15/365 – “Cheers!”

Regardless if you are the type to kiss it goodbye and throw it all behind, or to reflect and revisit, it is now time to stretch your arms open wide and welcome the New Year with hope, joy and fearlessness. You never know the ups and downs ahead, but remember that sometimes on the roller coaster of live you need to let go, put your arms up in the air and enjoy the ride as best as you can.

May 2015 bring you health, love, joy and happiness.

15/365 - "Cheers!"

 

14/365 – Live and Learn

Sometimes you set out with the best intentions and, things don’t work as planned.

For example today, I was so excited to go see the Van Gogh to Kandinsky exhibit at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. I felt inspired by the works of Brendan O’Sé “People Looking at Art” and Mark Fearnley “Focusing on Art”.

The museum was mobbed. It was a bad idea to go during the holiday season. The place was so crowded, you could barely move, let alone take a decent shot. Plus when I got home, I found that most of my shots were too out of focus for my liking. This one I felt was the only acceptable one.

I plan on going back, on a far quitter day.

14/365 - Live And Learn

13/365 – Sometimes Perfect Is The Enemy Of Good

Someone I love often says these words to me. I tend to be a little bit of a perfectionist, and of course, I have never gotten perfection. I am learning just that through this project; perfect is the enemy of good.

I had already decided yesterday what I would shoot for today’s post, but I would have liked it to be a little better. In the end, I like it, it think it’s good, and it’s okay to have good.

13/365-Sometimes Perfect Is The Enemy Of Good

12/365 – Trees In Motion

                                                          

“Sharpness is a bourgeois concept.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

As I said yesterday, being in the country forces me to get creative. We are literally in the middle of nowhere here, other than wildlife that you see once in a while, there is no action.

I woke up early, the sky was very dark with clouds rolling. I went outside and started shooting. Looking around at my environment, which I have been seeing for 18 years, I tried to see things as if for the first time. Then I had an idea: ICM (intentional camera movement) to photograph the trees around me, it might produce something interesting. What a pleasure I had, hope you like it too.

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11/365 – Flicker

Whenever I travel, I always find myself so inspired to take pictures. It makes sense; everything around me is new and stimulating. When I get back home, on a day-to-day basis, it can be quite difficult to see things with a new eye and find the inspiration that keeps me going while traveling. I find it especially trying in the country where everything is so quiet. Being in the country forces me to be creative.

Hopefully this project, will teach me to look at the mundane things in life with added interest and curiosity.

Bare with me, it’s a work in progress.

Where there is light, there is hope.

11/365 - Flicker

 

 

10/365 – Not A Cheat

I thought long and hard before starting this project. I was actually petrified by it. The commitment is huge for me. The pressure of shooting everyday felt heavy. Only ten days into it (yes double digits today), I am realizing that the tough part is not so much to shoot everyday, but getting an image I like and want to share with you from that bunch. Some days, you get nothing; nothing worthy of sharing with others. What do you do then? Do you show your most acceptable but not  satisfying image or do you allow yourself a cheat day?

 

I made the decision at the start of this project that I would allow myself 10-cheat day during the 365. By a cheat, I mean a photo that was taken at a prior time, a week, 7 months, 3 years ago, that I would rather show then any of the ones I took on the day of the post. Ten is not a lot in one year; I have to use them wisely.

 

In the midst of writing this, I started to fool around with my iPhone and the reflections coming from the lens of my DSLR. I thought this might be more fun then the most acceptable but boring, not so great photo of the day (see below), I like the spontaneity of it and it saves me from using one of my precious “cheats” after only 10 days.

I would love your thoughts on this.

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10/365 - Not A Cheat

8/365 – Urban Wetland; Early Morning Version

We have a dog. Since we live in the city, the dog has to be walked a few times a day. My time slot is the early morning walk. That being said, I am the only one with a designated time slot.

I’m an early riser and I love to get out in the morning, when the sun has not quite risen and the city is still asleep or barely waking-up. I find that moment peaceful and energizing for the day ahead. It’s a time for my dog and I that oddly I cherish.

8/365-Urban Wetland; Early Morning Version

7/365 – Urban Wetland

I could not help it I did it again! Because any sad, grey day is embellish and a little livelier with the use of natural filters. Since the weather forecast is calling for lots of rain in the next two days, you might see some more of these.

Excuse me as I am still figuring out how to properly use all the features of the blog. So here is a full version of today’s photo.

7/365 - Urban Wetland

6/365 – Wishing You A Macro Christmas

I wanted to create a Christmas image that would not be too tacky or catchy. How to go about it I wondered? When in doubt, I turn to my beloved macro lens. My macro lens was the first one I bought. I am always fascinated by the details revealed through it. You suddenly see things that the naked eye would not be able to see. This image is not necessarily representative of that but I just love the magnifying effect. During this project, I will try at some point to bring you images to demonstrate the wonders of this lens.

6/365 - Wishing You A Macro Christmas