So today begins my 7/52 project.

What is a 7/52 project? It’s sorta like a cross between a 365 project (one picture every day for a year) and a 52 project (one picture per week for a year).

The goal for the 7/52 is to produce 7 pictures per week (defined as the period beginning at 12:00am Sunday and ending 11:59:59.9pm Saturday), preferably on some sort of theme, edited and posted no later than the following Sunday.

The goals with this project are myriad. In no particular order:

  • continue to make pictures on a regular basis, but without the strict mandate to make, edit, and share a picture every single day
  • improve self-curation skills
  • develop, pursue, and work on specific projects, rather than scramble to find something, anything to shoot
  • avoid the huge number of throw-aways I produced during the 365

I intend to avoid using a set of images from a photowalk or some other single event, and will make every attempt to use no more than 2-3 pictures from a single day.

One thing I’ll miss out on is the 365 project community over on Google+. Perhaps I’ll start a group there, if there’s any interest.

So this week’s theme: exploring the ways in which natural and man-made lights infiltrate the new apartment:

Since the subject is light (and, therefore, shadow), the bulk of these are in black & white. I was tempted to throw out the one color image in favor of another pure light picture, but none measured up, to my eye.

For this week, I took a total of about 150 pictures, deleted 100 in-camera, imported ~40 (and deleted 14 of those), for a total of 26 pictures in this week’s Lightroom collection.* Compare that to single days with over 200 shots (and whittled down to 20-30 over many months) during my 365 project.

These were made with the D7000 and either the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 or the Vivitar 70-210mm f/3.5 Series 1 (Kiron, maybe). Most were made in Aperture Priority mode, but at least two were made with manual settings. Full info for each image should be in the exif data, assuming it was retained during upload and is accessible to you now.

*Starting January 1, 2013, I switched from Aperture to Lightroom 4. I’m liking it so far, especially the built-in lens calibration and somewhat smarter spot-healing brush, but I have yet to scratch the surface of what Lightroom can do, and I look forward to learning more as the weeks go on.

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