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, October 31, 2010


10/31/10 - Day 317
It was a great 45 mile, 3 county bike ride today on the Fox River Trail and Illinois Prairie Path.  A little (ok, a lot) out of our way due to some trail closures, we found ourselves riding through the town of West Chicago.  For us Chicago natives, the faded Rexall sign brought back lots of memories.  Rexall, back in the day, was a prevalent drug store name.  Haven't seen one of these signs in many, many years.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Paul Simon

10/30/10 - Day 316
Back onto shooting of song titles (without SymmetriCam). At the request of a Flickr friend, I am not going to give the answer here and will post it to my Flickr photostream later today or tomorrow if no one get it.

I already posted a shot this morning for today's Daily Shoot #349: "Today, let's illustrate the emotion of being happy. Make a photograph that represents happiness to you." However, this shot also satisfies the assignment. When Lin is happy, I am happy.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Chucky's Cousin

10/29/10 - Day 315
Returning home this evening, I was able to fulfill today's Daily Shoot #348: "Make a photograph with compositional elements that mimic a face. No real human faces!" Neon lights above the walkway between the B & C terminals at O'Hare taken with SymmetriCam. I promise, no more of these shots this weekend.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Public Art x 4

10/28/10 - Day 314
Today's Daily Shoot #347 just screamed once again for going to the SymmetriCam on my smart phone: "Make a photograph today that has a strongly centered composition."  The subject was selected based on a request from my Flickr friend @muffett68 to see more of the sculpture and building shown in yesterday's post.

This sculpture is a custom designed water feature for a 3 building campus project we completed about two years ago.  Providing public art was part of the requirements necessary to obtain the municipal entitlements.

Check out my Flickr set on SymmetriCam shots for more images using this sculpture.


10/27/10 - Day 313
Pinching the moon in response to today's Daily Shoot assignment #346: "Reaching up, reaching for, reaching out, or reaching in. Show the action of reaching in a photograph today." Another shot from the camera phone.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


10/26/10 - Day 312
Right before leaving my San Francisco office, I saw the Daily Shoot assignment #345: "Make a photograph today where vertical elements or lines dominate the scene." After a site visit in Hayward, I realized the vertical expression of the San Mateo Bridge light poles was as good as it was going to get today. Shot using FxCamera on my Android phone.

Monday, October 25, 2010


10/25/10 - Day 311
Another image for the song set in Project 365.  A little obtuse this one is.

Thick as a Brick - Jethro Tull

Sunday, October 24, 2010


10/24/10 - Day 310
Continuing with the song set, this image also represents a track from the White Album. A little hokey, but...

Happiness is a Warm Gun

Saturday, October 23, 2010


10/23/10 - Day 309
As suggested by one of my Flickr friends, more images for the "song set" as part of my P365.   This one is from the Beatles' White Album.  Should be pretty obvious. Yep, Glass Onion.

Also going to submit for Daily Shoot #342: "Plastic is everywhere. Make a photograph that illustrates a use of plastic in your life today." It's a stretch, but song --> records --> vinyl --> PLASTIC.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Rolling Stones...

10/22/10 - Day 308
did the song, Time Is On My Side. Inspired by today's Daily Shoot assignment #341: "Illustrate the idea of time in a photograph today.  Be as literal or abstract as you want to be with your interpretation."

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Doing Battle

10/21/10 - Day 307
Taken in support of friends and family battling cancer.  Inspired by today's Daily Shoot #340: "October is breast cancer awareness month.  Make a photo of something pink to support the cause."

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Hand Made

10/20/10 - Day 306
Shot for today's Daily Shoot assignment #339: "Double your art today.  Make a photo of something you've created or crafted."  Truth be told, I did not make the rug in this image.  It was hand made about 80-100 years ago by the Yamut tribe located in Turkmenistan (Central Asia and formerly part of the Soviet Union).  It's one of the goodies we bought when in Istanbul.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Last Swings

10/19/10 - Day 305
Lin was sleeping after hand surgery today so thought I'd get in today's shot; a self-portrait since today is the 10 month anniversary of starting P365. Golf ball's eye view of the last swings of the year.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Almost a Sphere

10/18/10 - Day 304
Still a few days away for the full moon. Shot for today's Daily Shoot assignment #337: "Make a photograph of a curved line or spherical surface today."

Sunday, October 17, 2010

3 Point Spread

10/17/10 - Day 303
After a 40 mile bike ride this morning, I took a nap and woke up to the Bears being down by 3 points at the end of the 3rd quarter.  While not pleased with that statistic, it did provide an opportunity for today's Daily Shoot assignment #336: "Make a photograph of three items arranged in a composition that pleases you."

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Seven Bucks

10/16/10 - Day 302
This is NOT a commentary on the Turkish economy, which seemed very robust when we were in Istanbul.  Rather, just playing around with a leftover 5 TL bill while importing some images to Lightroom, I was able to get it to stand on edge with very little bend.  Using the multiple exposure function, I thought edge and flat would make an interesting composition.  Taken for today's Daily Shoot #335: "Make a photograph of an edge of something today. The edge of a knife, the waters edge, or some other edge."

Friday, October 15, 2010

Ready, Aim, Fire

10/15/10 - Day 301
How many times were you caught doing this as a kid?  For me, plenty.  Taken for today's Daily Shoot #334: "Illustrate the act or emotion of tension in a photograph today."

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Newport Music Hall

10/14/10 - Day 300
My son's band, Shank Bone (shankbonemusic.com), was the opening act tonight at Newport Music Hall in Columbus, Ohio. This venue is the largest and most famous they've played to date. I was not going to miss it. Shank Bone did not disappoint and I was a proud pop. BTW, my son is the drummer.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Bottoms Up

10/13/10 - Day 299
Shot for today's Daily Shoot #332: "Think upside down & really change your view point. Make a photo where you or your subject is upside down. (@PrimalPhil)"

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Double Take

10/12/10 - Day 298
I've flown out of O'Hare hundreds of times and never noticed this sign before. I can't imagine what this area of the airport looks like but have a pretty good idea what it smells like!

Monday, October 11, 2010

What Does It All Mean?

10/11/10 - Day 297
Suffering major jet lag today. I thought one good night's sleep would overcome it...wrong! As such, didn't want to spend a lot of time tonight so I just shot one of the Turkish rugs we brought home from Istanbul. We're still learning the meaning of all the symbols.  Also posted for Daily Shoot #330: "red".

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Sad Çikiş

10/10/10 - Day 296
After two wonderful weeks in Greece & Istanbul, time to return home. We were sad to leave; Hydra, Athens, Santorini and Istanbul are all amazing places that were coupled with memorable people experiences.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Special Delivery

10/9/10 - Day 295
Today we went to a section of Istanbul called Kadikoy which is located on the Asian continent. The open market there was incredible, with all the locals doing their grocery and other shopping. This delivery guy with basket on back, was scouting for customers.

Friday, October 8, 2010


10/8/10 - Day 294
Yesterday I mentioned the amount of retail/shopping there is in Istanbul. Today we experienced throngs of people shopping like never before. Makes a shopping mall at Christmas back home seem like a ghost town. This image is taken in the Grand Bazaar, a rabbit warren of 4000 shops, all indoors. Not even Lin could scratch the surface. Truly an assault on the senses.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

New District Watercolor

10/7/10 - Day 293
Notwithstanding the rain and chill, we covered a lot of ground today. We absolutely love Istanbul...a frenetic city with wonderful, warm people, great inexpensive food, and more retail than one could ever imagine. This image was taken in the rain on Istiklal Street, a main shopping/strolling drag in the New District.

For the technical-minded, this is SOOC.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


10/6/10 - Day 292
We hired a private tour guide today to take us through some of the major Istanbul sights. This image is of the Hagia Sophia, started in 532 A.D. and finished in 537 A.D., which for c. 900 years served as the "eastern Vatican". With the Ottoman takeover, it was converted to Istanbul's most important mosque for c. 500 years. For the last 80 years, it has served as a museum.

While not in the greatest condition, it is an impressive space of amazing scale. It is said that the Statue of Liberty (sans torch) could fit inside the dome.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Fira Morning

10/5/10 - Day 291
Regretably, today was our last day in Santorini. A leisurely breakfast, from which this shot was taken back towards our hotel, followed by a short walk to a previously visited ceramics gallery (which will be the subject of future Flickr postings).

We would love to return to this paradise someday.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Sunset Sail

10/4/10 - Day 290
We went to the very tip of the island, to a town called Oia, for the sunset. This location provides a very different perspective than in Fira where we were staying. While shooting the sunset, I spotted this sailboat cruising the bay and liked the way the low sun illuminated the sails.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Stairway to the Sky

10/3/10 - Day 289
Climbed up to the remains of Ancient Thera today. This short stairway, dated from the 2nd century B.C., provided another amazing view.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Never Gets Old (Redux)

10/2/10 - Day 288
Santorini sunset from the balcony of our hotel, which is built into the side of the volcano. View is across the caldera.

Friday, October 1, 2010

5000 Years Old

10/1/10 - Day 287
Today was dominated by a visit to the National Archeological Museum. There are thousands of artifacts that have been found, researched and displayed here, the earliest dating back to 7000 B.C. This Cycladic figurine dates back to c. 3000 B.C.