In which I ponder photos

You may or many not remember that I found a few photo challenges almost two months ago. I purposed to participate by taking one photo a day of anything I desired. While setting about finding interesting things to take photos of, I would attempt to follow an alphabet challenge, changing letters every two weeks or so as well as attempting to capture color schemes that changed every two months. It comes as no big surprise that my interest is waning. More because I have limited subject matter due to gas prices rising beyond belief. I have intentions of spending an afternoon in downtown GR, but that would only serve one day/one photo. I can alter the challenge and include them in the color or alphabet if applicable. There are a few surrounding towns that may have interesting architecture, parks, and what-not, but I have to plan that as I don’t want to waste gas. A few weeks ago I fairly well ran out of ideas and finally failed to capture a photo for a given day which then dragged into a few days, possibly a week or so. In reading blogs/posts of others participating, I am not alone in this, however, they have completed almost 5 months of photos, not less than two. Such is life. I am still taking photos, just several a day and not everyday. I downloaded and cropped all the photos I have been hording, you can check them out here. This weekend I’ll sort them into the other two categories, ABC-along and PS3.0.

Today, snow falls

tree

day one

As I contemplated a photo to take today, the fine white precipitation on the other side of the window caught my eye. I spent about a half hour and 84 pictures exploring. I deleted over half, my goal is to observe my surroundings more and deeper. I shall let the images I choose show my progress to that end.

I am thankful to have two months to complete the next mosaic, earth. I present fire: reds, oranges, and pinks; completed in a day. I believe the overall idea is that it should pertain to your craft and you may take as many or few photos necessary to document it. This mosaic I will not offer an immediate explanation of each photo and how it relates to craft, you may speculate, guess, or chalk it up to weirdness on my part.

fire mosaic

. . . out like a lamb

I’ve updated this blog to WordPress 2.5. The upgrade is mostly behind the scenes on the admin panel and back-end clunkiness. It will take a little time to get used to where things have moved to back here where I type, but that will come. I have some concern about the plug-ins I use to show various and sundry coolie things in the sidebars. Time will bear out whether I lose functionality. So far, the only oddity I have noticed is one preexisting draft, an unpublished post. The date on it flipped from sometime this year to 1969. I don’t know what controls that or interacts with it. I could disable all the plug-ins and see if it rights itself.

On one of my favorite yarny sites, I have been hunting various groups that deal with the topic of blogging and found several new ones to lurk. Among the groups I joined today are an organizing your blog one, and three that deal with photography.

My blog is not disorganized nor is it organized. Each week I seem to blog a new topic, add a new category and reorder old posts to accommodate the new plan. I’m afraid that it will take me some time to figure out when I will stop changing it because it finally fits my purpose.

I do not fool myself into thinking that I am professional. I don’t have that unique sense that tells me when I see a perfect picture from the perfect angle. Instead, I take pictures of what strikes me from odd, often misunderstood angle. One group encourages each of us to take a photo a day, similar to the blog post a day. The other group sets a color palette over a two month span and encourages us to knit, draw, create, stumble upon and group photos that fit the palette. I am thinking that I can combine the two, take photos every day for a year, and group the photos by colors in the spectrum. The decision to make is put photographs here or start a new one. I will contemplate it until morning and decide tomorrow what to do. The last is an abc-along, take one picture every two weeks that represents the required letter of the alphabet. I cannot officially join as sign-up is over for 2008, but it may fit in to my schedule of one picture every day of a given color group and of a letter once every two weeks. At the end of every month, the 365ers put all the photos together in one graphic, or mosaic, which looks incredibly cool. If I can remember the self-imposed boundaries I will derive some enjoyment from this task. If I am unable to keep up, I will modify the requirements as I go.

I received my order of photos on Thursday or Friday from winkflash. I have to say that so far I am impressed with quality and service. That being said, I am ready to start our wedding scrapbook.