I'm now wrapping up the second month of the 365 challenge and, while I don't have as many pictures to share this time, I'm not actually deterred by that. I took a lot of photographic chances this month and have been pushing the boundaries of what I like to do in post-production too (one or two of these are full-on artistic efforts). So having less to show here just means I've challenged myself more, as well as raised the bar for what I think is strong photography and my style. Hooray for achieving project goals!
As before, I won't bore you with captions, but if you have questions about any of the pictures, just let me know in the comments. And, as always, all pictures are clickable if you would like to take a closer look at them. Now, in no particular order:
That photo is the one that started it all. A multiple day trip to Vegas was an amazing opportunity for me. It was the first trip with a nice camera (replacing my well-over-decade-old and dying point-n-shoot), in a city that I'd barely explored with a multitude of photo opportunities at every turn. My first photographic priority when we returned (besides getting them all uploaded and sorted) was signing up for the Adobe Creative Cloud so I could get back into Photoshop. My mind was instantly buzzing with touching up photos and making those memories truly shine!
You know what I'd forgotten?
The first month of the 365 challenge has actually gone really really well! I've made time to take a picture every single day and I've already gotten a lot that I like! So far, I haven't seen it as some form of protracted torture (as I've read some photographers do), I haven't gotten bored with it (as I suspected I would), and I haven't run out of things to photograph (an irrational fear I've harbored).
A photo a day. I did that back in October and loved it. I felt like I really grew and I felt like my photos had a purpose. I was excited to pick up the camera and set aside a few minutes to take a walk, study the world around me, and follow it up later with efforts to improve my speed and abilities in Photoshop.
I had such a great time challenging myself to take 30 unique (but themed) pictures during October! I learned a lot (look for that in an upcoming post), I think I definitely grew as a photographer, and the best part: I took a LOT more pictures than normal! I also got to work on my post-production skills! I love all the things I can do in Photoshop but it's an overwhelming program. Working on photos just for fun really gave me a chance to experiment, get faster at editing, and see what looks I like, as well as where my skills really need help. Now the fun part: my favorites from this experiment, captioned with the word from the challenge I felt they expressed! All pictures are clickable if you'd like a better, bigger look.
I decided this month I would like to continue to work on my photography and the best way would be to issue a general challenge for 30 days of pictures. I know there are lots of these challenges around, but of course I wanted to develop my own. I'm not assigning a theme to any particular day (I've always been frustrated by that in other challenges). Just 30 ideas I want to capture somehow during the month. To add another layer of complexity for myself, I also want to be sure the pictures tell a little bit of the story of me and for me. Blame this quote from Ansel Adams:
You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.
If you'd like to participate, just right click on the picture so you can print it! If you post to Instagram or Twitter, just use #scribblesnaps and note which idea you photographed so I can see it too!
Ready? Set. SNAP!
Boy, this birthday month has been ripe with self-improvement and my photography efforts are no exception. I have always loved photography, but felt that I could really stand cultivation. There is a lot of advice available (which I guarantee I've read with gusto), but one of the most consistent and exciting suggestions is to take pictures every day and every chance you get. So every day, in addition to any photography for my blog, I've been taking a few other pictures just to see what I can do. I wanted to develop my style, a better eye, and get comfortable with what the camera is capable of. I also wanted to remind myself that there is beauty in every day (so easy to forget when I see others' exotic vacations and styled shoots in designer clothes).
Below, some of my favorites from this month. All of these have been post-processed to various degrees. I am aware that in the photographic community there is a great debate about the use of Photoshop and similar programs. What is too much? Should any be done at all? For me, I'm aiming to tell my story and sometimes telling that story means I have to process the picture a lot to get my message across just the way I want. Whether you agree with that stance or not, I hope you find a picture (or two) that resonates with you.
So while I've been doing my own stash whittling, Jen and Ragan have been at it as well! They have both done some stash busting with knitting!