2011: A Year of Photos

As many of you may know, I recently completed the 365 Photo Challenge for last year. It wasn’t easy, but I did it!

Over the year I discovered I like taking photos of things and not so much of people. A fact which I knew before, but was solidified in this challenge. Candids of people are ok, but I’d much rather take a photo of something inanimate.

There were days during the challenge that were very trying. It was quite hard to come up with something to photography each day, and often I found myself buying things on a grocery run, just to photograph them.

There were days that I loved my picture, and days I hated it. Once I almost forgot to take a picture, and had to scramble in the evening to pull something out of my ass, but I did it!

Overall I’m very pleased with my accomplishment, (even the days I hated), because I learned from it. I learned how to use my camera, that I love my macro lens and that it wasn’t a waste of $600+. I learned that if I decide to do something, that I’ll follow through. I learned that I like to shoot in the mornings, when the sun has just come up, and not in the harsh afternoon light. Also, that I prefer natural light over flash, and I’d rather have a grainy, noisy photo than one with flash spots.

So thank you to everyone who supported me in this project. Everyone who had to listen to me say, every day for a year, “What am I going to take a picture of?”, “I have to take a picture today.”, and “Shit! I still need to take a picture!”

Thanks for all the comments and follows, both on my 365 blog, facebook, and flickr. They all mean so much to me. And for those diving into the 366 2012 project, good luck, and I’m glad I didn’t decide to wait a year and have that extra photo to take. 😉



Things I Love Thursday

  • My new macro lens. It takes beautiful pictures.
  • Unexpected shopping trips.
  • Tax season.
  • My new tattoo!
  • When a movie based on a book has had bad reviews, and you end up liking it anyways.
  • Flowey spring dresses.
  • The slow change of seasons.


Yesterday I finally picked up the macro lens I’ve been wanting since I bought my camera. It’s not as nice as the 100 mm macro lens, but that was way out of my price range. Instead I got the Nikkor Micro AF-S 60 mm f/2.8, and I absolutely love it! Just playing with it a little this morning I can tell already that it does exactly what I want it to do, and will most likely have a permanent place on my camera. Awesomesauce!