For months, I’ve been counting down the days until my 365 project was over.
I loved making myself take photos everyday. But some days, there was nothing I saw that I liked. And other days, I forgot until 11pm at night.
I loved getting into the habit of having my camera with me all the time. The few times I decided not to take it with me, I always saw an unbelievable shot I couldn’t capture. I realized that the light in our house sucks, and that I love my 50 mm portrait lens.
Some days I took hundreds of photos, and had a tough time deciding which one summed up my day and experiences. And some days, it was a chore to even get one photo I semi-liked.
I have a lot more photos of my kids. But, I still have very few that are in focus.
There were only 5 days I completely missed, which feels like a success to me. I plumb forgot on a few of those days. A couple of those days I skipped on purpose as I remembered at 11:30 at night, my camera was outside in the car, and it was pouring rain.
I imposed unfounded standards on myself. I decided I didn’t want any blog photos to also be 365 photos. This made it harder to blog.
Some photos felt like the art photography I used to do. Some photos felt like silly snapshots.
I really learned how to use and adjust my camera settings without having to read the manual from cover to cover. It might have taken less time just to read the manual, but now I really understand and know from all my practice and mistakes.
Now that the project ends today, I keep thinking about doing it again. But, I think I want to try something different. I still want to take pictures every day or almost every day, but I also want to leave behind the constraints of a 365. So, I’m going to try to shoot every day, but only post the best photo of the week – I’m looking forward to seeing how 52 weeks will be different than 365 days. Maybe a year from now when it’s done, it wont be that different at all.