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Happy New Year from Montgomery Hills.

It’s the end of 2012 and the end of my photography Project 52. It seems like it’s been a long time but in reality 52 weeks is short. There were some weeks when I struggled to find something interesting — from my perspective — to photograph but I always found something. Fortunately, I knew other photographers doing their own Project 52 who helped provide motivation to get out and shoot. A 52 week photography project is much easier to complete than a 365 day photography project. I’ve tried those in the past but given my personal and professional schedule — and my dislike of winter — there were many days when I couldn’t be bothered to pick up the camera. Having a whole week to find a subject that was interesting took the pressure off.

I learned a lot in 2012. The project has helped me practice my technique and compositional skills. I learned more about my Nikon D40 camera — which I’ve had six years now — and it’s limitations. For HDR photograph having a camera capable of auto-bracketing is essential and a higher resolution and high ISO sensor helps maintain quality when cropping. I tried overcoming the limitations of my camera via my Raspberry Pi but I would love teh convenience of a built-in feature. Finances permitting I would like a new camera body in 2013.

I also learned a lot about lighting. I’ve taken a few courses and workshops in the past but having my studio strobes has allowed me to experiment. I learn more from doing. My intention for 2013 is use those lights to start and grow my photography business. I prefer landscape and nature photography but it seems more customers are willing to pay for portraits.

So that’s it for 2012. I’m looking forward to 2013 and whatever new adventures await. So as the song “Auld Lang Syne” suggest, time has gone by. May the new times ahead bring incredible new adventures for you.