March has been a busy month in my "real life," and I have naturally fallen behind on all of the individual posts/updates I wanted to do here, but in the name of clearing the slate and catching up, here's a recap of the last few weeks.
As I have mentioned before, I am participating in two yearlong challenges, each with one assignment per week. For one, which originates from Dogwood Photography, the themes are on a three-week cycle of portraits, landscapes, and "artistic"/interpretive subjects, and I have the entire year's worth of briefs laid out for me; I have worked ahead for a couple of them, but in general I'm trying to let each week build on the last. This challenge has spawned a giant community on Facebook and Flickr, and it has been great fun so far playing along with people from all over the globe and with all levels of training. The other challenge, which has been going on for a few years over at Photochallenge.org, also follows a cycle of themes - black and white, outdoor, portraits, and "other" - but is a bit different in that each week's assignment comes out on Saturday evening and participants have a week to meet the brief. These challenges tend to be a bit more specifically technical and with a real focus (ugh, pardon the pun) on image quality. I can't say enough about how much you develop as an artist and a technician when you are pushed to try new and uncomfortable things on the regular; I feel like my work has really improved even though we're barely a quarter of the way through the year.
So, in chronological order:
So, this catches us up; I will try going forward to make a separate post about each of these challenges, and about other stuff I'm working on. By popular demand, I am also working hard on getting images uploaded to my vendor so you can buy prints of them. I will update when there's movement in that direction.
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