It’s the beginning of the year and as usual have been busy. I spend January trying to figure out how to challenge myself and set goals for the upcoming year.
I have read a few good books, inspirational ones actually, and watched a few documentaries. I'm trying to reboot myself so I can take on new challenges.
Sound cheesy? Yeah, I guess so. But how else do we grow?
I had a huge trip planned, total bucket list stuff. Unfortunately that will have to be postponed because of cost. No worries, I'm not giving up on it, just training a little longer for it.
I haven't written much at all, I'm sorry to say. I haven't had the attention span to stay on one scene at a time and instead have snippets of conversations and notes galore all over my composition notebook with the title scrawled on the cover. It is overflowing with notes, papers and ideas, as well as plot points, plot twists and the last scene for the last page. I write that first by the way.
So since I have no attention span to sit down and write for hours (nor do I really have that much time alone) I thought I would give myself a dual challenge. I love photography. I also suck at it and have a so-so digital camera that I gave to my son to play with. I also have my smart phone, which I hate to admit, has taken some pretty decent photos. I have seen photography challenges done in the past and thought I would incorporate it into a photo & writing prompt challenge to get my creative juices flowing again. The photo challenge info is below.
The books I read?
“Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trail” by Cheryl Strayed
I highly recommend this book – mainly women but it is great and so is her book of quotes, “Brave Enough”. I will be watching the movie “Wild” tonight and am really looking forward to it.
The other book is “My Fight/Your Fight” by Ronda Rousey. This woman is fierce and a helluva business woman. She really can inspire anyone to follow their dreams and fight hard for what you want.
The documentaries I watched were “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead 1 & 2” by Joe Cross. They are on Netflix if you’re interested. Give them a look and juice on!!
Here is a site I found with some photo challenges for every day of the month. I won’t be doing that since I am really busy and don’t have time to take great pictures AND write about them. I will probably do one per week. http://expertphotography.com/30-day-photography-challenge/
The Photo ChallengeDay 1: Self Portrait
Day 2: Rule of Thirds
Day 3: Black & White
Day 4: Texture
Day 5: High Angle
Day 6: Low Angle
Day 7: Silhouette
Day 8: Sunset
Day 9: Bokeh
Day 10: Lens Flare
Day 11: Landscape
Day 12: Portrait
Day 13: Dynamic Tension
Day 14: Light Painting
Day 15: Colourful Water Drops
Day 16: Balanced
Day 17: Unbalanced
Day 18: Frame within a Frame
Day 19: Panorama
Day 20: Depth
Day 21: Water Splash
Day 22: Slow Sync Flash
Day 23: Panning
Day 24: Harris Shutter
Day 25: Shallow DoF
Day 26: Light Graffiti
Day 27: Street Photography
Day 28: Architecture
Day 29: Night
Day 30: Hidden Camera Mirror Photo
Start with a self portrait? UGH!!
I will leave you all with two things. A quote from Cheryl Strayed that I love (pardon the language) and an amazing cover of an equally amazing song.
"WRITE LIKE A MOTHERFUCKER" Cheryl Strayed