52 Week Photography Challenge - Week 5

Week 5

Wildcard: Photographer's Choice

Capture an image on your terms; who, what, where, when, why, how … it's all up to you. Caveat: You must tell us your intent.

Canon 6D with 24-70 f/2.8 II, surprised, I know


  • Shutter speed: 1/200 sec
  • Aperture: f/2.8
  • ISO: 640
  • Focal Length: 70mm

Well, so far I've lasted a month with this challenge (YAY!). I have to be honest though, I'm finding it difficult creatively. I feel like I think too much about what I'm going to photograph for the week. This week was no different. My original intention was to capture the stars with some night photography, which I did, it just wasn't a very interesting photograph. 

But this week, inspiration hit me early with a podcast episode on the Improve Photography Podcast. It was with a fellow listener of the podcast, Natalie Greenroyd, who captures AMAZING photographs of her kids in day-to-day settings.(Check out her Instagram feed here) She said she always has her camera with her. That fact hit me like a ton of bricks. I'm over thinking photography! I don't carry my camera with me, when I get the camera out, I usually have an intent or a reason to get it out of the bag.

A camera does you no good if it's sitting in your camera bag in your closet. I know that our phones have cameras and all, but I'm usually let down by what my phone can do. That's a whole different topic that I won't get into here. 

This week I made it my intention to play with Daniel AND the camera at the same time. We went outside on a warmish day in January and played. Of course he found "dada tools" and then found out that his car was broken! He does a lot of cute stuff, and this was one of them. He changed tools and changed what he was fixing. He fixed his shoes many times also.

These are the kind of moments I enjoy. I'm interacting with my son and playing, but at the same time I'm capturing memories and telling a story with my camera. These photos may never go on the wall, but I know that I'll cherish them and enjoy looking back on them long after he thinks I'm not cool anymore. Sorry I got a little sappy at the end.

As an added bonus for making it to the end, here are a couple more photos that I took this week.

Of course you have to push things over the edge! 

Talking to mommy on the phone. No, it's not FaceTime