This is a follow-up blog post for my 365 photo project from 2016. You’ll find the first blog post here.
A bit more colorful
After a quite depressive January and a lot of dark images, February provided some sparks of light in my photographic project life and also added some color to my images.
Although the situation in my day job continued to be quite tense and very unsatisfactory, I tried to make the best out of it: doing correctly what had to be done, and then taking the necessary personal free time for myself in order not to get exhausted too much.
What has changed since last month?
One of the main changes I felt was that whenever I left home (often in the car on the daily commute, camera in car of course), I started scanning the environment for interesting subjects, light, ideas. Sometimes, the idea for the photo of the day struck me already in the morning at home, and sometimes the idea formed on the way to the office. Often the idea had no direct relation with what I saw, but m brain made creative connections and came up with the right ideas.
I also discovered certain subjects where I decided to make a series throughout the year to reflect the changes in the seasons.
I tried techniques like HDR (high dynamic range) and was able to create some really horrible images I’m absolutely not proud of, but these were part of my project.
I also started exploring studio flash photography and was quite happy with the first images.
On the other hand, I tried to minimise the impact (time needs) for the project on my daily tasks, and so I often combined taking my photos while getting to a shopping centre (see next street photo) or picking up my youngest son at the rugby training.
And sometimes, I was really happy to have my camera with like on the day, where I walked back from a business meeting to the bus and saw this concrete wall in a staircase. It was wet from the water drops running down for months, probably even years and that day I was really happy to have this absolutely colorful shot.
In addition to these shots on daily commutes, I also started walking or driving around on purpose for location spotting and sometimes realised really rewarding shots.