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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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“The Earth is Art, The Photographer is only a Witness ” Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Earth from Above

Just another shot . . . with only six more days to go. 

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“As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.”  Carl Jung

I reached back to November for this shot – taken on Treasure Island with San Francisco in the background.  I had one camera on the tripod, and the other in my hands that I was shooting back with.  I was a bit surprised when I saw the light trails in the road behind me.  I had set the shutter speed slow on purpose – looking for the motion blur.  The light trails are a bonus!

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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.  

“My own eyes are no more than scouts on a preliminary search, or the camera’s eye may entirely change my idea.”  Edward Weston

We’ve headed for home via the Oregon Coast, with a stop at my Son’s for New Years Eve.  

At one point during the drive along the coast, I looked down to see that I had two camera’s in my lap, ready for any photo opportunity that presented itself.  I tend to see everything as a photo op now . . . though I am becoming more and more selective in what I shoot.  A year ago, I would shoot frame after frame of the same thing.  Now I am quite a bit more discerning . . . and try to find the not so obvious beauty in the frame.  I’m not always that successful . . . but every once in awhile a really, really good shot sneaks through!  

I’m excited for where the New Year is going to take me in my Photography journey.  I’ll be starting a 52 Week Challenge that has Monthly Technique Themes.  Check out Michael The Maven’s Forum for more details if you’d like to participate as well.

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“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”  Charles Caleb Colton 

I love this shot.  

We got Ella all dressed up to go around to the neighbors delivering Christmas goodies.  When we got back from charming everyone completely, I had to get a few shots of her all dressed up.  She was fine at first, but then wanted my nice expensive camera to play with.  I found my little point and shoot for her instead . . . and this is the result!  

Not only is this a DNA shot, but she is completely imitating what I am doing as I am shooting her!  Every time she pressed the button to take another picture, she would look at the screen and say “Perfect!”

How much more adorable can you get than that???  

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“Look within.  Within is the fountain of good, and it will ever bubble up, if thou wilt ever dig.”  Marcus Aurelius

I’m giving everyone a break today from all the Hawaii shots.  I dug in to my Las Vegas stockpile and found this shot that I took the first night hubby and I stayed at Mandalay Bay.  This was the view from our room.  

Sin City.  Fascinating City.  City of Lights.  City that never sleeps.  

Most people come to Las Vegas to gamble, drink, party . . .  or even to get married!

I came to live my passion of photography with an amazing group of people I’ve gotten to know over the last year through this 365 Self Portrait Project.  

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“Couples are wholes and not wholes, what agrees disagrees, the concordant is discordant.  From all things one and from one all things.”  Heraclitus

We seem to be consumed by our Photography Bug these days.  This vacation, starting with our trip to Las Vegas, has turned in to a photography immersion for us.  We are spending hours on the computer editing the shots that we are spending hours out in the “field” shooting.  Hubby has caught the bug just about as bad as I have.  (kinda handy when I want new gear . . . just get him out shooting and let him see that having that new lens really makes sense!)  I set up our new little toy – the GoProHero2 – to take this shot of us editing side by side in our Resort condo.  We’ve only watched a couple hours of television since we left home the beginning of November.  

I kind of feel like a kid again, learning something new every day.  

And I’m doing it with my Best Friend.

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“To be a photographer, one must photograph. No amount of book learning, no checklist of seminars attended, can substitute for the simple act of making pictures. Experience is the best teacher of all. And for that, there are no guarantees that one will become an artist. Only the journey matters…”  Harry Callahan

Viva Las Vegas . . . Day Two.   We drove in a caravan out to Death Valley today.  We spent most of the afternoon exploring Rhyolite, a small ghost town on the edge of Death Valley.  I could have spent the entire day there – it was that interesting.  There were old buildings and rail cars, and a very eclectic Museum with very interesting statues and artifacts.  It’s really a Photographers paradise.  We spread from one end of the site to the other . . . all immersed in our own creative juices attempting to put our own unique spin on what we were documenting here.  We didn’t actually make it in to Death Valley because we ran out of time . . . and it was very cold and overcast by time nightfall came.  Our intention was to photograph the sunset, and then get some star trails . . . but that wasn’t going to happen with an overcast sky.  Oh well . . . we left Rhyolite feeling very pleased with ourselves and wishing we’d had more time there!  

This photo was taken in an old abandoned cabin.  I applied some HDR processing, and tweaked a bit more in Photoshop.

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“Photography deals exquisitely with appearances, but nothing is what it appears to be.”  Duane Michals

Viva Las Vegas!  

We are a group of Photographers out and about on the Vegas Strip!  Michael the Maven is with us, instructing us on night photography techniques . . . catching light trails, slow sync lighting, and whatever else we can soak up from him.  We started at the Luxor and worked our way down to the Bellagio.  Being my first time in Vegas, I was struck by the constant motion, and movement of people and lights and noise.  This is when Sin City really comes alive . . . and we are there to digitally record our interpretations of it.  I’m anxious to learn all I can over the next few days here with my fellow 365’ers whom I’ve know for almost a year now but just met in person.  What a fun group of people.  

It’s going to be a great weekend!

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