January 3rd

What’s this? Three days in a row? Trust me, this is not even the proverbial “drop in the bucket”. I must say that I enjoyed shooting these 3 images. One was staged and intentional,  one was just playing with the CLS in my camera, and one was just shot from the hip. I like black and white, a lot….contrasty, shadowy….love it. I recently listened to a photographer discuss previewing the images in camera in B&W to study shadows and the way the light falls over your subject. Looking at a color image you can easily overlook those details because you are consumed with the vibrance, color, etc. Interestingly enough, I liked the way they looked in camera! Once I imported them into LR, things changed. I shoot RAW and in LR all images are converted to DNG (Digital Negative) files, so…..all the color was back. I edited them in post back the way I saw them in the camera viewfinder. I think that I would have enjoyed the days of film (I wish I had found photography many years ago).  Here are the three images, one of which I’ll use as my PaD…..guess which one is which based on the descriptions previously mentioned?



January 2nd

Sweet! Day two of the new year. Off I went this morning (to work) with all my camera stuff for this 2014 challenge. I figured I would even make a stop on the way to or from work if there was something of interest for an image. At the end of the day I packed my belongings and headed out of the door and…….rain…..cold, nasty rain. I decided that I would still capture an image, one that even expressed my mood at the time. as usual, I sit at this traffic light and watch it turn green at least twice before I pass underneath. No worries, I took a shot (several actually) through my windshield at my view of the world. This is the way I saw it…..dreary, rainy, cold.

Link to all images Pbase 2014 PaD

2014, Day one

Ta-Da! Ok, I’ve decided that I’ll go forward and torture myself by committing to another 365 project, well…..maybe at least. I am still undecided on a 365, or a 52 (week). With the weekly challenge I can procrastinate for 7 days on an image to make…hehe. If I did manage to dream up a shot, I’d have an entire week to plan it, but we all know the truth. So today there is an image. Not a fancy, well planned out shot either. I decided that I would document the gear I plan to use (or at least have access to said gear). I’ll keep it all in the car and will have no excuse for needing any of it. I still plan on sticking to one lens for x-number of shots this year, maybe also change things up as referenced in the last post I made. If anyone is interested in the brand of the lightstands, softbox, or tripod, let me know and I’ll list them. Trust me, they are very inexpensive. I bought that tripod just to keep it in the car (never know when you might need it).

At any rate, let the fun for 2014 begin!
I’ll also be posting the images on Pbase
 Please feel free to contact me with any ideas or advice!

Last day for a change of heart!

New Year’s Eve…..I can still change my mind about my PaD for 2014, but then I read an article by a photographer I frequently follow. G Servo he also has his own site here as well as a Google + account, etc. He mentions several (5) other ideas to keep me interested in this coming year. I mentioned my restrictions, but I didn’t consider the 5 that he lists! So, I am not going to spill the beans on his post here, rather, head over to his posts and see what I am rambling about.

Hopefully my next post will have a photo attached!

Have a safe and fun New Year’s celebration!


December 29th, still time to back out!

In 2012, I started a Photo-A-Day project on another photo site called Pbase. The first attempt I only managed to have a 101 photos, nothing near the 365 that were “required”. I decided that I would try again in 2012 and I was able to snap 365 images!! Now, 2012 was a leap year, so I did miss one day, but c’mon….365 was pretty damn good in my mind. I skipped attempting another one in 2013 for many reasons, mainly because there were some days when I would stress over not having a photo taken only to whip out some half-assed iphone image and call it done.  I felt that by taking crappy pictures of anything in front of me was merely cheating and that I might as well not have taken any. So this years is coming to an abrupt end. I have thought about this and I think I will attempt another PaD, or”Photo a Day”, or 365, etc, etc. But I want to challenge myself. I know, I know, “but I felt pressured during the last one…”, why the hell would I want to add more stress? Well, maybe giving myself some challenges, barriers, etc might assist me with becoming lazy with this. I am not a professional photographer, nor do I have any “professional” lenses or camera bodies. What I have decided to do, initially, is to force the use of each of the 7 lenses I own. This will mean that I must take at least 52 shots with each lens. I am not sure if I should do this in any order, or just keep track of how many photos I make with each lens. It seems that it would be easiest to start with one lens and use it each day until the quota is met. Also, if by some act of photographic miracle I obtain a new lens, then I’l decide if I can incorporate that into the mix. The 7 lenses I own, in no specific order; Nikon 50mm F/1.4G, Nikon 85mm F/1.8G, Tamron 70-200mm F/2.8, Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8, Tamron 180mm F/3.5 Macro and a Pro-Optic 8mm Fisheye. So, to say that using a couple of these lenses for 52 straight days is going to be tough, is an understatement. I might just start with the worst of the bunch, the 8mm Fisheye, and see how many days I can manage just to determine if I will be going straight through 52 days, or just keeping a tally of the number of shots. Maybe an excel spreadsheet is in order for this project, huh?

     I’ve spent too much time watching videos of DIY projects, lighting tips and “how to’s”, creativity boosters, reading books, ebooks, etc. All the while hearing every photographer in the land of Youtube say “shoot, shoot, shoot!” That is the only way to get better! I’ve more than enough equipment for a small photo studio, strobist shoot, etc. Time to put it to use. I figure that I’ll have with me only the lens to be used (ok, maybe cheat and keep the 50mm nearby), a small strobist survival kit  (I’ll keep a log of gear used, maybe even a “how I did it” briefing).

So, if anyone actually reads to the end, please feel free to offer up any tips, ideas, inspiration, etc. I promise to listen. After all, what’s the worst I can do, tell you where to put your ideas…? Maybe.

Oh, here is a link to my completed (minus on leap year day) PaD

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