Sunday, March 28, 2010

Daily Shoot #ds133: Reeds against the sky

Reeds, originally uploaded by robertwilliams017.
Today's Daily Shoot assignment is "Backlighting in a scene can create drama. Make a photo with interesting placement of backlit subjects. "

I must admit that I had some trouble with this assignment. Today's weather in Ottawa was mostly overcast which doesn't make too many backlit opportunities. I went to a field close to my house where there were some reeds that I wanted to photograph. The stems of the reeds are almost glowing in brighter light, but it didn't look that way when it's overcast.

After taking a number of slow-shutter-speed photos of the reeds blowing in the wind, I decided to just get low down and photograph the reeds against the sky. I have a couple of different versions of this image showing the clouds, which are quite interesting themselves. But, I really liked this version where I overexposed quite a bit. The reeds become very ethereal, with only their form showing up against the light.

. . . Rob Williams

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Daily shoot #ds132: Painting on the side of a building

Today's assignment from The Daily Shoot is "Sidewalks are great for people watching. Make a photograph of a sidewalk scene today. " Since I was going out to buy some hiking boots, I brought my Canon S90 along to make some photographs along Richmond Road in Westboro, a neighbourhood of Ottawa.

I was quite surprised to see a number of buildings that had large-scale paintings on their side. It made quite a unique look for this old neighbourhood.

. . . Rob Williams

Daily Shoot #ds131

10D-01534BW, originally uploaded by robertwilliams017.
I've just discovered The Daily Shoot ( Every day, a new photo assignment is posted, and people from all over submit photographs. Today's assignment was "Think of a subject that starts with either the letter "D" or "S". Find it, and make a photo! ".

I found a conch shell, and made some macro photographs of it. This is the one I choose to submit.

I'm going to try this for a while, and see how it goes. I looks like a good way to be thinking about photography on a daily basis, even if I don't get the time to make a photograph.

. . . Rob Williams