In 2009 and 2010 my Project 365 was all about recording memories. I was still using a point and shoot camera. Every week I’d select 7 photos to represent that week and make a two page scrapbook page with them. I missed few days.
In 2011 and 2012 I had my DSLR and started getting better at photography but still focused more on scrapbooking.
In 2013 and 2014 I got serious about practicing photography. I rarely let a day go by without picking up my camera, but I was also discouraged a lot by my pictures so my Project 365 was very inconsistent. Also, I nearly completely dropped scrapbooking, sadly.
In 2015 I started off the year well with both daily photography practice and getting back into scrapbooking, but in the summer I inadvertently took the biggest break from photography I’d had since I started doing Project 365. Though unplanned it turned out to be a rejuvenating break and a confirmation of my drive to record my life in images, and I spent the autumn slowly getting back into a habit of daily practice.
In 2016 I’m determined to seriously practice photography every day and scrap a couple of pages every week. January 31 was the first day I forgot to pick up my DSLR, but I did have 3 iPhone photos that I’d taken with some care that day so I chose one of those. So far I’m doing well with these two intentions.
Below is a collage of my January 2016 Project 365 photos. If you’d like to see them better, visit my 2016 Project 365 gallery. You can check out my Project 365 any time by clicking through the Projects menu item on my Galleries homepage. I’m keeping it up to date within a few days.
Day 001 | I’m reading The Creative Fight with a group at Clickinmoms and I’m reading All The Light We Cannot See with a group of digi-scrappers at The Lilypad. I’ve also made a goal to read 12 novels this year. I know it’s a wimpy goal, but I haven’t been reading many novels in recent years. f/2.8 1/60sec ISO1600
Day 002 | and me reflected in an ornament f/1.8 1/160sec ISO3200
Day 003 f/22 1/4sec ISO3200
Day 004 f/2.5 1/200sec ISO3200
Day 005 | These peppermint candies are something I only have at the end of the year. This jar was full at the beginning of December. f/2.5 1/320sec ISO100
Day 006 | This photo shoot was for Project 52 Week 1 (self portrait) but I didn’t take any other pictures for my 365, so I get to share two photos from the same shoot! It’s nice because I still kind of prefer color, so I can see things in the picture as I see them in real life. Now my blue iPhone cover, my orange desk calendar, my colorful plush friends, and my colorful notebooks and magazines are more noticeable. f/13 1/4sec ISO800
Day 007 | My kids and I often communicate in writing. f/3.5 1/100sec ISO1600
Day 008 | Ian used magnets to make a smiley on the stove. f/4 1/100sec ISO3200
Day 009 | I joined my photography club on a photo walk in Culpeper and we visited the Burgandine House. This is one of the caretakers of the building. They are struggling to get local government support for the historic building.
Day 010 f/22 1/100sec ISO400
Day 011 f/7.1 1/100sec ISO3200
Day 012 | Especially when I’m trying to make one great picture every day, sunset surprises me a lot during the winter. I was sitting in my favorite big chair, reading, when I looked up and saw this. The sunset was more beautiful though. Unfortunately, I couldn’t move fast enough changing my lens and setting up my tripod. I still like the contrast between the warmth inside and the cold outside though. f/22 1.6sec ISO800
Day 013 | Yes, this is a wimpy goal, especially for someone like me who has identified with the term “bookworm” most of my life. But in recent years, while I read a lot, it is mostly non-fiction and short. I think I read 3 novels in 2015. So 12 will actually be an improvement. In case you’re wondering about the titles of the books in the photo, sorry, I intentionally turned them this way because these are not necessarily going to be any of the books I read this year (some aren’t even novels). The 12 novels I will read this year are yet to be determined. Except the first one. On January 11, I finished my first book, _All The Light We Cannot See_ by Anthony Doerr. f/2 1/80sec ISO1600
Day 014 | Just as I was hitting the shutter button, she turned and said, “I have to have this one too!” I knew going to the bookstore to use up time before music lesson would be expensive. But it’s hard for me to resist books too. We didn’t actually get this book though. She liked the idea of photographing it to remember it for another time, and we only bought the first two novels she found. f/3.5 1/160sec ISO1600
Day 015 f/3.2 1/125sec ISO1600
Day 016 f/3.2 1/100sec ISO3200
Day 017 | First Snow of the Year and the Season | looking over my neighbor’s backyard into the woods behind his house f/10 1/400sec ISO6400
Day 018 | f/5.6 1/100sec ISO6400
Day 019 f/4 1/100sec ISO3200
Day 020 | or, I Almost Forgot to Take a Picture Today
Day 023 f/8 1/250sec ISO800
Day 024 f/6.3 1/250sec ISO100
Day 025 It was almost warm today! Great for more playing in the snow. f/9 1/320sec ISO200
Day 028 – REACH Homeschool Drama Club Production of C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
Day 031 – first day this year I did not take a DSLR photo; this won’t happen often!