Friday, October 15, 2010

50/50 Project: It's Over!

THE END!
I took this picture on day 4 I think

So the 50/50 project is finally over. Fifty days of shooting something every day with the ol' 50 mm lens. Here are my thoughts...pros first, then the cons:

-I got a lot of pictures that I really like simply because I "had to" have my camera with me that day for the project...these pictures would have otherwise not existed.

-I feel much more comfortable with the 50 mm lens in terms of knowing what the frame will look like before I put the camera to my eye, I know where I will have to stand, what f/stop, etc to use, to get a certain look. Since I didn't crop any of the pictures for this project, it forced me to slow down and inspect the entire frame before pushing the shutter.

-It made me think about photography every day, and I started to miss setting up more organized shoots and having the freedom to choose whatever lens I want for the job!

-It helped me be less timid about just taking the camera out with me all the time, and I got better at not hesitating when I think I see a good potential photograph unfolding and just taking a few pictures.

-On certain days it was kinda fun looking for "the picture."

The cons:

-It was kind of a pain in the ass to have to force a picture on days when I wasn't feeling it, or was too busy to do something interesting. Those days were usually weekdays after work, around 9 PM when the sun is down and I was feeling too lazy to leave my apartment. Those are the days when I was even too lazy to set up something interesting in my apartment. Those were usually the days when I took a picture of food!

-It's hard to "force" creativity, and I often was just taking a picture to get it over with for the day.

-It wasn't really possible to take my camera with me everywhere. I couldn't take it to work because there is no secure place to put it. It's sometimes awkward to have a big camera with you when you're out to eat or doing simple things like running to the store.

When I thought of how this project would go, I had a different idea than how it turned out. I wanted to use it to break some of the barriers I had with street photography, and use it as an exercise in just taking pictures out in the general public, or approaching strangers and not being timid about my intentions to get a cool picture. I wanted to work on more lighting setups outside, and try lots of techniques that were new to me. That's not really what happened...and I realized a few things about myself. First, I am not a street shooter. Some people are good at it, but I still like having total control over the scene, the subject, the lighting, and the intentions. I am still not entirely comfortable with taking pictures of strangers in public without their consent. This may sound sketchy, but there are some great street photographers out there who can make an everyday scene like a city commute look artistic and have a message. Not me! As far as the lack of well thought-out lighting setups etc, it just came down to lack of time or energy at the end of the day!

Overall, I was happy with the project about half of the time. When I wanted to do it, it was fun...when I "had to" do it, it was a drag! Am I glad that I did it and was able to finish? Yes. Would I ever do it again, or even consider a longer project like a 365? Hell no!

Oh by the way, here is the last picture:

Day 50-Love
Day 50! The End!

Since Day 50 happened to be my 30th birthday and all, Mrs. GWC came home from working all day, made a delicious three course meal from scratch (brie and cherry preserve toasts, stuffed mushrooms, and basil-tomato salmon with pasta with pesto sauce). I took this picture from right across the dinner table after we ate! She has supported me through all of this photography craziness, from buying gear that I probably shouldn't have, to photoshoots, to all the editing time, to all my babbling about photography, and has never complained during the last 50 days when I was out looking for a picture, or when I had to take my camera out with us to some social event. Sometimes, when I wouldn't want to take a picture that day, she would motivate me to get it done, and say it's just 49 more days, it's just 25 more days, etc...

Thanks baby, I love you!

Well that is it for the project. I plan on putting together all of the good pics taken in some type of youtube video slideshow, so check back soon!

3 comments:

  1. I can relate to all of these feelings. I tried to do a 365 strangers project this year and really struggled. I often found myself out on my street at 9:30 asking random strangers if I could take their picture and it became a burden.

    I am proud of the shots I got though. I made it to 43.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/jasonbachman/sets/72157622993200223/

    Your project looks good. Glad you made it through.

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  2. thanks Jason...it looks like your project was much harder than mine though! Finding a stranger every day is a real challenge...when I got lazy I could just take a picture out my window or something but not you :)

    thanks for reading!

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  3. Congratulations on completing the 50/50! I really enjoyed following your journey. Don't let it discourage you from trying another one-just look at all the amazing shots you took that you might have missed without the "pressure". Keep up the great work:)

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