This year I took on the challenge of taking a photo a day. It sounded fun enough, no big deal, as I usually have my camera with me. It is turning out to be such an interesting experiment already, after only 24 days. First of all, there is the actually remembering to take a shot every day. I read in the challenge a suggestion that you make sure to take a shot every morning, just so you’ll have something to fall back on if nothing fantastic comes up later in the day. That is an excellent piece of advice. At least three times I’ve gotten close to bedtime and had to punt. One night I took a shot of my gas fire. Boring. My hand. The neighbor’s Christmas lights when I was deathly ill (That one turned out fine.). So there is that.
There are two other things that are happening that I’m so enjoying, however. One is that I’m beginning to see things in a different way. Through different eyes, if you will.`For example, yesterday I was walking through the Farmer’s Market with a friend and spotted the vignette above. The strong vertical symetry of the sugar cane, with the leafy greens and round turnips and pumpkins behind. And the red bucket. As we were walking I casually said, “Oh, there’s a good shot.” I snapped it and we kept on going with barely a pause in the conversation. As she shopped for greens I shopped for photos. Generally I don’t shop for food and shoot photos at the same time. I have to do one thing and then the other, it seems. My shopping bag gets too heavy and unwieldy to try to do both. Not that I’d put the camera down and shop without it, but I’m just saying.
The other thing that is happening is that I’m interacting differently with people. I’ll ask if they will be my photo of the day, and so far they always want to be. They pose, laugh, seem to feel special. Other times people teach me things about my camera or about taking photos and I’m learning to be a better photographer technically as well. I learned a long time ago that to be a good photographer who gets the great shots of people one must be bold, which isn’t my strongest thing. This photo challenge is helping me grow in that area. I like it. A lot!