Picture of the day

My parents gave me my first camera when I was six.

I’ve gotten better since then.

At times it’s been a hobby, other times it has been a profession. Many times it’s a shield that masks my introverted nature.

In 2014, my friend Steve Busemeyer took up a challenge to post a picture every day. I thought it was a great idea. Sometime after Christmas and before New Years’s Day, I decided to do the same. The surprising part was that on New Year’s Day, I actually remembered to do it. And the next day and the next.

The first picture was at the Mansfield Training School. I didn’t tell anyone for at least a month that I was doing it. I guess I wanted to see if I could.

Here we are at the end of the year and I’ve actually done it.

How did it work? It’s pretty simple on the surface. A picture had to be taken on that day and posted. There were all but two days that I was able to do that. Both days the picture was taken, I uploaded it and realized after midnight that because of various reasons, it didn’t post. I’m going to take that as a technical win.

Pictures were taken with iPhones (5, 5s, 6s), a Canon S2 IS that died part way through the year, my GoPro Hero 3, and my trusty red Pentax Kr DSLR. Some days I took only one, other days, it was dozens.

I was always looking for picture opportunities, very often stopping along the side of the road while driving someplace to get a shot. The key was to take the picture using what ever camera I had at hand. Some days though, it was a struggle. I’m sure it was exciting to see a picture of a bowl of oatmeal or some popcorn, but it was right before heading to bed and little dog wasn’t in the mood to have his picture taken.

The biggest limitation was that I travel the same, fairly short route every day to and from work. But some days there was an opportunity to get something great. On February 6, it was the moon setting over the city.

On May 15, it was a combination of the sky, the Capitol dome, the flag and the moon.

I took the opportunity to get some great shots out of town, New York, Boston, San Francisco, and Provincetown.

Getting up early also helps. It was totally worth getting up at 4:30 a.m. on July 17 to take pictures of the sunrise in Provincetown.

I learned new things about composition, my camera, my lenses, and about the town of Manchester. I said at one point that I thought I had taken a picture of every old building in town. That’s not far off from the truth.

I liked sharing some of my family’s history and sharing pictures of my little furry friend, Coqui.

What I appreciated most was how people responded. Having you mention that you liked the pictures, or click on like, or make a comment was rewarding. I was always interested in what you had to say or what you responded to. Extra appreciation goes to my fellow photographers whose work I admire and were nice enough to take note. Thank you for all your kind words.

All the photos are in albums on Facebook if you want to go back and take a look at them at once.

I don’t know what my project for 2016 will be, but I have some ideas. I will continue to take pictures and post them here and I hope you continue to enjoy them.