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Day 365 #Project365


Sydney Beach

Day 365 of the my Project 365. Surely this is the last day of the project? Or is it?  Project 365 runs for a year, which traditionally starts on 1st January to end on the 31st of December, as the 365th day. However, this year is a leap year. There are 366 days in a year. So I think we will have 365 days of photos and a BONUS day tomorrow! Yay!

I didn’t expect to be this psyched on the final day, but I am. It has been such an exciting year. This project has helped me value my life this year even more. You know that sometimes with all our activities, chores and routines your days just seems to mesh together in a blur, that you can’t tell one day from another when suddenly you are faced with another weekend? Well, no blurry days for me this year (excuse the pun). Every day there was something. Not always special, but mostly unique.

I’ll start with the downside of doing this project:

  • Stress. At the beginning it was not so stressful, as I exclusively used my iPhone to take photos. It was easy to do the post edit, write up and upload, because I could do all that in my iPhone. However, as of April I started using my DSLR to take photos, so the challenge went up a notch. It was stressful only on bad days; when I was too busy I often only remembered to take photos really late at night, and I was already too exhausted to do anything, let alone take nice photos. Sick days were always hard too.
  • Too many crappy shots in my library.  Every day I downloaded several pictures onto my computer, but I did not always chuck the bad ones into the trash.
  • Funny that I thought I would have a lot of downsides, but I don’t. Probably have to ask my family on this one.

The highlights of doing this project:

  • I became more skilful in photography. I guess it’s true what they say that if you want to learn more you have to take more photos. I was exposed to taking photos in different kinds of lighting, various subjects, and locations, and I can confidently say I am better at it now than I was in January 2012
  • A full 2012 journal with pictures! Since I also love to write a little something to accompany most of my photos, those posts became pages that I can go back to. A thought, experience and many sweet memories have been journaled, to be cherished in years to come
  • Great new online and off-line contacts. So many wonderful comments and ‘likes’ from fellow bloggers and twitter/Facebook friends made me happy and embarrassed at the same time. It’s a wonderful feelings to have people love what you love doing. I love the interactions I had with fellow bloggers, so much to learn from each other
  • A healthy mind. My family was fully aware of this project, so I always had at least half an hour of uninterrupted ‘me-time’ every day, which means A LOT for me. I know it doesn’t sound much to most of you, but as a busy mom with two kids, this allocated ‘me-time’ really kept the ‘craziness’ away

This might be the end of this project, but this won’t be the last  of me. I intend to keep on blogging, or maybe doing a different photography project in the future. To all my readers, I thank you for all your support; I may not show it enough, but I really appreciate all of it.

The day 365 post is dedicated to my constant inspiration. My two energy balls, T (Mr 8) and K (Ms 4). Love you loads, kiddos..!

kiddos 2012


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  • ria mahney01/01/2013 - 2:48 pm

    Keep blogging Ayu, I love your blog. Am gonna miss checking out your blog every night before I go to bed! 🙂 It’s kinda stress relief and also inspiration for me.
    Looking forward to February, please :))

    Ps: Happy 2013! 🙂ReplyCancel

    • [ayu]01/01/2013 - 9:24 pm

      You are so sweet, thanks for your comment it made my day! Definitely will return to blogging, after spending January enjoying summer holiday with the family. Have a Happy new year! xReplyCancel

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Day 341 #Project365

341-365, pink shoes
Nikon D90 | AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G | ISO400 | f/3.5 | 1/320 |

Not many school days left for the year. Not many days left that I get to wait in the car with Ms 4 to pick her brother up from school. She too will start in the big school soon. What big changes we will have next year, and what strange mix feelings I’m having now.

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Day 271 #Project365

Today my laptop was off limit as it’s been busy doing photo library back up that was long overdue. So the iPhone camera was the camera of choice for today’s post. I thought I’d try to capture images that are a bit different just to shake things up a bit. New images taken from a different angle, or more like, taking pictures from my dog’s eye level, or should I say from a dog’s point of view?

My dog’s head while standing up is about 65 cm from the floor. This height is the point where I am going to station myself (and camera), or I can just drop down on the floor all together as he lies down in the floor most of the time anyway. I have got to say that at this point, this angle was not so groovy, couldn’t help but wonder how my dog could look so happy and excited all the time. He has to look up most of the time to catch anything interesting. Anyway, I am going to do this for the next couple of days. A series of images from a dog point of view could be interesting, or not, either way I think it’s going to be a fun ‘exercise’.

Today’s image was taken from under the dining table. The sun was flooding through the blind and created a pretty neat shadow on the wall. Dog was elsewhere so I could take a photo in peace (and dry), we tried a similar thing earlier when dog was under the table with me and it wasn’t pretty. I ended up with wet elbow from his licking, probably wondering what the heck was I doing cramming up his space.

271-365 shadow and light


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  • Danny27/09/2012 - 5:35 pm

    Make sure all of them are B/W as dogs don’t see in colour!

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