New Camera, New Photos, New Project for the New Year

I got a new camera for a combo birthday/Christmas present this year — a Nikon D3000, the one thing I really, really wanted. Needless to say, I am just loving it and I find myself wanting to take pictures of everything.

I was goofing around getting ready to go out on New Year’s Eve when I tried to take a self portrait and ended up with this shot:

Fortunate Mistake Shot

It didn’t quite come out as I’d planned. The focus is off, I cut off the top of my head, and I accidentally included the messy bed in the background where the dog was playing Wrestle the Blankets. I like the picture for those reasons — you can see the dog making trouble and me kind of giggling about it, which is a pretty good reflection of life at my house.

[I should also note that, coming from over five years of anonymous blogging where I never, ever posted a photo of myself, this feels extremely weird. But there you go! It’s me.]

Since it’s been a very long time since I took a photography class (sophomore year of college, back in the dark ages of actual FILM cameras, my god), I’ll need to re-learn some things about light metering and filters and what have you. I also know next to nothing about digital post-processing. I use iPhoto and have no idea about anything like Photoshop, Lightroom, or Aperture, nor which one of these I should even buy — any ideas? But I mainly need practice.

So of course I decided to enlist in Project 365, where participants try to take a photo a day for an entire year. You can actually start this any time, but I started on New Year’s Day and have three photos so far in my Project 365 flickr set. I may not be posting them to flickr every day, but I’ll be taking one photo a day and then processing & posting them as I can. You can keep up with this either on flickr or via the thumbnails in the sidebar here, where the three most recent photos will always be displayed. I probably won’t blog each and every picture here, but if there’s one I especially like or one that has a good story to accompany it, I’ll put it here, too.

To start out, here are my first three photographs (click on any photo to take you to the flickr version):

[1/365] Couch Napping

[1/365] Couch Napping

I was trying to get comfortable on the couch for a good New Year’s Day hangover recovery nap, but the dog wanted to stare me down.

[2/365] Dough

[2/365] Dough

Making pizza dough at home. I do enjoy kneading balls. OF DOUGH, YOU PERV.

[3/365] Balls!

[3/365] Balls!

Uh, more balls. Unintentionally. I took down the Christmas tree today, and these were some of my ornaments, waiting to be put away.

I hope I am able to keep up with the daily photo all year — it’s a big project, and one that’s not easy to complete. But I’m just so frakking excited about my new camera that I should be able to do it. Hopefully by December the overall quality will have improved. Here’s to 2010, the year of photos!


  1. You might check out GIMP for your photo software needs. It’s not nearly as good as photoshop, but it is free, which is a nice pricetag.


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