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Late autumn in Manitoba can bury a creative brain into a funk.
Shorter days, bare trees and everything coloured brown or muddy-yellow.
To battle that funk, I started a daily photo project last October — the 50 with a 50.
The rules were simple — 50 days. 50 photos. 50mm lens.
The intention was to have fun — making cool images for the sake of making cool images with a single focal length. Normally I have a choice of lenses to help make the best image. Restricting myself to one lens was difficult, but it was also liberating. I wasn’t following any other rules. I could slow down to frame anything or anyone I thought was unique.
By the end, looking through that 50mm did grow frustrating. The lens is very close to what the eye sees naturally, so gone was the engaging compression of a zoom lens or kooky shape of a wide angle.
But Winnipeg is pretty engaging all on its own, and with that 50mm I ended up with 50 images I was happy to share over 50 days.
Below is a selection of 20 images. You can see all of them at 50witha50.tumblr.com

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  • Matthew on a hay bale near Fort Whyte Alive. Day 15. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Matthew on a hay bale near Fort Whyte Alive. Day 15. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

  • Juergen and his tobacco pipe. Juergen couldn't speak English very well, but he was kind enough to pause for a portrait. Day 28. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Juergen and his tobacco pipe. Juergen couldn't speak English very well, but he was kind enough to pause for a portrait. Day 28. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

  • A bright moment during a dull season at Investors Group Field. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers score a touchdown. Day 1. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    A bright moment during a dull season at Investors Group Field. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers score a touchdown. Day 1. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

  • The Esplanade Riel at twilight in October. Day 5. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    The Esplanade Riel at twilight in October. Day 5. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

  • A good match. Doug and Hannah walk hand in hand down a neon Osborne Street. Day 10. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    A good match. Doug and Hannah walk hand in hand down a neon Osborne Street. Day 10. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

  • A skeleton lady on her way to a social. Day 7. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    A skeleton lady on her way to a social. Day 7. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

  • Geese at The Forks. Day 13. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Geese at The Forks. Day 13. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

  • The CP rail yards from the Slaw Rebchuk Bridge. Day 22. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    The CP rail yards from the Slaw Rebchuk Bridge. Day 22. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

  • A section of the wall of whiskey at the Toad Whiskey Bar as Kevin makes a drink. Day 23. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    A section of the wall of whiskey at the Toad Whiskey Bar as Kevin makes a drink. Day 23. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

  • The Canadian Museum for Human Rights and the Esplanade Riel reflected in the Red River. Day 20. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    The Canadian Museum for Human Rights and the Esplanade Riel reflected in the Red River. Day 20. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

  • A lone snowboarder atop Garbage Hill. (Or Westview Park). Day 36. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    A lone snowboarder atop Garbage Hill. (Or Westview Park). Day 36. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

  • The very first fall of (wet) snow on Balmoral Street in West Broadway. Day 29. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    The very first fall of (wet) snow on Balmoral Street in West Broadway. Day 29. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

  • Karla carries her daughter Mabel across the street in a snowstorm. Day 47. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Karla carries her daughter Mabel across the street in a snowstorm. Day 47. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

  • Reflections in the Royal Trust Centre on St. Mary Ave. Day 31. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Reflections in the Royal Trust Centre on St. Mary Ave. Day 31. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

  • Polly about to catch her bus on Portage Avenue. Day 42. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Polly about to catch her bus on Portage Avenue. Day 42. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

  • Manny, a PrairieView photography student, scooting onto the CP rail yards to get a photo. Day 39. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Manny, a PrairieView photography student, scooting onto the CP rail yards to get a photo. Day 39. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

  • Ron Burgundy acknowledges someone in the crowd at the opening to Roar of the Rings at MTS Centre. Day 44. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Ron Burgundy acknowledges someone in the crowd at the opening to Roar of the Rings at MTS Centre. Day 44. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

  • A long exposure of the Osborne Street Bridge and Legislative Building. Day 43. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    A long exposure of the Osborne Street Bridge and Legislative Building. Day 43. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

  • Some country grooving at The Patch during Roar of the Rings. Day 49. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Some country grooving at The Patch during Roar of the Rings. Day 49. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

  • Jennifer Jones hugs her mother after winning Roar of the Rings and a place on the Canadian Olympic Team. Day 50. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Jennifer Jones hugs her mother after winning Roar of the Rings and a place on the Canadian Olympic Team. Day 50. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

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