January 31 - 31/365


28-135mm lens @ 44mm, f/25, 1/200 with fill flash, ISO 320

As I mentioned in Jan 30th's post, we got more snow yesterday, so instead of taking more "snow on trees" etc pictures, I thought I would look down today instead.

And I have to boast that today is the end of my first month of Project 365! So for all you fellow 365'ers, congrats on making it through the first month and keep it up!


January 30 - 30/365

28-135mm lens @ 95mm, f/5.6, 1/60, ISO 400 with flash

What a day. Today was the day we had planned for my husband's 30th birthday party. It was also the day that a rather unexpected 6inch snowstorm crippled central Maryland, effectively knocking most of our anticipated guests out of commission. I realize 6inches of snow doesn't sound like much, and it shouldn't be enough to cause so many problems, but sometimes in this area, when road authorities/workers are unprepared, it does. We were both really worried that no one would be able to come to the birthday party and there wasn't much hope of being able to reschedule for a variety of reasons, but luckily a few of our friends that live closer by were able to make it to our house. So while the evening didn't quite go as planned, we ended up having a blast, resulting in the best thanks imaginable - a great big smile on my husband's face, captured in this photo.

One side note, this picture was taken with a new lens I just purchased this week! Got a great deal on a gently used Canon 28-135mm lens [with USM, IS]. I bought this lens with the intention that it will be a great walk around lens. I'm especially hoping that it will serve to replace my 18-55mm & 75-300mm lenses as an all purpose walk around lens when we are on vacation.

Oh, and the cake was a hit! And sooo yummy.... check out some photos of the masterpiece on my other blog!


January 29 - 29/365


18-55mm lens @ 40mm, f/5.0, 1/50, ISO 640

We are having a birthday party for my husband on Saturday, so I have been spending almost every night this past week working on a cake for his party. Now normally I don't go to this much trouble for a cake, but this is his 30th birthday, so I wanted to do something really fun and special for the party. I don't want to spoil the end result yet, so today's picture is of the "discarded" cake pieces after the cake had been cut into shape. Yellow cake with white chocolate mousse filling.... yummmmm! For pictures and a description about the cake making process, be sure to check out my other blog for all the details! [should be posted sometime after the weekend]


January 28 - 28/365


18-55mm lens @ 55mm, f/5.6, 1/60, ISO 600

In case you can't tell what the object in this photo is, it is one of the attachments for my Kitchen Aid stand mixer. I spent a LOT of time with my mixer tonight, working on a confectionary masterpiece for my husband's 30th birthday party this weekend. I had taken a number of photos of my adventures in baking tonight, but spotted this whisk attachment when I was finishing kitchen clean-up and knew it would end up being the winning photo for the day.


January 27 - 27/365


18-55mm lens @ 42mm, f/7.1, 1/100, ISO 200

I took this image after I got home from work. The original image was quite a bit larger since I was using my 28-55mm lens. I could have put my 300mm lens on, but figured I would be able to recompose the image with a little cropping. This was the end result, with minimal adjustments besides the cropping.


January 26 - 26/365


18-55mm lens @ 55mm, f/5.6, 1/15, ISO 800

These poor tools have been sitting out for a while... tried to fix something in the house... didn't work. Never got them put away. Wish my husband and I were better with these things. :-)


January 25 - 25/365


18-55mm lens @ 55mm, f/5.6, 0.4sec, ISO 800

Today was another day of photo-related frustrations. I took a bunch of photos around the house... nothing. Blah. And then it started pouring rain outside. So I grabbed my umbrella and trudged outside to try and get something water related... and ended up with this. Water rapidly flowing down the street toward the sewer. You can even see some texture from the rain drops hitting the water. Hopefully tomorrow will be a little more satisfying!


January 24 - 24/365


18-55mm lens @ 47mm, f/5.6, 1/6, ISO 800

I didn't want to post another Striker picture today. I even took my camera with me when I took Striker for a walk today in our neighborhood so I could get some photos. I took a bunch... but they just didn't compare to the cute factor that this one had. And since we don't have Striker over that often, it will probably be a while before he is featured again, so you get 2 images of him in one weekend. I think what I like best about this photo is the blur from his wagging tail. The only way I was able to get him to sit still like this for me was to dangle a treat above his head - seemed to do the trick!


January 23 - 23/365

My husband's dog, Striker, officially lives with his parents, but once in a while he comes to stay with us for the weekend. Striker seems to be moping here, which he usually does when he doesn't get enough attention. Silly dog.


January 22 - 22/365


Yesterday was seriously lacking inspirational material for me. I tried. Hard. And it just wasn't happening. Sometimes I would see "something" and grab my camera, and once I checked out the photo, it just didn't look the same as it did in my head. I'm not sure if that was due to my lack of experience or just delusions in my head, but regardless, I was worried I might have to go to bed picture-less. I finally snapped this photo while I was making myself some tea, and decided that it would have to do for the day's photo. Not my best but it will do.


January 21 - 21/365


I was hungry. There was cheese. There was wine. Oh, yes.... had to have wine. 'Nuff said.


January 20 - 20/365


I don't have any personal stories to attach to this photo. Instead, I will just briefly comment on the editing I did to my photo to achieve the final result. These flowers were initially pure white, but I played with the hue and saturation of the flowers and added a textured layer to make the photo (hopefully) look a little more aged. The pure white flowers were just as pretty as they were, but I figured I would try something different this time around.


January 19 - 19/365


It has finally happened. I found a golf ball in my backyard.

I went around behind our fence to look for some inspiration for today's photo, and just as I was bending down to take a photo of some green daffodil buds (couldn't believe they were poking through the winter ground!).... there it was. I suppose it might help explain the situation if you knew that our backyard looks out onto the 18th fairway of a golf course. What is funny about finding this ball is that I can't tell you how many times people have asked us if anyone has hit golf balls into our yard by accident and they are always amazed when we tell them no. We always figured it was pretty much impossible for that to happen since a golfer would have to have made the worst shot in history to do so.

But today, someone (who should seriously consider giving up golfing) proved me wrong.

P.S. : On a side note, I finally got around to redesigning my "watermark." Any thoughts/comments/suggestions? :)


January 18 - 18/365


I went for my first "official" photo walk today. "Official" in the sense that I'm walking around with a camera on purpose while NOT on vacation. Solely for the purpose of taking photos. It was a great day to do it since the weather was milder and thus more people were out enjoying the sunshine. There were a number of photos that I really liked, but I thought this one was fun - reminds me of my childhood. Check out my other photos from the day on my "Experimenting with Life" blog.


January 17 - 17/365


What do you photograph on a dreary, rainy day in January? Water. Somewhere. Somehow. I was trying to figure out what to do when I noticed all the water drops collecting on a bench on our back deck - bingo! My husband laughed at me as I crouched on a tarp and towel on my back deck (so as not to get wet) to get just the right angle and zoom of these water droplets. I may have looked silly taking this picture, but it was well worth the effort. :-)


January 16 - 16/365

While I was running some errands in Target, I decided to stroll by the shoe section (yes, one of my many addictions) and AAAAAAH!!! Flip flops! Right near the bathing suits.... UGH. Seriously, it is freakin' freezing outside, Valentine's Day isn't even here yet, but as fast as the Christmas decorations come down, the bathing suits and flip flops come out. Way too early for me to being see this. Although I will admit I was energized by the bright summery colors, hence the picture here. I did a bit of editing to make the background B&W and bring out the vibrant colors, and in the process learned a bit more about some features of my photo editing software. But seriously.... way too early for these to be in the store.


January 15 - 15/365


I was having a bit of a difficult time finding some inspiration today. I tried photographing a few things and brought my camera around with me all day, but nothing was jumping out at me. So my last ditch effort was to try a night sky shot. I have been wanting to try this at some point anyways, so I figured I would give it a shot (no pun intended). I'm happy with how my first effort turned out, but learned some new things about shooting night skies that I will have to incorporate on my next attempt. I will definitely be trying this again to see if I can improve on it.


January 14 - 14/365


This picture was partly inspired in part by (a) a photo I saw on Mali's blog of detailed snowflakes in a field of snow, and partly by (b) a cool pattern of frost I had seen on my car windshield the other day. So early this morning before work, I climbed into my car and snapped some close up photos of the beautiful ice crystals on my windshield before cranking up the defroster. The best part of the moment was when the sun started to shine as I was taking what I thought was my last photo. It made the crystals sparkle a little, so I took just a few more, including this one here.


January 13 - 13/365


I have a confession.... I cheated.... on my digital SLR, that is! This picture was taken with my Canon SD600 point-and-shoot. Now don't get me wrong, I love my pocket-size Canon, but I LOVE my Canon dSLR. Part of my current dilemma is that my dSLR is not very conducive to carrying around with me to and from work all day long. And I'm getting a little tired of trying to find inspiration at home... by the time I get home from work it is dark outside and I'd like to be able to take my photos any time of day. So since my SD600 was in my work bag, I grabbed this shot at the gym before starting my workout. Do you ever feel guilty for choosing one camera over another?


January 12 - 12/365


My book club had their monthly meeting tonight at Panera. I had every intention of taking my photo of the day there, but I had a difficult time taking a photo once I was inside Panera with all the people. I've realized that I am quite self-concious about my camera in public... something I definitely need to work on. So instead I chickened out and took an outside night-shot. Maybe I'll work up the courage to take something different at next month's meeting.


January 11 - 11/365


No special story behind this image... I wasn't doing shots of Crown Royal before becoming "inspired". :-) I just wanted to play with light and thought using the bottle, crystal wine dish, and silver bar shaker would produce some pretty effects.


January 10 - 10/365


Today I made a trip to BORDERS book store to check out some travel books for our upcoming vacation. If all goes well, we hope to be taking a trip to Germany and Austria this May, so I thought I would showcase all the wonderful travel books I spent time looking through.


January 9 - 9/365

Our friends gathered together last night at a sports bar to watch the first round of NFL playoff games. Many people were bedecked in their jerseys and rooting on their teams. Some of those teams did well, and some, like the Eagles in this picture, did not. I was actually quite frustrated with my photos from last night due to the low level of lighting in the bar. I didn't want to use a flash, and of course there was no tripod, but my camera wanted to set the exposure levels at 1/2sec, so most of my images turned out blurry. Any tips or suggestions that I should have tried?


January 8 - 8/365


I knew there was snow coming last night, so I knew I would be out in my yard first thing in the morning to take photos before the pristine snowfall was compromised and before heading to work. I took a few different photos and liked a number of them, but I think this one was still my favorite. This is the 18th hole of the golf course behind our house - covered with snow and fog. The image has such a mystical feel... I love it. If you want to check out the other photos I took, jump on over to my regular blog "Experimenting with Life".


January 7 - 7/365


It's been super cold here the past week or two, so all the puddles of water near our house have frozen over. These kids were skating over the ponds and took quite a few spills on the ice! I wasn't able to get a good picture of them in motion, but I really like the striking contrast of this kid's red jacket in the bleak winter forest...


January 6 - 6/365


This image reflects my love of crossword puzzles, or at least my never-ending quest to complete one... without cheating! :-) This one almost made it....


January 5 - 5/365


January 4 - 4/365

Just a quick comment... I love bears. Teddy bears to be more specific. Don't know why I do... I just do. So expect to see various shots of bears during my project...


January 3 - 3/365


January 2 - 2/365

My husband, Mark (on right) loves the guitar. I love it, too, when it's at a reasonable volume... which is practically never. But I digress... so Mark invites friends over on occasion to "jam" with, and I manged to sneak this photo of them while they were playing at our house. I am disappointed that the photo is blurry, but I didn't have much opportunity to take a picture without them knowing about it, so this is what I ended up with.


January 1 - 1/365



This project is an extension of my "101 in 1001" project. I love taking photos and experimenting with image composition and lighting and would love to be able to take my hobby to the next level. I thought one way to help encourage myself to experiment with my photo skills on a regular basis would be to do a "365" project in which you require yourself to take one photo every day for a whole year. In principle it's not a difficult thing to do, but from many blogs I have read about this topic, it can sometimes be challenging to figure out what to take a picture of every day, especially if you haven't had a chance to go anywhere other than work or home. Obviously, I am doing alright so far since it has only been 2 days. But I imagine I will hit some mental walls somewhere along the way.
Check back every day to see what new image I have come up with!


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