Photo Project Theme Week 2 – Tomorrow

Last week, I started doing my Personal Photography Project  that I call 3P52.   This is my second week and the theme I chose is “Tomorrow”.

This photo was taken on a Saturday morning.  I drove to this place that I always pass during my morning commute to work, knowing that it would be a good place to shoot sunrise photos.  After taking several photos from that area and not really satisfied with the shots because the clouds were so thick and covering the sun, I packed up my camera and tripod and started to head home.   Less than a quarter mile away, I saw this beautiful sun starting to come out.  Since there really wasn’t a place to park my car and setup my tripod, I decided to just open my window and shoot this scene from inside my car.

Sunrise in Manor, TX

To make my hand more steady, I propped my arm on the passenger seat head rest (the scene was to my right).   I believe it did the trick.  I’m glad I took the time to stop and take this photo even with some constraints, otherwise  I would have missed this shot.

If you have a theme you want to suggest for my weekly project, please feel free to email me.   Till next week.

Photo Project Theme Week 1 – Bubbles

I am launching  my own Personal Photography Project which I am calling 3P52.  Every week for 52 weeks (one year), I will be posting photos based on a theme.  This will be a fun activity to practice how to see everyday things in a different way.  For this very first week, I am doing bubbles.

I came up with two photos for this theme.

The first photo is done by mixing water and cooking oil in a clear glass container.  The container is then placed on top of  a colorful background, in my case I used a blanket.   I used two cans of soup to prop up the glass container and give a little space between the container and the blanket. I set up my tripod very low as I was doing this on the ground.  I used my cheap macro filter (not really recommended but this is all I have) so that I can get really close to the bubbles.    I used a shutter remote control to make sure I don’t add vibration on the camera to get a sharp shot.  The hard part for me when I was doing this exercise was that I had a very small glass container and it had a logo at the base center so my shooting area was very limited.  Also, outside it was windy and so the bubbles kept moving. I used my 35mm f/1.8 lens, set my camera to ISO 100, at f/22 aperture and shutter speed of 1/8 sec.   I admit this is pretty cool, but I can not take credit for this idea as I have seen this before from Bryan Peterson (he’s one of my favorite photographers).

Bubbles (oil and water)


The second photo that I made was by using a tall glass which I filled with water and some dish soap.  I blew bubbles into the water until the foam was over and above the glass.  Behind the glass for my background,  I used the same colorful blanket that I used in the first picture.    The settings were the same as above except for the shutter speed which was at 1/10 sec.

Bubbles (water and dish soap)

It’s interesting to note that the oil and water bubbles are round while the water and dish soap bubbles have a lot of corners.

I had a really great time with this week’s theme.  I have no idea what the next theme is but I sure look forward to the next challenge.

Lodge at Stillman Ranch – Utah

When we were in Park City, Utah, one of the highlights of our trip was our two hour horseback riding at Stillman Ranch.  While waiting for the other couple who are going to ride with us, I took this shot of the lodge.   I was advised against taking my DSLR with me to the trail ride as there was nowhere to safely hold it while riding so I didn’t really get any photos except the ones taken from my phone.


Lodge at Stillman Ranch

Jordanelle State Park – Utah

This is the Jordanelle Reservoir of Jordanelle State Park in Heber City, Utah.   This park is a popular place for swimming, boating and other water sports and recreation. It also has campground for overnight campers and has some day use facilities.  A week ago (on August 18)  three fires burned 550 acres of land around this area which caused mandatory evacuations of establishments close to the park.


Mayfield Park – Texas

Mayfield Park is a treasure in Austin, TX. This beautiful park is home to colorful peafowls roaming freely in the two acre peaceful garden. Events such as weddings and small gatherings are held in the cottage facility. This park is surrounded by 21 acres of natural area where people can take hikes.

There are plenty of subjects to photograph in this park. The park has specific policies and a fee applies to professional photographers who use this park as a venue for photo shoots.