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Back To Photo A Day

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…


No One’s Looking

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:

A New Year

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:

No Parking

no parking

I carried my camera with me yesterday for the first time in weeks.

I’ve made a point of taking a break from pictures since ending my Photo-A-Day project. In march I completed four years. Four years of taking a picture (or more, sometimes many more), processing and posting it that same day. Four years of good shots and dumb shots, early morning epiphanies and late night deadlines. Four years of crystalline observations and uninspired snapshots. A few real-keepers. More than a few out-of-ideas self portraits. For four years I tried to take a photo everyday. I missed a couple times here and there, but it was a frame of mind and a way of thinking every single day. Towards the end there were more than a few uninspired shots. So when I stopped at the end of March this year, it was for a breather and some time to collect my thoughts and see where I wanted to go next.

So what of all this? Well, it’s only been a bit more than a month since the end of PAD, but these last few days I’ve started seeing pictures in my head again. A couple of times I went for my camera only to remember that I didn’t have it with me. Ah, missed opportunities. Yesterday I headed out the door and, as I did so, grabbed my camera bag. I’m not sure how long this feeling will last, but for now I’ll endeavor to make the best of it…

Still Got The Itch

So, after four years of self-inflicted Photo-A-Day (PAD), I posted my last photo on Friday, the anniversary of my starting PAD. I didn’t pick up a camera on Saturday or Sunday, and I was fine. But Monday came, and on my way out the door, I stood for a minute with my hand on my camera bag vacillating about whether to take it or leave it. I’ve been carrying a camera with me everywhere I’ve gone for four years now… I wasn’t sure I could just leave it now. But I did. I left it. On my way to work I must have seen half a dozen shots on the street and in my head. At work, I looked over at where my camera bag usually sat and saw an empty space. I felt naked most of the day. And when it was time to go to bed, it was an odd feeling, I hadn’t posted a photo…

I decided that four years of PAD was enough; at least, it was enough for now. I feel like a break is due. I’m taking this time for a little rest, time to recharge. Past that, I have a few things I want to focus on, things I promised myself I would do. First, I need to sort and reorganize my photo collection. Second, I want to collect my favorite pictures from these last four years and try to put together a photo book. Third, I want to spend time working on a some photographic projects I’ve had milling about in my head for a while. Lastly, I’ve been working on building up a good lighting kit, and I want to finish that.

Today, as I left for work, I looked at my camera bag… the tug was still there. I came to a compromise. I left the bag, but grabbed the Olympus Trip 35 and stuffed it in my  briefcase…

Is It Fall Yet?

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve posted.

It’s been a long hot summer and, between that and the funk I’ve been in, it’s taken everything I have to get through the day and to post my photo-a-day. The heat beats me down, the pace at work saps my energy and with what little I have left I have to poke my head out and catch a photo…

The funk is just that. I fight the mild-grade depression from time to time. This spell has lasted longer than usual, but the cooling temperatures this week raised my spirits and brought some bounce back in my step. We’re still busy at work, but with my brightened mood it’s easier to push through the to-do list.

A few highlights from recent PAD‘s: