Well I knew my first week would be busy and I have been pleased with meeting the various challenges it has thrown.
Personally I have been sick as a dog for most of it, but creatively I am feeling positive.
My 2016 daily mobile phone challenge has indeed been challenging. Not for topic but because twice at 8.16pm I had to grab a nearby phone while mine was either flat, or not with me charging. There is no point if I am not going to be true to the time each day, and am already wondering how I will cope if at the movies or theatre, or the phone is not within reach.
We were in Melbourne for most of this week as well. Settling into a new flat and getting to know the neighbourhood. I will be a partime local in the second bedroom of our daughter’s flat in return for a minor weekly rent contribution. Win, win as they say.
The 52week challenge group and Mansfield Photography Group are sharing the same challenges this year so two birds with one stone for my self portrait posted earlier in the week. 52weekchallenge is a new group and they already have become unwieldy with over 8000 members last count. I have decided not to follow them but to continue posting, looking and doing the challenges. There is only a limited amount of Facebook time in any day.
Camera Shy 52’s challenge of NEW saw me looking for a new way to cover a favourite shot of pencil sharpening from a couple of years ago. With boughts of coughing and sneezing it was not so easy to set up and secure focus. But I am fairly pleased with the result.
I used a tripod and my iPhone torch for lighting on top of our induction stove, there is a bit of post production but not a lot. Ideally the only focus point should be the tip of the pencil and I am disappointed that the shaving is in as well as it adds distraction. However I am pretty pleased with how it worked out and it is original within the group.
Finally and perhaps most excitedly the photochallenge.org group is going to be the real discovery of the year. The challenges are announced weekly, well presented with loads of info about how to address them. The standard of the challenge (this is not a competition) is really competition worthy and I know I will learn a lot from the feedback offered to participants already.
My submission for their week one B&W MINIMALISM was a new image based on an old favourite #firstlight but the light was much harsher as it was taken in the middle of the day and the shapes, thrown by the sun under the curtains, completely new and unexpected.
As I was sick I could not get out and about and wanted to use a new image, my second choice was the shower door handle. Think I like it best but actually like them both as both on topic.
So back to cleaning the camera gear ready for my next set of challenges and the year of creativity.