WEEK 1 & 2: 52 {Inspiring} Photos a Year

52 {Inspiring} Photos a Year Project.
The rules of my project are:
1. At least one photo a week, posted the week it was taken.
2. I can only use my Canon 50mm f/1.4
3. I'll display my exif data for those of you who are interested and the location of the photo.

I began the project this morning! Yay! Hopefully this will get me blogging and taking more photos!

So I missed week 1, so I'm doing it this week with week 2. I am really excited about this project, because I have always wanted to do something like this, but never have! 

So without further adieu...WEEK ONE:

Canon 5D Mark II - Canon 50mm f/1.4 f/1.4 - 1/400 - ISO 400 Kingwood, TX  (Houston area)

Canon 5D Mark II - Canon 50mm f/1.4
f/1.4 - 1/400 - ISO 400
Kingwood, TX  (Houston area)

It's very rainy right now in the Houston area. The sun rose about an hour prior to this photo and it's very overcast outside, so the cool tones in the shot are not changed much. I did run it through Photoshop CS5--first through the raw editor and then a few actions I run on every photo. Not much is done (Levels, contrast, sharpen, etc). So except for the colors being more vibrant, this photo is pretty close to how it was taken.

WEEK 2:

Canon 5D Mark II - Canon 50mm f/1.4 f/5.0 - 1/25 - ISO 640 Kingwood, TX (Houston area)

Canon 5D Mark II - Canon 50mm f/1.4
f/5.0 - 1/25 - ISO 640
Kingwood, TX (Houston area)

I absolutely LOVE this photo. I like that I caught the reflection of the tree above me in this stand. The colors of this photo are very interesting to me as well. I really like how it turned out. I probably should have bumped up my ISO a bit more so my shutter speed wasn't so low, but it didn't seem to affect this photo very much. I have pretty steady hands. :) I purposefully brought up my f stop to 5.0 because I wanted more in focus. I took a few fully opened at f/1.4, but it was a little too blurry for me. Again, just like the previous photo, not much was changed in photoshop. I don't do much to my photos when I edit them. I try to be as minimalist in gear and in how I take the photo, so I won't have to do that much post processing.

Thanks for checking these out. Will post more next week! :) Have a great day!
-Ashley