It’s baaaaaack – the return of Project 365!

I feel like there should be theme music to this post, but I can’t decide if it’s a triumphant fanfare or something more ominous. Yes, it’s true, I’m back on the Project 365 bandwagon again.

I’ve been considering it for a while. The Thousand Picture project was great, but there wasn’t enough pressure for me to take a daily picture and I’d gone weeks without lifting my camera when things got truly hectic from September to November. (And man am I glad I wasn’t doing a 365 during those months because truly? I never would have made it through.)

Another reason that I faltered a bit with my pictures, I think, is that during most of my 365 I worked downtown in what is probably the most photogenic area of the city, smack dab in the middle of Parliament Hill and the Byward Market. I mean really, I could point my camera in just about any direction on my way to or from work and come away with a good image. And while my current office is a million times more convenient, it’s an equally exponential amount less photogenic.

Conveniently, however, I just happened to have recently moved to an incredibly photogenic neighbourhood, with a house that is bathed in delicious natural light. So I traded photogenic work for photogenic home — that seems fair!

And, that was about all the encouragement I needed. Well, that and the convenience of taking, processing and posting photos through my precious iPhone.

So, here we are again. I think this 365 will be a little more, um, relaxed than the previous one. As in, a picture will be posted every day, but there may be days when the picture was actually taken a few days before. My project, my rules! Also, I will not be quite so hard on myself when it comes to what makes a “worthy” picture of the day. They don’t all have to be masterpieces, and in fact, I’m looking for more simple documentation than fine art this time around, especially when time is short.

Last but not least, I didn’t think the regular blog fodder would hurt. I missed posting my daily pictures in weekly round-ups. Once I decided that yes, I was indeed silly enough to embark on this adventure yet again, I counted back and realized I’d posted a shot every day since December 23, so I gave myself a 11-day head start. Now I’ve only got 354 days to go!

Always start with the cute, the rest will follow:

1:365 Cuz they're so cute

From the Christmas Eve photo project:

2:365 8 hrs of Christmas 1 pm

This was the picture that finally swayed me into deciding to try this again. Expect to see copious amounts of Watson’s Mill pictures here in the coming months!

3:365 Dam at Watson's Mill, Manotick

This one caught me by surprise. I was coming up the stairs from the basement just as the sun was setting, shining through the front door and making shadows of both the wreath on the outside and the hanging decorations on the inside. This is almost straight out of the camera.

5:365 Sun setting on another Christmas

This is the locomotive at the Museum of Science and Technology. I have taken dozens of pictures of this thing over the years and liked none of them — and the one I adore was a quick snap with my iPhone. Go figure!

6:365 At the SciTech museum

Taken through my bedroom window! Chickadees on a lilac bush. You think I can train them to eat seed from our hands?

7:365 Chickadees

More Watson’s Mill. I waited for about 15 minutes in the early morning cold, watching from the bridge and hoping the clouds would obscure the sun in just this manner!

8:365 Winter sunrise over Watson's Mill

My mother’s holiday table. I loved the greens, and the soft focus. One of those “just because” shots that makes me happy when I look at it.

9:365 Holiday dinner

More cuteness!

11:365 Bathrobe boy

These, plus a couple of other pictures I’ve already blogged about in the past week or so, are the beginning of what I hope is 365 days of new challenges and moments captured.

Here we go again!

Author: DaniGirl

Canadian. storyteller, photographer, mom to 3. Professional dilettante.

8 thoughts on “It’s baaaaaack – the return of Project 365!”

  1. I am now a big fan of the 365, so I see how it sucked you back in. I think it is good that you are playing by your rules – it is YOUR 365! Look forward to many more pictures (354, in fact).

  2. So glad to have you on the 365 journey again Dani! Can’t wait to see what you come up with this year. I’m on a mission to actually finish this year…and I’m taking a MUCH more laid back approach doing all the images with my trusty cell phone. Enjoy the journey!

  3. You should really do the 7/52 as it is so much less stressful. I look forward to all your gorgeous photos.

  4. Hey, before your post updated in my reader I signed up to Flickr (about time) and started my own Project 365 (totally copying you without knowing it). I haven’t decided if I am going to start from Jan 1 (which I have taken photo every day since then ) or today.

    I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with this year.

  5. Yay! I’m almost ready to start mine back up…l made it to day 110 the first time, next time – all the way! Plus I got a 50 for xmas 🙂

  6. I also just started a 365project and have posted 5 days worth to my blog. I am considering moving my 365project to a different blog to keep my current one focused, but am not sure.

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