Project 365: Getting competitive

by DaniGirl on October 23, 2009 · 12 comments

in Photo of the Day

I’ve reached a funny place in my 365 photo project. I really think a lot of the pictures I’ve taken in the last ten days or so have been some of the best I’ve ever taken. The pictures I’m discarding as not-quite-good enough are better by far than the ones I would have said were my best work just a couple of months into the project.

Of course, rather than just enjoy my (relatively) new ability to make the kind of pictures I’ve wanted to be able to create all along, now I’ve raised my own bar higher. If I can make a fantastic picture on Tuesday, then I won’t settle for anything less on Wednesday. Really, I am my own worst enemy.

It was a good week to be taking good pictures, too, because for the first time I’ve entered my pictures in a couple of contests on Flickr. I’ve made it through four rounds of voting (each round requires a new picture taken within the past five days) to make it to the finals in one — last time I checked, with voting ending this afternoon, we were tied! — and I’ve made it to the second of five rounds in another. I don’t actually get anything except the fleeting satisfaction of being declared the winner — until the next competition begins in a couple of days — but it’s at least good for my ego!

I’m pretty sure this is one of my favourite pix of all time. Definitely in the top ten! I was trying to play with depth of field and shape by taking pictures of this row of pears but somebody kept trying to filch the pears. So I rolled with it! It won one round of the competition.

(Beloved suggested I name this picture “The Creation of Adam” because it looks like Lucas and the pear are reaching for each other in a manner not dissimilar to Michelangelo’s famous painting.)

270:365 The Creation of Adam

And where there’s fingers, there has to be toes, elsewise the whole universe would be out of kilter.

270b:365 Oh how I love these toes

Whoops, more fingers — better take another toe picture this weekend!

275:365 Lucas and the trains

It just wouldn’t be October without a pumpkin-patch picture. (The boys are getting better at posing, but I messed up the lighting on this one. One area I definitely still need to work on! Also, looking at this week’s pictures, I’m thinking I need to adjust the brightness on my laptop… a lot of these are darker than I intended.)

271:365 The cutest pumpkins in the patch

I didn’t do a lot of through-the-viewfinder photography this week, although my typewriter picture from last week got me through the first round of the competition I mentioned. The only TtV I did this week was of this old steam tractor I found near Prince of Wales. I love the textures and colours of the rusted out wheels.

269:365 Tractor wheels TvT

Just for the sake of variety, I took one the “normal” way, too!

Steam tractor wheels

There’s still just enough colour left in the leaves (and leaves left on the trees!) to take advantage of a few last autumn images. This one got me through another round of the competition!

272:365 Autumn sunshine

This was supposed to be an autumn shot, but the pine needles and the green-and-red combination have me thinking early thoughts about Christmas time!

273b:365 Maple Pine Tree

Remember back in May, I was so pleased and surprised to stumble across a tall ship moored near the Hartwell Locks one still spring morning? On the day I found out about my job disappearing this week, I went on a long wander around the back of Parliament Hill on an unexpectedly warm and sunny lunch hour and found the very same tall ship, the Fair Jeanne, this time in drydock in the Canal locks beside the Chateau Laurier.

273:365 Fair Jeanne in dry dock

… and now for something completely different! Some may say this is over the top, perhaps a little bit hackneyed and contrived, but I like looking at it and it makes me smile, so that’s good enough for me! (It’s also the image I submitted to the final round of competition, a bit of a risk but what the heck.)

Deep in the Orion Nebula, baby stars grow in translucent eggs until they are ready to hatch and float away…

274:365 Star incubators

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Trista October 23, 2009 at 8:34 am

Your pictures are lovely! I got a fancy new camera this summer, and although I’ve taken a gazillion pictures with it, I’d love to learn more about composition, lighting etc. and experiment more with different shots. You’ve inspired me to be more adventurous πŸ™‚

2 Kathleen October 23, 2009 at 9:07 am

I’m loving them all.
Hope you can enjoy your success a little and do a little back patting. Yay you!

3 Mac and Cheese October 23, 2009 at 12:06 pm

I am really going to miss your pictures when you finish this project

4 Chantal October 23, 2009 at 12:33 pm

Those are beautiful photos!

LOL I read your photo post first and then I read your bra post. The last photo on this post is the marbles one. The first line of your bra post is “I think I’ve lost my marbles”

Did you find it?

5 smothermother October 23, 2009 at 2:28 pm

the one of lucas reaching for the pear is fabulous. i see it on greeting cards with some sort of snappy caption on the inside (nothing that i could come up with, i just don’t have that talent.) and i love the marbles one too.

any news on the bra?

6 colleen October 23, 2009 at 3:23 pm

I want to kiss those toes. Where is the bra?

7 DaniGirl October 23, 2009 at 5:49 pm

Thanks everyone!

M&C, I can’t imagine this project ever being over. I might tone it down a bit, but I would miss it too much if I quit entirely!

They’re not marbles in that last shot, by the way, they’re drops of glycerine (like water) on a CD, and a star-shaped filter on the front of the lens makes the star shape in the bokeh. Fun, eh? I won the competition today, too!

Hahaha! Captcha = “is toed” And a damn good thing he is, too, or else I might not have been able to complete the 365!

8 Amy @ Muddy Boots October 23, 2009 at 8:26 pm

I’m not sure if you saw my comment on the sun burst pic on Flickr, but I really, reeeeeally love it. Amazing burst.

9 Nat October 23, 2009 at 9:36 pm

I have a thing for little boy toes.. love them. πŸ˜‰

That marble shot is very cool too. You really are an amazing photographer.

10 Fawn October 23, 2009 at 9:51 pm

Love, love, LOVE the pears! Love the baby stars!

And I never mentioned it but this summer we stopped in Brockville on the way back to Kanata from Toronto. What did we see on the waterfront in Brockville but the Fair Jeanne! I immediately thought of the photo you took of that beautiful boat at Hog’s Back Locks… and thought of you, of course. Because you had posted about her, it was a special thrill to see her in real life.

What a crazy random happenstance. πŸ˜‰

11 Ari October 24, 2009 at 11:13 am

You ARE in a fantastic stage in the project, I’m so in awe. Those shots are all amazing. I especially love the pear one and the other fingers one… and that star one is just too awesome.

Oh and congrats on winning! πŸ™‚

12 Ann D October 26, 2009 at 9:11 am

I’m late commenting, but I just wanted to say that the pear photo blew me away. GORGEOUS.

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