Day 57: A Project365 Love Story

Last night, I had a dream about #project365 and twitter. I think that’s a testament to what a big part of my life this has become. My spirits were down yesterday because I’ve been preoccupied by school lately and my project365 presence has been lacking. I don’t know how or why but my blog had a huge number of views yesterday! It was nearly twice my last highest view count. 204 was the final count for yesterday. Usually I’ll get about 40 views a day, sometimes more and lately, much less. Anyway, it was a huge motivation boost! So, thank you to everyone that comes by on a regular basis. It means so much, and I love seeing everyone’s project365’s too. It’s what keeps me going!

While I was preparing for my interview today (with Flux magazine), I was thinking about my experience and how this relates to what I want to do in the future. I’ve learned so much from #project365 and twitter. Today, I added the snow feature to my blog thanks to Bonnie.  I learned how to export a .JPEG photo to a .NEF photo from Ken just over a week ago. Photo editing advice is always great to get too, like the Lightroom suggestions I got from Terri.  The most encouraging support I first got was from Mindy, I think. She really made me feel welcome and is so honest and talented. Her blog is fantastic! I also found out what a Bokeh is from a comment on Jim’s project365, and he was the first person to link to my blog!  There’s lots of other project365’s that I love too, always check the blogroll to see them!

There’s such a good feeling associated with project365. Since I’ve felt so welcomed and learned so much, I want to give back as much as possible. I found a new project365 today, and I got so excited about it. There is someone new all the time and I just want them to have a great experience and stick with it too! So go check out Dawn’s project365 Day One-Five. I’ve never been about doing something for the results or for the experience, I want to be doing things because I enjoy them. Project365 is definitely giving me experience, but that’s not why I’m so excited about it. It’s helped me so much. I love it, and I want to share it with everyone!

But, let’s get back on track to today’s post. All my photos are going to be holiday themed from now until Christmas. It’s the 25 days of Christmas meets project365. I’m pretty excited about it, but I guess I’m pretty excited about everything right now.. The snow and new header fit in nicely with my 25 days of Christmas theme too! Anyway, I’m in the business complex on campus right now. It’s my favorite study spot because of the natural light and I guess the atmosphere in general. On the spiral staircases in here there’s a bunch of garland, lights, and bows. The decorations and white railings made for a nice photo, I think so anyway. I like the Bokeh effect (look at me, using technical photography terms) and the leading lines in today’s photos. So much compostion thought, I think I’m really improving my skills!

But enough of my rambles, tell me your thoughts! Thanks for bearing with me and reading all of that!


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14 Responses to Day 57: A Project365 Love Story

  1. ndjmom says:

    I feel so honored and loved! You’re photographs are amazing, and I hope I learn more about the art of photography through this process. New tools are always a plus, Photoshop (I have CS2 from my son’s college days) is not my friend yet, although we’re beginning to get on friendlier terms.

    I took two pictures just a few minutes ago, don’t know what I’ll call them yet, or which I’ll pick. But this is fun none the same.

    • Yay! Thanks! That means a lot! I’m glad you’re starting a #project365. Obviously, I think it’s a great community! I have photoshop elements, but I picked up lightroom a few days ago. I’m going to test it out pretty soon, I’ve heard great things about it! People have been so helpful in answering my photo editing questions on Twitter and here, I’m sure you’ll find all the help you need : )

      Goodluck! And I hope people find your blog with my link! It looks like you’re off to a great shot!

  2. Mindy says:

    Wow Whitney. I’m so honored and humbled by your mention. This photo community we have become part of is amazing, inspiring and so much fun. Your kindness really made my evening my friend and I thank you so much!

    The photo is beautiful. The DOF just draws you in and the mix of soft whites, greens and yellows are beautiful. You are a talent and I’m so glad you are enjoying this journey. When you get down know we are here for you 🙂

    Thanks for introducing us to a new blog as well. I can’t wait to check ig out!

    • Thanks!! 🙂 I just wanted to let everyone know how much they really make a difference in my life and boost my motivation and confidence.

      And thanks for all the comments, Mindy!!! It means a lot that you all enjoy my photography so much!

  3. bonniegunkel says:

    I also want to thank you for the mention in your blog. I have made some great friends already through this journey, and it’s so wonderful to have them view and comment on my blog. I’m glad you got the snow to work…it looks amazing! 🙂

    I really like this photo too! Great composition!

    • Thanks! I love the snow! I like it better on your site; it stands out more with the black background. And yeah! It’s crazy how project365 really affects your life. It’s a totally different experience than I expected. 🙂

  4. Margaret says:

    Great photo today… love the dof and the Christmas theme. Keep up the great work!

  5. Ken says:

    Whitney you’re awesome and thanks a bunch for the mention in this posting. Glad I could help and since I work in the Educational field I am always looking to help and learn from others. This is my second year in a row doing a Project 365 and I have found it to be one of the best things I could do for so many reasons. I even added a Project 52 weekly photo to my arsenal this year, where the weekly photos are all post processed, with many being HDR images. I encourage Educators to do a 365 for so many reasons: opens your eyes to the world, gets you using your camera, it’s fun, and most importantly if you give presentations you can build a library of your own stock photos so you do not have to worry about copyright or creative commons licensing. As for your photo you posted today, wonderful use of DoF and the Bokeh is spot on!!

    • Thanks for such a thoughtful comment and for becoming a fan on facebook!! : ) It means a lot! And yeah, project 365 definitely opens your eyes to the world. I’ve been in the same place for 3 years now and I’ve never noticed so many things around here. It’s a great experience. I’m so thankful for the community I’ve found here : )

  6. Jim Reed says:

    Great shot Whitney! As others have said, perfect depth of field and point of focus. I’m glad to hear you picked up Lightroom. It can look intimidating when you fire it up, but don’t panic. It’s really rather easy to pick up the basics through a bit of experimentation. We’ve got plenty of time to learn all the nooks and crannies!

    • Once my finals are over I’m going to break it out and start playing around with it, since I’ll finally have some extra time. I’m so glad I’ve tested out the RAW images, I love them!!! Can’t wait to see how lightroom is going to help me out! Thanks for your comments and support!! : )

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