One Year OId

I started Circadian on 1 September 2012 as “… a personal project to learn to become a better photographer through practice, reading, writing and playing.”

In the past year I have practiced a bit, read a lot, wrote very little and played a lot. One highlight was attending Joe McNally‘s “Language of Light” one-day course. He is one funny guy and knows how to teach. I believe I have improved tremendously through these activities. I know my camera and lenses much better, I improved on a technical level and I may even have enhanced my artistic skill as well (but I still won’t call myself an artist).

I succeeded in posting most days, but fell behind for a few days a couple of times, and for more than a month in August/September. The primary reason was not making enough time for shooting. As a result, I posted a lot of old photos. Fortunately, this forced me to process all my old photos and clean up my photo library.

I have taken photos of many subjects and in many styles. I’m not sure what I like most yet, so I will continue to play around. I may take more studio photos, especially in the Winter when going out is difficult. Also, I have avoided photographing people over the years, maybe I will change that as well.

The only equipment I bought in the last year was a Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm F/1.8G lens (November 2012). You can see some of the photos here.

It takes considerable time to take photos, process them and upload them to Circadian, but I think it is a worthwhile investment to improve my skills. My goals for the next year are:

  • I don’t want to miss posting a single day.
  • I want to take photos at least once a week.
  • I want to get a couple of photos on iStockphoto.
  • I want to write more about photography.
  • I want to update the website.

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