Week 1 of 52 Weeks Outside My Comfort Zone Photography Project


Over the past 3 years I’ve learned a lot about photography with my secondhand Canon Rebel EOS and realized I have a great deal more to learn.  So this year I’m going to begin pushing myself out of my comfort zone with a photography project.  My project is going to be more difficult due to the fact that my camera is suffering from old age.  It now takes several minutes for it to store a photo to memory, randomly decides it can no longer auto focus, occasionally all photo files are corrupted within the camera, and is in general trying to drive me mad.  Today I took quite a few photos and mentally swore quite a bit as the camera refused to allow me to get the shots I wanted.  I just remind myself that external limitations will help me learn to be a better photographer and to save a bit at a time for a new camera.

Today I decided to use take photos in the snow which I absolutely dread because of issues with white balance.  My older camera doesn’t have a snow setting and good white balance can be hard to achieve even in the best of scenarios.  In an attempt to combat the white balance issue I tried a warming filter and shot on daylight WB settings (sadly the first few photos were shot in fluorescent light WB settings- oops!).  I have never used a filter before and haven’t been brave enough to try out the filter in the year since I bought it.  Plus I discovered it wasn’t the correct warming filter for my application but what the heck.  Clearly, now is the time to give it a go.  In an attempt to avoid houses, etc. in the background I went to a large soccer field.  Sadly cars and houses still managed to clutter the background.  Lighting was tricky due to the trees, sun setting, and minimize background clutter.

I have decided that I need a different warming filter and the search for better winter white balance continues. . . But, I did get a photo showing Rose’s spirit which is quite hard to do.  🙂