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Personal Project Udate

I’m working on a few personal projects just to keep my creative juices flowing. I love the craft of photography and I love the fact that there is always something to work on and to learn. One of the things that I’m doing is to give myself assignments and working though them just as if they were a real job. This gives me the control of what I want to work on for at least part of the day, but also takes out all the excuses and procrastination that can happen with personal work.

I’m currently working on two “assigments”. The first is my 365 iPhone Project. An iPhone photo a day for a year. You can see them on my Tumblr site or at my Flickr site. I will update the blog on those at a later time.

The other one is my Project 50. I’ve recently met (though the internet and Twitter) a bunch of photographers who have been doing this for a while. Basically it is a 50 day project, taking photos only with your 50 mm lens. I added in the angle that I was going to do this with faces. For those non-photographers who are reading this, the 50mm lense is the lense that makes things look basically the way you see them. It is not a telephoto or a wide angle and is what is called a “prime lense”. It does not zoom in our out. If you want to get closer to your subject, you have to use your feet.

I’m now on the second week of the work, you can see the daily updates if you want by clicking the “Latest Works” link at the top of this page. I’ll also include the first 14 shots here.

It has been fun. Some strangers, some family members, some people I see every day but really don’t know and some co-workers. I’ve had to convince people to sit for me, I’ve been yelled at, I’ve been called crazy, and one guy threatened to punch me, but it turns out he was just joking. I don’t know what is coming over the next few weeks, but it will be fun to find out.

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