The Tribune social media folks have been doing photo challenges/call outs where the winner for the week ends up being their banner on Facebook. The challenge for March is “green.” I entered the first of my photos that I thought of when thinking about green.
I do not have the Facebooks, but if you do, you can see the image can see the image and like it and stuff. It was also a Photo of the Day back when I was doing that in 2011.
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. 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. 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 and repetition 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 except necessary 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.
Per the Ansel Adams quote I used for a subject, I think I got over 12 good photographs. I’m not sure if they are significant to anyone but me, but I’m going to take that I had a good crop.
Here’s links to 23 of my favorites through the year in no particular order:
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. That said, the frequency of photo posts will be going down. I might just hide for a month and take no pictures. I need a break.
The final shot of the year of shots… The concept didn’t come out as well as I intended, but I thought a final goodbye with some of the equipment would be a good way to end. (Also, I really need to iron the white backdrop.) Finis!
Sarah got me a swanky background kit, and this was my first attempt at using it along with the new 580EXii flash. I also have white and chroma key green backdrops. I’m pretty happy with how this came out.
2 more solo shots of the kids:
It took more shots then it should to get the LEDs glowing
I’m stuck at work the final week of the year, and now so are you
I was tired after Christmas and I thought this would be better than it is
Buzz had it with all the new toys moving in and is hitchhiking his way out of here. (I found Buzz laying on the ground as pictured, so I can only image he flopped down when I walked into the room.)
Except for the new name, a 104 year tradition in the Walnut Room in Chicago at Marshall Field’s..er..Macy’s