A Challenge for 2010 - Day 1

One of my goals for 2010 is to improve my photography skills. Just a few days ago a new friend, Kristen Steele of Kristen Steele Photography, posted a link on Twitter about a 365 day photography project. Kristen heard about the project when she listened to a podcast by Tasra Dawson. Tasra discussed how Scott Bourne encouraged her to improve her photography skills by 300% by taking at least one photo every day, reading a page of her camera manual every day, and viewing the works of other photographers every day for inspiration. More than 200 photographers have decided to participate with her. I’m already a day late in getting this first post done. I don’t plan on that being an indication of things to come, so I’ll be posting day two right after this one.  As I’ve often heard, the best camera is the one you have with you, so my photos may be from my Canon Rebel, my Canon point and shoot, or maybe even my Blackberry camera. Some of the shots may be carefully planned, others may be completely spontaneous. I’m curious to see just what will come out of this project. My prediction is improved photography skills and a glimpse of my life for everyone to see. Now on to my Day 1 photo…..

D1 - Pashminas from Afghanistan

A very special person in my life gave me two Pashminas for Christmas. Now I know you can get a nice shawl at any of the major department stores around town, but my special person must think I'm special too, because my Pashminas are from Afghanistan. I won't bore you with the details of how they ended up wrapped up in a box for me, but it was a LOT more trouble than running to the mall. My Day 1 photo is a close up showing the beautiful colors and patterns of both Pashminas. The one in the foreground is vibrant red, turquiose, silver, and gold, and the one in the background is beautiful browns, golds, and greens with a touch of burgandy. Since they are Pashmina wool and silk they are very soft and warm which has come in handy the last couple of days! (I'm wearing the red/turquiose one now!) You can read about Pashminas here

Specs: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi, 28-135mm lens set at 85mm, f/5.6 @ 1/40 sec., ISO 400 Manual: p.45 Shooting close-ups Images: Ken Worley