365:365 Fini!

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*)

  • Ron Hay 5y

    Congrats. I wouldn't even start!
  • JustAnOttawaDad 5y

    Congrats Dani... It's thanks to you that I started my own 365 project!!!

    Guess I could probably trace it all back to the basket from Loblaws... (lol...)
  • steve_photographism 5y

    Congratulations!! What a lovely photo to finish with as well, don't you look happy! :-)
  • suz or sooze 5y

    Congratulations!!! What an awesome way to finish up with all your photos. Yay. Loved reading your summary too. I could say ditto to most of those things too. Off to read the rest on your blog. But congrats again.. Super awesome.
  • eeicenbice 5y

    congrats on finishing up your project. cute idea for the last day!
  • Richard Sleegers 5y

    Take a break, but keep taking pictures. I've enjoyed seeing every 365 photos + outtakes.
  • Carly Wong 5y

    woohooo!! well done lass! it sounds like you've learnt a lot....it's a very rewarding project to complete I'm so glad I did :)

    great finishing pic too!
  • beyondhue 5y

    I love your last shot as well as many many more in your photostream. Congratulations and best wishes!
  • Kurt VanderScheer 5y

    Yeah!!!! Congratulations Dani!!! It's been so much fun following your 365 and reading your blog posts these past months. Your TtV series was especially fun and inspiring to watch what some would consider ordinary into something extraordinary. Hope to see you around Flickr every now and then. :)
  • aSILVA 5y

    Congrats! It's a great accomplishment. Looking forward to catching up on what I missed.

    Seen next to a fellow photo of the group "I survived the 365 Community and all I got was this lousy group.". (?)
  • Julie 5y

    Congratulations! What a year, full of cute little fingers and toes... ;-) It's been a pleasure to follow you. I especially admire how you kept the quality of your pictures at a very high level, while working and taking care of three children. I'm guessing you really do have clones! All the best and I'm looking forward to see your post-365 work!
  • Amber Estrella 5y

    Congratulations.... what a wonderful commemoration of your achievement! Very nice.
  • k4♥wea 5y

    Congratulations Dani, a great finale shot. Well done.

    Seen on your photo stream. (?)
  • sylvain mayer 5y

    felicitation !!!! vous êtes déterminée et vos images sont splendides !! :-))
  • Michelle 5y

    Congratulations again Dani! Back to say that you've been blogged :)
  • Leon Rice-Whetton 5y

    congrats on finishiing! really nicely done, and cool idea for your final image, i nearly did something similar myself
  • mother holda 5y

    Loved finding your work this year and looking forward to learning more about photography from you. :)
  • {Kathy Ray} 5y

    Nice and congrats; I went to your blog just to see if you shared how you captured this image...amazing work! Kathy
  • Ruthyf - the evil one, kinda :) 5y

    Huge congrats Dani - love your finish - wonderful idea.

    Nicely done.

    Apologies for lack of comments of late - life took over unfortunately!

    Seen on your photo stream. (?)
  • Danny 5y

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