Project 365: Post Script (alternate title: In which she demonstrates her inability to count to 365)

by DaniGirl on January 22, 2010 · 6 comments

in Photo of the Day

Hmmm, seems a little anti-climactic to be posting about Project 365 again after my big finish on Wednesday, but there’s a couple of last little afterthoughts, as well as the pictures I took since my last update and before the big finale that never got their day in the sun.

But first, you know what the most challenging part of the whole damn 365 was? It wasn’t coming up with things to photograph, or actually processing and posting the pictures. It wasn’t the hassle of carrying my camera *everywhere* or the inconvenience to my family. The hardest part of the whole damn project?

Counting to 365.

I can’t tell you how many times I had to go back and renumber my pictures because I had miscounted somewhere. And ever since I started counting ahead to figure out exactly which calendar day would mark day 365, I’ve been vaguely puzzling over the date in my mind. If there’s 365 days in the year, and I started my project on January 20, 2009, then logic dictates that I’d finish on January 19, 2010? Right? So when I counted ahead in late December and realized the final day would fall on January 20 instead of January 19, I flipped back through a couple of weeks’ worth of pictures and checked the dates, and when everything seemed in order I just kind of shrugged my shoulders and said “Oh well.” But it bugged me, and bugged me, and bugged me, until finally last night I went back through the whole damn project and there it was.

I counted day 204 twice, once on August 11 and again on August 12. Dammit, now I’m going to have to go back and re-label the whole damn thing Project 366!!! Or maybe Project 365+1? Just doesn’t have the same snap, does it?

Sigh.

Anyway, here’s the last couple of pix from last week, including the penultimate pic that was apparently actually the big finale.

On Friday, we spent most of the day and well into the night putting up content on our site at work to show the relief efforts in Haiti. After a long and wrenching week of heartbreaking stories, this was the only way I could think of to explain my feelings. “Light a candle for Haiti.”

360:365 Light a candle for Haiti

Katie for one is thrilled to no longer have to deal with me and my camera any longer.

362:365 Peekaboo Katie

One last shot of busy hands at work. (I called the Magna-Doodle a classic toy in the caption for this one on Flickr, and people said the Magna-Doodle is far from a classic toy. To me, if it doesn’t have batteries, downloadable parts or a corresponding online life, it’s classic. Whaddya think?)

363:365 Artist at work

Now trains? Definitely a classic toy. And although I’ve done the “baby playing with trains” shot before, you can really never have enough baby bokeh in your life.

361:365 Baby bokeh

And finally, the penultimate shot, which was apparently the ultimate shot, could I only count to 365. This is all the gear I didn’t have 365 — erm, 366 — days ago when I started this project: a Duaflex II, a Baby Brownie Special, a Brownie Reflex, an SB-600 flash, an off-camera cable extension for the SB-600, a gorillapod (excellent for securing your Nikon to the chandelier, should the need arise!), an Aurora mini-softbox, a set of four close-up filters, not one but TWO 50 mm f1.8 lenses, a polarizing filter, a remote trigger (also very useful when your camera is suspended from the chandelier) and several bits of lens and camera cleaning stuff — all taken through the viewfinder of my darling vintage Duaflex IV.

364:365 The penultimate shot!

So there you have it. Project 365 (plus one!).

Project 365: A year in pictures!

The end. šŸ™‚


{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 mapsgirl January 22, 2010 at 1:52 pm

Great job!! I have really enjoyed all of your pictures this last year (plus one).

Will you do it again?

2 Mac and Cheese January 22, 2010 at 3:23 pm

At least you didn’t screw up the other way! Imagine if you realized that you never actually finished the project.

3 Ari January 22, 2010 at 5:22 pm

Now THAT is funny. Lol! Ah well, it happens. I’m glad we managed to get an extra pic out of you then! šŸ™‚

4 Batman January 22, 2010 at 6:47 pm

I think that since you overshot the mark, you have to start all over. It’s only fair…

5 Rebecca S January 22, 2010 at 6:47 pm

RT @DaniGirl: Hardest part of Project 365? Apparently, it was COUNTING to 365! (D'oh!!) http://tinyurl.com/ydhl5x5

6 Lee January 22, 2010 at 6:51 pm

Over, under? You’re the only one counting. I like ’em ALL!

From the WIkipedia about Magna Doodles: “It was invented in 1974 and over forty million have been sold to date.”

Sounds like a classic toy to me!

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