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Day 365 || This is the END

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posted by alias Gixster92 on Saturday 5th of February 2011 11:45:47 PM

First special thanks to frollojpn/Raul Suarez, in his stream he made a shot that totally spark this shot for my ENDING shot. I basically look at this as the 365 days of shooting, I have nothing but BOKEH on the brain and I had to get it out. Ok, it looks like I did it. I managed to take a picture I was proud to post for 365 days. I learned a lot about photography and own resolve during this project. And if we want to really look at it, I took a ton more pictures then just 365, I am shocked-too shocked- to state how many I really took over the course of the year. Yes I kept all my attempts and other concepts that I could not perfect to my liking. So today I am going to be LONG WINDED for my finale picture. I found another photographer who answered these questions so I thought I would use it as a template for my own point of view. Why did you start the project? I have been taking pictures for too many years. I would do second shooting for pros at weddings, even did a few of my own for friends and family. I did glamour, model and other types of studio work in the past. I have been a roller coaster with my shooting. I have gone some years without even picking up the camera to others where I wouldn’t put it down. SO WHY the 365? I wanted to get back into it and push myself for ME. To document the year and to see how creative I could be during it. I wanted to post pictures that were exciting and fun to look at. I think it was a success and I am proud of the images I presented to the world. What Happened (memories) over the year? Wow a lot, my craziest, was on Cinco De Mayo, I ended up in the Hospital due to my appendix. As I was sitting (lying) to get operated on, I took out my phone and took a picture of my arm. My wife (in fear that I was going to be operated) looked at me and asked what the hell I was doing. I told her I didn’t take my picture for the day. I never realized how white her eyes were until she rolled them back in disgust that I was worried about that right before I was to go under the knife :). This year was somewhat expensive, I purchased a new Used strobe, new bigger compact flash, new light modifiers (umbrella, stands), and a larger hard drive for my computer. I became a DIY fiend because I was crazy about how much I was spending so I got pvc piping, fabrics (white), panels, boxes, takeout containers, foam paper, straws, white form boards, black form boards, tin foil, clamps, and poster boards (I am sure I forgot some DIY material in there, ahahah). My biggest purchase was new camera (D7000), new memory cards to go with new camera. So yes I feel I went crazy spending on this project, but I NEEDED it all:). What would you do differently? I would be a much better planner. There were TOO MANY nights I would be sitting in my easy chair after the long day of work, being a dad, and husband and I would look at my wife and say, “#[email protected]~ I need to take my picture still. Then the scramble of ideas and trying to create the concept process would start, not necessarily the way I want to end the day but happened more then I want to admit. I would also try to incorporate different styles of photography into my portfolio. Favorite part of the project? Wow, just one favorite>>>> don’t think I can do that. I personally loved and appreciated all the comments, favs, and awards that everyone here at Flickr and those that found my pictures via search results. The appreciation for the work I put on these images was a great reward for me. Due to all of you, I managed to get 17 of my images on the “EXPLORE” list. I didn’t think I would even get one, so to my surprise I got 17 thanks to all of you. I also loved all the love and support my family gave me during this journey. Without them I don’t think I would have been able to complete the project like I did. I also loved all the things I learned about myself and my hobby of photography. I have become a better photographer I feel, my post processing skills and techniques have improved so much. Least favorite part of the project? My least favorite part was stated above, but the lack of planning on my part and waiting till the last moments of the day to do a photo, post processing and then posting the images. I truly believe if I took my camera with me I would be less apt to be searching for an idea at 10-11 at night. Will you do it again? Part of me really wants too; part wants to take a break from the deadline feel. But I don’t remember life without this project. I might keep it going but knowing I did the project ONCE already might make me be alright with being late here and there. We will see what happens in the weeks to come. What did I learn from doing this project? Man alive, A LOT to put it simply. One I learned that there are a lot of great and inspirational photographers (pro and amateurs alike) that have helped me in more than one way or the other. I would like to thank some DUSTAIN DAIZ. If not for his project, I probably wouldn’t have done mine. First, believe it or not, I never heard of the 365 project until I found a thread that talked about it and linked to his project. His project was over when I started but I looked at each and everyone image and read every description, learned from his setups. WOW, again thank you. I also want to thank Zach Arias, He started his project after being inspired by Dustin Daiz as well. However I don’t think his lasted long as he was /is very busy man. I want to thank David Hobby from too. In fact I believe it was his Blog that I found out about Dustian Daiz 365 due to his off camera flash. Believe it or not I had known studio flash but not small strobe work. This was a fun challenge to see what my portable system could do. I also tried Macro photography for this first time and have become in love with it. However I had to return the lens I borrowed, Thanks Howard. Now I must go out and get my own so I can continue down that path. Another thing I learned is how to do post processing a lot better. I learned how to enhance the image without making it look like it was/or have a lot of post work done. More natural looking I guess is what I am trying to say. Special word to all that followed me, or just looked a few of my pictures over the YEAR: Thank You, Thank You, Thank YOU. I would love to say each and every name that I am truly honored to have met during this project but I feel like an award show and I will forget someone and don’t want that person to unappreciated. So I must be generic and say. I want to thank EVERYONE who has ever left a comment or faved any of my images. That might seem overly broad, but I really appreciate each and every extension by you to show your appreciation. You've totally made me a Flickrholic. I think I rambled on long enough, thanks again and thanks for reading this long winded description. February 5th, 2011 – My Final picture of my first year’s attempt at the 365 Project Strobist Info: SB-800 @ 70mm @ 1/16 Thru Shoot Thru Umbrella, Camera Right and above | SB-80dx @ 70mm @ 1/8 bare Camera Left Low and behind Camera Info: Nikon D7000 | 28-70mm(ƒ/2.8) 48mm | ƒ/2.8 | ISO 200 | 1/30s

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