I plan on staying on with this great community, but won't be pushing myself as hard to post a photo every day. There were times when that became stressful to me and I'd like to simply enjoy the art that is photography this year.
As I start my second year on this project, I reflect back on the many things I've learned about myself and my photography journey.
1. my camera has become an extension of my body, I don't go anywhere without it
2. my eyes see more and I appreciate so much now, as I look around me
3. shadows are amazing
4. simplicity is stunning
5. b&w can be very powerful
6. I know how to use all the dials and settings on my camera
7. I understand each of my lens and know which one works best for each shot
8. I couldn't have come this far without this project or all the wonderful, intelligent, talented people on this site
9. I've been pushed out of my comfort zone many times in 2012, and I found that I enjoyed it
10. My life has been changed by this project and my camera
Thank you to all of you that took the time to comment on my work and my development in 2012, and for the many challenges you offered me. None of this would have been possible without you.
So I took the challenge!
Practice my photography every day and at the end of the day, post my best shot...for the entire year! That's how I landed here.
What was I thinking?
All I know is that this has already been challenging, and fun, and at times, a struggle to come up with time to shoot.
But it is also teaching me to see the extraordinary in the ordinary. To see lighting in a different way. To search for composition in places I wouldn't normally. And to practice, practice, practice.
I know there's a photographer in me that's waiting to evolve. By the end of the year I should in theory, have discovered her.
I live in Southern California where the weather is wonderful year around and with so much to shoot right in my own back yard, how could I not pick up a camera!
I also post to my flickr account: