Project 365 – January 2011 – Admin Post – 1 month down, 11 to go

Downtown Columbus Fire Escape
January 3, 2011

D700
24-70 2.8
ISO 400
70mm
f/22
1/200 sec

January is done! 1 month down, 11 to go.

The photo above is a ‘bonus’ shot, since I’d like to put something into every blog post here. It’s an ‘extra’. It won’t count towards 365, as I already featured a photo from January 3rd.

According to my Lightroom folders, in January, I captured 2,497 frames, totaling just over 55 gigabytes of disk storage!

Considering that I captured 7,657 frames totaling 87 GB in the entire year of 2010, that’s saying something! But, that’s the idea of a Project 365. Shoot regularly and often, learn to use your camera, and have fun!

Now, I didn’t get 2500 keepers in January, but I got some good ones! Maybe someday, I’ll be brave enough to delete the crap!

What have I learned in January?

1) This is harder than it looks. It sounds EASY at first. Capture one single photo a day. Edit the photo. Stick it on a blog. It’s not as easy as it looks. Life gets in the way a lot. There were more days than I’d like to admit that I was scrambling to get a photo at 9 or 10 PM after putting the kids to bed. There’s only so much you can shoot in a house, and when it’s nasty outside, it takes a lot to motivate me to get out there.

2) Nikon CLS is cool. Really cool. I learned a lot about it in January, and there’s tons to go still. I would love a couple more SB-900s! Maybe someday!

3) Some days, you *know* you are going to grab some great images. Then, you get out there, and nothing. Your subject doesn’t cooperate. What you thought you’d find isn’t there. Then, there are the days you go out, thinking you’ll find nothing, and it turns into something. This is why you always need to have a camera with you.

I have a few requests for the friends following my project.

1) Feedback. Constructive. Be brutal. If you’re going to post a comment that you like something, please let me know *why* you like it. Or, more importantly, why you don’t like it! It’s OK if you say ‘this sucks’, but it’s better if you say ‘this sucks because it is out of focus’, or ‘the photographer is a knucklehead because he underexposed this image’. You won’t hurt my feelings, even if you imply that I’m not a snazzy dresser or a great singer.

2) Ideas. What would *you* like to see my take on? Maybe you know a great spot for pictures that I’m not aware of. Maybe you’ve got a Great Dane that is photogenic. Maybe you’re tired of seeing the pics of *my* kids, and would like to volunteer yours. Maybe you have a friend who looks like Leslie Nielsen.

3) Fellowship. While January is cold and dreary, spring is not far away! If you’re semi-local and have an interest in photography, and have interest, let’s get a group together and plan to do some photo walks.

Thanks for taking the time from your day to look at my pictures!

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