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.


Tuesday, August 31, 2010


8/31/10 - Day 256
Got today's Daily Shoot assignment #289 done early: "Illustrate your local weather today with a photo. Rain or shine. Cloudy or clear. Communicate what it's like to the world."  [processed in Photogene on the iPad]

Monday, August 30, 2010

Cold Diagonal

8/30/10 - Day 255
After not shooting yesterday's Daily Shoot assignment on "cold", I was determined to capture two assignments today, #287 and #288, in the same shot.  Using the light painting inspiration from Crow, I pulled out the ice drawer from the freezer, threw in some glow sticks and shot away.  As predicted, it took about 50 shots to get a good one (IMHO).

Sunday, August 29, 2010


8/29/10 - Day 254
Every cyclist's nightmare.  Shot this after a nice 40 mile mountain bike ride today for this week's MacroMondays theme of "Danger".

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Twisted Blinds

8/28/10 - Day 253
Tended towards shooting venetian blinds today for the Daily Shoot #286: "Use repetition to create an interesting photograph today. Grids, patterns, or a series of lines will all do the trick."  First I shot the blinds in the bedroom when the sun shining through this morning woke me up.   Then, reviewing some older posts from DS friends, I was reminded of the multi-exposure technique (thanks Remek) and thought that would make an interesting composition using the blinds.  Converted to b/w to emphasize the geometry rather than the actual subject matter.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Circle Over Chicago

8/27/10 - Day 252
Circled over the city today on approach to O'Hare.  Couldn't quite get Sears Tower and the Hancock Building all in the frame.  However, this still qualifies for Daily Shoot #151: "Every town, village, or city has distinguishing icons and landmarks. Make a photo of one wherever you are today."  Working on catching up some older assignments.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

A Two-fer

8/26/10 - Day 251
I've fallen behind on the Daily Shoot so am using today's shot for two assignments; #283: "Make a photo of a tool today. Screwdriver. Pliers. Computer.  What's the tool you find most important on a daily basis?" and #284: "Make a photograph with soft light today.  Try to almost totally eliminate shadows on your subject."

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


8/25/10 - Day 250
The Giants lost a heartbreaker today to the Reds in 12 innings.  Nonetheless, it was a beautiful day at AT&T Park.

Lantern on the Deck

8/24/10 - Day 249
Another evening working down that wine stash from last night's P365 shot.  After a couple glasses of wine, this lantern was looking pretty interesting.  Shot for today's Daily Shoot #282: "Make a low key photo today with lots of dark areas.  You might need to use exposure compensation to make it work."

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

12 Guys & 2 Days

8/23/10 - Day 248
There's a lot of work to do to get through this stash.  I think we'll make it.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Glass from Above or Below?

8/22/10 - Day 247
I didn't see the optical illusion in this image in the camera, only after looking on screen.  Shot for today's Daily Shoot #280: "Make a photograph of something made out of glass.  Be sure to go for interesting reflections or highlights." To see another version, check out my Flickr photostream.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Hole in the Grass to the Sky

8/21/10 - Day 246
There are many days when it is tough to get one shot, but today I had the opportunity for two. I used this shot for today's Daily Shoot assignment #279: "Make a photograph from a high point of view. Get on top of a building, use a ladder, or just look down at a small object."  Thought it was a cool image so decided to upload to P365 as well.


8/21/10 - Day 246
Two days late for the monthly self-portrait. On the way to get a haircut.

Sent from my iPad using Photogene

Friday, August 20, 2010

A Bunch of New Stuff

8/20/10 - Day 245
Tried a whole bunch of new stuff tonight while shooting today's Daily Shoot assignment #278: "Make a photograph with a shallow depth of field today. Get in close if you need to force it with the lens you have."

First, I used my 50mm f1.8 with a reversing ring for the shallow DoF.
Second, I transferred the images from camera to iPad using the camera connection kit.
Third, I processed the image in an excellent iPad photo app called Photogene.  No processing in Lightroom.
Lastly, I transferred the processed image back to computer for exporting through Lightroom.

I could have posted the image directly from the iPad, but wanted to see if the EXIF metadata transferred into Lightroom...it didn't.  That is the one serious downfall of working with photos on the iPad.  If anyone out there has a metadata solution for the iPad, please let me know!

Thursday, August 19, 2010


8/19/10 - Day 244
Dinner tonight in San Francisco with colleagues and friends at Live, my all time favorite sushi place. Had to work quick to get a shot of the last remnants of grilled squid. Outstanding! Shot for today's Daily Shoot #277: "Make a photograph of something you eat today. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snack. Make it look tasty."

Natural light and SOOC except for crop and a little sharpening.

Set Sail

8/18/10 - Day 243
PMA Chicago summer outing was sailing on Lake Michigan.  Beautiful day with light winds.  Departed from Burnham Harbor, sailed north to almost Navy Pier and then returned.  Some great photo ops...this is just one of several.  Check back on the blog for a link to other skyline and sailing shots.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Keepin' It Green

8/17/10 - Day 242
Leaving for the train this morning, I saw glistening in the grass from the underground sprinklers doing their job. Got this shot off before getting soaked. Also works for a Daily Shoot catch-up shot - assignment #30: "Let's try another color theme, this time make it green: green sleeves, green with envy, green eggs and ham, you name it!"

Monday, August 16, 2010


8/16/10 - Day 241 Today's Daily Shoot assignment #274 was: "Make a photograph of a plant today.  It can be a small one in a pot, a big one in the park, or a tree in a forest."  I didn't want to do a simple plant shot and thought I'd experiment with zoom blur and remote, rear curtain flash all in one image.

Sunday, August 15, 2010


8/15/10 - Day 240
Took this shot standing in the shadow of a great pyramid for today's Daily Shoot assignment #273: "Make a photograph using hard light today.  Feature the crisp and strong shadows as a major element of your photograph."  Too bad the pyramid was the roofline of our house.

Saturday, August 14, 2010


8/14/10 - Day 239
This shot is serving multiple purposes; 1) today's P365 image, 2) a catch-up shot for Daily Shoot assignment #18, and 3) Monday's submission for MacroMonday - theme "Childhood Memories".   Can anybody guess what this is?

Friday, August 13, 2010

Homeward Bound

8/13/10 - Day 238
On the way home from San Diego I was able to shoot wide for today's Daily Shoot assignment #271: "Make a photograph using wide focal length. Zoom or prime or iPhone cameras all qualify for going wide today."  I am so used to zooming in on my aerial shots, this assignment forced me to stay wide and compose an expansive shot.

Thursday, August 12, 2010


8/12/10 - Day 237
Toured one of our completed projects today in San Diego, the County Medical Examiner building. I shot an image of the facade in response to today's Daily Shoot assignment #270: "Find a repeating pattern and make a photo of it today."

Lower Left Two-Thirds

8/11/10 - Day 236
An art display at SFO provided the opportunity to shoot today's Daily Shoot assignment #269: "Make a photograph that uses the rule of thirds composition in a very obvious way and post it."

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The Glass is Always Greener...

8/10/10 - Day 235
..if the sun is shining, but this shot was taken on a cloudy evening.  Pushed the green in post processing for today's Daily Shoot #268: "Today's color is green. Make a photo of a green subject today and post it."

Monday, August 9, 2010

"X" Marks the Spot

8/9/10 - Day 234
I see this building from my office window and knew early in the day that I found my triangles for today's Daily Shoot #267.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Circle of Life

8/8/10 - Day 233
Today's Daily Shoot assignment #266 was: "Challenge: Sympathy can be difficult to express in words. Make an image suitable for the cover of a condolence card."   Old growth and new growth.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Hangin' Out to Dry

8/7/10 - Day 232
Got up too late to ride today so Lin and I went to Arlington Lakes and did a 4 mile walk/run interval circuit around the lake.  By perfect coincidence, today's Daily Shoot assignment #265 was: "Visit a park today--national, amusement, playground--and make a photo of something that catches your eye."

Friday, August 6, 2010

28 Legs

8/6/10 - Day 231
Today's Daily Shoot assignment #264 was: "Insects are everywhere.  Photograph a bug in your environment (no spiders - they're arachnids)."  They say timing is everything...this guy was waiting for me when I got home.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Under the Weeping Willow

8/5/10 - Day 230
On the back nine at Stanford University Golf Course stands this mighty weeping willow tree.  I hit my ball right into it...and discovered the photo op when searching.

Gourmet Dining

8/4/10 - Day 229
Late night at the office; dinner in the hotel room. Ugh!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Bug's Eye View

8/3/10 - Day 228
Well, a tall bug anyway. Today's Daily Shoot #261 was: "How does your garden grow? Make a photo of something growing in your or someone else's garden today." I'm traveling this week so my garden consists of parking lot plantings.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Under Repair

8/2/10 - Day 227
Running an errand this afternoon, I noticed the Congress Parkway bridge undergoing repair.  I liked the contrast between the "lacy" scaffolding and "bold" bridge structure.  Went back out later with my camera and framed this shot.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Fire Runner

8/1/10 - Day 226
I love shooting fire and trying to find images in the flames after the fact.  Check out my Flickr set of fire shots.