080/365 - I’m Loving the Project 365 on Flickr.
© 2011 Eric Adeleye Photography.
Eighty days into my Project 365 and still going strong. I must admit that this project has been more of a challenge than I could have imagined. I applaud all the photographers out there who have completed their projects to date. I’m enjoying myself trying out new things, exploring new genres of photography, and just going through the daily process of planning a photograph in my head. If you’ve been following along, you’ll see that I’m a huge fan of HDR. I’m always scoping out my next HDR shot. As I begin to delve into compositing, I continue to practice the craft of taking the HDR photo which will compliment what I plan to experiment with in compositing.
This HDR photograph was taken on my lunch hour in the woods near my job. I’m glad that I hung in there with HDR, in the beginning, my HDR photographs were horrible, but I’m slowly making improvements. Practice is one of the best teachers when it comes to photography. You have to get out there with your camera and photograph whatever interests you. There are times when I see something that may not look that great, but after photographing it, it looks even better to me.
I do recommend a Project 365 to any photographer out there seeking a personal challenge. So far I’ve managed to mix a little bit of everything in project to date. I decided not to go with 365 days of self portraits because I don’t think that would be interesting to myself or to potential viewers of my project. The hardest times to actually photograph something is on weekdays after work because it is already dark outside at 5pm in Wilmington, NC. Maybe I’ll throw in a few days of shooting strangers, I’ve been thinking about doing that. Photographing strangers would give me the opportunity to work on portrait taking and continue using the Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G lens. The 35mm f/1.8G never comes off of my camera, it is my best lens in my bag.
One last thing I’d like to talk about is groups on Flickr. To be honest, I’m kind of growing tired of constantly posting my photographs in groups that have mandatory rules where if you post one, you must comment on 5 or award 5. I’ve found that most people who leave comments almost always say something positive which is good. But it is rare that I actually see a critique of my photograph. I’m guilty of leaving a 3 word sentence on photographs too at times. But I really like to comment on photographs that catch my eye. Forcing people to award a photo isn’t doing anything other than boosting the viewing numbers which reminds me of Call of Duty boosting. If you view my photographs, critique them if you feel inclined to. I won’t be offended by positive or negative comments just as long as things are stated in a respectful manner, that is about the only thing I require. Receiving true feedback from other photographers is what helps me take better photographs. Swords sharpen other swords is how I look at it. Most people on Flickr are photographers of some sort, except for the Blockheads, but Blockheads are important too. You never know what photograph will turn a blockhead into a aspiring photographer.
See you tomorrow.
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