So it is the new year. High time to make some resolutions that you will or will not keep and start projects – same thing – see them through or don’t. For me, I have never been big on new year’s resolutions or goals, but then again, I have never been the big planner or goal setter. Which is not to say that I am absolutely without a plan, cluelessly wandering through life not having a goal whatsoever.Not at all. But I like to see the big picture, take in all options and possibilities. Adjust to get to my goal or take a detour exploring something else, to only then find my way back to the original goal. In this respect my office business life from 8-5 seems to differ quite a bit from my personal life. Which may also be the very reason why I need my personal life to be – taking detours.
In any case, one of the things I meant to say is that no, I have not made a resolution this year either. But – I do want to find and make more time for my website and blogging. Being a photographer first, I figure a blog post not always needs to be lengthy and wordy (unlike this one!). Although I’d like to think that I have something to say and pass along at times. So, there may be times when I will not post much more than a photo, either on my main blog = here or on my i-Photos page, where all photos were taken with and processed in my iPhone and published via Pressgram app.
It is there where I have – for the first time ever * drum rolls * started a real photo project. A project 365. Meaning that I will be posting (at least) one photo each and every day. I have seen these projects over time here and there, but I have never done myself before. The problem always being that with a full time job it is hard to make the time to lug around the DSLR, take a decent photo, process it and publish it on the website – every day. Nowadays, my iPhone is always by my side and whenever I have got a few minutes I can process a photo right there on the spot. And what’s almost best, publish it right from my iPhone to my wordpress website through Pressgram app. Totally awesome!
My photo theme that I decided on is ‘abstract’ – like this photo right here. Quite simply, because I love abstracts. I love to see it in nature or in man-made structures or in both. Abstracts can come totally natural or can be enhanced or completely brought to be seen by processing a photo accordingly. Either way – the abstract outcome will land on my iPhoto site every day – or you can have a look at it here. I really hope that I can keep up with it. But, worst case, I will cut it down to a 52 project and only post the photos of the week, once a week. Only time will tell, we are only 8 days into the new year, right?!
What has this got to do with squirrels and chimps? Well, posting each day of the week for my project 365 also means a fresh website feed every day. And every day you, my email subscribers, will get an email from me at 9 am EST with the news of the previous day. This is where I tie this post back to ‘the detours my life and work can take’. You may have noticed that my subscription email’s look has changed. Yep, I finally made the change from Feedburner to MailChimp. And it has been a looong way in the making. It was announced quite a while back that Google would retire Feedburner, so I looked for an alternative and signed up for MailChimp in 2012. You read that right – more than a year ago. What happened? Well, Feedburner is still working, so there was no urgency of changing it and life took a different path, when I started the full time job in January 2013. Time needed to be allotted differently. For a while. Now, after a year, I feel that it is time to pick up some loose ends. This was one of them. And I am rather proud of how it turned out. I hope you like it and continue to read my news.
But what would a photo blog be without at least one big, beautiful photo, right?! Now about a few photos of our little visitor Sunday morning – the squirrel? He and his fellow entertain us a lot all spring, summer and fall long. This was the first time we saw him during winter. And snow. And freezing temperatures. He actually dug out a nut in front of our balcony. But, of course, when I opened the door to take a photo, he got scared and hurried up the tree. Once he was certain that I posed no threat he started chomping on the nut. Once again David and I forgot breakfast over watching him for quite a while.
So, squirrel or chimp? Good thing I don’t have to make a choice – both are pretty much not bad, don’t you think?!
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