Project 52: Week 1/52

Welcome to my Project 52. I realize some of you reading this are here from my Project 365 that I completed in 2013, and I realized, as many of you told me, you're disappointed that I'm not doing another 365. It was, by far, the best resolution I ever decided to do. I'm amazed and incredibly proud of myself for making it through the entire year, but I fear that a 365 may be a bit more than I can commit to in this next year. It certainly won't be my last 365, though! For those of you who have no clue what I'm talking about.... A project 365 is when you plan to take a picture a day. People choose to do it for different reasons and you don't have to be a photographer to do it. On January 1, 2013, I chose to do it because I wanted to learn more about my new Canon Rebel T3i and practice taking pictures. Little did I know I'd end up making new virtual photography friends, have a priceless yearbook of one of the most blessed years of my life, and end up starting my own photography business. Did it happen because of my 365? No. BUT I can't say that it had nothing to do with it. It kept me committed and taught me more than I could have ever learned in a year had I decided not to do it.

This year, I chose to opt out of the 365. I actually really want to do one, but I don't want to bite off more than I can chew. A 365 is a daunting commitment... worth it, but daunting. Some days, I took many, many pictures; all of which I would cull through and edit the keepers. I never shared all of the pictures I took, only the ones I wanted to. The ones I didn't share, I still edited and put into separate folders in my computer, and would then upload to back up sites so that I had my personal pictures organized. It's a lot to do Also, with more sessions being booked through EJP, the 365 was becoming harder to keep up with. So, this year, I am choosing to do a 52. One picture  week.

In my Project 52, I hope to accomplish two things. One: focus on a goal. The goal can be anything. Composition, lighting, the subject, editing... anything. I'm also planning to share my settings and the lens used for the pictures. Two: I really want to continue documenting my every day, just not with the same pressure that I put on myself with the 365. Will you see a picture of Hannah every week? Probably not, but she'll certainly be a highlight of this project. ;)

So, with ALL of that said, here's week 1.

Goal: Capture Stillness Settings: 35mm, f/14, 1/160

I haven't been out of the house in a week... as soon as Dustin was up from resting (he worked through the night), I booked it out of here like a bat out of hell. I needed fresh air, and I just wanted to feel the still and quiet of this recent snow. There was no better place to go than Lock Ridge Park. I was the only one there, though not a surprise, this NEVER happens. Lock Ridge is always busy, for good reason.