I went to Washington, D.C. I took some pictures. Here they are.
Arguably, they’re kind of telling to how I see the world.
When I read that the topic for this month’s Rocket City Bloggers blog carnival was “food,” I assumed it would be a walk in the park.
Surely, I thought to myself, I have some lovely definitive post about food that I can submit as my entry.
So I searched through my archives, and was surprised at how little I had, being a man who loves food and all. And, in reading the little I had, it made me realize that I really didn’t know what I would say if I were to try to write a definitive post.
But in looking at old posts that I might could submit, I came across one about things I ate on a business trip to Cleveland that had a lot of good photos, and that inspired me to look at some of my old food photography.
It’s been a while since I’ve written on here about my 365project, but I am still doing it, and this inspired me to go back through and collect all the food and drink pictures I’ve taken in over two years of doing the project. The results were actually rather interesting. Some of the pictures were much better than others, there were some interesting recurring things (Starbucks and pizza in particular), and then some others that, when viewed together, somewhat say some interesting things about food and how and what we eat.
I haven’t had a chance to process things enough to do my big post-launch post, but here are some pictures I took (and one that was taken of me) during the trip. I didn’t take much launch photography, which I’ll get to in the bigger post, so most of these are from the Astronaut Walk of Fame.
Heather had a great idea, so I’m totally copying it.
She decided that she was going to dedicate the month of April in her 365project to black and white pictures.
My 365project photos have become sort of routine, so I thought that might spice mine up a bit, too.
First, it should be fun.
I’m old enough that for the bulk of my newspaper career, I was working in black and white. With film, no less. Remember that?
Back then, I would buy rolls of black and white for my personal use as well, just because I enjoyed working with it.
Since making the switch to digital, black-and-white has become a post-capture processing option, rather than a pre-picture commitment like it was with film.
If I think a picture would look good in black and white, I can change it. But I don’t have to tailor my pictures around the format like I used to.
Making the April commitment sort of simulates that — yes, my camera will let the pictures be in color, but to use them in the project, I have to take something I would want to be in black and white.
Also, I’m hoping it improves my photography in another way.
As the project goes on, I become increasingly reliant on the cool tricks my iPhone can do with photo software, a lot of which has to do with color enhancement. Take those away, and I’m back closer to just having to take good pictures, not do good photo editing.
Hopefully, this will be the photography equivalent of going acoustic for me. Strip away the fancy production, get back to the basics.
Back to seeing the world in black and white.
Here’s Heather’s post about her project.
And here’s an example of the photo-processing power of the iPhone. (Follow the cut for explanation.)
That picture there? That’s my 365th pic.
I’ve written about my participating in the 365project before, and posted some pictures.
I started the project on January 1, 2010.
Which, theoretically, means I should have finished at the end of December.
That didn’t happen.
Instead, here we are, two and a half months later, and I’m just wrapping up. (My Reconstruction project is running even more late. Alas.)
But I’ve now posted 365 pictures. Hoorah!
I wanted to do something “special” to mark the completion of the project. I wanted to shoot a picture in a mirror of my iPhone, since it was the camera with which I took almost all of the 365 pics. I decided to go with a rear-view mirror for the picture to kind of symbolize looking back from the end of the project. And decided to make it a bit of a self-portrait as well.
To be honest, I’m not sure how much I’ve gotten out of the project. I chose to use my iPhone almost exclusively so that I could really work on my composition, since that’s about all you can do with an iPhone, it lacking the fancy settings of my DSLR. The fact that it was terribly convenient for submitting the pictures was just an added bonus.
The problem was, I was wrong about composition being about the only tool the iPhone has. Sure, it lacks a lot of the DSLR settings, but mine now has an onboard suite of photo-editing software, which over the course of the project I became increasingly reliant on. My pictures were getting better, perhaps, but not because my actual photography skills were improving.
I took some pictures during the project that I really liked. I took a lot of pictures during the project that just met the daily quota. I really don’t have any sense of whether I’m any better at taking pictures or not.
Regardless, I’m going to keep going. I’ve met the 365 goal, but there’s nothing stopping from just continuing to take pictures.
I may change my approach; if there’s a day I don’t have a picture, I may be less likely to just take a picture I’m not happy with purely for the sake of having one.
This is the story of two photo nerds on a date.
I forget whether I started taking a picture of my salad first, or whether Heather said I should because I said it looked good. She said I could use it for my picture of the day. She didn’t know I already had one.
But at that point, the picture taking had started.
I took a picture of our cheesecake.
So did Heather. The waiter saw it untouched on the middle of the table. He asked if something was wrong with it.
Nothing was wrong with it. It was quite good.
Heather suggested I take the “after” picture. I did.
I took this “after” picture, too. This is Heather “after.” Doesn’t she look happy?
More food. This is the reception they had during intermission at the play. The food and the play were good. The play was a little strange. The food was yummy.
This is the picture I had taken earlier in the day.
I didn’t buy these flowers. I just took a picture of them.
But I did give Heather this today. She liked it.
Hope you have a happy Valentine’s Day!!