MY365: A Personal Project for 2014

At the end of 2013, I decided that I wanted to do my own 365 project.  For those of you who may not be familiar with this, it is quite simple.  I must take a photo every day of the year, for 365 days.  They could be photos of anything, just as long as it chronicles a part of my day.  I can use either my phone, or camera, but at least one has to be used every day.  Amazingly, this is the one thing I’ve been able to keep up with even while ill, as my cell phone or camera were never that far away.  Subjects to shoot have been challenging, as I didn’t want to have three weeks straight of photos of my cats and bird (since I did spend three weeks in bed, with them by my side).

I have loved what I’ve done so far, and I’m finding it both challenging and rewarding, and it has really pushed my boundaries as to what I envision photographing every day.  Are there quite a few of my animals – of course.  But it does get less as the weeks go by.  So, what I hope is at the end of every week, I will have a wrap up, which I will share here.  But to catch up, I’ll be posting all of January, February, and the first half of March on their own posts, just so I don’t have a ton of new posts coming in one week.

So, without any further ado, here is January!

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My secret project with the Lightbox

Hi there!  It’s been a while since I last posted, and there’s a very good reason for that: I was on vacation with my family in the Dominican!  I’m going to put some posts up with photos I got down there.  Needless to say, it was a great trip, and I enjoyed every moment of it!

But first, I wanted to share some photos I promised in my post on the Lightbox that I made.  I can now share the reason I made it with you all; it was my five year wedding anniversary a couple weeks ago, and my gift to my husband was a giant photo grid of some of his snakes, with his company logo in the middle.  In order to do this, I had to make the lightbox, then wrangle these critters up and get them to sit still long enough for me to photograph them.  I then used Photoshop, and a lot of very useful video tutorials online to make the grid.  And guess what?! It was AWESOME!!! He loved it 🙂

Let me just say as a side note: you would think that getting a snake to sit still is an easy feat… it’s not.  Even though they are Ball Pythons, and are named as such due to the fact that they curl into a ball when they’re scared or nervous, these guys did not sit still! I guess they are used to my smell, so they weren’t nervous at all.  Actually, they weren’t camera shy in the least, and kept trying to check out the camera… probably the metering light, which they can sense due to their ability to see infrared.  But I finally got it done, and that’s what counts!  I wanted to share with you some of my favourite shots from that project.  I’ll be posting pics from my trip over the next few days.

Have a great weekend!


The Canadian Reptile Breeders Expo

Today I went with the hubby to the Canadian Reptile Breeders Expo (CRBE).  As I mentioned in one of my first posts, my husband has a thing for snakes, and reptiles in general.  Fine with me, because it gives me some great photography moments. 

Here are a few of my faves from the show today:

Baby Savanah Monitor checking out the show from his home for the weekend.  Makes you wonder who’s more entertained, him or us?

This is an upclose of an adult Savanah Monitor – he just looks like he’s ready to eat my camera…

A Boa who seems very interested with his reflection… guess he sees something pretty!

The great thing about these shows is you get to see so many other interesting creatures.  One group that is at quite a few different types of shows in the Toronto area is Hands on Exotics; this is a great group that does therapy and education (shows, birthday parties, etc.) with a large variety of animals – they had a baby kangaroo today, but I didn’t see it to get a photo.  This is one of the many parrots that they use in their work, a Cockatoo (sorry, don’t know the type, but I’m thinking Moluccan…):

 This was a very fun, but looong day 🙂