Here we are, the final day of my project 365 (err…366). Last year at this time I started on this journey, mainly to help catalogue the tremendous number of photos I took on vacation that year. It turned into a little more, as I sprinkled in some new photos and became a lot more acquainted with my camera and my editing software. It’s been a wonderful journey, and I thank you for joining me. This isn’t the end, though. I’ll still be taking photos, editing photos, posting photos… and I’ll also start getting back to the original intent of this blog, which was more than photography. Watch this space for more photos, as well as general blog posts, marketing and social media related blog posts, and whatever else catches my attention at the moment (that was, after all, my original goal in starting this blog).
Thank you all very much, and I’ll see you down the road a little ways!
I started this project last August 29th, which puts us at Day 350. I haven’t acknowledged this past February’s extra day yet, but it will, in fact, give us one additional day on this here blog. It will be a Project366, which is ok by me. Where it will go from here, I can’t say. I just know that for this particular project, we’re getting close to the end.
I dipped back into the archives for today’s photo and found a slightly different angle from this Thanksgiving Day photo. I sometimes find it helpful to my creative process to revisit things from the past to see how I took the photo: the lighting, the composition, the effects used (if any), etc, etc. This one is no different.
Sometimes you need to revisit the past in order to move forward into the future, and I try to allow that in my creative process, whether it’s with photography, music, or writing. It’s too easy to get into a rut when you’re doing the same things over and over again, but by stepping back and purposefully studying your previous work, you can take things away that you may not have noticed were there when you created them. Your perspectives may have changed; your processes may have changed; even your tastes may have changed from when you initially created that work that you’re now studying. It’s important to revisit it to see how you’ve grown and how you may continue to grow. It’s important as you try and shape the direction in which you’re trying to move. It’s also important to sometimes just step back, take a deep breath, and look at how far you’ve come.
The closest I get to macro photography is what you’re seeing right now. It’s nothing personal, I just don’t happen to own a macro lens. As a result, I sometimes take pseudo-macro and not-quite-macro photos that use a close-up, zoomed-in depth of field rather than buying or renting a macro lens and learning the technique for real. Maybe someday that’ll change.
Just a little late night abstract candy for your eye. I dug this because of the almost-discernable shape near the center of the image. To me there’s a definite quality to abstract art that makes you think of shapes you’re already familiar with. Those are some of my favorites, honestly. They make me think; they make me look at the image longer; and most of all, they make me feel that there’s something I’m not quite getting, I just don’t know what it is yet. And sometimes, I like that.
For today’s photo I dipped back into the archives, but added a twist: all editing and posting was done on my new Asus Transformer Prime tablet. Normally those tasks are reserved for my MacBook Pro, but I really wanted to test the versatility of my new gadget. I must say, I’m quite impressed!
Shot with my Nikon D60, edited using Pixlr-o-matic for Android.
Well crap. I realized today that I didn’t post anything yesterday (also didn’t post anything earlier, but it’s still “today” so it still counts 😉 ) , breaking my string of 200-something consecutive days of photos. Not too bad, considering I wasn’t really sure how long I’d be able to keep this up. Here’s hoping that’s the last one I miss!