Thursday, January 24, 2013

Why These Three?

This will probably be my final "formal" recap of my "Project 365".  I am sure the subject will come up again at some point, but I am ready to let it go (you probably are too..........).

While I was working on the video,  memories and feelings flooded in as I sorted through the images. It was interesting to note that the ones that really got me were not the photographs I took while in San Francisco or kayaking or on some other adventure. My favorites were the ones that happened spontaneously and were images that probably would not have been made had it not been for this challenge to take a photo every single day. 

So here are my top three picks from the year. I am pretty sure I have posted these here on the blog before, but am sharing them one more time..................

This first one, made on June 7, became one of my favorites because I just loved that I found this scene in a front yard of a house in my neighborhood. In some ways it looked like an art director put it together, complete with the metal watering can. The processing came naturally and really fit the image.

©2012 Dianne Poinski

While paying attention to light is one of the first things you learn as a photographer, I found myself being extra aware this past year. This next photo is a perfect example of that. It was while taking a walk on April 16 that I noticed the light hitting these early dogwood leaves in a way that made them glow. The tree was planted near the wall of a medical office building, which provided the perfect, simple background.

©2012 Dianne Poinski

This last one is probably my favorite and was made in my bedroom on March 31. This was one of those times where I literally ran to get my iPhone so I wouldn't miss the opportunity. The wind was blowing my sheer curtains in a way I am sure it had done before, but I was probably too busy to pay attention.

I think I took almost 30 photographs that morning. Every time I thought I had captured the perfect arc of the curtain, the wind would gust and the fabric would dance, so I just kept on shooting until the wind died down.

The image quality is not great, but it doesn't matter. What matters is that my eyes were open, I was living in the moment and I had stopped long enough to notice.  These were the gifts of my "Project 365".....................

©2012 Dianne Poinski

So that's it! It's been three weeks since this project ended and I have noticed that I am still taking photographs almost everyday. I will check back in about this in a couple of months, but for now I will just enjoy the magic of having a camera with me almost all the time, and capture more moments as they happen.


  1. all three are beautiful...the curtain shot is an all time fave of mine.
    i still, a few yrs later, take pics almost every day too. it changed how i see and what i see :)

    1. Thank you Marie!! Sounds like your experience with the Project 365 was very similar!