Published January 19, 2010 by Gregg Schieve
I've created a monster. OK, I knew what I was getting into, sort of. I did it anyway. What was I thinking? It was supposed to be simple. The good thing is, I've managed to keep it that way and to have fun.
It all started innocently enough. I wanted a still camera that would take a decent picture, and that I could take with me where ever I went. I love all the bells and whistles that come with my Nikon D300, but I wanted something simple without all of the complications of a big SLR system. Simply put, I wanted more shooting, less thinking. So, shortly after Christmas, I braved the post holiday, big-box store crowds and picked up a Sony Cyber-shot point and shoot camera. My plan was to be ready to shoot at all times. Simple= See + Shoot. However, me being me, I was unable to leave well enough alone. So I decided to complicate my plan. On New Years Day 2010, I decided to shoot and post a daily photo on my Facebook page for the entire year. 365 photos. Photo-A-Day was born.
As the New Year began I realized that Photo-A-Day would need rules. None of this shooting-200-images-willy-nilly-until-I-got-the-right-shot approach. I would be disciplined. Using my trusty Cyber-shot, I would be limited to shooting a maximum of five images a day. If I got my shot early, say in the first two images, I was done. I would strive for an interesting photo, but not hike five miles into the woods to capture a great sunset. In other words, I would keep my eyes open for a good shot in my day-to-day life. The image would be posted on my Facebook page on the day it was shot with no explanation of the photo, simply the date it was taken.
Sounds simple, right? Well, mostly. The difficult part has been finding an interesting photo on a daily basis. Sure, it was easy the last few days when I was vacationing in Florida. But, on days like today when I'm stuck in the office, it is a bit more challenging. Sometimes photo opportunities present themselves, other times I have to work at creating them. Ultimately, I would like Photo-A-Day to help me keep my photographic vision sharp, to be aware of photographic moments, to enjoy photography, and, best of all, to always be ready to experiment and be spontaneous in my approach. Snap. As of this writing, only 347 more photos to go.