Monday, January 2, 2012

my 365 project

At the beginning of 2011 I decided I wanted to take the 365, photo a day, challenge. I felt it was time. I thought it would help me to get to know my camera better (we're pretty chummy now). I was also curious to see what my life might look like over the course of a year.
So here's my view, while these may not be the most "amazing" photos these are the snippets of my life and therefore are pretty amazing to me.
It's over 7 minutes, so grab your favorite beverage and get cozy.

Or view my 365 project video on Vimeo.

I've been trying to put into words what I have learned from this project, but I'm not getting them right or I've written too too much. So maybe I'll leave it with an oh so well organized bulleted list of my thoughts:
  • I have learned to LOVE light. Oh how I love the light.
  • I have learned humility because there are some duds that I HAD to post.
  • I took some awesome photos, ones I love and want to frame.
  • I learned to use my camera (after a few of those duds you're kinda forced to learn)
  • I am leaving with confidence (I'm no longer intimidated by shooting indoors or dark situations)
  • My photography has improved (It's a daily practice, you've got to improve right?).
  • I spent LOTS of time on the computer (It was a constant need to play and play and play to get it "just" right - I need to work on that)
  • There were times that I wanted to pause - Not quit but pause, just for one day, just one little day. That didn't happen and I'm glad I plowed through it. I kept thinking "this is just one of those sucky days (weeks) that goes with life. That awesome photo is right around the bend, it's gotta be." And it was.
  • I finally gave into what it was. Don't fight the 365, don't try to control it or make it something that it is not. The photo is there. Right there, don't you see it? 
My marathon is now over. I'm tired of it. I'm so proud of it!! I might even do it again. But not without a pause. I need that pause to recharge and get back into shape. Until then...

(ps - much appreciation goes to my husband and son who put up with the camera, the fourth member of the family, who came with us everywhere. Thank you both, you are my everyday muses.)