09 May Day in the Life
I’m always excited by the images I take when participating in project like Ali Edwards’ Day in the Life. I think it must be a combination of having an “assignment” to complete, being challenged creatively and mixing things up a bit that helps makes the magic. I decided to tote my DSLR around with me yesterday, which in and of itself is something I haven’t done in a while. Sometimes I forget how much I love my 50mm Compact Macro lens. *insert dreamy sigh* When processing the images, I opted to convert the entire day’s story into black and white. I just wanted to do something a little different. I’m pleased with the results and am so grateful I did it. The shots I take for Day in the Life or Week in the Life are images I wouldn’t normally take without the encouragement from projects like these. Although I shoot a lot…A LOT…sometimes you just need a little something extra to inspire you. Disclaimer: I haven’t ever actually printed or Project Life’d the shots I’ve taken for DITL or WITL but I’m working up to the idea. After all, I’ve started with Project Life finally so it’s the natural next step.
Here’s what my day looked like yesterday (and most days):
I told myself I would shoot the whole day and I did. Yes, it’s true that the last shot I captured was of the pizza boxes. After getting up, making lunches, getting the kids up and out the door even earlier than usual (my daughter had an early AP test), walking the dogs, getting my own work done, printing pictures, making Mother’s Day cards, picking kids up, getting more of my own work done (although it’s never really done), playing in a parents vs. kids soccer scrimmage (oh, yes I did), we had pizza for dinner and I promptly fell asleep on the couch, watching the Duck’s game (we won!). True story.
Have you ever committed to take pictures of your life from sunrise to sunset? Were you surprised at the kinds of magically mundane moments you captured? It certainly is a fantastic way to Elevate the Everyday, don’t you think?
NaomiPosted at 17:59h, 09 May
I have never shot an entire day, but I’ve captured pieces of it (the mornings in Singapore, the afternoons after pickup in India). I am completely enamored by the idea of a sunrise to sunset of our day here in Florida! How many shots did you take during the whole day, just curious … was it so many per hour, by chance?
TraceyPosted at 14:43h, 11 May
Naomi, I actually didn’t take *that* many pictures considering. I shared about 75% of them in this post. : ) I just wanted to capture the little details that told the story of a “typical” day of life as it is now. I think you should try it. It’s super-fun.
JenniePosted at 17:59h, 12 May
I love these images, Tracey! And it’s so cool that you converted them to black and white. My favorite is the one of the stamps on the envelopes. 🙂 By the way, we met at the Click retreat last fall and I’ve been reading your blog posts ever since. I loved how approachable and down-to-earth you were (and still are), and of course, I was super impressed by your photographic skills. Have you ever taught any online macro classes? I’d love to learn more about how you achieve such shallow depth of field and still nail the focus. Thanks!
TraceyPosted at 09:22h, 14 May
Aw, thanks Jennie! Thanks for commenting. : ) I haven’t taught a macro class. Love that idea though. The Canon 50mm Compact Macro is a gem! if you don’t have one, I highly recommend it. If you visit my about me page then click on my gear list, there’s a link to it. (Off to go make sure there’s a link to it-LOL!)