Reflections on a Project 365

When I started this little "Picture A Day" project of mine for 2010, I really had no idea what was going to happen, how it would turn out, where it would take it me. However, one year later and not a single day missed, the one place it definitely took me was to an even greater appreciation for just how much fun photography can be!

So, now that I've reached the end, it's a good opportunity to reflect on what has happened with my photography over the course of the year...

I think it got better. I went from this:

To this:

I think it's better. A better eye anyways, and perhaps better because I started doing things that I didn't do before.

I certainly added to my gear! Since I started this, I've added various forms of studio lights, soft boxes, umbrellas, and more.  That allowed me to do this:

I now have plans for more studio-style work in the future and I'm really looking forward to it! I've discovered that I enjoy that kind of photography, at least when it's when and where I want to do it.

I got more into DIY stuff as well, coming up with flash modifiers that have seemed to have attracted far more interest than I would have ever expected. That's kind of fun and I'm more than pleased that some people are getting value from that exercise.

So, was it worth it? Yeah, you bet it was. It wasn't always easy, there were many days where I was left scrambling for something, anything, to take a picture of just so I would have something for that day. That led me to publishing quite a few pictures that I would have never have published otherwise. Heck, pictures that I would have never have taken, even now, were published. Nevertheless, I made it, and I have no regrets whatsoever doing it. Mind you, I don't think I'll be doing it again any time soon. :)

Now, for the upcoming year, I will still be carting my gear around and taking pictures. I expect that I'll be publishing quite frequently, but just not daily, and that should give me more time to explore new concepts and ideas, learn at a more controlled pace, and just enjoy the process more. I received Light: Science and Magic for Christmas this year and it has exercises and things to do, so watch out for my attempts.

Happy New Year!


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