Project 365: Week 1…and a half

Eleven days down, 354 to go! It’s the end of week 1 (and a half) of Project 365 and already I am having a blast.

In an effort to try something new and step out of my comfort zone, I decided to experiment with photographing toy dinosaurs. It’s already been a lot of fun and I look forward to photographing more. They haven’t been my most popular photos on Facebook or Flickr but I’m not letting that get to me. What matters is that I’m having fun.

With the first eleven days counting today out of the way, I wanted to share a few of my favorites during this first week and half. And no, I didn’t put them in chronological order. Where’s the fun in that?

On day 8, I went for a short walk to the mailbox to find out if there was anything besides bills or junk mail. Nope. I decided to carry my DSLR and a dinosaur hoping to find something interesting or have something spark an idea. When I got the chance to move my car into an uncovered parking space, I thought it would a good and fun idea to put the dino on the dashboard.

Project 365 - Week 1 and a half. Dino on a dashboard!

On the 5th day of Project 365, we caught our festive penguin, Pimento, taking a selfie. Since he’s already kind of an attention whore and loves his photo being taken, he continued to sit there while we photographed him. Many thanks go to my hubby for helping me with the lighting situation. It’s not too easy in our office.

Project 365 - Penguin Selfie

The third day of Project 365 took me along the shores (well, close to it) of Lake Mead on the Nevada side. A friend of mine and his hilarious teenage daughter picked me up at home for an impromptu photo get together. Said friend is also a photographer and is someone I often banter with when we get together.

On our return to civilization…er, Vegas, he stopped on the shoulder of the road for us to get shots of the sunset. It was a gorgeous evening and I was glad I had the chance to get out and enjoy this beautiful scene.

Project 365 - Desert Sunset

The ninth day of Project 365 was all about laziness. And what better way to capture laziness than a sleeping feline? This is Melvin Habanero for those who don’t know. He is our oldest kitty at almost 4.5 years old and is a major lovebug. And yes, I was singing “Soft kitty…warm kitty…little ball of fur…” while shooting this. I’ve been watching too much Big Bang Theory.

Project 365 - Kitty Nap

This week has been an interesting one with various challenges ranging from my own laziness (yup, I admit it), to creative challenges, to just being tired. I wish it was because I forgot my camera but I’d be lying off my ass. No self-respecting photographer leaves the house without their camera. Okay, fine. I do. On occasion. But for the purpose of Project 365, I am carrying it more often.

Next week, another small set of photos. Maybe five next week if I am feeling up for it. I did like a majority of the photos I shot this past week but some were vertical rather than horizontal and that’s kind of a pain in the ass to post.

Here’s to another week of fun and dinosaurs. Or cats. Or penguins taking selfies. Who knows? All I know is I’m looking forward to another interesting week. Stay tuned!

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  1. Patrick Ahern says:

    Well done Kim. With the camera, also bring a pad and pencil, to make note of other potential shots. And I put a reminder in my phone, some days maybe hectic, and your 365 may slip your mind, so the reminder may help

    • Thanks, Patrick! As a writer/student journalist I make it a point to NEVER leave the apartment without a notebook and a pen or five. Just never know when I might need it! :)

  2. Well you’re doing better than I am! I haven’t even left the house in a week. At first I blamed the bitter cold, but now that it has warmed up a bit I don’t have much of an excuse. Maybe I can just start photographing my gnomes in compromising situations?
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    • Is it wrong I’m actually intrigued by you photographing gnomes in compromising situations? I want to see those pics! LOL

  3. Love the dino pic and the penguin selfie — very cute! Project 365 sounds like a great idea. Are you compiling a scrapbook/album of all your photos at the end of the year?

    • Thanks, Suzanne! Glad you enjoyed the pics!

      All of my photos go into a specific set on Flickr so I don’t have to do the very time consuming job of printing them and putting it all together. Though if I started now it probably wouldn’t be as time consuming. Hmm. Now you’ve got me thinking!

  4. You get such nice landscapes out in the desert :)
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  5. You’re absolutely right, what matters is that you are having fun! I started a Project 365 a few years ago and then family drama sidetracked me. I really enjoyed it though!
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    • One of these days you should consider trying it again. Maybe a 52 week project though instead of 365 days. Might be a little less challenging and certainly a lot less pressure.

  6. How I’d love to hang out in the desert with a sunset like that and dry out from all of the snow we’ve had here! I feel like I haven’t seen the sun in weeks. Thanks for giving me a peek. Also: pictures with kitties, dinosaurs, and attention whoring penguins are always the bomb in my book.
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    • The pics I’ve seen of the snow are so freaking gorgeous but when I think about going anywhere that would have any, I think “Nuh uh. No way. Not up for that crap.” I’m a cold weather wuss. I admit it. As for the photos, there will definitely be more kitties and dinos soon. Not sure about the attention whoring penguin though. He’ll probably sneak in somewhere.

  7. Frankly, I’m impressed that you even have a project 365. The only thing I plan on doing for 365 days is breathe.
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    • Hahaha. Haven’t you figured out by now I’m a bit oft a glutton for punishment? That reminds me…I need to go work on day 14’s photo. Didn’t get to it until late at night. Oops.

  8. those photos are gorgeous. my favorite is the dino!
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