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, November 30, 2010


11/30/10 - Day 347
I don't know if this bridge in Boston, designed by Calatrava, follows the Golden Ratio (Daily Shoot #380), but it is one beautiful piece of architecture and engineering.  Taken this evening on the way to Logan Airport for my flight back to Chicago.

Monday, November 29, 2010

These Aren't Working

11/29/10 - Day 346
Shot for today's Daily Shoot #379: "Illustrate what the word vision means to you. Either be literal or interpret it broadly and artistically." Reminds me that I probably need a prescription check.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Willie Nelson (and Canned Heat)

11/28/10 - Day 345
As our son was readying to head for Columbus after visiting over the Thanksgiving holiday, this song came to mind. I got a shot off as he waved so long.

Guess the song title.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Road's Eye View

11/27/10 - Day 344
Pulled out the fisheye lens for today's Daily Shoot assignment #377: "Go for an unusual point of view and make a photograph that can only be made from that viewpoint."

Friday, November 26, 2010

Productive Day...

11/26/10 - Day 343
..for the boys, less so for me.

Taken for the Daily Shoot #376: "Containers, boxes, and packages.  Make a photo with one or more as a subject and illustrate what they mean to you."


11/25/10 - Day 342
Thanksgiving is the one day of the year where all the kids are in town and the whole family is together. There is a lot of picture taking going on so we can remember the occasion.

Shot for Daily Shoot #375: "Make a photograph today that documents your family or conveys how you think of your family."

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

What Traffic?

11/24/10 - Day 341
Found a great and free iPad app called Trip Tracker for live flight tracking.  So much for the Thanksgiving travel crowds.  My son's flight from Denver was early this morning.  And I zipped in and out of the airport to pick him up, all with zero delays.

Shot for today's Daily Shoot #374: "Illustrate the process or thought of traveling today, possibly by documenting your own travels."

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Not So White Album

11/23/10 - Day 340
From the time I read today's Daily Shoot assignment #373 (shooting white on white), I knew that my copy of the Beatles White Album was going to be my subject.  Not so happy with the processing of this one, but ran out of time & patience tonight.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Lines of Text

11/22/10 - Day 339
Horizontal lines is the subject of today's Daily Shoot assignment #372.  Thought I would use this opportunity to combine the assignment response with another song title from the Beatles.  I'm not going to judge this as obscure or obvious - I'll let my viewers make that decision.  Now...name that tune.

And if you wish, name this book.  The book title has nothing to do with the song title however.  Answers will be posted on my Flickr Photostream.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Rear Windshield

11/21/10 - Day 338
It rained lightly this morning and I caught this reflection when going out to meet some buddies for coffee.  Fortunately, I had read the Daily Shoot assignment #371: "Find or make a reflection in a window today and shoot through it to create a layered composition."

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Really Obscure Beatles

11/20/10 - Day 337
Today's Daily Shoot assignment #370 was to use tungsten light. I used the opportunity to create another song set image from the Beatles, c. 1963. The sculpture is a replica from the National Archeological Museum in Athens, Greece.

Guess the song title.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Obscure Beatles Tune

11/19/10 - Day 336
I took this shot just after midnight, thinking that another song set image with a self-portrait for my P365 11 month anniversary would be great.  This morning, I read the Daily Shoot assignment #369: "Low contrast in a scene can connote softness, calmness, or mellowness.  Make a photo today that has low contrast."   Perfect - figured I'd process with low contrast to satisfy this assignment.  Another 3fer.

Guess the song title.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Simon & Garfunkel

11/18/10 - Day 335
Today's Daily Shoot assignment was a perfect reason for me to shoot another song title I've been thinking about.   Assignment #368 was: "Make a photograph today that visually communicates a sound.  Your choice of sound, but do your best to make us 'hear' it."

Should be an easy sound and song title to guess.  Also, one day early on the P365 monthly self-portrait.

Not a Chance...

11/17/10 - Day 334
..that I would drive in this traffic every day.  A long commute on public transportation I can handle.  Made my own graffiti on this image for today's Daily Shoot #367: "Graffiti is unwanted by many, but can be visually interesting.  Find visual interest in something you don't like today."

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


11/16/10 - Day 333
Working on those last minute CEUs for my license renewal at the end of November. Almost done!

Shot for Daily Shoot assignment #366: "For the 1st assignment of @dailyshoot year 2, create a photo with a single element, no distractions, & lots of contrast."

Monday, November 15, 2010

Another Beatles Tune

11/15/10 - Day 332
Shot for today's Daily Shoot #365 anniversary calendar theme: "Can you believe it's been a year of @dailyshoot?  We can't!  Make a photograph with a calendar theme today."

This should be an easy song to name.  Check out the Flickr Photostream for the answer.

Sunday, November 14, 2010


11/14/10 - Day 331
Today's Daily Shoot #364 was: "Illustrate the word free today.  Go with the first thing that pops into your head and make a photograph based on that idea."   First thought that came to mind today when reading this was an open padlock with a bicycle chain.  I couldn't find the bicycle chain but did find two padlocks.  Similar idea - different execution.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Metal River

11/13/10 - Day 330
Today's Daily Shoot #363 was: "What is your favorite material? Make a creative photograph today that emphasizes its characteristics." Not sure if metal is my favorite material but was definitely one that dominated our day since we went car shopping.

Green dominates the color scheme because to buy a car, you need a lot of the green stuff these days. BTW, we didn't take the plunge today.

Friday, November 12, 2010

It Can't Be Far Behind

11/12/10 - Day 329
Once you hit the day after Veteran's Day Half Off sale, Black Friday can't be far behind. Bah Humbug!  Shot for today's Daily Shoot #362: "Create a composition that playfully incorporates text of some sort in it today. Make it meaningful to you if you can."

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Facade in a Facade

11/11/10 - Day 328
There are lots of opportunities to shoot building facades in Chicago that can tell a story. Unfortunately, today I knew there would not be time to capture one with an in depth story. I was presented with this view when walking to my office. The rising sun shining on the elder statesman as reflected in the starkness of the younger generation tells a little about the times each of these structures were built. Shot for today's Daily Shoot #361: "Facades give buildings their public face. Make a photo of a building's facade today that tells its story."

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Which Way to the Ocean?

11/10/10 - Day 327
It's been almost 2 years since I've been diving, after going 11 years in a row.  My dive computer was the first gauge I thought of when reading today's Daily Shoot #360: "Gauges, meters, and turn signals are all indicators. Make a photograph of an indicator that catches your attention today."

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


11/9/10 - Day 326
Although it is early Tuesday morning, thought I'd try to get one more shot in for MacroMondays - theme "Personal Soundtrack".  Check out my Flickr photostream for the name of the song if you don't figure it out.

Also submitting for today's Daily Shoot #359: "Isolate your subject today in a photo you create today. Eliminate every distracting element possible." The vingette helps the isolation.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Sears Radials

11/8/10 - Day 325
Took a few shots today for Daily Shoot assignment #358: "Radiating lines pulls the viewer directly to a center of interest. Take advantage of this in a photo you create today." This one of Sears Tower was the most dramatic.

Sunday, November 7, 2010


11/7/10 - Day 324
It is not often that I get to use one shot for my P365, for Daily Shoot and for MacroMondays.  Today's Daily Shoot #357 is: "Sometimes what’s out of focus can make the shot.  Create a photograph today where some/all of your subject isn't in focus."  The MacroMondays assignment for this week is "Personal Soundtrack".

So the game is on; guess the name of the song.  Check out my Flickr Photostream for the guesses and if no one gets it, I'll post the answer later in the week.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Chlorophyll Superhighway

11/6/10 - Day 323
No traffic on this highway as the leaves turn from green to red. Last vestiges of the red maple in front of our house. Macro shot for today's Daily Shoot #356: "Sometimes, the best advice is to get closer. Today, get really close to your subject. Use a macro lens if you have one."  Also, check out the alternate processing for this image, called "Urban Sprawl".

Friday, November 5, 2010

Giant Swords against the Butterfly

11/5/10 - Day 322
Well, at least that's what it looked like after I shot it with the SymmetriCam.  Taken at the Denver airport.  Stopped in Denver for dinner with my son.

The image was fairly desaturated, but the yellow/gold was pretty ugly, so I used the sliders...no bonus points for the Daily Shoot #355: "Make a photo today with a subject low in color saturation.  Bonus points for not using a software slider!"

Thursday, November 4, 2010


11/4/10 - Day 321
Driving into San Francisco this evening, I was stuck in traffic so pulled out the trusty SymmetriCam on my cell phone to capture an image for P365.  It wasn't until I got back to my hotel and put it on the computer that I realized the brightness of the tail lights would qualify for today's Daily Shoot #354: "Today, make a photo that emphasizes or even exaggerates brightness in a scene."

As an aside, the high-rise building that dominates the skyline in 4 locations is a residential project for which my firm managed the development from the ground up (One Rincon Hill).

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Oyster Point Marina

11/3/10 - Day 320
Stopped off at the marina on the way to checking into my hotel, looking for a naturally framed shot to submit for today's Daily Shoot #353: "Frames outline the focus of a subject. Make a creative photo with natural framing: windows, doors, trees, borders, etc."

It was so beautiful, I brought out my watercolors and painted the scene rather than photographing it. NOT. Dry brush filter in PSE.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Avoid the Flat

11/2/10 - Day 319
Today's Daily Shoot assignment #352 was: "A fork in the road.  Casting a ballot. Buying bread.  Choices abound.  Illustrate making a choice today with a photo today."  My choice was to drive around the fork in the road.

Monday, November 1, 2010


11/1/10 - Day 318
Today's Daily Shoot #351 was: "The word balance has many meanings, literal and abstract.  Pick one and make a photograph today."  Was trying to use some off-camera flash backlighting while simulating a tightrope walk.  Ran out of time so I went with my best shot of this poorly executed assignment.