"Are You Just Going To Walk Around The Park Again?"

We arrived at the park at about 4:35 yesterday afternoon. The sun would be setting in twenty minutes. The sunlight at this point was perfect. It was casting this warm feel over every surface in the park. As Victoria and I were getting Scarlett out of the car, she turned to me and said. "Are you going to just walk around the park again and take pictures? Why don't you try something different this time?" At first I was gutted. I had this whole idea in my head about how I wanted a golden hour photograph to look. I thought I could shrug the idea off but as I began walking around the park I felt uninspired. I began to realize that I could take the easy sunset photo or a photo of the pink and purple clouds above my head. I'm for the day, and all would be right in the world. Or so I thought. 

Over the past few days I've started to realize that one of the goals of this 365 project is to challenge myself. Sure there are plenty of appealing photo opportunities around me on a day to day basis. I have a dog, a cool car, a pretty girlfriend. Instant like generators. However I don't want this project to be about taking pictures. I want it to be about making good photographs.

 So back at the park I was sitting on a bench watching Scarlett run around and chase a ball. As an experiment I set a slow shutter speed and snapped a few pictures of her running. I ended up getting something that was different, and most important, something I was proud of.  I still have some photographs of the park at sunset, I'm a sucker for that kind of light.

It's probably not the best idea to try panning photographs with a 35mm (50 equivalent) lens. Im happy with the result though. Scarlett did her best to try and mimic the Exxon tiger. Do they still use a tiger?

Im currently making one photograph a day for 2017. I urge you to follow along on my Instagram. If you have any comments, complaints, or suggestions feel free to leave them below. I encourage it. 

Thoughts on Resolutions...

In my 26 (almost 27) years of life, I have never made a new year's resolution, I think they’re silly, they set people up to fail and are really just a gimmick for places like gyms to get you to spend your money. However this year I’m making one. Starting this year I’m going to actually do things that I say I’m going to do. My biggest flaw is that I walk around everyday telling everyone about all of these “great ideas” I have all of the time, yet I never act on them. When an idea goes unused it as good as useless, just like a great photo that goes unpublished. I suppose it's better to try and fail instead of letting everything sit on a hard drive in a drawer.  

I might be going a little crazy from being home for the last couple of days but I've full of fresh and exciting ideas lately. It could also be the arrival of the New Year... 2016 was a year of big changes for me, some good and some bad, so now I'm looking to capitalize on 2017. My biggest project for the new year is to make one photograph a day for a year, and to post said photo on this website and on instagram.  In addition to making a new photograph everyday, I will be posting a new photograph on Unsplash everyday. (If you don't know who they are I recommend checking them out) To make it a community thing, I'll be using the tag #unsplash365 so feel free to come along for the ride.

The photo of Victoria is the first submission to my "make a photo everyday" project. The two photos of In New York City are for my Unsplash 365 and are available on my page here: