Friday, October 1, 2010

Daily Practice...and Learning

Maegan over at Life Set To Words was kind enough to give a bunch of us the kick start we needed to finally start a 365 photo project last month.  She is doing a check-in on her blog today for anyone participating in a 365 who wants to share their progress and get some much-needed support.  I started my365 on August 26th...which makes today my 37th day....which means....only 328 more photos to go!  (ooh, that feels like a lot).

Today I am sharing some of my favorite shots along with a few words about what I feel I learned from taking that particular photo. Because really, that's why I decided to take the 365 journey--to learn some new things about photography, about myself as a photographer, and to document a year of my life in photographs.

So here's the first one...


I like this butterfly shot because it's so rare to catch a sight like this when you live in a busy city.  I saw this little guy in the garden behind my apartment and he was moving really fast.  I wish I had gotten the top of the flower into the frame but if I had hesitated one more second before that "click" I would have missed the shot.  So, what I learned from this one is to enjoy a pretty picture for what it is, and don't always pick it apart or dismiss it just because it's not perfect.

Next up, the water towers...


The more I bring the practice of taking daily photographs into my life, the more I find myself becoming super sensitive to my surroundings.  Looking up, looking down and always looking behind me, waiting for that perfect moment to show itself.  Since I like to look UP, I have found myself taking photos of water towers for a while.  They have an interesting history in New York City, and I especially like this photo that I took as part of the 365 project.  I am not a Photoshop person (although I want to be someday) so for this shot above I played around with Picnik and learned a bit more about how a little vignetting and contrast never hurt anyone.

And finally, the iPhone obsession...

{iPhone, RetroCamera}

I have really pushed the use of my iPhone camera to new limits.  To say I am obsessed with iphoneography is putting it mildly. With the 365 project always on my mind, I tend to pull out the iPhone more than ever when I don't have my DSLR with me.  I've also downloaded a few more apps and have learned how to do some interesting editing right on the iPhone while I wait for the magical day when Photoshop falls from the sky.

How is your 365 project going, and what have you learned so far?  To see the other 34 photos I have taken for the project to date, you can click on the image below...

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11 comments:

Andrea said...

I think you have some really great photos in your 365 set. I can't wait to see what other images you can capture.

Jamie said...

Love the water towers - so unexpected and yet wonderful

Ashley Sisk said...

You're doing some great work...I look forward to seeing more the rest of the year.

Margaret Bednar said...

The butterfly is outstanding. I feel the same way about 365 - I look at things quite differently now.

Krystal said...

these are great! i like the editing of the water tower one...beautiful!

justine said...

I love your work for 365 so far, these are great and like you I look at things very differently now, it's such an interesting learning curve

Carol Blackburn said...

Wonderful shots, are the water towers colorful or usually plain?

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Anika said...

I'm loving seeing your daily photos, beautiful.

Thanks for the link up info too. This project has been really inspiring and seeing people's shots, like yours, has been part of that inspiration, thanks!

Micheline said...

You images are all beautiful but I thought it was really great that you went a step further and really thought about what you've been getting from the experiment.

I'd say that my biggest lesson so far is to explore more. Although I have taken a picture a day for almost a month, I haven't put forth my best effort every day. That's what I'll be working on next month.

I'm already looking forward to seeing what you'll be up to over the next thirty days.

Dorian Susan said...

Love that butterfly shot-so vibrant. Perfect enough I say. I agree about being aware of your surroundings-I'm seeing things I never noted before.
Very cool catch of the water towers....
I also like that you're so purposefully seeking to learn from what you're taking. I get hung up on trying to learn from others-which is valuable, but thanks for reminding me to consider myself as well.
Happy day to you in NYC.