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Project 365- week 1
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Throwing my hat into the ring...
Ok, so I have decided that I am going to try the Project 365. For those of you who are not familiar with this, it is a commitment to take one photo a day for a whole year. Good photos, bad photos, you will surely get them all... but regardless you have to take at least one. I had heard about it probably 3 or 4 months ago and thought "wow, what a cool idea. I will start that next week". Well, next week turned into next month and the following month. I finally set a deadline. September 1st, 2011 was the day I was starting and I set reminders on my iPhone. I am happy to say that I have survived the first week. To help hold myself accountable I have uploaded each photo onto my Facebook wall so that my friends can make sure I continue to keep on track. I thought it may be fun to start a series of Hubs that document the journey of a novice photographer through this challenge. I hope you enjoy....
Week One Log
For day number one I just looked around the back yard to see what looked interesting. SInce it was a bright sunny day with great natural lighting, finding a subject was extremely easy. Pea Blossom was taken from a low position shooting the camera towards the sky, the hardest part was avoiding any other pieces and parts of the plant to capture a single blossom.
Day two was my son's birthday party and that offered a unique photo opportunity. Since I have made a rule that I will not take recognizable photos of my children for this project (for their privacy and safety) I needed to disguise him and focusing on the candle and keeping only part of his face in the frame did the trick.
Day three we took a family trip and I took a ton of photos. I had thirteen to choose from for this day and I settled on a macro shot of a bumble bee. I came to quickly find out that having many photos to choose from was a luxury.
Day four was a crazy day! I barely had time to tie my shoes let alone take a picture. I remembered I still had not taken my photo and it was 9 pm... in desperation I grabbed my camera yelled to my husband that I would be back and jumped in the car to search for a place to take a picture in the dark. Luckily I remembered a lit series of archways to take a quick black and white photo.
Day five I left my camera at home but saw a '57 Chevy in a parking lot. Taking one quick photo with my iPhone while trying to not look like an idiot was a bit of a challenge. I did manage to pull off one shot and was pleased with the outcome.
Day six was another crazy day and at 10 pm was running around my house trying to figure out what I could possibly take a photo of. My dog and cat saw me coming a mile away and ran for the hills. So I grabbed my guitar and placed it next to my bedroom wall to take a photo. After about fifteen photos I finally got an angle that I thought looked cool.
Day seven was another dreary day in Northwest PA so once again I was searching for something or anything. My neighbors have this white fence down their property so I decided to try to take a photo of it. It turned out to be my least favorite of the week, but good or bad a challenge is a challenge so I uploaded to Facebook.
I have learned this week that you will take photos when you are inspired such as day two and you will take photos when you have to such as day four. I have learned you can take amazing photos with "nothing" like day six and I learned sometimes you just can not take a picture you will like such as day seven.
I plan on continuing this project and I am busy looking for the photo that will be inspired by what my day brings. I have downloaded the app for my iPhone called "Photo 365" that keeps me motivated to shoot just one photo. (otherwise you have a blank spot on your calendar) Definitely recommend this for all those Apple lovers out there to keep track of your progress.
For now- I am signing off. Hope you continue to follow me through my journey...
Until next time- "may you always have a seashell in your pocket and sand between your toes"