42 days — a photo project

A col­league of mine one day sug­gest­ed that we start a pho­to com­pe­ti­tion. That com­pe­ti­tion would last 42 days and every con­tes­tant should add one pho­to a day to a pub­lic album. All pho­tos have to be tak­en on the exact day and must be uploaded until 12 a.m. the next day. Add any pho­to you like — just no offend­ing ones.

Easy!” I thought and signed in.

Tag 1 - Feuerwehr The first day start­ed with a total mess at the office and I just had time to do a snap­shot of a fire engine that I ran through Light­room to give it some kind of a light­ing set­up and col­or retuche. This snap­shot should some­what accom­pa­ny me for the rest of the week.
Tag 2 - Kicker The sec­ond day I had some more time. I thought it would be a good idea to grab the fire engine again (hon­est­ly I had the “great” idea of adding the fire engine to all of the remain­ing 41 pho­tos) and see, where I could place it to get a nice shot. Final­ly I came around our kick­er where I tried sev­er­al per­spec­tives before I came up with the final shot. It again ran through Light­room for bet­ter light­ing and col­ors. This was the first one I real­ly liked.
Tag 3 - Notorious Day three I had my cam­era and the fire engine with me when I went for lunch. I had the idea of putting the fire engine in front of a real car to uti­lize the dif­fer­ence in size for a good per­spec­tive. Long sto­ry short: it didn’t work out. I had to come up with anoth­er pic­ture set­up. I tried sev­er­al shots at the bistro I had lunch at. None of theme real­ly con­vinced me. But again some Light­room touch up did the trick.
Tag 4 - Lonely Speaker Day four. Busy at the office and not a sin­gle idea on what to shoot. I final­ly shot the fire engine on my notebook’s key­board and let Light­room do the rest.
Tag 5 - Hero On day five I want­ed to wait for the evening to take a pic­ture on my way home or at home. At home I tried sev­er­al still life setups using vas­es, can­dle­hold­ers and stuff like that. I also tried sev­er­al dif­fer­ent persepc­tives on the fire engine crawl­ing on the floor or stand­ing on a lad­der. It all looked some­what odd or even bor­ing. Final­ly I placed the fire engine on top of our din­ner table’s lamp. It is an alloy ring with frost­ed glas on top and bot­tom so the light shines in both direc­tions. That gave the fire engine a real­ly nice look. Light­ing is every­thing! Only small dig­i­tal enhance­ments need­ed this day.
Tag 6 - Disco Sat­ur­day, day six. Await­ing guests on Sun­day I had to pre­pare din­ner. Some time after 8 p.m. I final­ly man­aged to start shoot­ing. This day I want­ed to play around with light­ing a lit­tle bit more. So two pock­et torch­es were a must. And also a boom­box that has some blue lights to its sides should be placed on the pic­ture. I tried around in com­plete dark­ness using a tri­pod and self release. On the camera’s dis­play it looked great, espe­cial­ly the blue light (I usu­al­ly hate all those gad­gets with blue lights, but this time it helped). Sad­ly enough it looked poor when viewed on the screen. I start­ed all over and found a blue plas­tic trash can. The fire engine looked nice inside with the two torch­es light­ing the can from the out­side. Light­room and a radi­al blur did the rest.
Tag 7 - Essen ist fertig Sun­day, day sev­en. While cook­ing the din­ner we chat­ted about the 42 days project and came up with a sim­ple still life set­up in the kitchen. Nice and easy. And definit­ly the last shot with the fire engine in it!

What I learned from this first week is that it is real­ly hard to come up with new ideas every day. And that it is even hard­er to inte­grate the same item on every pho­to. But the most impor­tant learn­ing was that even this kind of work is much eas­i­er with peo­ple around brain­storm­ing togeth­er.