I used to practice a self discipline called Photo A Day (PAD) up until a couple years ago. I found it to be an excellent way to make me pick up my camera every day and to work on my chops. I got started back in 2004 when I joined pbase.com to host my photos online. I’d been watching a couple friends post their daily PAD’s for a while and it really inspired me. I did PAD until 2010 when I needed a serious break to deal with things going on at my day job. Now I’m at a place where I can start back up, so I have. I’ll do some cross posting here from time to time. Be sure to take a look at the stuff I put up. Leave me a comment, either here or there, and let me know what you think…
Been busy at work and at home of late, so I’ve neglected this blog…
I loaded some film into the Olympus Trip 35 this morning; Fuji Provia 100. David has been shooting some in a new camera he found on eb*y and it gave me the itch. I had a batch in the fridge from a few months ago so I loaded it up this morning and stopped on my way to work for a couple shots.
I’m in a quandary when shooting film these days. I find myself trying to change the way I shoot and my subject matter. I don’t know why, but when I’m shooting color, I start looking for bright colorful scenes; when shooting b/w I look for contrast-y scenes. I completely avoid my usual thinking and I shoot like I have someone watching over my shoulder. I think I see some style surfacing from my last few years of shooting digital, but when that film camera gets in my hands I lose my perspective. Hmm… They say you should dance like no one is watching, I say you should shoot that same way, too. I’ll try to keep this in check.
Here’s a few of my favs from my PAD since my last post:
It’s been a while since my last post. I guess I got caught up in the holidays and the hullabaloo of the election. But it’s a new year and I’m trying to get back to posting on a regular basis. Likewise, I decided to return to Photo-A-Day, or PAD, after a nine month break. In case you don’t know about PAD, it’s where you commit to taking a picture and posting it every day. At least, that’s how I practice it, others are a little more loose with those rules, sometimes banking shots or skipping days. I like shooting and posting each day and composing in camera. It’s not always easy to follow through with with the daily grind but it’s good for the discipline of picking up your camera every day and shooting. The results aren’t always pretty, either, but that’s not the point. The saying is “Dance like no one is watching” and sometimes PAD has to be approached the same way.
Anyway, here’s a few of my favs so far: