2017 Catch the Moment 365 Week 1 #CatchtheMoment365

2017 Catch the Moment 365 Week 1 - Day 7 - Seahawk Rose

A fresh new slate has started.  With a new year comes a new year of Catch the Moment 365.  This 2017 Catch the Moment 365 Week 1 brings back that desire to capture new things with the camera and step out of the box some. Along with just capturing the everyday life of things around here, I am also going to try my hand at doing both the 2016 & 2017 Dogwood Challenges.  We shall see how well I do.  Started out last year doing it and just stopped shortly after, this year I have plans to keep plowing through.

Am quite proud of myself for this first week.  One, I didn’t miss a day.  Two, I got both challenges for the Dogwood Challenges.  2016 Week 1 challenge was a self-portrait, nailed.  2017 Week 1 challenge was a rule of thirds photo, while I got the concept down I wasn’t really happy with what I ended up with.  So that photo is an “extra” in this week’s link up instead of a regular photo for the week.

2017 Catch the Moment 365 Week 1

2017 Catch the Moment 365 Week 1 - Day 1 - Sweet Roxy

Day 1 – January 1st – Our sweet Roxy girl.  Am thrilled her eyes are open and not closed from the brightness of the camera.  Such a sweet photo.  I believe I used the speedlite in this photo, as I now keep it on my camera for all indoor shots.

2017 Catch the Moment 365 Week 1 - Day 2 - Penguin Puzzle

Day 2 – January 2nd – Jason received this little 100 piece puzzle from me for Christmas.  We have a thing for penguins and puzzle so I thought it was perfect.  It didn’t take him long to do it, of course.  Still undecided if I am going to attempt it or not myself before starting out next normal jigsaw puzzle.

2017 Catch the Moment 365 Week 1 - Day 3 - 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Day 3 – January 3rd – Started out the new year right with a new car to test drive from DriveShop.  We received the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.  Last year we tested out the 2016 and am excited to share with you all the differences we noted.

2017 Catch the Moment 365 Week 1 - Day 4 - Dogwood Challenge Week One Selfie

Day 4 – January 4th – First 2016 Dogwood Challenge done and was pleased with the results.

2017 Catch the Moment 365 Week 1 - Day 5 - New Year Party at Jasons Property

Day 5 – January 5th – With trying to capture more fun, different things for the year.  I put on my brave big girl pants and decided to take along my big girl camera to Jason’s property New Year party for the residents.  With that, I decided I really needed to learn my manual mode more. While I like how much better my photos are turning out with my speedlite, I could only imagine the difference if I could figure out the manual mode.

2017 Catch the Moment 365 Week 1 - Day 6 - Winter Sunset

Day 6 – January 6th – Just a winter sunset.  I thought this may have been a good photo to take for the rule of thirds but I didn’t have anything really to pinpoint with the sunset to place in anywhere but the middle of the photo itself.

2017 Catch the Moment 365 Week 1 - Day 7 - Seahawk Rose

Day 7 – January 7th – The beautiful and unique Seahawk colored roses that were at the memorial service we attended.

Rule of Thirds 

2017 Catch the Moment 365 Week 1 - Dogwood Challenge Week One Rule of Thirds

The rule of thirds is the first compositional rule most photographers learn but most don’t know why they learn it. The rule of thirds is amazing for telling a story. Tell a story using rule of thirds. 

Again wasn’t really happy with this turnout, but it was my last day to take one before moving onto week two.  The concept of rule of thirds is to take the subject and place it in the little corners away from the center of the photo so that there is more to the story than just the subject type of thing.  And basically, that is the concept. Meh. You are better off looking it up yourself and seeing it explained by someone better than I.

I hope your first week of 2017 went well and keeps going up for the rest of the year!  May 2017 be a bright shiny star for me and for you!