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No, I'm not posting pictures. :D

Any time one undertakes a huge project that requires daily attention over a long period of time, one surely must learn something from it. Over the last few weeks, I have had thoughts tumbling around in my head about this very topic. Just what DID I learn from Project 366? Did I learn anything about myself? Nature? People? In a feeble attempt to gather and organize the rather scattered and indistinct ideas, I'm going to jot down ten of the most obvious.

1. I am not, nor will I ever be, a true photographer. I don't know how Melanie and Jeff do it. It would be nice (maybe) if I could somehow magically evolve into a photographer, but since that isn't going to happen at this late date, I'm content knowing I am just a run-of-the-mill picture taker. That's good enough for me. Seriously. I can't take the pressure.

2. Perseverance is a virtue, and the rewards are great. Try not to whine, though, because it reduces the joy of taking a picture of a daisy in bloom four hundred times.

3. Regardless of how many times I whined about lack of subjects, it's not true. There is always something waiting to have its picture taken. It may mean one has to take a closer look at one's surroundings or revisit old subjects in a new light, but something is there...waiting.

4. Heads or feet of human subjects do NOT have to be cut off in a picture. It's taken me this long to figure out how to manage to get the entire subject's body in the picture, but I did it. :D

5. Animals do not understand the concept of still photographs. National Geographic photographers are magicians.

6. Children will most always clown for a camera...or cry...or twirl. One must simply deal with it.

7. Always have a camera handy. One never knows what is lurking around the corner or under the table or over the hill or in the sky or...any other prepositional phrase one can think of. Oops!

8. The light inside my apartment is definitely not good. I need to add more lamps with energy-saving bulbs.

9. Pay attention to the background. It's as important as the subject. If it's cluttered, the picture will be cluttered. Besides, who wants to look at someone's pile of dirty underwear behind an adorable kitten or last night's dishes covered in dried gravy in the sink beside a scrumptious plate of brownies?

10. When it rains (or snows or sleets or hails), take a picture...take ten even...from inside, outside, underneath, up close, from a distance. Precipitation is a perfect picture taking opportunity. It hides clutter.


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