I did it!!!!!
Phew, I can't believe I actually made it through all 365 days. Yay!! There's a long-winded speech over on my blog, along with my top ten fave photos if you want to take a peek, but here I'd just like to say a special thanks to all of you who have encouraged, supported and inspired me over the past year. There are so many of you, it's a shame to name only a few, but I have to say a special thank you to Jorge, Pennacook, PWB, Suz or Sooze, Angela, Ryan, Kurt V, Derrick, Ari, Sara,Sue90ca, Meshl, Julie**, David C, Lucky Mr Henry ... heck, I'm sure I've missed a few. Anyway, you've all inspired me with your amazing work, your kindness, and your friendship.
A year ago, I was using my Nikon dSLR mostly in the program modes. I didn't know what bokeh was, and I'd never heard of TtV photography. I had a passing understanding of the basics of photography -- shutter speed vs aperture vs ISO, depth of field, rule of thirds, exposure compensation, etc etc etc -- but I rarely consciously employed them and even more rarely pushed their boundaries or deliberately ignored them in wondering what the result would be. I never mucked about with my camera settings. I thought using Photoshop made images less "true" and never post-processed any of my images save to correct egregious errors. I was shy about pointing my camera at anything but the most obvious photographic subjects in public, and would never dreamed of approaching a stranger and asking them if I could photograph them. I'd never shot in RAW and posted all my images in straight-out-of-the-camera colour. I didn't know what EXIF data, rear-curtain shutter, tilt-shifting, hot shoes, photoshop actions or vignetting were. I could count on one hand the number of times I'd posted a photo to a group on Flicrk, or made a comment, or received a comment.
I've come a long way, baby! I've had more than a dozen photos Explored, I've had a photo featured as the Photo of the Day in the *Karma* group, and I've been asked for permission to use my images on a few websites. My 365 project was featured on CBC Radio at the half-way point last July, and I've even sold some of my images. Who woulda guessed it?! Mostly, though? I learned to love taking pictures.
Thank you all for your comments, your interest, your support and your friendship. I'm so lucky to have been inspired by the best of Flickr!
(And, ahem -- I haven't had an Explore since October. A "fave" would be a lovely parting gift! *wink*)