This is pretty pathetic. But hey, I’ll take pity donations! http://mobro.co/ktgeek
And so #Movember begins!
I don’t do enough for good charities, so I’ll pump the donation page every chance I get.
[I know I posted yesterday, but I didn’t really define Movember nor some of my motivations. Â I was more eloquent in mail I sent to some family and friends, so I repost it here. Also, a monster shout out to g0ff, Dave, and Lena who donated already!]
After doing a photo a day last year and losing 40lbs earlier this year, I needed something new to attack. At the same time, I wanted to be lazy, so what could I do?
As many of you may know, I’ve never had facial hair in my life. It fits my “something new” category and also hits laziness as I just have to sit still and let it happen. But there was still something missing about this challenge. Then I saw someone on the morning news talking about Movember.
Movember is a project that, through the growth of a mustache, hopes to raise awareness and funds to help better men’s health such as support prostate cancer and testicular cancer initiatives. A list of the programs they fund are at http://us.movember.com/about/funding-overview/ and it includes Prostate Cancer Foundation and the LIVESTRONG Foundation.
So using Movember as a motivator and goal, I will start 1/1 clean shaven and try to grow a mustache through November. There are a number of challenges, besides my lack of ability to grow facial hair quickly: my wife and children’s antipathy, Thanksgiving gatherings, and work’s annual convention.
If you’d like to support my attempt to grow facial hair and track my progress, you can visit my “mo space” at http://mobro.co/ktgeek
So, I have decided that I’m having a midlife crisis. The good news to my wife and family is that this midlife crisis is taking the form of losing weight (which is good for me) and a desire to grow facial hair. Having lost 40 lbs or so, I’ve taken care of the first item.
To satisfy the impulse for the second item, I think I’m going to participate in movember. I can grow hair AND help raise money for men’s health. Because if there’s anything I love more than my family, its my body parts, especially the man bits.
I’m a bit behind on my photo editing, so I finally got these done today. We went to Brookfield Zoo back in May, I really like some of shots I took, most specifically the giraffe ones.
For those on devices without flash, here’s a direct link to the set on flickr.
I’ve come to the end of doing a photo a day in the year 2011 and I feel like I largely succeed in following my rules and meeting my goals. Â I did either cheat or just plain old fail on a few days, but for a voluntary program like this, a 2% failure rate (which is roughly what happened) is okay in my book.
I think I’ve become a much much better photographer through the process. Â You clearly see a big change after April 9th when I took the class at the Chicago Photography Center. The other part of it was the constant practice andÂ repetitionÂ of shooting and editing. I still have a long road to go in terms of skill and eye, but its been an amazing year of growth.
Some things I’ve learned:
- Doing something every day is HARD, no matter what it is exceptÂ necessaryÂ bodily functions. Its more of a time commitment than one would think.
- It’s very difficult to keep coming up with fresh ideas if you feel the need to have every day be a little bit different. There were days when I didn’t shoot anything all day and wanted to go to bed and ended up shooting stuff in the house. By the end of the year, I ran out stuff in the house. Also, I ended up doing accidental themes for days at a time because I couldn’t think of anything new.
- There are days when things don’t work out or you just shot all crap…but if you are gonna stay on the daily mission, you post it.
- I have a hard time asking people I don’t know if I can take their picture, or just taking a picture of unknown people. Hence, you got a lot of landscapes and buildings and whatnot.
Here’s links to 23 of my favorites through the year in no particular order:
- The Biltmore Hotel
- The Washington Monument at dusk
- Ding Dong, MMMkay
- The Chicago Skyline
- Fall Colors
- Wrigley and Trump
- Sunset over the Golden Gate Bridge
- The US Capitol
- Chicago Water Tower
- Pike Place Market
- North of the Border
- The bonus beer shot on Epcot from the boardwalk
- Forest Gears
- What are you looking at?
- Spring on Michigan Ave
- The strawberries from Wine
- Train approaching
Here’s the top 5 most visited photos on the blog:
- Ice skating in flight – I’d like to reshoot this, I could do better now. Its very search engine friendly
- Any skirt in a storm – The Marilyn statue is still a big deal, and this shot got around to a bunch of blogs
- Food Porn: Matzo Softball – Search Engine friendly
- Will you be my date for life? – I pointed out it was Sarah’s and my 10 year anniversary
- Blue wall: Half-way done! – I think I talked this one up when I painted it. It’s just a nice blue
I really enjoy photography, so I’ll still continue to shoot. Hey, I gotta learn to use the backdrops more. Â That said, the frequency of photo posts will be going down. Â I might just hide for a month and take no pictures. I need a break.