Saturday, January 1, 2011

2010, Day 364 - Begin again

Now that's I'm back in the country my blog reverts back to my photographic journal instead of the travelogue it has been for the past three weeks. Unfortunately, due to the magic of the international date line, I am a day short because in twenty-four hours the date changed from December 10th to the 12th so the 11th disappear. Oh well, there have been tons of pictures to make up for the lost day!

It has been a remarkable year for me as a photographer. When my friend Terri threw down the gauntlet a couple days before New Years over a year ago and I agreed to accept her photo-a-day challenge I had little idea what was in store for me. At the time I thought I was a pretty good photographer but in the course of the last 365 days I've learned so much and discovered many things that I hope to learn in the coming year. I owe a debt of gratitude to so many people for tolerating my roadside stops, for sharing their knowledge, for giving me encouragement, for their positive and constructive feedback. Thank you all, it has been a wonderful year and I am excited to start a new one with the promise of so much more.

I think that this blog will change for 2011. Last year I gained so much and I discovered so many interesting things in Portland from my photo-a-day but I don't know that I want to continue in the same vein. It goes without saying that I will carry a camera around with me all the time, it has become habit and I find that when I don't I miss opportunities, but I suspect that I won't be posting every day. One of my frustrations over the last year was posting images I wasn't really happy with but doing it anyway because I needed a photo and I certainly won't be doing that. Instead I may post photos from a single shoot over multiple days because for 2011 I really want to learn more of the ins and outs of Photoshop.

Furthermore, I am going to review a lot of the photos that I took last year, especially those taken while traveling. In the rush to get photos, sometimes dozens of them, posted I often feel that I am not doing them justice with my quick processing. Don't be surprised if you see images that look familiar because some of them you've probably seen before but in another form.

Thank you to everyone who reads my blog and shares it with others, I only hope that you have gained a small fraction of the benefits that I've enjoyed from this project.

Canon 1D Mark IV, Canon 24/f1.4L Mark II
24mm, f4, 0.8 sec @ 1oo ISO

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