Give yourself grace when completing a project 52 (or 365). I am been in kind of a slump for the past couple of weeks - not wanting to pick up my camera. But I try to remind myself why I started in the first place. To document our everyday and spark creativity and grow in my craft. So even though this week's photo doesn't really go along with the prompt (the rule of thirds) I still wanted to share it and "count" it as part of my project.
Landon, my three year old, loves pretending to cook and always grabs the real utensils, bowls and cookie sheets from the kitchen to play with. On this day, we was pretending to bake cookies with his "baking pan" and turned one drawer of this toy dresser into an oven. His creativity and passion is fun to watch and I am so glad I make the time to play with him and observe how he thinks.
By no means is this a "great" photo but it tells the story which is sometimes more important than being technically perfect.
A note about my settings and setup (shot in manual mode).
My new 35mm lens has been living on my camera lately because we are stuck inside during this cold and snowy winter.
It was early morning when I took this photo was there was not much natural light available so I had to adjust my settings to allow in as much light as possible. Even though this lens can go down to f/1.4, I try not to go under f/2 and choose f/2.8 this time.
Landon was walking around so I kept the shutter speed fast enough to freeze motion. This speed, 1/200 seems to be a common setting when I am shooting my kids indoors.
The ISO had to be pretty high due to the lack of light so there is definitely some grain in the photo which was also caused my having to brighten the image even more in editing.
If you would like to join me this year and complete your own Project 52, download my prompt guide and follow along.