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Jan 2 2010.
What a year. I can’t believe I’ve actually done it! I haven’t always managed to take a photo each day, but I have one photo for every day in 2009.
I don’t think the quality of my photos has improved very much, but I learned more in 2009 than I have since I left college. Most definitely worth the time and effort.
Thank you all for keeping an eye on the blog and for all of your comments. Thanks to everyone in the Limerick Camera Club who gave me advice since I joined in September.
Thanks to my family and friends for putting up with me and my “having” to take photos all the time. Particular thanks to my parents and Síofra – without whose patience there wouldn’t have made it past day five!
Finally, a huge thank you to Kevin. It was Kevin’s work that prompted me to learn about photography in the first place. He gave me a serious amount of time, help, advice, knowledge, encouragement and inspiration. I owe you lots of pints!
You’d swear I was accepting an Oscar or something. But you all need to be thanked!
It’s not all over – I will still be posting photos here, but not as regularly. I will take a break for a few weeks and then get cracking on the next project.
About the photo:
I know it’s a cheesy last photo – but it shows the first photos I had printed since getting the DSLR – all from 2009! You can see two of my three regular lenses (18-55mm and 75-300mm). And a raffle ticket (No. 365) in there too. I picked it out one night at a club meeting a few months back. I’ve been holding onto it with this shot in mind!
Taken on a recent photowalk around Curraghchase with Kevin.
It’s great to kick off the boots after a busy day at work. Before anyone comments – that’s not a visual representation of the smell…. it’s smoke because I’ve been working so hard!!! 🙂
I love these boots. I’ve had them since I was seventeen (thirteen years now). Originally I’d only wear them when I knew they wouldn’t get wrecked. But over the years as more and more marks appeared, I started using them in the garage and at races. They’ve been covered in motor oil, brake fluid, ATF, Grease and dirt so many times that they are now fully waterproof to the ankle (verified). They’re still comfortable and warm. Now that’s value.
Timberland – we salute you.
I put insence into each of the boots – propped up on a folded tissue (which is highly flamable by the way). One flash to camera left (full power as far as I could tell – need to download the manual and give it a read). Simple as that!
Thanks so much to Kevin for the loan of the flash and trigger. As usual, it’s his fault for making me want to buy more equipment. Before I attempted to take this photo, I wanted to get a flash…. now I NEED to.
My watch – with it’s incorrect date and crusty strap. Needs a good cleaning.
Dug out the old guitars last night. I’ve forgotten absolutely everything I used to know – except for the intros to “Under the Bridge” by the Chilli’s and “Creep” by Radiohead. One thing I haven’t been able to forget is my complete lack of Rythm – I was hoping this would improve with age.
The Strat (Cream), came all the way from the States back when I was seventeen. Beautiful guitar – it has a nice thin neck, so it’s really easy to wrap your fingers around it.
The Tele (Left), is actually a replica I built for my leaving cert Construction Studies project back in 1998. The body is so thick, you have to sit down while playing it. As a result notes just ring out forever when you pluck the strings. There isn’t a strap strong enough or a human back tough enough to play it while standing up!
The second and final shot in the series of objects from around the house – thought this little statue might be a nice candidate for a little bit of light painting. This was a little trickier than I thought it would be due to the fact that the surface is shiny.
Tried painting several objects around the house last night – thought this one was interesting with the curves. Painted with a small torch.
Got my new glass pippettes in the post today… very exciting. €2 for twelve of them. Ideal for various shots that involve drops of water… like this one!! This isn’t exactly how I thought this might work out. I’ll have to give it another shot on some black card instead of the arm of the couch. Will also need to sort out a decent light (possibly a flash) and a macro lens of some sort.
I have a backlog of a few photos to get through – hoping to post someof them soon.