Free Your Mind

To all of you people who are just starting your projects and have chosen to "follow" me, I have a challenge for you this year! And it's a challenge that only ends on your day 365.

Challenge yourselves.

Challenge what you know, and what you think you know.
Challenge what you see and what you think you see.
Challenge what you do and what you think you should do.
Challenge who you are and who you think you should be.

Whether you start softly as a breeze in the sycamore, or thunder out of the gate like a thoroughbred, there are countless things to learn here. With this mindset, every person on here has the ability to push you that much further toward excellence, unknowingly, with a single photo.

Take this post for instance. I saw a fantastic image by the very talented Abhijit (@abhijit) and for the past couple of months have thought about this image; the technique, the settings, what supplies I have to try the same technique, etc. I've done similar things, but nothing quite as dramatic.

And today it clicked; all of the planets lined up and I knew. Abhijit unknowingly challenged me to produce this image, to work out this puzzle, and I accepted.

If any of you doubt yourselves, look at this shot. This could be you a few months from now if you apply yourselves. For those of you who are already "here" (and there are a couple I have seen), the same rules apply; there are some truly fantastic artists and photographers here eager to help out!

Congratulations on beginning what can easily be an epic journey.

By the way, this shot is all in-camera; the only post-process was a crop and darkening of the black area.

And for those interested, here is a link to a screencap I took of my Lightroom 4 session just after loading the images. I took a total of 18 shots, and stopped at 18 because I felt 18 was "the one." It wasn't. "The one" turned out to be number 11 :) And that is the way it often goes!
http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g349/GrizzlysGhost/ScreenShot2013-01-02at113647PM_zps35bb7f5e.png

PP 3 January 2013
http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g349/GrizzlysGhost/ScreenShot2013-01-03at110438PM_zps0080a0b6.png

T20, #3, Week 135 11 January 2013
@abhijit Thanks for the inspiration!
posted January 3rd, 2013  
This is amazing! I love it! Fav'd
posted January 3rd, 2013  
cool idea!!
posted January 3rd, 2013  
Cool shot and great post
posted January 3rd, 2013  
Amazing..... Now that you have it figured can you tell the rest of us how you did this?! Painting with light I get, but how did you get that in the glass vase, was there much photoshopping going on? Absolute fav, great words and sentiments too.....
posted January 3rd, 2013  
This project has been a challenge and an inspiration from the beginning but I take your challenge... thanks
posted January 3rd, 2013  
@jackie8 Haha, this is a post about challenging! You should know I am usually eager to give away how I've done something, but in this case that would negate the entire purpose of the post! :) I will tell you it involved a flashlight, a string of miniature LEDs, and a vase. That is all it took (other than the camera of course). But I do like your curiosity, so here is an explanation of a shot I took some time ago: http://365project.org/grizzlysghost/365/2012-05-22 :)
posted January 3rd, 2013  
@jackie8 Oh, and no photoshopping other than a crop and slight darkening of the black area. Just a light painting done in an interesting way :)
posted January 3rd, 2013  
wow! that´s super-cool! :)
posted January 3rd, 2013  
@grizzlysghost - thanks so much for getting back to me! I have a loooong bucket list and only two months left to tackle them, I've gotta get moving!!
posted January 3rd, 2013  
Awesome...fav!
posted January 3rd, 2013  
@grizzlysghost I love this, Aaron! I also love what you wrote. It is so true! Where I came from and and where I am now... it's insane! I've learnt from asking but also from looking and doing what you did... thinking. It's been frustrating but fun and also I've met some real friends along the way.... (maybe you if ya lucky :P)... Fav for this shot :)

Ps... I agree... @abhijit has some brilliant shots too.
posted January 3rd, 2013  
@grizzlysghost : as usual, amazing and fabulous shot!! Thanks for your words... And I agree... @abhijit has fabulous shots too!! :)
posted January 3rd, 2013  
Great post mate - inspirational words and so true at the start of this project. I've still got buckets to learn...just wish I had more time to play!
posted January 3rd, 2013  
Love light painting. Experimentation is what got my red wine and light swirl...the old fashioned way, no photoshop. I think I'll have a go at this one at some stage!
posted January 3rd, 2013  
Very cool Aaron fav
posted January 3rd, 2013  
Very awesome shot.
posted January 3rd, 2013  
such a driving force of this site Aaron. You will surely inspire countless newbies :-)
posted January 3rd, 2013  
Very cool Aaron..x
posted January 3rd, 2013  
This is absolutely wicked!! I'd love to see the shot that inspired you :)
posted January 3rd, 2013  
Very cool effect. Will stay in my mind this shot. And thanks for inspiring words.
posted January 3rd, 2013  
Great shot Aaron & cool words, old school is the fun way to go & light painting is very fun :)
posted January 3rd, 2013  
Thats awesome Aaron, the photo, the challenge and the words. It is amazing what one year here has done for my understanding and skills. All I had to do was open my mind and learn, learn, learn, such a good place to do that.
posted January 3rd, 2013  
Stunning shot. I love the challenge you describe, I think it is something we can all aspire to. I know I need to push myself a tad harder!
posted January 3rd, 2013  
As always Aaron an amazing shot! And no truer words could be said!
posted January 3rd, 2013  
Amazing ! And a fantastic message :)
posted January 3rd, 2013  
Here here Aaron, well said and fav btw
posted January 3rd, 2013  
You never fail to amaze me :) FAVE!!! Happy New Year
posted January 3rd, 2013  
Great shot and I accept your challenge! :)
posted January 3rd, 2013  
Great work and challenge Aaron :)
posted January 3rd, 2013  
Gorgeous shot!
posted January 3rd, 2013  
wow!!!!!!
posted January 3rd, 2013  
Fantastic shot - and very good advice. :)
posted January 3rd, 2013  
beautiful!
posted January 3rd, 2013  
A great idea for the new members, and even for those who have been around awhile and want to expand their experiences.
posted January 3rd, 2013  
very cool light painting.....something i have been looking into and really want to try out! faved:)
posted January 3rd, 2013  
Great image, great advice (even for those of us who have been here a while) and great example of it in your image. Thanks for the reminder!
posted January 3rd, 2013  
Way cool shot and thanks for the challenge reminder. We challenged ourselves last night at camera club. See the result here: http://365project.org/falcon11/365
posted January 3rd, 2013  
Aaron thanks for the glowing words. You flatter me :-)
Believe me when I say the admiration is mutual. Your body of work is outstanding, especially your landscapes.
@pocketmouse below is the link of the shot Aaron was talking about

posted January 3rd, 2013  
forgot to comment on the shot itself. its beautiful. like that you kept the shot simple by only using one colour. i feel it works better and doesn't distract
same night i took my shot, i had taken one with just blue light, which i like better now, but had not shared for some reason or another. if you are intersted, here's a link
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=445614248818982&set=pb.100001112338887.-2207520000.1357216529&type=3&theater
posted January 3rd, 2013  
love this Aaron
posted January 3rd, 2013  
Great shot and a great message to all the 365ers. I admire your quest to always challenge and better your skills.
posted January 3rd, 2013  
@abhijit Checked out your FB shot, it is wonderful!
posted January 3rd, 2013  
Outstanding shot Aaron and what lovely words as well! :) superb! :)
posted January 3rd, 2013  
Wow. Very inspiring and the photo is... Stunning.
There really is no other word for it. I've always loved long exposure light shots but this one is so unique. :D
posted January 3rd, 2013  
Fantastic shot and words! Fav.
posted January 3rd, 2013  
fantastic shot and such profound words
posted January 3rd, 2013  
I have a box of LEDs that I ordered for our beach shoot which arrived a day late. More light painting ahead for me too as it is always a challenge. And now I challenge you: next time, do it on film! ;)
posted January 3rd, 2013  
Challenge accepted! Great post and wonderful photo.
posted January 3rd, 2013  
Amazing photo and challenging words!
posted January 3rd, 2013  
Nice one Aaron! Before I ever knew about this project I would try and take a picture every day in the month of May. This picture reminds me of my pic from May 19, 2011. You should take a look, it ended up having a wild 3-D effect! http://cagemom.blogspot.com/search?updated-min=2011-01-01T00:00:00-08:00&updated-max=2012-01-01T00:00:00-08:00&max-results=31
posted January 3rd, 2013  
Oh.. I couldn't figure out how to link to just that pic, so you have to scroll down to it.
posted January 3rd, 2013  
clever shot,like it
posted January 3rd, 2013  
Faved and will try to get it
posted January 3rd, 2013  
Beautiful shot and beautiful words. Fav.
posted January 3rd, 2013  
Brilliant!!! Love the encouragement. Goooood stuff right here!
posted January 3rd, 2013  
this is absolutely stunning! fantastic job aaron!
posted January 3rd, 2013  
awesome shot!
posted January 3rd, 2013  
wicked
posted January 3rd, 2013  
@mabelkitty It's funny you mention that, I was thinking exactly the same thing! Challenge accepted! :)
posted January 3rd, 2013  
Phenomenal! fav!
posted January 3rd, 2013  
You're the bomb! (I'm so antiquated in my expressions, ugh!) Congrats blowing through 800 followers -- so many people to learn from and be inspired by you and posts like this!
posted January 3rd, 2013  
@rockinrobyn Haha, would you believe I had that very same conversation with my son this morning when I was taking him to school? I tried "Rad," "Gnarly," and "Sick" to all of which he just shook his head. It's so tough trying to keep up with cool! LOL
posted January 3rd, 2013  
Like! :)
posted January 3rd, 2013  
Brilliant.
posted January 3rd, 2013  
Challenged, and now someone new to follow as well.
posted January 3rd, 2013  
Too clever by half......looks like electricity!! fabulous very clever and love your words
posted January 3rd, 2013  
Awesome Aaron. Fav. Fantastic light streams. That's been the biggest difficulty with light painting. My streaks always seen faded or multi-toned.
My Dec 3rd photo is a perfect example:
http://365project.org/losthorizon/365/2012-12-23
See how they seem layered, not a single, solid steak. Why is that?
posted January 3rd, 2013  
@losthorizon Thanks so much Beau, you've been quite an inspiration for me too; there are MANY of your shots still on my bucket list! I would guess the reason your light painting isn't sharp is due to the flashlight you used. Most flashlights have a bright light and a rear reflective mirror. It looks like the bright bulb is the stronger streak of light in your painting, and the dimmer light is the mirror. If you can remove the mirror, or tape it off with electricians tape or masking tape, you will get a sharper image. I used LEDs, which are bright points of light resulting in cleaner light trails. I've found that the sharper the light, the finer the trail! And then of course, there is always fire: http://365project.org/grizzlysghost/the-projects/2012-09-02 :)
posted January 3rd, 2013  
Wonderful idea!
posted January 3rd, 2013  
I love your words of advice...it is how one should approach life in general too! I am glad you aren't saying how you let 'the genie out of the bottle'...I haven't done any light painting yet, oh boy, my list is getting long...should be fun! Fav
posted January 3rd, 2013  
Amazing! - And thanks for the pep-talk! :)
posted January 3rd, 2013  
your words are so wise and true.I think I know how you did this and it will go into my have try list! whichis exactly what you wanted I guess so mission accomplished Aaron!
posted January 3rd, 2013  
I just got kinda teary. :D Such encouraging (and true) words that any 365'er (or any photographer, for that matter) would do fine keeping them at heart. (And yay for me for knowing how you did this and thanks to 365, I could actually reproduce something like this without too much trouble. Less than 300 days ago, I wouldn't have had a clue.)
posted January 3rd, 2013  
Wow that shows some technical skill. Very cool!
posted January 3rd, 2013  
Honey my mind got freed some time ago and hasn't come back properly! Love the shot... so pretty and love the way you work it all out so perfectly :)
posted January 3rd, 2013  
Very cool
posted January 3rd, 2013  
Clever! I'm new, but following your photos in 2013 because they are amazing.
posted January 3rd, 2013  
amazing image Aaron
posted January 3rd, 2013  
Amazing shot - got me thinking certainly, love playing with lighht so may try something. Thank you for the challenge Aaron :)
posted January 3rd, 2013  
Fav for me
posted January 3rd, 2013  
Awesome! I'm going to have to try this. fave
posted January 3rd, 2013  
Very interesting indeed, must put this one on my list to do.
Thanks Aaron!
Faved!
posted January 4th, 2013  
So great and so true! :)
posted January 4th, 2013  
Super cool Aaron and sage advice - Fav for everything !
posted January 4th, 2013  
@michaelelliott Thanks Michael!
posted January 4th, 2013  
This is very cool, great work.
posted January 4th, 2013  
Ur not only a great photographer --u r also a great magician-because this is MAGICAL !!!:)
posted January 4th, 2013  
Love this!
posted January 4th, 2013  
Wow, what a cool shot.
posted January 4th, 2013  
Amazing photo !!!! and great advice
posted January 4th, 2013  
Well said and well done.
posted January 4th, 2013  
Lyn
Way to rock the boards, Aaron. . .nobody can keep up with you, for sure! This is really creative and I love the way you are teaching - because I think that's really your special strength. fav for all of it. . .
posted January 4th, 2013  
Wow Aaron, fabulous!!
posted January 4th, 2013  
Great words, great shot!
posted January 4th, 2013  
Very cool! Your words apply to everyone at every level. I’m really motivated to try to take my skills to the next level this year, and photographers like you are my inspiration.
posted January 4th, 2013  
What an amazing shot. I have popped in quite often, Aaron. I appreciate so much what you wrote. I only have a few months left in the challenge, and I know I need to challenge myself more often. I sell myself short and find myself too afraid to fail, but I will try harder. Thanks for your encouraging words and your amazing shots.

Fav for me!!!!
posted January 4th, 2013  
Amazing and well done!
posted January 4th, 2013  
Holy coolness. Wow, Aaron. This rocks. Fav!
posted January 4th, 2013  
I mean Favorama;-).
posted January 4th, 2013  
This is too cool!
posted January 4th, 2013  
What a stunning shot! This has been buzzing around in my head all day, I am going to be trying a few things with light painting and posted my first attempt reall y so I can look back in a few months and hopefully post something better, thank you for the challenge. I'm already getting more out of this project than I could ever have imagined :)
posted January 4th, 2013  
Great post and I do love this shot.
posted January 4th, 2013  
HUGE thanks to EVERY one of you for your comments and faves, we made the Popular Page!! You guys ROCK!
posted January 4th, 2013  
Love this! Instant FAV.
posted January 4th, 2013  
Oh, very clever! Far more importantly it's an attractive image - fav.
posted January 4th, 2013  
Beautiful, love your work.
posted January 4th, 2013  
Love your work, bro!

If you have time, please follow me, I need followers and I'm new here. Thanks! :D
posted January 4th, 2013  
@grizzlysghost Thanks Aaron. Same here. Its cause of you and Peter @peterdegraaff that I picked up film again. Hoping to get one more roll in before the end of this first year. Thanks for the advice. Interesting how the camera picks up the light differently. Gonna have to try an LED.
As for your bucket list....still waiting for you to try a lightbulb. Something creative, unique.
posted January 4th, 2013  
@losthorizon I have several of your photos in my "photography ideas" folder, I was just looking at this one (one of my favorites) yesterday. So damn good! http://365project.org/losthorizon/365/2012-10-18
posted January 4th, 2013  
@grizzlysghost Thanks Aaron. Hardest part of that was making sure the glass didn't shatter when putting in the dirt and plant. Try it out, see what you come up with.
posted January 4th, 2013  
Aaron you always find the next step. Wonderful shot and I don't know how you did it. I love how you challenged the new folks. But I'm here to say all that you said applies to each of us every day! FAV
posted January 4th, 2013  
Aaron I'm one of the newbies and your shots simply put mine to shame. Thank you sooooo much for sharing such a wonderful shot and for all your inspiration! I'll be thrilled if I can produce half as good as this by the end of my 365!!!
posted January 4th, 2013  
@sarahp Thanks Sarah! If you really work on it, and stay curious, you will get there no problem!
posted January 4th, 2013  
Amazing photo. Teach me!!!!!! Fav
posted January 4th, 2013  
Gosh - I'm so behind. I missed this somehow. I remember Abhijit's shot when he posted. Well done figuring it out. Great advice as well. I'm nearing the end of my first year and am a little sad that I didn't push myself more. I have learned a lot, but hope to branch out and take chances and try new things.
posted January 5th, 2013  
FAV and thank you for the amazing inspirational challenge...this is where I have been on my path...I am never wanting to give up I just want to keep being inspired and be part of paying that inspiration forward...
posted January 5th, 2013  
Amazing.
posted January 5th, 2013  
This is an amazing image! And you make great points about how to improve and grow through challenge! Fav!
posted January 5th, 2013  
amazing capture and composition...love the blue coloring and trail..very creative how it looks like it is coming out of the bottle
posted January 6th, 2013  
A beautiful welcome (and sublte challenge) for the newcomers Aaron. You have succinctly expressed the warmth and embracing attitude that makes the 365 community such a unique place for (unexpected) personal growth. Thankyou for 'shining your beacon' and extending your outstreched hand in this way. :))
Cool shot!
posted January 6th, 2013  
@ltodd Beacon. I like that analogy! Thanks Lyn! :)
posted January 6th, 2013  
There is no spoon.
posted January 6th, 2013  
@bronxeddie Haha Eddie, I knew someone would say that. But if you had known I knew, would you still have said it? That's the real trick! :)
posted January 6th, 2013  
Kaz
I'm hooked =D
posted January 6th, 2013  
Kaz
@ltodd - Beautifully expressed Lyn.
posted January 6th, 2013  
Thank you for your words of encouragement, I'm fairly new on 365, and loving it. This photo is awesome, and I hope by the end of my 365 I can produce something even half as good as this ! Fav and follow
posted January 8th, 2013  
@cazann Thanks Caz! Having glanced at your album, I like the variety and quality you are producing; experimentation is the hotplate of improvement, following you as well :)
posted January 8th, 2013  
@grizzlysghost Thanks Aaron and thanks for the follow. Please don't hesitate to criticize my efforts, I'm very willing to learn :)
posted January 8th, 2013  
Congrats on #3 Aaron for this fascinating shot!
posted January 11th, 2013  
@michaelelliott Thanks Michael!
posted January 11th, 2013  
Great image
posted January 11th, 2013  
#3 and #4 - double the congratulations!!!
posted January 11th, 2013  
@rockinrobyn Double THANKS Robyn! :)
posted January 11th, 2013  
Congrats Aaron!! :D
posted January 11th, 2013  
Outstanding shot, fantastic.
posted January 12th, 2013  
Congrats on making #3 on Top 20 with this one! Definitely deserved it! :)
posted January 12th, 2013  
You have an amazing gallery! Following for inspiration.
posted January 12th, 2013  
conratulations on the T20 #3 - well deserved! :)
posted January 12th, 2013  
I'm inspired!
posted January 19th, 2013  
This is stunning :) I hope you can include description on how you come up with your photos. I barely know anything about photography but photos like these keep me believing that I should keep trying.
posted January 23rd, 2013  
Nice Work Aaron.
posted February 1st, 2014  
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