Week 52/Finale {365 Project}

Well, it’s here. The finish line. I’ve completed an entire year of taking a photo every single day!  I’ve been sitting on writing this post for about a week, as I’m not sure how I feel about it.  I’m slightly sad to be honest, as I’ve become very accustomed to documenting our daily life with my camera.  But I’m also happy that I won’t feel obligated to shoot & document even the mundane days – that got old certain times of the year, and keeping up with editing and which day was which was also a bit difficult at times.  I put together a little movie/slideshow and watched it with my hubby last night, and it was so rad to see days I would’ve otherwise forgot, and also see my growth as a photographer.  I started out this project pretty focused on composition, and a nice sharp photo. My editing was a bit inconsistent, as I was fairly new to Lightroom.  Sometime around the holidays you starting noticing a change.  Photos had a bit more intentional blur as I had learned about a lovely technique called freelensing, and I had also bought a lensbaby.  My photos started feeling even more like memories to me compared to simple snapshots. As 2016 progresses I started editing a bit more consistently and by summer (my last couple months of this project) I continued to be inspired by light and other new techniques as not to get too bored.  In the course of a year I only bought two new lenses – a lensbaby, and a $50 vintage lens from Russia.  I used the same old camera body I’ve had for five years, and my beloved 24 mm and 85 mm primes.  I took 8 of the shots with my phone, 357 with my big camera.  I haven’t counted but I probably took about 10,000 photos. Maybe more (not all just for this project, obviously haha!). 😉  Over the course of a year I realized I’m most drawn to imperfection.  Hazy memories.  Real, candid moments versus a staged smiling photo.  I’m in love with photos I want to know more about, that fill me with wonder.

So fast forward to today.  I haven’t taken my camera out much this week.  A short hiatus I suppose you could call it.  I’m leaning towards another 365, but starting January 1 this time.  Stay tuned, I’m sure I’ll think of some new project.

But enough of my rambling.  Below you’ll see last week of this project.  It was a real doozy, just absolutely amazing, as I got to summit a mountain I’ve been itching to hike up for years.  I also added the video I made at the end of this post (with music by the talented Tony Kaltenberg), if you so feel inclined to watch.  Thanks for coming along this ride with me, friends.

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359 | 365 … Because sometimes you freelens + try a new technique and your left with something oddly beautiful.
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360 | 365 … Headed to the mountains with these ladies to camp and get up at the crack of dawn to summit a mountain the next day. We were up too late considering our big day, but we had an absolute blast doing it.
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361 | 365 … The summit of South Sister, 10,365 ft! Pure amazing. (taken by lovely friend and fellow hiker/photographer Nicki of Three Sisters Photography!)
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362 | 365 … I grabbed my sweet hubby when I saw some pretty light along the deck tonight. This project is so full of our children and I’m happy to finally sneak a solo mom & dad shot in. After all, we made them. <3
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363 | 365 … While I hiked up a mountain she picked blackberries and baked a pie with her daddy and sis. Gah!
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364 | 365 … Evening with her buddy. These two have formed quite the bond lately.
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365 | 365 … Treasure hunt, searching for a little fall.

 

2 Comments on “Week 52/Finale {365 Project}

  1. Love the video! So many moments beautifully captured. Evocative, joyful, candid moments. I’m inspired! Thanks for sharing this 🙂

  2. This is really lovely! What a treasure! I love your eye for photography and wish I lived close enough to have you take photos of my little family! Your project also makes me want to live outdoors more – how magical!

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