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Photo 366. (365) . . . and finally.

Jestertheclown

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Photo 366. (365) . . . and finally.

29 Jan 2013 10:06PM   Views : 975 Unique : 467

. . . actually, that should read (366) but due to an error; I used no. 136 twice (!), it looks as if I'm finishing a day early.

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And so it ends.

366 days; 366 photographs.

Each one taken on the day that it was supposed to have been taken, albeit uploaded at my convenience and in at least one instance, in the wrong order but all taken as and when they should have been, nonetheless.
It's been quite a challenge; don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Finding something to shoot every single day isn't as straightforward as it sounds.
There have been days where the weather precluded venturing outside, days when greater responsibilities than getting a photograph of someone's cat had to take preference, days when I really couldn't be arsed and days when I simply found myself running out of time.
Oh yes! There were lots of those!
Time, I found, was my greatest enemy. Even in the early days when my work only took up a part of my day and then months of unemployment, still I found that there were insufficient hours in the day to shoot something even remotely worthwhile.
A new job involving more hours bizarrely opened up a new avenue of opportunity as I found myself close to to my favoured haunt, "Priory Gardens" and a (very) short walk to the town centre. Certainly a short enough walk to be able to venture out at lunchtimes.
I've used four different cameras and three mobile phones to complete this journey, each of which have displayed their strengths and weaknesses in equal quantities.
I've found myself at the far end of town, faced with a tremendous opportunity, only to find that I've packed the camera, the flash, some spare batteries and another lens but not an SD card in sight. I've gone out in the snow and wind only to realise that I hadn't taken that day's shot and having left my cameras indoors, had to make do with the phone in my pocket.
I've also though, spent many happy, lazy afternoons in the park photographing the squirrels and whatever took my eye. I've climbed to the top of the downs and photographed cattle from the centre of the herd. I've acquired hundreds of record shots of a guided busway that's nearing completion nearby. Buterflies, birds and all kinds of motor vehicles have been captured.
Recently, I overcame my dislike of photographing people. One of the greengrocers (no apostrophe!) on the local market gave me an apple when I asked if I could take a few shots of him.
Another of the highlights of this venture was finally taking some decent shots of a magpie; a bird I've strived to photograph successfully for some years.
So!
Have I learned anything from it . . . ?
Well, yes, of course I have. I've always been an opportunist when it comes to taking photographs, in fact, I've always been an opportunist, full stop.
I see and always have seen photographs waiting to be taken in situations where others just see banality but doing this has made me more so. I've become more aware of my surroundings. The colours of things, whether 'that sky' might be worth shooting and saving for later, drab red brick buildings have suddenly become interesting, shapely structures.
Has my photography improved in any way because of it . . . ?
Not so sure of the answer to that. You people may need to look at some of these shots and sit in judgement.
I'd like to think that the experience has led to my getting better results but I guess that everyone, finding themselves in this position thinks that.
Not that I care particularly.
All I know is that I began this madness twelve months ago with the intention that I should take a shot every day and that I should seek the determination to see it through to the end.

And that's what I've done!

Bren.

Comments


rambler Plus
8 719 14 England
29 Jan 2013 11:00PM
Well done Bren,
I shall certainly use your experience as an inspiration as I travel the same path, now I think you should put all the shots into a photobook for your friends and family to admire for years to come.

Ken

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strokebloke 7 493 17 England
30 Jan 2013 6:05AM
What a wonderful achievement, and what a graphic concluding write-up, to round the whole exercise off.
Very many congratulations - on your photographic skills - your determination and resilience, and on your ability to see what you embarked upon through to the bitter end.

(a strange term that, I find: because once you have reached it it is almost always remarkably sweet.) SmileSmile

All the very best for the future Bren, whatever it may hold for you.

Jack

You can play with your new lens now to your hearts content Wink
SlowSong Plus
8 6.5k 29 England
30 Jan 2013 2:19PM
Ditto strokebloke. A brilliant achievement.
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Pete Plus
15 18.8k 96 England
30 Jan 2013 3:55PM
Well done. Smile I found after completing mine that is was good to group the months into contact sheets. I created a template in Photoshop and added each photo into a calender style grid. It was good to look back at what I'd done and did give a great snap shot of the year that had past. Example of My Final month here December 2011
Jestertheclown 8 7.4k 249 England
30 Jan 2013 5:59PM
Thanks Everyone.
Gary66 4 205 England
30 Jan 2013 7:01PM
Thanks for sharing Bren.
reaper4252 5 2 9 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2013 9:02PM
Well done it has been an interesting journey

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