Everyday Photo Project Take #2 2016

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What you’re seeing now is Volume 1 of the 2016 project, which contains the first six months, January 1, 2016 through June 30, 2016.

(Written by my husband, Jamison Roberts)

Almost 3 years after we started the first EveryDay project (February 19, 2013 to February 19, 2014), and another year after our aborted 2015 attempt, we started again on January 1, 2016. The intention this time is quite simple and the same as it was: Take a picture every single day for a year without missing a single one, not even by a minute. We primarily want to document our life, but there are times when we try to be artistic, goofy, or we just need to get a picture out of the way because we both work and have different schedules (But hey, thats life too, right?).

There are a couple of reasons we decided to undertake the project again just a year after failing due to burnout.

1. Deb is turning 50, and it would be fun to have the time leading up to that documented.
2. Because of #1, we knew there would be a major trip involved, likely in Europe.
3. We had a big cruise in January that could produce nice pictures.
4. Due to the timing of our original project, none of the pictures were of our house. We purchased it about 4 months after the first project ended.
5. There would be several backpacking adventures that would be fun to document as well.

With all the experience gained from the first project, and to a lesser extent the aborted 2015 attempt, there have been some notable changes. For one, much less creativity has been utilized as far as staging pictures or being cute and / or goofy. As proud of the project as we are, when you are in the midst of it, it becomes stressful and a drag. Cutting down on the expectation of being creative for every picture as helped a lot.

It was that expectation of creativity that doomed the 2015 project.

Technically, there are some major differences too. The original project had a large percentage of pictures taken with the iPhone camera, and initially, with the low resolution front camera. Eventually I had transitioned to using Debs Canon T2i, which is an 18MP camera. Additionally, most pictures I would try to find cool fonts or clever ways of inserting text into the pictures.

For the 2016 project, there are very few iPhone pictures. Sometimes the morning Safety Picture is taken with one for convenience, and they end up being the picture used. From January 1 through March 15, the original Canon T2i was used primarily. On March 16, 2016, we started using a professional grade camera, the Canon 5DS which Deb purchased for my birthday. This camera is the one used for the remainder of the year, with just a few iPhone exceptions.


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