Monday, 26 July 2010

POTW for July 18-24th, 2010

As always lots of fantabulous photos in the group pool! Super hard to pick just three from the nominations... so this week I picked four ;)

See something in the pool that you just love, don't forget to nominate it for photo of the week in the discussion area of the group!

Friday, 23 July 2010

I want to ride my bicycle...

I love bicycles as photo subjects! Here are some recent bike photos from the 365 Community pool :)

133/365 [the blue door and the red bicycle]
Race Time (343 of 365)
(untitled) (195/365) 357/365
Bike Park D 120

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Congratulations Candy Pop!

Congratulations to Natasha! She completed her 365 Project today! Natasha's project is a feast of color and charm. She has gorgeous photos of nature, antiques, toys and dolls. I find it impossible to visit her stream and not smile a bunch at all of her cheerful, creative and fun images. Here are some admin faves from her year.

111/365 336/365 342/365

Here's Natasha's finisher's interview, along with some of her favorite photos and her final photo of her project. The first three made Explore and the first one was featured on Explore's front page. Yay!

What inspired you to begin your 365 Project?

I decided to start a 365 project for a couple of reasons. Firstly, I am quite possibly the worst diary keeper. I like to be visually stimulated, words on paper do nothing for me. I started the project on my 35th birthday. So this has become a visual diary of my life, at the age of 35, which I hope I will enjoy looking back on in years to come.

And secondly, it was a challenge and I like to be challenged! I also hoped the project would encourage me to take photographs out of my comfort zone. Which it did.


How would you describe your photography in just a few words?

I hope my photography shows that I do not take myself too seriously! I try to look for colour, beauty and humour in my home, the city of Oxford where I live and the places I visit.


What surprised you the most about doing the 365 project?
Winter! I got through it!

At about day 100 someone said to me I had created 'a rod for my own back' in trying to capture fun, bright and interesting subjects – assuming I could not maintain this in the grey winter months. Looking back through my photographs I do not feel there is a dip in momentum in the winter – simply a lack of flowers!


What did you learn during the course of your project?
It does not matter how grey and miserable the day is – or how grey and miserable I feel - I can always find something of interest to inspire me.


Do you have an interesting story about taking one of your 365 photos that you would like to share?

Probably getting continually 'told off' for trying to take photographs in vintage and antique shops. Naughty Candy Pop!


What are your future photography plans?
Simply to continue to photograph the world as I see it.


I would like to say a final huge thank you to everyone who followed my 365 project!

Kindest regards, Natasha (Candy Pop)

Congratulations again to Natasha, and a very happy birthday tomorrow! :) Here's a link to her completed project:

Congrats to LaCheryl

A big round of applause for LaCheryl. She finished her project just the other day with this crazy good splash shot! Congratulations!

365/365 A Splash Ending...

I do have to add, since LaCheryl also is in California, she was one of the few photographers in our 365 Community group that I had the pleasure of meeting, on one of her trips up to San Francisco from LA. Flickr meet ups are so cool! We should set up some more in the group.

Here are a few of my all time favs from her project.

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Yep.. me too.. fan of those ole vintage polas!

And now.. in her own words, some answers to our questions, with a few of her favs shown in between.


What inspired you to begin your 365 Project?

When I started the 365 photo project I hoped to grow as a photographer/artist during the project. I have been into photography for many years, but had not consistently taken photos for a very long time. I had thoughts of maybe putting enough images together for a small gallery show, but realized that I would need to shot a lot, just to get a few good images. I learned about Flickr through an article in American Photo (AP). I had heard of the site, but always thought of it as just a depository of family snapshots. The article in AP focused on some very talented “Flickr stars”. I then started looking at the site and found people doing photo a day projects. I thought about it for two and a half months before I took the plunge. I had also purchased the Canon 5DMII and wanted to make sure I used it enough to justify the investment.

How would you describe your photography in just a few words?

I think I would say that I like “simple reality”. I try to extract the artistic qualities of everyday things. Yes, some of the photos in the project were set ups using off-camera flash, but for the most part I photographed things and people as I found them. Using Lightroom and photoshop allows an extra layer of creative expression.


What surprised you the most about doing the 365 project?

I was actually most surprised by two things. One thing that surprised me the most was that I got tired of doing the project. It was a self-imposed pressure to post something that I thought had some artistic merit; I almost started to feel resentful. There were days that I just did not want to think about photography. The thing that kept me motivated was the other surprise…the support of the people on Flickr, especially those in the “365 Community”.


What did you learn during the course of your project?
I learned some practical things like how to use Lightroom, improved my off camera flash skills, learned about using textures, macro and Through the Viewfinder (TtV), and renewed my love of Polaroid. I also learned the importance of peer support and inspiration. I learned that I like shooting with the camera phone more often than not because of the smallness, simplicity, and applications.

Do you have an interesting story about taking one of your 365 photos that you would like to share?

Ironically, the most interesting story is that of number 365. Unfortunately, I had one of those days. I shot a lot of different images, and even found a cool sign in Whole Foods market that said 365. I also decided that maybe the last photo would be a technique that I had not tried…cookie splash. Well the first few attempts were pretty awful, so I erased the entire card… I forgot that it was the same card that had all the shots on it from earlier in the day!


What are your future photography plans?

I’m going to take a break. I’m going to experience life without a camera every day, for a while, except my cell phone camera. I’ll still be on Flickr commenting on others. Eventually I will probably focus on one technique for a while when I pick up a camera again.



And check it out.. a peak at her entire 365!

Congrats to you again from all of us in the 365 Community!!!

Monday, 19 July 2010

POTW for July 11-17th, 2010

As always.. lot of fabulous work in the group. Congrats to our photos of the week!

Day 197 - Fetching ReflectionTrust yourself.  You know more than you think you do...A Spiders Home

Monday, 12 July 2010

Monday, 5 July 2010