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52/30/5: Final thoughts

December 30th, 2009

One year ago I started a project to take photos every week, mainly as an exercise to force me to use my camera more.

It’s been a successful failure. I didn’t actually get my camera out each and every week, but I’ve done enough to fill in for 52 sessions worth. And I’ve used my camera a lot more, and learnt a lot about photography.

Am I getting any better? As an exercise I went through and graded each of my ‘weekly 5’ photos on one through five stars. It took a couple of passes, as initially I had nothing at five stars and only about six at four stars. In the end I had:

  • 1 star: 56 photos
  • 2 stars: 101 photos
  • 3 stars: 60 photos
  • 4 stars: 33 photos
  • 5 stars: 10 photos

We’ll get to my top 10 for the year in a minute, but there was definitely a slight trend towards improvement: less bad photos, more good photos in the later weeks. Still, that means that out of the 3,862 photos that I took in 2009 there are only 43 photos that I’m quite or very happy with – a bit over 1 per cent. Not bad for a beginner, I suppose.

I won’t be doing this next year, but I’m going to try and get out at least once a month or so just to take photos. I’m also about halfway through making up my 260 main photos for the year into a couple of books, which I’ll pay the ridiculous charges of Apple to get printed in hardback as a memento of my year.

Would I do it again? Probably. I’d probably tweak the rules, maybe only saying ‘take 10, choose 1’. Sometimes I found it hard to stretch a subject out to 30 photos, and it was especially hard to then find 5 of those that were distinct and interesting individually. Still, that was part of the exercise as well.

So now, as the grand finale for the 52/30/5 project, my 10 favourite photos of the year (in chronological order):

Dugongs

River

Skink

Path

Sturt's Desert Pea

Garden at Schonbrunn

Stonehenge V

Night II

Elephant Herd

DRET Building

So what’s in store for next year? Stay tuned tomorrow for the official announcement.


52/30/5 Week 52

December 29th, 2009

For week 52 I had been hoping to go to Gininderra Falls, but that’s apparently been closed for a while. What I did find was a couple of dumped and destroyed cars, though:

Burned Car I

Burned Car II

Burned Car III

Burned Car IV

Burned Car V

The full set is on Flickr.


52/30/5 Week 51

December 28th, 2009

Week 51 was taken at Grevillea park on the front of Lake Burley Griffin.

A windsurfer on the lake:

Windsurfer

A swan and a gosling:

Swan and Gosling

Buildings in the Kingston Foreshore (known as the Daleks):

Daleks

The lake front at Grevillea Park:

Lake Front

And Lake Burley Griffin looking towards the Carillion:

Lake BG

The full set is on Flickr.


52/30/5 Week 50

December 27th, 2009

Week 50 was taken at the Point Hut Pond in Tuggernaong.

The basketball hoop:

Basketball court

A nearby slide:

Slide

Monkey bars:

Monkey bars

Ducks taking flight:

Ducks

And a tower that is part of the play ground:

Tower

The full set is on Flickr.


52/30/5 Week 49

December 26th, 2009

Week 49 was a quick round of self portraits in the front yard.

Self Portrait I

Self Portrait II

Self Portrait III

Self Portrait IV

Self Portrait V

The full set is on Flickr.


52/30/5 Week 48

December 25th, 2009

Week 48 was taken in Edison Park in Woden.

Edison park has been suffering from the drought, the normal pond has been drained and has grown over:

Drought I

Drought II

The wooden path to the middle of the pond:

Wooden walkway

An anchor (a memorial for something or other) in the park:

Anchored

And a swing:

Swing

The full set is on Flickr.