Project 365: Why is this getting harder instead of easier?!?

by DaniGirl on December 4, 2009 · 5 comments

in Photo of the Day

One might think that 10 months into a year-long photo-a-day project, the going would be getting easier instead of harder. Not so much! In fact, I’ve had more days that I almost didn’t get a picture at all this week than I think I’ve had since the second week in. I’ve just been so busy… finding time for not just any old photograph, but a good photograph? Challenging, to say the least.

But, I made it through another week. Remember last week when I said I’d save the close-up pic of the old Underwood typewriter keys for a day when I had nothing else to photograph? Yep, here it is!

312:365 Typewriter keys

I swear, I’m beginning to think there’s nothing I haven’t photographed, and some of my pictures are starting to look alarmingly similar. I didn’t realize until I saw them side-by-each how much this lamppost and my TtV trees looked to each other — occupational hazzard of taking pix at the same time of day with the same camera, I guess.

311:365 TtV lamp post

You’d think after 40 years on the planet, I’d get used to mid-afternoon sunsets in December — but they still seem improbably early to me. I caught this on the way home from work, and thought it was nice of those geese to oblige me with a little extra flair in my sunset picture. (As opposed to the flare. Snicker.)

315:365 Sunset in the afternoon

We got our first snow here in Ottawa this week, so of course I had to record it for photographic posterity.

314:365 First snow!

And at the other end of nature’s spectrum, we have my sweet little Christmas cactus. I love my Christmas cactus. For most of the year, I completely ignore it, only remembering to water it when the poor thing is covered in dust bunnies and cobwebs, and it sits unobtrusively on the windowsill in my stairway, catching about 10 minutes of sunlight each day. Then each December, it erupts into spectacular blooms like this. I wish more things in my life thrived on benign neglect!

316:365 Christmas cactus TtV

You’ve already seen this one, but its unbearable cuteness bears reposting, right?

313:365 Christmas card outtake

And speaking of unbearable cuteness, when I set up the tripod to capture a picture of me playing with Lucas, I was thinking of the amazing style of my friend Angela, one of my fave photographers on Flickr. She may have inspired these shots, but I have a loooooong way to go before my stuff is as good as her pix of herself and her kids. Besides, I said I wanted to do a selfie each month in my 365, and I don’t think I’ve done one since July. This one is the only outtake that was worth keeping — selfies are a lot harder than they look!

317b:365 Playing with Mum

And this one is totally not what I was going for, but I really like how it came out in the end. (Hmmm, a lot of my faves end up being a long way from my original conception. I’m sure there’s a lesson in there somewhere!)

317:365 Hugs

And finally, was it me or did the month of November just fly by? Here it is, November 2009 in pictures.

November mosaic

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Trista December 4, 2009 at 8:38 am

I love the idea of self-portraits – because I’m usually the one behind the camera, I’ve noticed that I don’t have a lot of pictures of myself and my daughter (or my husband, for that matter). These are much better than still, posed shots!

2 Chantal December 4, 2009 at 10:11 am

oh that one of you and Lucas laughing. awesome.

3 Beryl December 4, 2009 at 11:00 am

Oh my gosh Dani I just love the selfies of you and Lucas playing. So natural and really lovely! You take amazing photos.

4 Angela ( jhscrapmom) December 4, 2009 at 12:36 pm


and you are too hard on yourself;). yur shots are fabulous. really – you try new things and it is just awesome to see.
and as for selfies??? you just have to go for the silly sometimes, editing be damned;). it gets easier. really:).

5 Jen December 4, 2009 at 8:30 pm

Beautiful shots of you and Lucas 🙂

Makes me realize how few I have (honestly, maybe two handfuls in the last 5 years?) of me and the boy together!!

i will do things differently with this baby, i will do things differently with this baby… lol

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