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My 365 Day Photo Challenge

Updated on July 31, 2013

My Daily Photo Project

Why am I doing a photo a day blog? Well... Are you an amateur photographer who just can't seem to get motivated to take more pictures? So am I! Looking for a way to get yourself motivated? So was I! So what to do about it? Start your own photo journal! That way you have a reason to take at least one picture a day - every day. Sounds easy, right (keep reading...)? What next? Post it on the Internet! That way other people can see it and hold you accountable if you start to slack. That's the theory anyway. I just hope y'all enjoy the pictures - and please don't forget to leave a comment.

Photo Op: 52 Weekly Ideas... - More great ideas to get you started...


365 Day Photo Challenge - One photo a day for a year...

I've been trying to get motivated to take pictures for awhile, but I could never seem to find the time. Then one day (totally unexpectedly) I got a chance at a really great sunrise. I had to go to work early one day and I didn't have a real camera with me, so I took the shot with my Droid camera. I was surprised how nice it turned out - sure made up for having to go in early:). I decided to start my own 365 photo project, taking and posting one picture every day for a year. This page features my latest photos, photo project ideas, and mini-reviews. To see the older pictures in my project, links to my archive pages are here. So here goes, a photo a day...

Photo Idea Index - Lots of great ideas to get you started...


The Rules

1. Digital photos are posted the day after they're taken.

2. Film photos are posted when I get them back from lab.

3. "That's it!!!"

Hitting Reset - Again...

Maybe the third, uhmm... fourth time will be a charm...

Well, my first try at a 365 photo project went out without even a whimper after October 26, 2011. What happened? I'm not big on making excuses so lets just say I dropped the ball. My second try was even worse - I started on January 1, 2012 and lasted just 5 days. My third attempt was started on August 11, 2012 and I made it through Nov 18 - 100 days. Why did I quit? Well, I really don't know. Should I give up on this idea? Maybe, but I think I'm going to give it one more shot...

(You see my first attempt here and my third try here. My second attempt only lasted 5 days so I didn't bother to save it. You can see the pictures (all 5 of them)

If you're like me, you might need a little help sometimes coming up with ideas. If so, Photo Idea Index by Jim Krause might be what you're looking for. The author is a graphic designer and the book is written from that perspective. Don't let that put you off if you're not an artist though. I don't have an artistic bone in my body and I still find this book very useful. The Photo Idea Index has lots of ideas, but the main value for me is that it teaches how to look at things in different ways. My favorite section was Thinking Creatively. Like I said, this book might not be for everyone, but it's definitely worth checking out. If it turns out it's not for you, Amazon has a very liberal return policy. I know I'm keeping my copy though...

Photo Idea Index by Jim Krause

365 Photo Project Checklist (basic)

1. Pocket digital camera

2. Memory card

3. Extra batteries

4. Water-proof case

The best camera for your 365 photo project is whatever camera you're most likely to take with you wherever you go. A digital camera is best because you can upload your pictures every day - something that would be difficult to impossible with a film camera. The first few times I attempted this project I mostly used my Canon ELPH-100, but I've really grown to like my Fujifilm X10, so I'll probably do most of my shooting with it. I love the vintage looks, and the image quality really is amazing.

Fuji X10 and Accessories - I think it's better than the X20...

In my opinion, the Fuji X10 is better than the X20 that replaces it. I don't care about the video (which on the X20 really sucks), but I want my EXR mode, and the X20 doesn't have it. Auto focus on the X20 is faster, but I've never felt the auto focus speed on the X10 was limiting. The image quality is just as good with the older camera, and as a bonus the X10 costs about $240 less than the X20 - at least for now. If you get one, don't forget to pick up a memory card and a spare battery. Happy shooting:)

365 Photo Project, 2nd Try

Only FIVE days!!!???

Yep, only made it 5 days on my second try...

365 Photo Project - January 1, 2012 - Day 1 - Water Tower

365 photo project - day 1
365 photo project - day 1

For the first day if the year we were blessed in Sparks with beautiful weather - so we decided to drive to Pyramid Lake since my wife and kids had never seen it. Of course my ulterior motive was to get a great picture for the first photo in my 2012 Daily Photo Project. I did get some good shots of the lake, but when we were leaving I decided to take a back road and we came across this old railroad water tower sitting along an abandoned Southern Pacific line in Suttcliff.

365 Photo Project - January 2, 2012 - Day 2 - Clouds

Clouds ar sunset
Clouds ar sunset

I don't know what it is with my Droid and clouds - it just seems to take awesome pictures of them. I had a pretty cool beer can picture I was going to use for today's picture, but then I went to Costco with my wife and we were treated to this awesome cloud display.

365 Photo Project - January 3, 2012 - Day 3 - Sunrise

Sometimes we get really pretty sunrises in Sparks. I was upstairs doing some work on the 4th floor when I saw this. I didn't have time to go outside (sun might f got too high) so I shot it through the window.

365 Photo Project - January 4, 2012 - Day 4 - Shadows

Shadows on the wall
Shadows on the wall

I thought these shadows on my bedroom wall looked pretty cool. My walls aren't really this yellow - I shot the picture with my Canon ELPH 100 set to Super Vivid.

365 Photo Project - January 5, 2012 - Day 5 - Highway Construction

I really like this picture. It's a construction site for the Highway 395 freeway extension, just south of Mt. Rose Highway in Reno. My dad was a civil engineer for Caltrans and I spent 2 summers with them as a student worker, so I love anything having to do with road construction.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Kudos -this project and lens was a clever idea.

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      Shari O'Leary 5 years ago from Minnesota

      What a great idea for a lens! I wish I would've thought if it. Nice photos too!

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      lessardsgutters 5 years ago

      Very cool Site ! looking forward to more post! love to see other parts of the world and love this idea for a lens!