Week 7: Fill the Frame x Composition

There’s several elements about this week’s challenge I want to talk about.

Firstly, when I first read the theme, I was instantly excited. I LOVE close-up, frame-filling photography. In fact, often times I have to remind myself to pull back and capture more in the frame. So this week’s challenge was a bit like home.

Secondly, I’ve been wanting to recreate a photoshoot I did several years ago with ice cubes. So I did. It basically involves melting an ice cube in your mouth and letting the water be pulled by gravity to the ground. It’s messy, but it’s worth it.

Thirdly, I ordered a new wig and it came in as I was prepping for this shoot, so OBVIOUSLY I had to throw it in there.

Lastly, afterwards, as I was trying to figure out zoom bursts, I discovered aperture priority actually makes for amazing selfies.

Therefore, for this week’s challenge, I’m submitting THREE! photos and they all fill the frame. With my face. You’re welcome.


f1.8 – 1/50 – 500 ISO


f1.8 – 1/160 – 400 ISO


f/1.8 – 1/160 – 400 ISO


Week 3: Full Manual x Technical

r/WeeklyPhotos week 3 challenge is Full Manual x Technical.

I captured this water droplet at Cranbrook on a windy day, precariously standing on a slope. It was physically challenging, as well as technically, since I was adjusting my focus manually and this branch would not sit still. But I’m thrilled with the capture and the way the photo came out overall.

I’m also pretty thrilled with my post-processing edit. I think I did a great job with adjusting the colors to my liking, but also to showcase the beauty of this shot more eloquently.

This week gave me the opportunity to step back into my comfort zone. As you all know by now, I absolutely adore photographing nature. It’s difficult to find flowers in their natural settings in the winter, but I’ll be damned if there aren’t interesting dead leaves (and the dirty ground…) to capture. Especially here in the Metro Detroit area.

Here’s the technical breakdown:

Exp 1/320
ISO 200
35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX NIKKOR lens


Le Crepe

I started today off being woken up twice by phone calls. The second was my friend Kristen, who told me she was in the area and she’d like to hang out sometime today. So I hopped out of bed, and we went on a mini adventure to downtown Royal Oak.

We both brought out cameras (she brought her lenses too, I just opted for my 50mm) and we started off at Le Crepe on Washington Ave. Neither of us had eaten yet, so brunch was a great first stop.

We got hilariously into photographing our waters and her cappuccino before our crepes arrived. I really like the way this shot of her cappuccino turned out.


When the crepes arrived, there was standing on chairs happening (on Kristen’s part) to get good birds-eye view shots.

I don’t really like the colors that came out in the crepe pictures, and I think it has a lot to do with the plates. They were a yellowy-ivory based color with green circle lines. Probably would’ve looked better on some nice super clean white porcelain.


Fortunately, I did catch some nice shots of the WATER of all things. The backlighting was everything in this place. I was pleasantly surprised.


Singular Liquidity

Okay you guys. I must and I will take new photos tomorrow.

But for now I’m going to reshare a photo from earlier this year. I don’t think I shared this one as a singular photo, because I know I did a side-by-side feature with a partnering photo where you can’t see the ice. Check out the original post here.

I really enjoyed doing this shoot and I want to try it again. It’s very messy and cold, and involves a whole lot of wet floor and t-shirt and trial and error of pointing the camera at the right angle toward yourself and then making sure you get a good stream of water to pour down your chin. I have a ton of photos where the water doesn’t look like I wanted it to.

But the process is what it’s all about, aside from the GLORIOUS FINISHED PRODUCT. Enjoy.


TBT: Drip Drip.

Heyyy it’s been absolutely bonkers here in the Metro Detroit area. If you haven’t heard already, we had INSANE rains yesterday that flooded the majority of the area, and has closed nearly all major interstate freeways in parts, including I-75, where portions flooded up as high as 14 feet. Yes, you read that right, FOURTEEN FEET.

Check out these photos taken by local photographer Joe Gall featured on the official ABC News Facebook page: Click Me.

Anyway, due to yesterday’s flooding, I did not get home until this morning, and slept over a friend’s house instead. Therefore, today shall be Throwback Tuesday. Let’s do it.

One of my favorites from earlier this year.

lip sidebyside2


I’ve been awfully bad and haven’t taken any photos I’ve found suitable for this blog lately. But I have several days off coming up and I plan on catching up in my creative work.

For now, here’s a photo from last fall when I went to Yates Cider Mill by myself, largely in part to photograph their wild flowers and berries, but also to pick up cider and donuts and pies. And pumpkin butter jam!