Why not today?
Over the last few days, I have noticed that the bunnies, new and old, have become very active in my neighbourhood. We see at least one every time that we are outside, but most often there are two or three at a time, munching on clover or playing in the dandelions. I’ve been wanting snap some shots of them, but it seems that I am either without my camera or with Goose, who likes to chase the bunnies to make them hop.
As I stepped outside tonight, a bunny ran by me and down the side of the house. I followed, and it turned out that there were three baby bunnies running around in the back yard, so I waiting until they got comfortable with me in their space. The bunnies kept getting closer (one even stepped on my foot!), so I took out my phone, and snapped a few shots with my phone while they played.
I wasn’t entirely happy with the pictures, so I went inside and got my camera. It’s something that I have been doing more and more lately, grabbing my camera and going out looking for pictures. Actively taking pictures that aren’t from an event, or because someone asked me to document something, or I needed to record a milestone. Pictures for fun, pictures for me. I have been toying with starting a 365 again too. This seemed like a good day to start.
Last week, I officially moved past the halfway mark of my 365! It kind of snuck up on me, as I have been lax in uploading pictures for the last
few weeks entire time, so I lost track of where I was at. The halfway picture was actually taken before I realized where I was at, and I didn’t get a chance to plan a special shot. I am ok with that, as that is how almost all of my pictures in the 365 have come to be.
I wasn’t quite sure how far that I would get when I started this project. Despite the fact that you get to set your own rules, it is an intimidating task. My rules were simple: Take pictures every day. Pick the best/favourite/most significant and post it. Don’t cheat! I was worried that I would miss a day, or that it would be a chore to take pictures. I haven’t and it isn’t! This project has allowed me to rediscover just how much I love taking pictures, and has left me with some (what I think to be) fabulous shots.
It has also really made me want to take better pictures. I took a class at a local photography school, and it gave me some helpful tips. In December, I bought a new camera and LOTS of great new bright lenses. They motivate me to try new things, and take pictures when I previously was limited. My new camera is FABULOUS, and I can’t wait until the weather is better and I get to take pictures outside for long periods of time.
The last month or so has been a challenge for me, but I have kept on going. The times when I would sneak outside and take pictures for fifteen minutes are not as convenient as they were in the summer and fall. The dark has been my biggest enemy, followed shortly by the cold days. I like the cold, but my hands don’t like being out in it for too long. It’s been close a couple of days, but I haven’t missed a day. The latest that I took my first shot of the day was 11:50pm!! It’s still a fun challenge, so that keeps me going.
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183:365, January 11, 2011