It’s me…

again, and again, and again …

selfie_bw_after  selfie_bw_before  self-portrait  my51stbirthday  watermark mishap 1 So what’s one more…

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Whew, week 1 done.
Next up, week 2, traditional landscape… I sure hope it warms up just a tad.

Until next time,
Maria

A fond farewell…

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It’s almost time to say goodbye to 2015 and I’ll remember it fondly.   It’s so easy to forget the upside of the year, when there are so many not so nice things going on in the world around us or just because the day-to-day grind is just that a grind… where every morning we hit the repeat button (i.e. the alarm clock).  But!  I like when there’s a but… with the aid of this blog and the thousands  of photos from 2015 to jog my memory, it turns out it was a very good year.   I challenged myself in new ways and was relatively successful.  I said goodbye to somethings and hello to new possibilities.   Most importantly, the little voice in my head… the one called doubt… has become very quiet, and when it can be heard, it actually tends to help me rather than hinder me.   So on that note… and my last philosophical thought for 2015… let’s have some fun in 2016!

So my 365 day challenge has been scaled down to a 52 week challenge.  But!  This is a good thing.  A weekly challenge gives me some time to prepare, time to think outside the box, and time get a little creative.  I found a list on PetaPixel by Photographer Dale Foshe.  After reading it over, it looks like I’ll be leaving that comfort zone quite a bit, especially for those people pictures – now that’s a challenge!  Apparently, there are a lot of us looking for a good challenge.  I woke up this a.m. to find the 52 Week FB group already closed due to the overwhelming response.  But!  You can still get a copy of the 52 week list, just click HERE !

Okay, Week One of 2016 – a selfie.   Hmm, I have been playing around with my new smart phone lately.  Maybe one of these will do?

2015 Selfies

Nah, first, they’re from 2015.   Second, I’m not sure any of these capture the real me … whoever she may be.  And third, I’m determined to take a selfie that does not magnify my nose 😉 .

I hope you’ll follow along or better yet join me and the 52-week challenge posted at PetaPixel.  I know, I know… I’ve headed out on one of these in the past and like getting any new routine to stick {sigh} – diet & exercise come to mind – that will be a challenge in itself.  But! as the rest of my favorite saying reminds me…

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Wishing you Happy New Year!

Until next time
(which will be next week with my selfie 😉 )
Maria

52by52 The Self-Portrait Edition

So here it goes…  Not only a self-portrait but a before & after selfie :-0

The before

selfie_bw_beforeLOL, got some camera shake going on (just think this was the best of the bunch). I must’ve been just a wee bit nervous about what I was about to do…

Ready for the big reveal. . .

Ta-da . . . The After!

selfie_bw_afterMade my hair stylist’s day today.  I can go month’s between visits and then just show up and say cut it off.  Now I just need the weather to warm up… it’s a little chilly on the neck.

This is the first installment of
52by52
my own Project 52, of sorts.
To read more about it just click
on the 52by52 in the side bar

Til next time,
Maria

Ten Truths

What’s that old saying . . . a picture is worth 1000 words.  Then I think I’ll let this one speak for itself.

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I know, I know, I’ve mentioned a few times that I was working on my self-portrait.  I’m happy to say, it’s finally done!  And rather than go on and on about how I got to it, all I am going to say is that it is a photo every photographer needs to take and an exercise every artist needs to do.