, that’s what happened with this week’s theme.

You may say, “but Rachel, how is this easy?  It involves people!”  Yes, dears, it does, which was my original hesitation when I saw what I had to do.  It’s alway disappointing to have so many ideas floating around in my head, and no one to participate in them.  But, with my successful environmental portrait the other week, I decided to start taking my camera with me whenever I can, or at least a little more often.  So even though I though that brunch at my aunt’s house would be uneventful in the photography department, I was wrong.

My poor family.  Always subject to help with my photo projects weather they’re willing or not.  They just see me with he camera or setting up something crazy, and I think, have this feeling deep down that it’s just a matter of time before I ask them to do something.  I gotta say, I kept my cool this time.  Quiet little camera bag sitting under a chair off to the side of the Easter morning/afternoon brunch festivities.  No pictures (well, other than cell phone ones) of the food, and the egg dying, and the regular craziness that we do when we’re together.  My parents left…nothing…my brother left…still nothing.  Just waiting.  Besides, I already knew who my target was…

My grandmother is always so funny when I take her picture, and today was no exception.  After everything was pretty much over, she, my aunt, and I went out to the backyard and started looking around at whats popping up back there.  As they started on tidying up the yard, I started snapping a few pictures of the greenery.  Then I asked to take her picture.  “Aye!  Not pictures again!  What do I have to do this time!?”  She was yelling, but she was joking.  Secretly, she has fun working on things with me, even if it is a little annoying.  I think I scarred her for life with a project last semester — it was a long exposure, and she had to hold her hand very still while moving her body away.  Needless to say, we did that just about a million times, and saying she was happy it was over would be an understatement.  For everyone’s benefit, I kept it nice and simple this time.  She was happy to hear that she just had to stand there.  Once my aunt saw, however, she started teasing her.  Of course, since I wanted to go for the serious/neutral face, she had to make my grandmother laugh.  It all worked out in the end, and just for my aunt’s goofing off, I took some photos of her as well.  I’m glad I got the shot that I wanted of my grandmother, but I’m also glad I got the silly ones of the two of them together.

And did I even mention the other part of this?  High key.  You guys get it.  You’ve seen it all before last year when I did this.  I was happy to revisit it, and to try it with people.  Glad they’re always willing to put up with my “crazy photography projects”. 🙂  Enjoy

Total Eclipse of the…Wha?

When I started this week’s photos, I didn’t realize that my experience would be a close call of its own.  I was thinking of taking pictures of the lunar eclipse, which was supposed to be viewable in my area just as the Sun was coming up.  After being up way too late last night, and reading the weather report multiple times to discover that it was most likely going to be cloudy, I decided that it would still be a great idea to wake up before the sunrise and try to snap some pictures of the eclipse.  Since my area would only be able to see a partial eclipse, while other areas of the US would have been able to see the full eclipse, I thought that would be a good example of a close call — just a little farther (ok, maybe a lot farther) to the west and I would have been able to capture it all.

To my surprise, and disappointment, the weather report has been incredibly accurate this year.  We actually got snow, and a lot of it, when it was forecasted, and the bi-polar weather patterns of a Maryland spring were, and still are,  true to their nature.  Unfortunately for today, the clouds stuck around, just as expected.  Looks like my close call was more along the lines of an “April Fools” as opposed to a “lucky 13”.

On the plus side, I was able to drive around the government farms as the sun was coming up, wich was great, except for the fact that it’s a little creepy around there before the sun comes up.  If you’ve never heard of the Goat Man, you should look him up.  The government farms are infamously known for their questionable experiments on livestock and who knows what else.  There was a cow with a glass stomach which was often on display, and the most famous story of all is that of Goat Man.  A science experiment gone awry when taking half goat and half man and some how freakishly combining them, Goat Man escaped, and is rumored to be roaming the government farms.  Lucky for me, I didn’t have an encounter with him this morning, and got a few lovely shots of the farms and some of the old farm type houses on the property.  Maybe one of these little houses belongs to him…

So here’s my close call for the week.  Guess the clouds had it out for me, and I’ll just have to wait until September until the next full lunar eclipse comes around.  Catch you on the flip side, moon.

Week 13: Close Call

Another interesting concept for another interesting week.  I think the correlation of it being week 13 and “close call” is pretty funny.  Is it a “lucky 13” or a play on “Friday the 13th”?  I suppose that depends on what your definition of a close call is.  Maybe it’s narrowly escaping disaster, or an intentional flirt with death.  Try Google-ing “close calls”, and you’ll be pretty entertained with the images, as I was, and for a little longer than I would like to admit!  A lot are nature related, which reminded me of some of my possible “close call” images that I have.  Is it strange that I kind of want to go out in the ocean to see if I could have a close call with a shark for this week’s assignment?  I mean clearly, some of the google results were fake, but others are crazy!  Makes me a little wary about going into the ocean, but don’t worry, that’s not going to stop me.

The images that I found in my portfolio are far less exciting, but still gave me the feeling of “close call”.  When I see certain things in nature, or even while I’m just out and about, I make these subconscious decisions about what is happening in the situation.  Looking at my pictures below, the piece of fabric on a nail makes me think that someone was running, trying to escape something or someone else, and they just barely made it.  When looking at animals, I always assume that something is chasing it.  Fish, for example, only ever jump out of the water because something is chasing them!  I mean, it’s not like they jump out for any other reason (just kidding, clearly they may be doing some “fishing” of their own for a meal).  Also, whenever I see a large group of birds suddenly flying away from a tree, or hear a lot of chirping and squawking going on, for some reason my mind goes to “there’s a snake in that tree attacking the birds!”  Don’t ask me where that comes from — it’s a little weird, I know.  So enjoy my (possibly) fabricated “close call” pics below, while I start thinking of a good idea for this week!