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Project 365 – the first month

It’s one month into Project 365 and of course this is the time to reflect about the past 31 days and the remaining 11 months to go.

Overall I am really happy, I had a great start, knowing little to nothing about portrait photography and approaching people at the beginning. I now am able to shoot in Manual mode more or less confidently and approached several complete strangers and got their shot. That’s pretty good I’d say and it could definitely have been worse.

There’s still way more to explore, both in terms of approaching people and in terms of technically getting the shot. I just almost messed up the shooting today, but at least was able to safe myself into another programmed mode to get the shot. I also just ordered the first 31 images at to be able to show my work. I’ll probably carry some images right with me to convince some difficult subjects.

One thing though is the most interesting for me, something I did not plan: networking. My project offers me the most radical type of networking I have ever done so far. At work, I now begin to meet one new person every day, I chat, I develop some understanding in a couple of minutes and then get the shots. Also over the weekends, I met some people which I’ll most likely see again during the remaining time left in the US (we leave July for Germany).

I thought about having a theme of the month but I dropped the idea. I like to be taken wherever the journey goes and so far it has been a great experience. So I’ll just take chances as they come and we’ll see what happends in February!


Project 365, my new year’s resolution

2006 was the year I discovered Groovy, a scripting language for the Java VM which changed great parts of my private coding and work life. 2010 will be the year I am focusing on something fairly non-technical: Photography. And just to make sure: it does not mean I am less interested in Groovy and I will also definitely continue the podcast together with Glen!

On January 1st, 2010, I joined the 365:2010 group on Flickr. Project 365 is about taking a picture everyday. My ambitious goal is to take one portrait every day and I must admit I failed miserably on day one. The challenge here is less the technicalities of taking a picture (which also can be quite complex if you want to get a good shot), but communication and approaching people. I realized this the hard way and softened my goals a but, allowing me to not feel as a complete idiot the first day of the project. My first picture is here on Flickr by the way.

Luckily, day two was better. I approached 5 people at our local market in Sunnyvale, CA, and none of the people I approached rejected my request to take a couple of shots of them. They were all pretty happy I believe. So I guess my first day’s choice of people was just simply the kind of people who would never have said yes… or at least not easily. Here is my chosen picture of day two, but be sure to take a look at the rest of the portrait pictures so far here.

I really hope to make portraiture a daily part of my life, the first days are promising and I am still fully motivated. But I realize 365 days (I think it is actually 366 2010, right?) is a long time. Even if I won’t be able to take a picture or portrait every day, I am sure it helps me develop my photography skills – simply because it already has.