Happy Memorial Day! I’m grateful for the three-day weekend because I have an extra day to catch up on my photo project and post a progress update (and make tons of ice cream with my new ice cream maker).
Confession time: Once again, I’ve gotten so behind on my photo project that the number of photos I need to process and post has become overwhelming. There have been many days where finding a photo is a chore because I’ve been too busy/too tired/too whatever to put extra thought into it. Well, it happens. It’s a difficult project to balance. I still pride myself for taking photos every day, even if I only take a few. Plus, two ideas have come from my struggles:
Project 52. Project 365 has been good for me, so I’d like to continue it next year, with one big difference: weekly instead of daily. I can still take photos every day and post the best of each week on Flickr, or I can take time to plan out specific shots and accomplish one each week. My hope is that I will have more time to experiment and really let my creative side come out. It’s challenging to attempt this every day. My one concern is that it’ll be easier to forget, so I’ll make sure to put it on my calendar.
Take one horizon-expanding photo per week. In the meantime, Ian challenged me to make at least one photo per week that is out of my comfort zone. It’s a perfect idea right now. I’m still interested in this project, just overwhelmed by the volume of photos I take and process, and frustrated with my lack of creativity.
In terms of goals I made in February, I still need to take landscape shots. For my birthday this month, my brother-in-law bought me a Panamatic, which is supposed to make panoramas a snap (literally … forgive the pun). It’s just the motivation I need to get out there and find a viewpoint.
I’ve also been studying famous photographers and lighting techniques, and plan to continue throughout the year. Next fall, I might take a basic lighting class at the local community college, and I’m planning a photography day trip with a friend who is a fellow photographer. I may want to plan a summer trip as well. Going somewhere new with a good friend and a camera is always inspiring to me.