P365 – Day 315 – eleven

Yeah I know, time is a human construct, and it isn’t really 2011 anyway because a few years got skipped over a few centuries ago, and it’s just a normal day and a normal minute, and who really cares because the same time will happen in 24 different time zones of the course of the day, twice if you don’t use 24 hour time.
But even so, I think 11.11 on 11.11.11 is kind of cool.
I heard about the 11eleven project from Lil Sis.
 Its aim is to get everyone recording, tweeting, blogging, telling stories, making movies, taking photos . . . all on the same day. From everyone’s contributions, the organisers are going to create a photo book, a documentary and a music collection. There were 11 suggested themes to get you started, but really they said to record

anything that gives us an insight into your world and your perspective…..what do you want us to know about your life on planet earth?

In one sense, I guess it really doesn’t matter which day it is – the point is that everyone’s doing it at the same time. But 11.11.11 is as good a day as any, right?
My plan was to do something I’d wanted to do for a while – that is to take a photo on the hour every hour for the whole day. No matter what I was doing, I’d have to stop for a couple of seconds and take a picture (there might have been a couple of activities I’d possibly have excluded from that).
Since 11.11 is a Friday, I thought it would be a really good day for this project, since there’d be school dropoffs, work, a possible walk in the park, school pickups, scrapbooking night, a couple of beers when I got home . . . a pretty varied day.
But no, I had to get sick didn’t I? So I was at home all day thinking how incredibly boring my ‘day in the life of’ project was going to be.
I didn’t much feel like being creative either, so I decided that, in the spirit of my iPhone Project 365, I’d do the whole day’s photos on my phone.
So, while it’s not really what I wanted to do, here is 11.11.11 (#11ElevenLive) through my eyes. (I used Instagram for all photos except the 11:11 photo and the same filter – Earlybird – on each photo. I’m not sure why. Consistency seemed like a good idea at the time, but I don’t know if it really works for all of the photos.)
0600 – the first thing I saw when I woke up

0700 – loungeroom mess and ABC News 24

0800  – coffee

0900 – my day as seen through my phone

1000 – cold & flu herbal tea

1100 – Lest We Forget. A minute’s silence

11:11 on 11.11.11

12:00 – playing around with our holiday photos

1300 – dragging myself out to get supplies

1400 – a movie I haven’t seen for years

1500 – still watching the movie

1600 – the family arrives home with the mail and my
scrapbooking/journal goodies have arrived

1700 – bringing the washing in that’s been out since Tuesday

1800 – flicking through the yoga magazine I bought
while I was out. I really want to do this.

1900 – evening sky

2000 – a quick trip to my little bit of the garden.
I can’t wait until I transform it into my little piece of paradise
2100 – blogging about 11/11/11
I suppose if I had to fit this set of photos into any of the project’s 11 topics (which I don’t think you have to) it would be ‘routine’ – or  the disruption thereof. That’s what happens when you get sick.
There was also the option to blog about “How do I wish the world will be in 100 years”, but being at a low creative ebb, I haven’t given that topic very much thought. It’s an interesting challenge though.
Anyway, potentially I have two more photos to take tonight to round off 11.11.11. If I stay awake long enough, I’ll take them and post them.
If not, goodnight 🙂


Still here …

2200 – I love that he came home from school with a
remembrance poppy today

2300 – a full moon and a very bright star

2311 – the 11:11 screen shot I missed this morning


P365 – Day 300 – the big 300

Another instalment in the occasional series on what pastpresentfuture is all about. You might also like to read Part 1 and Part 2.
This is Day 300 of my Project 365 photo project. 
Does anyone know what/where this is?
That means I have taken at least one photo every day since 1 January and posted it here on my blog. That’s 300 photos – actually more – since a lot of my posts have included multiple photos.
As well as the photo a day concept, I’ve found the blog space a good space to put my thoughts about things I’m working through n my personal life. Most times I can manufacture a photo for the day to fit what I’ve been thinking about. Or I can write a post and wait for the right photo opportunity. Whatever works.
I was discussing how much to share on a blog with a friend a while ago. I was saying that if I was having a really hard time about something and feeling really low, I didn’t really want to put that ‘out there’ in any great detail, because I’m sure no one wants to read about me moping around and moaning about things, which I do a lot*.
On the other hand, exploring some of my personality traits, insecurities or frustrations (which I’ve done several times on here) is something I feel more ok about doing.
When people leave comments on those posts or say something on one of my social networks where I share my blog, I feel reassured that I’m not the only one dealing with those issues. It also helps a lot when people comment from an outside viewpoint, and look at something in a way I wouldn’t have thought to look.
I suppose the main problems for me are firstly figuring out where the line between exploring and moping is, and secondly in deciding how much of that exploration I want to make public. Or, if you like, deciding when it ceases to be an exploration and turns into a counselling session.
I could fill up a post or more every day with subjects as diverse and fascinating as how I’m dealing with being an unhealthy perfectionist (I love that term!), why I’m terrified of talking to people, what I need to do to turn off my ‘inner critic’ and so on. (It’s a very long list, and I already have written on many of the subjects on it in more or less detail.)
In fact, I can see myself dwelling on these issues so much that I’d spend my entire life ‘analysing’ myself and not actually living. In other words, failing to appreciate the difference between thinking I have to wait until I’ve ‘fixed’ everything before I can start to relax and live life, and realising that there will never be a time when everything falls perfectly into place, so I need to get out there and live my life right now.
I know, I’ve said it before (more than once), and it’s a message I really need to get through to myself, so I’ll probably keep on saying it.
Life is now.
But it’s so easy to get caught up on the things that I need to ‘fix’ to create myself a better future and to think that everything will fall into place when that magical time comes, that I forget about the here and now. And that isn’t exactly consistent with the central premise of my blog, which is ‘present’. And I know that the magical time will never come. (Life is now.)
Past – well that’s a whole other post, and there’s some stuff I might want to write about later, or might want to leave well alone.
For now I’ll just say that I feel like I’m making some small but important changes in my life and my way of thinking that are – overall – having positive outcomes in my life. 
Sure, sometimes it’s two steps forward and three steps back, and I have my fair share of days where everything is too much, but there are other days when it’s three steps forward, one step back. But because (cliché alert) life is about the journey not the destination, that’s all perfectly fine. Overall, I feel like things are getting better within myself. (Life is now.)
I’m sure that this is due – at least in some part – to writing this blog, and getting support and encouragement from so many people, even people I don’t personally know, who take the time to leave me a comment or respond on Twitter or Facebook. It means a lot to me that you care and that you’re willing to put yourself out there and tell me that I’m not the only one dealing with this stuff.
Thank you all. 
* No I don’t. I have a tendency to keep the moan-y things inside and dwell on them. Or write them down in unintelligible handwriting. Or get all passive aggressive about them and deny that something’s wrong, even when something clearly is. Or post them in an obscure way.

P365 – Day 100 amber

If I’ve calculated correctly, today is Day 100 of my Project 365. So I thought I’d use today’s post to explain where things are up to right now.
You might have noticed that over the past couple of weeks, the style of my photos has changed quite a bit. This all came about because I’d started to rethink the whole basis of the project.
When I started my plan was to use my iPhone to take my daily photos. I’d only just got my phone and didn’t know a lot about how it worked, what the camera could and couldn’t do and what editing options were available.
I was downloading the photos to my computer, tweaking them in Photoshop Elements and posting them to my blog. This worked ok on photos that started out being a decent quality, that were taken in good light and that were reasonably sharp.
But while the iPhone camera is pretty good as phone cameras go, I was having a lot of trouble with it in conditions that were less than ideal for photography – which ended up being most of the time. I was taking much better pictures with my normal camera or our point-and-shoot, whichever was on hand at the time.
I was starting to think that if I had better photos, it would make sense to use them instead of the iPhone photos. After all they were generally the ones I was printing out to go in my Project Life album.
It was about this time that I stumbled on some websites that completely changed my thinking and changed the way I published my photos on my blog.
I came across @photojack on Twitter, who tweets a lot of interesting photography links and hints, and he led me to the iPhoneography blog by Glyn Evans (@glyn_e on Twitter). This blog has news and reviews of photography apps for the iPhone and iPad and a discussion forum for iPhoneographers.
This was the first time I’d heard the term ‘iPhoneography’ to describe photography on an iPhone. It’s a really interesting – and fast-growing – field and there are some great photos out there.
I also discovered Dan Howard’s (@OfficialDan) iPhoneography Project 365.  When I saw Dan’s photos I was completely blown away at how great they looked compared to my own pictures, and I realised that there was so much more I could be doing to my photos than simply fiddling with the levels in PS Elements.
A major difference between his photos and mine (other than that he is a professional photographer and I’m a confused amateur) is his use of the wide range of apps available for photography on the iPhone.
So having seen what an excellent Project 365 could look like, I decided to stick with the iPhone to take my daily photos and invest in a few apps to see what I could turn them into.
The one I’m loving best right now is called Camera+  and most of my photos over the last couple of weeks have been modified in one or more ways through that app. It’s both a camera app and an in-phone photo transformer/editor.
Today’s photo is an abstract, just for something a bit different, to mark my 100th day of doing this project.

Once I started playing around with some of the apps like this, I was tempted to go back over the past three months and re-do all my photos. But I didn’t, because something that Dan Howard said to me stuck in my head, and that is that the 365 project is about the journey, not just the destination. So to go back and change what I did three months ago would mean the photos weren’t an accurate reflection of where I was at that time.
So the photos remain – the good AND the not so good.
(I did go back to a couple of photos that I really didn’t like, just to see how they could have looked, but the original ones will stay on the blog with their post.)
5 February (day 36) – I haz tomatoes

26 February (day 57) – glitterati
22 March (day 81) – clink clink

But now that I’ve seen what can be done, I hope my photos will get better and better. While the filters and the other effects might not be to everyone’s taste, I’ve found that they have opened up a whole new world of ways in which to capture and preserve a memory. No matter what effects I use, the most important part of the photo is still the subject, and capturing the subject in a way that best represents the memory is the hardest part of this project.
I feel like this was a major turning point for my project, and I’m now really excited about discovering what else I can learn and finding ways to improve my photography as the year progresses.