Welcome to another edition of (Almost) Wordless Wednesday! This week as with the previous two weeks, I’m bringing you photos that I have taken in response to the Dogwood Photography 52 Week Photography Challenge. My first two offerings were a bit on the shaky side, and I can handle that. It is a growth process after all. The great thing, though, is that this process is stretching me in ways I hadn’t anticipating.
This week the theme for the challenge is an artistic focus with a primary emphasis on the color red. For this category – Artistic Impression – Dale Foshe says:
Artistic Impression: When this category comes up, you really have room to express yourself. You can interpret the assignment literally or figuratively. Unlike the other two categories that are more focused, the main focus of this category is to let your creativity shine.
I had this idea that I would do a series of photos of me wearing red lipstick with different expressions. Mad. Confused. Sad. Happy. Forcing a smile.
I took all of these with my Big Girl Camera, and I think that perhaps they would have come out better if I’d used the iPhone 6. One of the frustrations with using the BGC to take these photos was that many of them were soft – the focus was in the wrong spot. I think I could have gotten much sharper photos with the iPhone because of the limitations of my posing ability.
…and a reminder to always, always use a lip liner when you are using something like a red lipstick. I have a great one, but I thought that since I was using my red chubby stick…which has a point that you can use for lining, I was OK. Nope. Not at all. Lots of feathering. This is useful for me to remember when I am putting on my lipstick each morning. Lip liner. Essential.
Fierce, I know. Look at those lovely, straight white teeth! You would never know that I didn’t go to the dentist for the first time until I was 15 and that when I finally did go, I had a mouth full of cavities (I think they filled something like 8 after that first visit and I’ve just added to it in the last 20+ years) or that I have genetically bad teeth…my father had lost all of his by the time he was 45 and my maternal grandfather allegedly had his teeth rot from the inside out.
Because I’m in Mississippi – the birthplace of Elvis – I thought perhaps I needed to try for an Elvis lip curl. Not entirely successful, but I was having fun.
And the truth is that I was having fun with these photos. I doubt I would have ever thought to take 20 or so photos of my mouth without the impetus of the challenge. By about photo 10, while I was worried about focus, I found myself doing the same things with my mouth and needing a way to create a different expression.
I’m not sure when the last time was that I had this much fun taking photos!
Now the other part of this is the editing. I took all of them in my bathroom, under the lights in the mirror, at the end of the day. My skin has a lot of red undertones to it and at the end of the day, I tend to be a bit shiny. So I thought about selective color, which I’m not that fond of in general. I don’t know how successful the editing was (you can see the redness in my chin if you look closely), but I have an idea of how to go about that now. I wouldn’t have if it weren’t for this challenge. In addition to improving my photography in-camera skills, I want to get better at editing.
Now, there were other options for the red challenge – a crawfish boil with the delicious red mudbugs, a sweet baby’s walker, the Dr. Suess decorations of a baby shower, the flames in a fire (although to be fair those were more orange than red). In the end, when I thought of this idea – which happened after I put on my lipstick to go out with friends this weekend…when I wear lipstick, it’s red – I grinned, which meant I was going to have fun with it. I did.
What was the last thing you shot for fun? And what is your editing process? Are you taking part in any photography challenges this year? Tell me about it in the comments!