© 2012 Jacco

Photo-a-day: February 2 2012

The flowers don’t seem to agree with the cold and the snow… 🙁

Rollei 35SE, Ilford HP5+ @ 800 iso, 1/60s, f/4


  1. Posted March 12, 2012 at 00:25 | #

    Do you get more visitors when you post every day? I wonder I have not post anything much in last month amount of visitor is the same. I call it white noise of internet.

    • Posted March 12, 2012 at 00:48 | #

      I haven’t got a clue. I guess I still get the same three visitors as ever. Or at least: the same three commenters, not counting myself. Then again, I don’t mind. Call it an experiment. Not an experiment to get more visitors, just an experiment to see what happens if I take just one photo each day.

  2. Posted March 13, 2012 at 16:58 | #

    When you look back now upon the first month of photos, what do you see of your experiment? What do you conclude so far?

    Last year, my Photo-A-Day “experiment” only lasted until the first day of Spring… This year, I am honestly thinking of taking it back up and starting again where I left off last year, on the first day of Spring.

    Some of the photos I took, after being forced to try and think of something creatively different to shoot, I like… so, just for that alone, shaking the cobwebs off of my creativity, is the reason I am contemplating starting it back up again. Will see.

    • Posted March 15, 2012 at 13:56 | #

      Well, I guess I can say it out loud now: the experiment has come to an end. You’re still seeing what Richo called “the analog lag”, but my experiment is finished.

      What I conclude so far is that it isn’t easy. There are too many mediocre shots, taken “just because I must take one photo today”.

      What was interesting, though, is shooting one camera for one month. And switching to another camera after that. It is funny to see how a camera dictates the type of pictures taken. With the Rollei, the closest focus is slightly less than one metre, and focus is done with a distance scale, so it is better suited for “6m to infinity af f/8” than for close-up shots. With the EOS, you will see more close-ups.

      Your idea isn’t actually that bad, trying again next year, picking it up where it ended this year. I think I didn’t pick the easiest time of year; between getting out of bed, going to work and coming home again there is very little chance of catching some daylight, so it might be easier to give it a serious try a bit later in the year (later in a year).

  3. Posted March 15, 2012 at 18:09 | #

    Hm. I totally agree about the “What I conclude so far is that it isn’t easy. There are too many mediocre shots, taken ‘just because I must take one photo a day’.” <- speaking of myself, my doing so last year, resulted in nothing but a slew of mediocre shots at best, and a good number of them didn't even reach the plateau of mediocrity. But, as I wrote above, when it really sent me scrambling, and forcing myself to experiment and play around and do something actually not in the same vein of the same ol' same ol' mundane shots that my series mostly consisted of, resulted in images that I really liked.

    And it is that, that I am hoping to awaken again in me in getting those creative juices flowing again. I don't know.

    Earlier this week I picked up two rolls of film, the first since I went fully digital in the Summer of 2010, and a part of me is thinking of reserving them for the Photo-A-Day series, if I pick it back up on the first of Spring.

    Though, I would still do as I did last year, and not like you did with yours, in that you were stringent on taking ONLY one photo a day, my objective, just being sure that I took at least one photo a day, and shooting more totally okay too. If I do, well first off, even decide to pick the series back up and do it, and next, decide to reserve the film for the series, maybe I will just limit myself to shooting just one frame a day with the film… I can always shoot more with my digital.

    Seems like a lot put into just simply shooting. :-/

    Anyway, since we have all heard you say it aloud now, and your series is over, what are you going to move onto from here? What's next? If anything.

    • Posted March 18, 2012 at 23:03 | #

      Jeff, let me know if you take up your photo-a-day challenge again. I’ll be watching your site for signs of it.

      What am I going to move onto from here? That’s a good question. It’s easy to go for the usual again, trees, landscapes, cityscapes, the same, the same. So I’m actually pondering… Although it won’t be easy, I think it would be good to try something that’s outside my comfort zone. Something new for me.

      I don’t know what yet, though, and until I do, there will probably be more trees, landscapes and cityscapes.

  4. Posted March 19, 2012 at 21:04 | #

    Ha, Jacco! Scared of girls 😉 At least felt that way based on reaction in your comment in my blog. I have rather few days to do anything now. I had my camera with me in Atlanta, shoot NOTHING!!!! Not single one! This has happen first time. I am seriously thinking to stop taking camera with my to these trips.

    Anyway, spring is here (from tomorrow) and that means new energy,… So do not hesitate autumn will be here sooooon 😀

  5. Posted March 20, 2012 at 09:02 | #

    Not scared, but I thought getting a “motif” for shooting is the first step, then… if we think we need models, that’s a next step. Stick to the right order.

    Let’s see… you mention girls, spring, … you are in the US now, or am I mistaken? I say: Spring Break!

  6. Posted March 20, 2012 at 11:53 | #

    I am back this week, Friday going off again this time to Poland

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