In August 2012, just starting photography, I challenged myself with a 365 project. I brought my new point’n’shoot everywhere I went to snap photos of old things in new lights. My first interesting shot was #82, “A Street Reflection.”
Through this photo, I gained a newfound appreciation for the timing which created the soft shadows on the buildings and the orange cottony cloud, Still, the shot had a busy composition and was technically sloppy, an aggressive crop on one of twenty tries.
Over the months, I paid attention during golden hour to aspects like the direction and tone of sunlight. I sought to simplify landscapes and let rare colors rule the composition. Soon, it was my camera bringing me to new vistas. My last week in Boston, I was determined to watch the sun rise over the water, so I made 25-mile bike ride in the dead of night to capture #260, “Twilight Pier.”
I moved to California, bought a fancy DSLR setup, and started a new job. My macro lens opened up a whole new world of subjects, and incidentally I started a bit of portraiture. Still, with casual landscape photography, I had a simple strategy: be in the right places at the right time. For instance, I made a frantic 400-mile drive to catch dusk in #356, “Golden Golden Gate.”