"52" Week 1 - Bokeh Wall
For the uninitiated, some photographers choose to take on the task of the "365 project" - one photograph for every day of the year.
I've tried it twice, and failed within a week each time.
The excuses ranged from "not enough time", to "I forgot", to "I'm not in the mood today". So instead of repeating and failing the process a third time, I'm changing it up. In addition to whatever projects I take on this year, I'll aim to have 52 separate ones -- one per week -- in which I try out something new or try something I'm familiar with. The results may be crappy or they may be halfway decent. I may not post one every single week in chronological terms (maybe 2 a week, maybe less), but by New Year's Eve 2015, I hope to have at least 52 folders in my hard drive, full of different kinds of photos.
So that brings us quite naturally to week one! On one of my frequent trips to Reddit, I came across the El Bokeh Wall on DIY Photography. The concept is simple -- place a crumpled piece of aluminum foil on a wall, and shoot small objects in the foreground with a fast lens. In addition to whatever type of light used for the subject, a single flash is bounced off of the aluminum foil in the background with a colored gel over it. The aim is to get something like Christmas Tree lights, I suppose. Or it's just to get nice bokeh (here's a good definition of it, if you have no idea what the hell I'm talking about)!
Kinda neat. I can't say I'll be getting involved in product photography anytime soon, but it's great what a piece of aluminum foil and $12 worth of flash gels from Amazon can do.
And no, I don't know what Week 2 will bring. I guess that's part of the fun.