Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Day One of the Daily Shoot - Santa's Hat

I'm beginning the 365 shots in 365 days today as a way to push myself to grow as a photographer. Today's challenge was to shoot wide open today. Make a creative photo that uses a shallow depth of field to good effect.


As I walked around Marina Dunes RV Park (Marina, California) today, I saw that some of the RVers had put up Christmas decorations. The Santa hat on a rear-view mirror is one of my favorites. But do you think that I was successful in using a shallow depth of field to good effect?


(Shot at f/4.5, 1/180 sec., ISO 200, 70 mm)

5 comments:

ilachina said...

Good luck on your new project (nice start). Though you are pursuing this venture (as you say) with an eye toward developing your photography (and you will, of course, since such a commitment can only refine your already fine skills), I suspect the deepest insight you will gain (and only begin to glimpse a few weeks, maybe *months* into the project...) is a re-examination of who *you* are (as a person, as a creative spirit). Ultimately that is what *photography* is about, after the "learning to get the best shot" stuff has been moved aside. You will begin to appreciate not the *individual* images (which will all improve as time goes on, and you learn new ever-more-technical aspects of your craft), but also the *story* they - collectively - are telling *you* about yourself (which you could not have fathomed in any otehr way except by doing exactly what you've set out to do!). So Kudos to you...it will not be a "simple" journey, and you will be tempted to stop (do not give in); but the reward in the end will be a rediscovery of self! Good luck on your journey! I look forward to seeing your discoveries.

BIGDAWG AND FREEWAY* said...

nice work on the Santa hat!..sometimes it will be easy and other days more difficult but you can do it..only 364 more to go!

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

Happy Day 1 of your 365, cute dog !
Will be supporting you daily in your challenge ...

greygirl25 said...

Your Santa hat is adorable.

Good for you for starting the 365 project. Although I have had my moments and wondered what I was going to do for the day, for the most part I have loved the project and have learned so much.

I'll be here to help you keep the momentum going. In fact, even though my project is about to end, I'm going to go again for another year.

RuneE said...

You have set yourself high goals, and rightly so. I ought to do the same, only I don't think I would be able to manage one every day. The first comment says most of the relevant and important things regarding such a project and I have little to add to that. You are off to a good start and have caught three of the important things for a Christmas card - red, white and green. If I should add anything for this one it would be a bit of "burning" on the highlight of the background and the white shoulder of Santa.