I recently read a photography article that suggested taking a picture a day for 365 days. I have heard of this before but generally dismissed it as I figured that I’d probably end up with about 310 mediocre photos. But the argument of this article was taking pictures every day would help train your brain to be regularly focusing on photographic composition. Also the act of having your hands on your camera every day will give you familiarity with it such that you eventually use it without really thinking about manipulating the settings. So, I decided that there was some value and wisdom in this and decided to give it a try. And after all ‘film’ is virtually free these days so there is little cost to me other than time. So here is my first week of photos.
Day 1. I carried my camera around during my afternoon walk through the park. There were some yellow flowers in a soccer field and I got down and shot some close-ups and tried to get some other flowers blurred in the background.
Day 2. A prickly pear cactus with a Hindu temple in the background. This temple is near the park where I walk and I thought it seemed an ironic photo. I see the shiny spires of this place through the trees as I walk and had been thinking of ways to make that work in a photo. It was taken just before sunset
Day 3. A panorama of the Great Sand Dunes that I posted on my last blog. I drove most of this day and didn’t have a lot of time to take other photos so this my photo of the day.
Day 4. A photo I shot from up on the sand dunes. It was midday and there weren’t many shadows to work with on the dunes, but I tried to work on some lines across the dunes toward the mountains. I also had to shoot around the hundreds of people that were around me.
Day 5. A parting shot of the Sand Dunes against the mountains. I picked this area of the dunes because of all of the curves and shadows. I would have like to have gotten closer, but that was not as easy as it seems.
Day 6. This shot was taken at Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone. I was really drawn to the colors here and got down low so I could have mountains in the distance as well. This area is covered with vents that are constantly steaming and it a very interesting place to see if you don’t mind the smell.
Day 7. A cloudy mountain with undulating hills in the foreground. I was attracted to the clouds moving around this peak. I really had a lot of trouble in editing making this work. This was shot early in the morning, the hills were very green, and the trees on the slope had just received some snow. This creates kind of an odd color shift in the scene as you get to the point where the trees are dusted with snow.
So there you have seven OK photos. This initial seven days was made easier by traveling to beautiful places, but the real challenge will be when I am just around the house. My thought so far is that I like having to grab my camera and shoot a photo every day as it keeps me thinking about what to shoot and how to shoot it. I will try to keep up with my picture-a-day plan, but I won’t bore you with all of my mediocre photos every week. Thanks for reading.