52 Week Photography Challenge – Week 18: Artistic – Texture

There are monsters living in my neighbourhood. How else can I explain gigantic leaves that I stumbled upon in the field behind my home? I don’t think I really noticed before how huge they grow, like a mutant cabbage leaves. Wonder what that is? Hope it is not carnivorous. 😛

Back to the subject of this weeks Dogwood Challenge. The artistic inspiration this week is texture. You should almost be able to feel the image. I think I got close to it, at least I got close to those leaves. See, I live on the edge. 😀

week 18 artistic texture

Again, I skipped the week…and it was an easy one – Urbanscape. It seems I’ll be doing another Cathcing up post soon.

For the next week the challenge is Portrait: Messy – Take an amazing portrit of someone, make a mess while you are doing it. That should be a piece of cake, the messy part. 😀


52 Week Photography Chellenge – Catching up

I started this year with an interesting project that I stumbled upon on Facebook. Dogwood Photography 52 Week Challenge came with the list of assignments for the entire year. I thought that would be a good way to improve my photography skills. As in all things in life, the beginning was fun and easy, but as the weeks came and went, I started to miss few steps.

The thing is, I was able to photograph a specific scenery or a subject, but just had no time to post-process it and publish. Since I am on a mini vacation, I decided to catch up on some of the weeks I missed.

Week 7 was all about Faceless Portrait, trying to tell someone’s story without showing their face. I had a great idea of takin a family photo of my friend, uploading it to my iPad and capturing her holding the photo.
week 7 portrait faceless

Week 10 assignment was Portrait: Environmental – showing a subject in their natural habitat, a place of work or hobby. Although this is an old image from my 2005 Vienna trip, I thought it would fit perfectly into week 10.


Week 14 demanded a zoomed in Landscape. I must admit I had the most fun with this image, trying to put a focus on the castle, blurring the middle of the image and bringing back to focus the mountain in the distance.


Week 15 was all about Metal. I managed to stumble upon some rusty screws that were discarded under the railway bridge I walk under every day. I like the rust and the colors…and the contrast of human-made objects with the nature.
week 15 artistic metal

Finally, Week 16 presented me with the challenge of capturing a moving portrait. Perfect subjects came into my frame, Berta and Vilma chasing one another. Although the image is blurry, I am happy that I managed to capture such a nice composition of two running dogs.week 16 portrait movement

So, I managed to catch up with most of the challenges, with only four left that I skipped. Hopefully, I will soon find an inspiration and complete those weeks. For Week 17 the theme is Urban Landscape and I truly belive it shouldn’t post any serious problem to capture it.


52 Week Photography Challenge – Week 12: Artistic – Transportation

Well, what else could I post? I just realized that I have a hobby – trainspotting! My railway bridge by itself is a thing of beauty, but to spot a train on it…that gives a true purpose and the value to the bridge.


Next week assignment is Portrait: High Key – Expose to the right and create a light, airy high-key portrait.

I have no idea what that means, so I have my work cut out for me. And what’s with all the portraits??? It is so hard to find someone willing to pose, including Berta. Actually, she’s the worse. Hopefully, something will come up.


52 Week Photography Challenge – Week 11: Landscape – Reflection

I skipped few weeks in this challenge, due to a combination of some bad weather and the flu that triggered my bronchitis that just refuses to go away. I plan to go back and revisit the weeks I missed, but it is frustrating to start a project and not being able to keep to the schedule you planed.

I don’t know if it is cheating that I am posting this image I took last summer. It kind of feels that way, so I will probably revisit this week, too. Somehow it beats the purpose of this challenge, to experiment, practice and learn.

week 11 Landscape Natural Beauty Reflection

Next week assignment is Artistic – Transportation: Our world is one defined by how we get around. Literal or interpretative, find inspiration in transportation.

This challenge is a part of Dogwood 52 Week Photography Challenge, hosted on Facebook. If you are interested, it is never too late to jump in and join the fun. Also, you can follow me on Instagram under the name snowlocked, where I post every day.


52 Week Photography Challenge – Week 6: Artistic – Candy

I skipped last week’s challenge, black and white landscape. I just couldn’t find anything interesting to capture and there was no time to travel outside the city, in search of something that would fit the idea I had. Figured it was best to skip and come back to that particular challenge later in the year.

I was looking forward to this week, because – candy!!!! The biggest challenge was to take some photos before eating the props. Thankfully, I did not succumb into temptation, so here is the result.

week 5 artistic candy

I am so happy that once more my experiment with lightning worked. Idea came to me when I was in the store, picking what to use. Placing tinny raspberry candies on a mirror was the easiest part. Finding a good spot in my house was a bit difficult, so I ended up running with the mirror full of candies from room to room. Again, my pocket flashlight came to use and it was not very hard to get the lightning right. The hard part was again balancing my phone in one hand and the flashlight in the other, causing the image to be a bit blurry. That is the most disappointing part.

Well, you deal with what you have. I ordered a mini tripod for my phone, hoping that might make things easier. I also risked and ordered a set of lenses on eBay, I think the price was around $8,00. It looks hilarious, like a clip-on you can put on your phone. I will report on that as soon as it arrives. I am sure all this looks like a waste of money for most of you, but a real DSLR is still not a possibility for my budget.

Next week I need to deal with another kind of portrait: Faceless – Tell someone’s story without showing their face. I already have an idea, so half the job is done. It is always easier when you have a notion of what you are going to do.

This challenge is a part of Dogwood 52 Week Photography Challenge, hosted on Facebook. If you are interested, it is never too late to jump in and join the fun. Also, you can follow me on Instagram under the name snowlocked, where I post every day.


52 Week Photography Challenge – Week 4: Portrait – Headshot

It seems every week I start this post about 52 week challenge with: I had so much trouble….I didn’t think this would be this hard...and so on and so on. 🙂

But it is true! I couldn’t find any human willing to pose for me. So I decided to abuse my Berta and took this image on a Sunday morning while she was resting on my bed.  Can you see how she is trying to ignore me, averting her gaze?

week 4 portrait headshot

I like how this portrait turned out, with her head on the wall and that white space creating a contrast to her. I also used a higher contrast in editing, because I just adore her whiskers or as I like to call them – mustaches.

My next weeks assignment is Landscape: Black and White – Look for a scene with great contrast that will make a great black and white.  I really hope my next post wont start with I had so much trouble. 😀

This challenge is a part of Dogwood 52 Week Photography Challenge, hosted on Facebook. If you are interested, it is never too late to jump in and join the fun. Also, you can follow me on Instagram under the name snowlocked, where I post every day.

52 Week Photography Challenge – Week 3: Artistic -Red

For Week 3 the challenge was to “Shoot whatever inspires you. Red should be the focus of the image. Don’t be afraid to be creative.”

Technically, red is not the entire focus of my image. But I decided to take the artistic licence with this one. There is red and there is a part of the image with red in focus. 🙂 This is probably one of my favorite images I ever took.


Next week in Dogwoods challenge brings us to Portrait: Headshot – You shot a selfie, now shoot a selfie of someone else. Me being clairvoyant, I can see Berta as my victim. Everyone I asked refused to pose for me, so I must take an unwilling subject under my control.

Unless I manage to hypnotize some unexpected human soul…

P.S. Does anyone else finds annoying these WordPress changes, it was so much easier to create new or find old posts before. :/