Keeping Me Entertained

Sissy Stix

Last week I mentioned I was starting a small photo project to keep me motivated.  Or entertained.  Or both.  I may be a complete dork for it but without having something to mark off the list, I won’t do it.

I’m a list junkie.  It keeps me going.  Also known as “motivation”.  [Or entertained.]

I saw this project months ago on another blog (of course, I can’t remember where exactly) but I thought it would be fun to try eventually.  The premise is 50 photos in 50 days with the 50mm or 50/50/50.  Clever.  We all know I love my 50mm with all of my heart so having a project solely devoted to it makes complete sense.

I was going to try to do a photo a day – I failed three days in so instead I’m just going to get 50 shots in 50 days.  And PodMate had a very valid point: some days you get two or three good photos so why limit yourself to only one a day.  Thank you for making me feel like less of a failure, Susan.  God love you.

I’m not gonna lie – I’m taking photos of completely random crap.  But it’s with the 50mm so I’m following the gist of idea.  So to make it a slight bit more fun for moi, I’ve been playing around with my photo editing, doing some experimenting with layers and what not.  It helps my confidence – having a fun and interesting end result… and less like “random crap”.  I dig.

Now I know that I was complaining about editing last week but the difference is that editing portraits is totally different fish than editing random crap.  You strive for “natural looking skin”, not Swamp Thing.  As much as I love photographing people, I hate having to fix skin tone (note: learn how to use manual white balance).  And we’re all aware that I’ve been doing a lot of portraits… babies and all.  So yeah.  Totally different fish.

So if you see a completely random photo [of crap] on le blog, know that it probably spawned from my little project.  Like straws… who takes pictures of straws?  *raises hand*  And there will probably be more in my Flickr set… if, ya know, you ever wanted to dig around.  I’m just sayin’.

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September 16, 2010 - 1:22 pm

Susan - I figure any of these photo projects the goal is to feel like your challenged, not like you’re failing. So if you have to tweak it, tweak it – no one’s grading you!

LOVE the straws and all of the different colors. Nice framing, too!

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