I am joining Dogwood Photography’s 52 Week Photography Challenge starting this week. Dale Foshe, a Wilmington, NC photographer and challenge organizer says, “This challenge is designed to push your photography to the next level.” I need that. “Over 52 weeks, you’ll alternate between shooting portraits, landscapes, and artistic assignments.” Oh my, that could be a problem. Portraits require people; cooperative people. My tribe prefers being behind the camera as opposed to being in front, so I am going to have to get very creative with this. But, I love a good challenge and let’s face it, what else have I got to do?
The challenge is to take one photo per week based on a weekly assignment. I thought that New Year’s week would be a perfect time to start. I even invited my sister Susan to join me in the challenge. She is a published photographer and poet, an artiste with an expensive camera, while I am still just a self-described “idiot with an expensive camera.”
Susan’s photos highlight and celebrate nature, while I lean towards food photos and anything with a chicken in it. This should be interesting. Some weeks we’ll be taking our challenge on the road, others will be done from home base.
I haven’t even started yet, but Tucker and the chickens are already looking for a way out.
They need not worry, at least this week. The assignment for Week 1 is a selfie…the dreaded selfie. I have taken exactly two selfies in my life, and had no intention of ever doing another. But here I am, in the first week of the challenge, and I have to take a selfie. I read the assignment carefully, and no where does it say you cannot wear a hoodie backwards or use the PicMonkey wrinkle remover. It also states that we should “get creative” which opens the door for some photo editing hocus pocus. I will rely heavily on that.
Grab your camera and join the fun. You can share your photos or just take the challenge for yourself. To find out how to link up with the 52 Week Photography Challenge Facebook Group, click here. Dale Foshe says, “stick with it to the end and I guarantee you will be a better photographer for it.” Please come back and see it that applies this idiot with an expensive camera.