A Frame a Day (August)

Olympus mju with Kodak Portra 400

I set a goal last month of shooting more with flash and light modifiers. I failed. I did not do it, so please don’t ask where those images are. I don’t know why I didn’t do it, I guess not enough time? Or more realistically, with my Fujifilm XE2 broken, sitting on a shelf, I’ve been using my DSLRs as daily carries. For the days that I want something different, I carry the Olympus mju, a 35mm film point-and-shoot. But then again, it’s film, I have to develop and scan. Carrying the Nikon D800 every day takes up the most space in my bag. Putting a speedlight, triggers, or a constant LED would just take up way too much room. I’ll try again next month.

Since May 2015, I’ve been using the Sigma 35mm ART as my daily lens. It’s become a perfect focal length of almost everything. Quickly scanning August’s images, it seems about 50% of them are taken with a 50mm (30% with a 35mm and 20% with a 28mm). I was told this lens would require major repairs back in June. Its rear element was very loose and would not focus properly. After being given the lens back (I assume they took it apart to analyze), I decided to test the autofocus. For some reason it is working properly with no faults. I hold this lens very close to my heart since it was the first ‘real’ piece of glass I ever picked up back in 2011.

August has been a busy month including a wedding in Baltimore, a fashion shoot in NYC, and a weekend getaway. The shoot in NYC was really exciting since I was able to give some art direction. Working with Mary to bring to life her and my vision was refreshing. Watch behind the scenes:

The last weekend in August, I traveled just outside of Annapolis for a weekend getaway with Hailee’s friends. The Airbnb we stay in was gorgeous and in prime location off US 50. The trip was not as photo oriented but was the perfect weekend getaway. I didn’t have to worry about packing cameras and getting shots. It all naturally happened.

This month, I hit two-thirds of the way through the project. 66% of this year, I have spent photographing. That’s a lot of photographs. I’ve talked about the challenges I’ve had with feeling creative on certain days, but my biggest enemy is time. Whether I’m commuting a long distance or stuck for an appointment, taking a daily photo is not always easy. For instance, the day of my car accident in April, or whenever I drive to NYC, or spending hours in the DMV trying to get a new registration. What this project has forced me to do is go out and do something new. I make sure I am traveling to new places or doing new things so I can add some diversity to my project. It forces me to step out of the house and walk around, even if it’s for 20 minutes, it forces me to see something. On the other end though, I feel myself getting sluggish. September won’t be any different though, I have a few trips planned including a newfound tradition of attending the Toronto International Film Festival, shooting an engagement in North Carolina, and shooting a wedding in Silver Springs.

I hope this project has been exciting for you as much as it has been for me. It’s been a long journey of photo taking that was hard to balance, but has been incredibly rewarding. I would never have thought that a photo I took back in February would be award a top tier award in a competition and printed in a public space like CityCenter. I’m excited to see where the rest of the year takes me.

August Photos:

August 1, 2017: Monochrome (Nikon D800 with Nikon 50mm | f/1.4 | 1/400th | ISO 100)
August 2, 2017: Something different with the Washington Monument (Nikon D800 with Nikon 28mm | f/2.8 | 1/8,000th | ISO 100)
August 3, 2017: Beautiful sunny showers (Nikon D800 with Nikon 50mm | f/1.4 | 1/8,000th | ISO 100)
August 4, 2017: Hit 9 holes and brought the camera along. View of southeast (Nikon D800 with Nikon 50mm | f/1.4 | 1/8,000th | ISO 100)
August 5, 2017: Placed a yongnuo flash behind them on the steps as they came down. Fill is from another yongnuo on-camera (Nikon D810 with Sigma 35mm ART | f/1.4 | 1/320th | ISO 400)
August 6, 2017: A lazy day where I needed to get an image. There are always cars here but tonight I got lucky (Nikon D800 with Nikon 50mm | f/1.4 | 1/30th | ISO 800)
August 7, 2017: I can usually never get this image right because my lenses are always too wide; I like the symmetry here and the linearity of it (Nikon D800 with Nikon 50mm | f/3.5 | 1/320th | ISO 100)
August 8, 2017: We lost volleyball playoffs this day; taken at the Watergate (Nikon D800 with Nikon 50mm | f/3.2 | 1/3,200th | ISO 100)
August 9, 2017: Light leaking in (Nikon D800 with Nikon 50mm | f/1.4 | 1/4,000th | ISO 100)
August 10, 2017: Ripped up (Nikon D7200 with Nikon 35mm 1.8 DX | f/1.4 | 1/2,000th | ISO 100)
August 11, 2017: Arif (Nikon D810 with Sigma 35mm ART | f/1.4 | 1/50th | ISO 1600)
August 12, 2017: Mary (Nikon D810 with Sigma 35mm ART | f/1.4 | 1/3,200th | ISO 100)
August 13, 2017: Self portrait behind my apartment, supported by Joby Gorilla Pod, delayed shutter (Nikon D800 with Tokina 11–16mm | f/5.6 | 4 seconds | ISO 200)
August 14, 2017: Liberty gas station in Alexandria, VA (Olympus mju | Kodak Portra 400)
August 15, 2017: I love this corner (Nikon D800 with Nikon 28mm | f/4 | 1/2,000th | ISO 100)
August 16, 2017: Walk home (Nikon D800 with Nikon 50mm | f/2.8 | 1/125th | ISO 800)
August 17, 2017: 7–11 (Nikon D800 with Nikon 50mm | f/2.8 | 1/640th | ISO 400)
August 18, 2017: Katie has watched me grow up from 5 years old to now (Nikon D810 with Sigma 35mm ART | f/1.4 | 1/40th | ISO 800)
August 19, 2017: The boys came to town (Nikon D810 with Sigma 35mm ART | f/1.4 | 1/8,000th | ISO 100)
August 20, 2017: Sunday hangs (Nikon D800 with Sigma 35mm ART | f/1.4 | 1/500th | ISO 200)
August 21, 2017: Watched the solar eclipse (Nikon D800 with Sigma 35mm ART | f/1.4 | 1/8,000th | ISO 200 | 6 stop ND filter)
August 22, 2017: Alexandria — King Street Metro (Nikon D800 with Nikon 28mm | f/4 | 1/4,000th | ISO 200)
August 23, 2017: Gardens (Nikon D800 with Nikon 28mm | f/4 | 1/640th | ISO 100)
August 24, 2017: Union Station (Nikon D800 with Nikon 5omm | f/1.4 | 1/80th | ISO 400)
August 25, 2017: Grasonville (Nikon D800 with Sigma 35mm ART | f/1.4 | 4 seconds| ISO 100)
August 26, 2017: Gardens (DJI Mavic Pro | f/2.2 | 1/1,600th | ISO 100)
August 27, 2017: N-A-T-S Nats, Nats, Nats! (Nikon D800 with Nikon 28mm | f/4 | 1/500 | ISO 400)
August 28, 2017: Meridian Hill Park (Nikon D800 with Nikon 28mm | f/4 | 1/640 | ISO 200)
August 29, 2017: Adams Morgan portrait (Nikon D800 with Nikon 50 | f/1.4 | 1/840 | ISO 800)
August 30, 2017: Forgot my SD card this day, but a sunny day on the Mall (iPhone 6 back camera)
August 31, 2017: 17th street (Nikon D800 with Nikon 50 | f/16 | 1/40 | ISO 64)