2017 Dogwood Photography Challenge: Week 1

Week 1 of the Dogwood photography challenge - the Rule of Thirds.

One of my new year’s resolutions this year is to work on improving my photography to “tell a story.” I’ve done a pretty good job of capturing moments, but in my opinion the pictures I have mastered are more “look, and move on” type photos. To teach myself the technical, artistic, and story-telling pieces of photography I have decided to join in on the Dogwood 52-week photography challenge. Every Sunday I’ll post a photo (or photos) that I took that week and that meet the challenge requirements, explain how I felt about that particular week, and any tips/tricks to help anyone else interested in learning more about the technique for that week. 

Week 1: The Rule of Thirds

I’m not even going to try to describe this concept because Nomadic Matt’s post on this does a much better job. This one was fairly easy for me as I had a basic understanding of this composition strategy ahead of time. For these shots, I edited the coloring a bit on all of them with Lightroom, but did not crop them at all. I wanted to see if I could actually shoot using this composition strategy and I’d say I was pretty successful! 

Week 1 of the Dogwood photography challenge - the Rule of Thirds.

Week 1 of the Dogwood photography challenge - the Rule of Thirds.

Week 1 of the Dogwood photography challenge - the Rule of Thirds.

Week 1 of the Dogwood photography challenge - the Rule of Thirds.

Week 1 of the Dogwood photography challenge - the Rule of Thirds.

All of these photos were taken in Germany (Bavaria) and on January 1 and 3 with my Panasonic Lumix GX7. The lovely lady featured in some of the photos are my beautiful sister. 

This week’s challenge difficulty: 1/10 (easy-peasy!). 

Next week’s challenge: Straight out of the camera – No photoshop, cropping, etc.

If you have any feedback (or want to join in!) let me know! I’d love to feature other aspiring travel photographers in this series. 

Happy Snapping! 

– Boots not Roots