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In an efford to be more creative and improve improve our photography skills in 2018, we are doing a year-long photo challenge to stay motivated with ideas and inspiration. Photographer Dale Foshe has put together a new 52 week photography challenge for 2018. Follow along as we post our weekly photos and see what inspires us! Follow us on Instgram @Casa_Creatives
James Cassell

James Cassell

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Elan Sablich

Elan Sablich

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Week 1: Vision   |   Challenge: Look Ahead

New year. New beginnings. New you. Look ahead. Interpret as you wish.

James |

Nikon D810, 24mm, f/6.3, ISO 64, 1/500

Elan |

Canon 5dmkIV, 14mm, f/11, ISO 250, 1/400

This week’s theme offered a lot of room for interpretation.

James | For me, every new year brings the feeling of new beginnings: a clean slate of sorts that allows me the chance to ponder what might happen in the next 365 days. The weather this year also brought in a fresh coat of snow just after January 1st, something I always see as a natural equalizer where everyhing is clean and made anew. My photo is a combination of those things, of the fresh snow punctured only by a set of footsteps leading into the unknown but exciting future. What photos will I take? What places will I visit? What new things will I experience? Whatever happens in 2018,  I know I’ll be ready to capture it, camera (and hot beverage, because it’s really cold right now!) in hand.

Elan | I choose to focus on the looking ahead.  Lots of the creative process happens right here, at this desk with a nice cup of coffee (or beer) at hand while I edit.  Often I’ll ask my wife to look over my shoulder and give me her honest opinion.  I imagine countless hours will be spent at this desk over the coming year as I work on various projects.

Week 2: Composition   |   Challenge: color harmony

Get out your color wheel. Do opposites attract? Can there be harmony with opposite colors? Does the Hulk wear purple pants? Mix warm and cool colors.

James |

Nikon D810, 24mm, f/6.3, ISO 64, 1/500

Elan |

Canon 5dmkIV, 50mm, f/4, ISO 200, 1/200

It’s only week two, and it’s evident that this challenge is going to force us to get creative. More importantly, it’s going to force us to make time during the week to take more photos.

James | Unlike Elan as you’ll read below, this week’s challenge definitely stretched me a bit. In the visual arts, color theory undeniably plays a huge role in how we see the world, of finding and mixing complimentary colors in an appealing way both according to the artist and viewer. My surroundings right now, however, are anything but colorful; it’s nothing but cold, wet, and gray outside. I did have a certain image in mind but I simply had too many things going on. Instead, I had to walk out in the cold and gray world to try and find something colorful. I eventually came across an industrial park and an interesting green utility box on top of a concrete block with some metal sheeting behind to provide texture. I shifted my camera to provide a different angle and snapped the shot. Sometimes, rules are made to be broken. Green hulk pants, anyone? 

Elan | I’ll admit it, this shot isn’t totally out-of-the-box for me.  I work in property management and take a lot of real estate photos (and my wife is addicted to looking at homes on Zillow) so I’m always looking at home and building design.  For this week’s theme of color harmony, I actually had other lofty photo ideas in mind, but the week sort of got away from me and I happened to be out on this new construction site.  This building uses some interesting accent colors and materials and I enjoyed how the bucket-lift broke up the shot.  Obviously a lot of thought goes into the design of homes and how the colors compliment each other, so all I had to do was frame the shot and take the picture.

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