My 365 Day Project: What I’ve Learned So Far

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The theory goes as follows: capture and post one photo per day for an entire year and you will become a better photographer.  Becoming a better photographer is accomplished through a process of “learning to see” more actively, more intentionally and more consistently.  I thought I would put that theory to the test.

I began precisely 127 days ago today and posted on the world’s largest stage (for this purpose that is): Instagram.  This is the $1B stage that Facebook bought a few years ago and so integration (i.e., cross-posting) to Facebook is a breeze.  When I started, though I contemplated long and hard first, I proceeded with little fanfare, no real announcement and since we began fathersonphoto.com around the same time, I decided to use the mysterious marker #fsp365 to tie all images together.  Results are at Instagram – @reybabes.

My initial intention ended up becoming a reach goal: to carry a capable camera with me everywhere, to capture scenes from my daily life, to properly process them on my home workstation and then to post before midnight.  But then there’s reality too…

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As a person with a full-time day job, I have found that it hasn’t always been easy to move about with said proper camera in tow.  I wear a suit, carry a laptop, walk from conference room to conference room… and I have found that my camera was either too much to lug around or too off-putting to my colleagues.  No one wants to have a camera pointed at them during a serious business meeting and so I never mustered up enough courage to try.  As such, this has become largely a cellphone camera endeavor.  I estimate that roughly 4 in 5 shots originate from my phone, are processed there and are posted straight up from it.  The small minority remaining are from a camera.

Also, I have traveled for work a few times during the past few months and though I worried that I would not be able to continue on, those destinations (Abu Dhabi and Amelia Island) were sufficiently accommodating.

So… have I become a better photographer?  I’m not sure… but I do know that I have learned a few things along the way.

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A Winter Walk around a Zoo with the Fuji 35mm f/1.4

I was stunned by her suggestion – I mean, who wouldn’t be surprised by an invitation to spend one’s birthday meandering through a zoo… in New England… in January. Up until that moment, I had never given much thought to the state of a menagerie during winter, but after a few reassuring statements from my sister, we departed for the Roger Williams Park Zoo.

The Fujifilm 35mm f/1.4 lens is a piece of glass I owned briefly some eleven months ago. I ultimately sold it for a number of reasons, first and foremost, because I felt that it did not live up to the hype. You know what I’m talking about. Many photographers have spoken highly about the lens, perhaps none more so than Zack Arias, and my assumption was, that I too might experience this so called “magic.” That was not the case. Like many things, my expectations did not line up with reality, and I quickly moved on. Now, a year older, and a little wiser, the Fuji 35mm f/1.4 is back in my bag.

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