Recent participation in some photography forums has piqued an interest in doing a Project 365. Photography has been a hobby on and off for over 40 years and in the last 18 months my interest has intensified. So I've decided to jump in, give it a shot (no pun intended) and see if I can shoot every day for a year.

My expectations for this project are that it will provide motivation to expand my skills both behind the camera and in post-processing and provide a vehicle for experimentation. My photog pal Doug has been a great mentor, so I want to publicly say thanks; this is your fault (kidding of course).

It is going to be a learning experience, so any and all comments, critiques and encouraging words are welcome.

Thanks for viewing.


Sunday, February 28, 2010


2/28/10 - Day 72
...is flying off to a warm climate! Cousin Leenie answers today's Daily Shoot assignment of "Make a photo that invokes or communicates happiness to the viewer. Make 'em feel it, not just see it!"  Trust me, she's happy.

Saturday, February 27, 2010


2/27/10 - Day 71
Another haircut today; 56 days since my last one.  See Day 15 for the first shot in this series.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Light Trails: Over the RR Tracks

2/26/10 - Day 70
Wanted to try shooting something different today.  Lin and I went out to dinner...she drove and I shot.  This image was taken going over a set of railroad tracks during the exposure.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Reflections of Negative Space

2/25/10 - Day 69
Today's Daily Shoot assignment is: "Negative space can be just as important to a composition as your primary subject.  Explore negative space in a photograph."

What is the primary subject - the reflective glass curtainwall or the reflected buildings?  What is the negative space - the reflected buildings or the sky between them?  I think it can be interpreted several ways.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Morning Stroll

2/24/10 - Day 68
Noon flight back to Chicago, so while my colleagues went skiing, I just hung out at the apartment until leaving for the airport.  Standing out on the balcony, I saw this couple strolling in the solitude of the snow-covered landscape.  Caught the image with the 18-200mm fully extended.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Alpine Shadows

2/23/10 - Day 67
Riding the Alpine Springs chairlift on a picture perfect day, this tree and shadow image unfolded quickly.  Fortunately, it was a long lift ride and I had the camera at the ready.

Monday, February 22, 2010


2/22/10 - Day 66
Not really a wipeout.  Last run of the day and my legs were shot.  So I laid down in the snow and framed the sun with my skis.  Taking this photo was a great excuse for a rest.

Sunday, February 21, 2010


2/21/10 - Day 65
Lucky to get into Snowmass today as visibility at Aspen Airport fluctuated greatly.  Riding the chairlift with Marshall & Randy; hard to tell from the image, but it snowed all afternoon.  Check out the "Runner-up" photo at my Smugmug site.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Ice Dam or Damn Ice?

2/20/10 - Day 64
Snow this past week, some light snow this morning and then melting caused the ice to build up at the gutter.  This image was shot and processed in color...it was really a dreary, gray day.  Also, fulfills the Daily Shoot assignment of filling the frame.

Friday, February 19, 2010


2/19/10 - Day 63
Today I committed to a summer ride from Wyoming to South Dakota with my Cyclopath buddies.  As such, intensity of the friendship with my Trek will dramatically increase as spring arrives.  426 miles over 6 days of riding will most definitely be a challenge.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Two Months Down

2/18/10 - Day 62
Tomorrow will be a difficult day to shoot so I decided to do the "start of month" self-portrait one day early.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

ORD at 10

2/17/10 - Day 61
Landing at O'Hare tonight, I was very surprised at how deserted the United terminal was.  Rarely having the opportunity to see it so empty, I placed the camera on the floor near the center of Terminal C to get this shot back toward the gates.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The Taper

2/16/10 - Day 60
My plan today was to shoot at one of our construction sites.  This just happened to coincide with the Daily Shoot assignment.  It's great when that happens!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Fog Layer

2/15/10 - Day 59
In all the years I've been flying into SFO, the fog layer has never been this low.  This image is the of the San Mateo Bridge peeking through the clouds while on approach.  We were in the clouds until seconds before touchdown.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Valentine's Day

2/14/10 - Day 58
My answer to the Daily Shoot Valentine's Day challenge "What is love?  Make an interpretive photo."

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Needle & Thread

2/13/10 - Day 57
Approximately every week for umpteen years, we have taken our dry cleaning to Village Cleaners in Buffalo Grove.  Today, when picking up the cleaning, I asked to take a few shots of the sewing machines and conveyor racks.  I like this one the best but also see my Smugmug site for a shot of the conveyor.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Film vs. Digital

2/12/10 - Day 56
The Daily Shoot assignment today was to make a photo that goes with the title of a book you've read.  Since the only book I've read lately is Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac, I thought an "anti-shot" with my old film camera would be interesting.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Daily Commute

2/11/10 - Day 55
Daily commute for the Daily Shoot.  Assignment today was for a "wide" shot so I took a fisheye view of the Kennedy Expressway on the way home from a late partners' meeting.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010


2/10/10 - Day 54
This shot was taken just after midnight during the snowstorm which was the subject of yesterday's posting.  I shot this through a sliding glass door, the abstract pattern created by an outdoor light fixture and melted snowflakes on the glass.  See my Runner-ups gallery at Smugmug for an additional shot in this series.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Beautiful Sight

2/9/10 - Day 53
With heavy snow all day long, I figured the weather would be the theme of today's image.  The Daily Shoot assignment today was to make a photo of something "beautiful".   I've combined both since this was a beautiful sight in the parking lot at the train station.  

Monday, February 8, 2010


2/8/10 - Day 52
Today's Daily Shoot assignment.  Remember these guys from the '70s?

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Three Image Story

2/7/10 - Day 51
Today's Daily Shoot asked for 3 images that tell a story, and to make a set of photos that go together. Two challenges were coming up with the story and then putting the images together in PSE.

Saturday, February 6, 2010


2/6/10 - Day 50
Inspired by today's Daily Shoot assignment, a shot that creates a sense of movement with curves, I searched around the house for something that would work.  Spaghetti noodles, a ball point pen spring...anything.  Not until I took a load out of the washing machine, did I realize the circular interior and perforated drum coupled with the fisheye lens just might work.

Friday, February 5, 2010

A Peek into the Past?

2/5/10 - Day 49
Perhaps, except the highrise buildings give it away.  I took this shot leaving San Francisco this morning.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Wind Sculpture

2/4/10 - Day 48
Public art commissioned for one of our completed development projects in the Bay Area.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Jailbreak 2?

2/3/10 - Day 47
Nope.  Just some exterior stud wall construction going on at one of my project sites.  See Day 18 for an earlier image in the Jailbreak series.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Approach into SFO

2/2/10 - Day 46
A window seat almost always yields a Project 365 photo.  Glancing out the window, I saw the plane on parallel approach and knew this would be today's shot.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Construction Zone

2/1/10 - Day 45
Jackson Street reconstruction at the Chicago River.  Orange cones and signage for today's Daily Shoot assignment.