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“The little dissatisfaction which every artist feels at the completion of a work forms the germ of a new work.”  Berthold Auerbach

I’m done.  Day 366 has been posted.  My final Self Portrait is a composite of all my 365 Self Portraits.  I used a really neat freeware program called Andrea Mosaic to do this.  Pretty cool eh??  

I can’t really believe I’m finished.  There were times throughout the year that I thought I could not take another shot of myself in any way, shape or form!  However, with the unfailing support of my fellow 365’ers, and my husband who believed in me every step of the way, I was able to push through those moments and arrive at the finish line.  

It’s a great feeling to accomplish this goal that I set for myself.  

I am carrying on – but not with the 365 Project, although I will be around to support the “newbies” in the 2013 Challenge.  

I am involved in a 52 Week Photography Challenge that focuses on monthly photographic techniques.  I’m very excited about it, as not only will I be learning more with each photo I take, but I will encouraging and motivating others along that journey as well.  Any one is welcome to join, even if you are participating in the 365.  You don’t need a fancy camera or expensive equipment.  All you need is an interest in learning more about photography.  

I’m excited about where this path will lead . . . 

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“There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope.”  Bern Williams

I am standing here on a dock at 6am in -7 degree Celsius literally freezing my fingers and toes off to capture this amazingly gorgeous shot of the sunrise over the Fraser River Delta.  This is what this 365 Project has done for me . . . it has awakened the passion for photography that has been bubbling below the surface for many many years.  I’ve always had a camera in my hand to record special moments, but I’ve always wanted to really immerse myself in the craft . . . learn how to really utilize my brain, my vision, and the tools available to me to create amazing and thought provoking images.  I’ve had the most fabulous year of learning.  I’ve made  new friends and connected with some fabulous inspirational photographers.  

One more shot to go .  .  .  then what?

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“When people look at my pictures I want them to feel the way they do when they want to read a line of a poem twice.”  Robert Frank

My 2012 365 is about to come to an end.  My last picture will be Day 366 because of the Leap Year – I started January 14th, 2012 so January 13th, 2013 will be my last day.  

I have not decided yet if I am going to repeat the 365.  I have learned so much about myself, and about Photography as an art and science.  I have so  much more to learn.  But I will say – the year of taking one picture every day of myself in some form or another has been transformational for me.  Not only have I learned how to manipulate my camera so I can create the vision I have in my head . . . I’ve learned to see the world differently.  Everything is a photo opportunity just waiting to happen.  The greatest satisfaction I get is recording the beauty that is my Grandchildren, Nephews, family members, friends . . . special events that will live on forever through the magic of digital images.  I can only encourage others to consider taking the same journey.  You don’t need a fancy camera or expensive equipment.  It’s not the camera that makes the picture . . . it’s the person who uses whatever device he has to capture the moment.  Cel Phones have gotten so advanced, and there are amazing point and shoots on the market as well.  

I also now have a wonderful extended family of like-minded souls.  We have supported and encouraged each other every step of the way this past year.  There have been times each one of us hit road blocks or obstacles that are just a part of every day life.  During those times – our “family” gathered around and provided the encouragement and motivation needed to continue.  Many of us were lucky enough to meet up in Las Vegas in November for a few days.  Michael the Maven joined us.  It was the highlight of my year to meet up with these amazing people.  

If you are at all interested in challenging yourself in a different way than you ever have before . . . if you want to create a snapshot of each day of your life over the next year . . . if you want to follow through on a commitment to something that can change your life . . . this challenge is for you.  

Check out Michael Andrew’s blog for further information, and updates on when the forums will be ready for posting.  

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”  C.S. Lewis

I am 60 years young.  I’ve had some pretty great experiences in my life, as well as some not so great.  But that’s life . . . and I create in my life the experience I want from it . . . no matter what “happens” to me.  

Right now . . . I’m sure enjoying this Hawaiian Experience!  

We were in Hanalei today just snooping around for some good photo opportunities.  I saw this old snag out in the middle of the mouth of the Hanalei River and thought it looked like a great 365 photo op.  I carefully set my camera up on the tripod, dialed in the settings I wanted, set the self-timer and away I went to get in position.  I had Glen standing out there to set my focal point.  However, I just couldn’t get out there fast enough.  The current was strong enough that it was hard walking against it.  So this was the best I got.  We did have the pocket wizards with us, but they were in the car at the other end of the beach.  By time we were done running back and forth here . . . I was just kinda done with the whole process.  Time to move on to something else!  I kind like this shot anyway . . . Glen waiting so patiently for me while he is watching the camera take the shots . . . and it’s a lovely view back to Hanalei and the mountains.  

Just another beautiful day in Paradise!

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