Today is the last day of my 365 project. It has been a challenging and at times frustrating experience but overall I have gained a wealth of knowledge and experience that I know make me a better photographer than I was a year ago. Finding inspiration on a daily basis proved the hardest part, particularly towards the end where the quality varies wildly as I throw myself into major shoots, then scramble to catch up on in-between days. There’s some shots I love and many I hate but I took a shot every day (with a couple of slips where I caught up the next day) and as an overall body of work I am happy with it as a record of my year. So thank you to everyone who has supported me throughout the year and those who have worked with me. You are all an intrinsic part of this project and I would not have completed it without you. So here’s my top 20 from the year (and look out for a 52 project in the coming year…maybe!).
There’s a spot just near Nudgee Beach that I’ve been driving past for years and each time I saw it I thought to myself “I must go and check that out”. Well I finally did and I’m so glad I did. It’s definitely a gumboots trip across some marshy grassland to the swamp itself but it’s not far from the road (which is an advantage when you are lugging equipment on your own!).
I went back a week later with a lace top and an old lace curtain. I was lucky and the light was just how I wanted it and on the day I was shooting the water was reasonably clear (if you didn’t stir it up too much). Unlike when I went back a few days later and it looked like this:
Without an assistant (or a model!) I missed out on doing a few things that I had planned but overall I’m happy with the result.
Here’s the original series of shots that I used:
I gave myself a Photoshop makeover and cloned the fabric from the top to cover the legs and gumboots and to match the skirt to the top. Then some gap filling, colour toning, a new sky overlay, a couple of texture overlays and voila!
There’s much I learned from this shoot and a few things I’d do differently or would like to try with more available hands so keep an eye out for an upcoming shoot at the same location.