Project 365: Week 53

Week 53: the final week! This year’s project has been full of highs and lows – true to myself, there have been some very high highs and some very low lows.  My photography has come a long way, not just in terms of the end results but in terms of vision, planning, and shooting.

I will not be doing another 365 project next this year (I was so relieved not to have to scrape up another photo for today!) – but maybe a 52 week project? I’ll see how the next couple of weeks go before I make a decision.  Either way, I need a break first!

Without further ado, here are my final four images from 2015.

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Monday, 28 December

Stalker – I took this during a morning at De Wildt Cheetah Centre with my family.  The lighting was terrible; the harsh mid-morning sun shining through leaves produced a dappled mix of shadow and highlights.  I decided the only thing for it was to blow the highlights completely and produce a high-key image.

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Tuesday, 29 December

Christmas teddy – As part of our Christmas gifts my brother brought home a few mini lego puzzles (and when I say mini, I mean painfully, teeth-gnashingly small), including this one.  I lit this little Christmas teddy bear with very harsh side-flash, thinking the various tiers and textures would make an interesting high-contrast image.  I increased the warm tones in Lightroom afterwards, in an attempt to make the image slightly cosier, reminiscent of a childhood Christmas Eve – a toy lying silent on the bedroom floor, lit only by light spilling in through the barely ajar door, awaiting a sleeping master. (Ok, so maybe I got a bit carried away with that visualisation.  Blame it on the amount of exercise my right brain got while assembling the Lego.)

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Wednesday, 30 December

Retrospective – This is my brother, who after much bartering agreed to pose for me.  Before I go into the technical aspects of this shot, I have to say that I absolutely love this photo; it came out even better than I imagined; the light, pose, beard, eyes, crop – everything as I wanted.  I lit the image with my flash, through an umbrella, from directly at camera-left.

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Thursday, 31 December

Radiation – This ended up being a bit of a disappointment, as far as grand finales go, but it’ll do.  I used the radiating lines of the intersecting petals to create a more interesting composition.

Happy New Year! Thank you so much to everyone who has stuck by me over the course 2015.  I’d love to hear your thoughts on my images, and on the project as a whole.

Have any of you undertaken your own 365 project? If so, how do you feel it has changed your photography?

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