Saturday, December 31, 2011

365/365 Thank You

Day 365 is finally here.  For my last photo, I thought it would be fun to try a self-portrait.  This has been an interesting project and one that was much more difficult than I thought it would be.  I set out to do it for three main reasons.  1.  to have my camera become an extension of me.  2.  to see more creatively.  3.  to become more technically proficient, both in taking the shot and editing it when necessary or for enhancement.  I believe I achieved those goals in small measure, but have so much more to learn.  Most days have been fun, especially when I had a shot in mind to try.  But other days were difficult, especially when it was late in the day and/or I felt uninspired.  I tried to take a variety of shots and I'm pretty sure the cat appeared most often.   I've learned that I really enjoy still life photography, where I set up the shot and control lighting and will do more of that in the future.  I want to thank everyone who encouraged me this year. It seemed that whenever I was getting close to throwing in the towel, I would run into someone who would tell me how much they were enjoying my pictures.  Those comments truly kept me going.  I also had a friend doing a 365 project, and we lifted each other up when we thought we could not stand to take another photo.   My husband was a great encourager too, and my boys were such good sports when I asked them to pose for me or hold a reflector.  Thank you for following my photos all year.  I'll keep them on my blog, Facebook and Flickr.   Many people have asked if I'm going to do the project again and I am not.  But I will do something, maybe a weekly photo.  I will definitely be taking photos and sharing them, although I think I'll take a couple weeks off!

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