Construction, more construction, and Flowers

With last week's assignment, Seasons, I knew in an instant what I wanted to shoot.  I had a clear vision right away. This was not the case with this week's challenge.  I struggled to come up with a concept.  The assignment for this week is "New Begining."

Some of the participants are taking pictures of new hobbies they have started this year while others are posting pictures of other random new things in their life.  My first idea was to shoot some of the construction going on in the neighborhood next to mine in Seattle called Georgetown.

Georgetown used to be a company town that was incorporated in 1904 largely as a defense against prohibitionism (awesome, right?).  Later it was annexed into Seattle.  The original Rainier Brewery, located in Georgetown is being rehabilitated.  A large part of it had to be torn down due to it being unsafe.  A portion of the rest is currently being renovated.  At lunch earlier in the week, I went down to the always fantastic Calamity Jane's.  As I walked along the street I took several shots of the work being done.  Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get close enough nor have a long enough lens to get the shots that I wanted. The other issue I had was the blah grey skies.

Some of the completed construction.  Also, yay for adjustment brushes in Lightroom! I was able to underexpose the sky and make it look a little more interesting.

Some of the completed construction.  Also, yay for adjustment brushes in Lightroom! I was able to underexpose the sky and make it look a little more interesting.

Workers restoring the facade.

Workers restoring the facade.

Now, in color! (This is actually my favorite of the pictures I took that day.)

Now, in color! (This is actually my favorite of the pictures I took that day.)

While I liked the pictures that I took, I wasn't in love with them and they didn't scream "New Beginnings" to me. I had a client meeting in downtown Seattle later in the week so I took along my camera and took a few shots as I walked to lunch and back to my car.  There was a large skyscraper being built so I took several shots of that.  The photos are okay... just not great.

Again, blah skies.

Again, blah skies.

Oh, high contrast...

Oh, high contrast...

Nothing to do with the assignment I just loved the repeating pattern and the angles.

Nothing to do with the assignment I just loved the repeating pattern and the angles.

A typical picture of downtown Seattle over I5 facing south.

A typical picture of downtown Seattle over I5 facing south.

Oh, contrasty, grainy, AND black and white.  Now that's art!

Oh, contrasty, grainy, AND black and white.  Now that's art!

Since I still was not quite pleased with my photos from downtown.  I embarked on taking some other pictures based on an idea from my lovely wife.  FLOWERS!

As many of you saw in my first blog post, I got a flash and some very nice lighting equipment for Christmas. My wife has a winter Paperwhite bulb growing in our garden window.  It just blossomed so I took some photos using my flash off camera. I also used one of the extension tubes I got for my birthday so I could take some closer up macro photos. Extension tubes are added between your camera body and the lens so you are able to take pictures MUCH closer to your subject (It's how those super cool close-up photos of bugs are taken). 

Pretty...

Pretty...

Look at the details.

Look at the details.

I like how the colors of the white petals and the yellow pollen pop.

I like how the colors of the white petals and the yellow pollen pop.

This one is kinda dreamy.

This one is kinda dreamy.

While this week has been a struggle to find something that I was pleased with technically, artistically and fit the theme of the challenge, I am glad that I have struggled.  This is the point of embarking on a large personal photography project.  I get to struggle and work through challenges that I normally would not have come across.  If you look at my Flickr or Facebook pages you will see that there are A LOT of pictures of The Boy.  He is my favorite muse.  I have learned a lot about photography trying to capture better and better pictures of him.  He gets more and more challenging as he gets older so it works out well.  While this is great I do need to expand my comfort zone and try new photography challenges.

So, what picture did I decide to submit?

I love the texture of the brick and that they are working to bring new life to an amazing old building.

P.S.

When I first made the website I hadn't taken the time to go through my images and select my best for my portfolio.  Instead,  I selected a bunch from my trip to Italy last year with the intention of going through my images later.  I have read over and over again to select only the very, very best of your images to display.  I was shooting to include only my best 20.  It ended up being too difficult to go from 11,000 photos to only 20 so I ended up with 34.  Please take a look and enjoy them.  Let me know your thoughts and thanks for taking a look.