I have been wanting to do an on going photo project for a while now. I considered the 365, wherein you take a photo a day. I considered this for about oh, 3 seconds before I realized that I would fail miserably and then have to carry around a horrible sense of guilt for the rest of year. Failure and myself don’t play well together. I would rather stay away than risk having Failure do the Rocky Balboa fist in the air dance in front of me. That Failure sure can be smug sometimes. I considered a 52 project, wherein I would take a photo once a week, this sounded realistic but Failure whispered something in my ear and instead of getting bent out of shape, I decided that Failure was actually right. I don’t have a problem with taking photo’s or coming up with ideas, my problem lies in editing the darn images and is even worse when it comes to printing them out and not leaving them on the hard drive to marinate for eternity. I decided that my project would focus on what I needed the most motivation in doing–editing. My daring feat will be to try to edit a photo a day for the remainder 351 days of the year. Since I have left thousands of unedited images on my hard drive thus far, I don’t know how I will bode with such an Everest type endeavor. The only thing I can do is try.
Now fine friends, do not try this at home unless you have a serious amount of time on your hands and the dedication necessary to complete this performance. If you do decide to follow in my precarious foot steps, do so with caution and know that I too will be agonizing over my photo’s not knowing how far to take them or if they will be ‘worthy’ for your eyeballs. I am going to use the Roman numeral conversion of 2011::MMXI to designate this project–keep it simple. The first photo is my before, it is grossly underexposed, but please note if I mess up on my exposure (which unfortunately happens more than not) I would rather have it underexposed than overexposed. You can still save detail with an underexposed image, but really don’t do as I do, just try to get your exposure correct in camera. This is my after photo, all trussed up with a bucket load of Photoshop layers and a heaping amount of indecision thrown in. My goal was to create a dreamy, Marie Antoinette Court or Paris flea market feel. Day one down, only 350 more to go….