A Frame A Day: 365 Project (February)

February is full of exciting times for me: Chinese New Year usually is about to happen or has just happened, my birthday is celebrated, and the harshness of winter is dying out, which means Spring is near. This year, February has been met with 70-degree days and a few more days of “I don’t want to do this.”

While I am carrying a camera with me every day, my daily commute is beginning to feel bland and the act of taking a photo during the same, too similar, walk has become boring. There have been a few days where my creative eye was tired and I was forced to post something I wasn’t happy with; I suppose this is the purpose of the project.

February 14, 2017: Another bench, but I really like it (Fujifilm XE2 with Fujinon 23mm f/1.4 | 1/640th | ISO200)

I’ve been yearning for new adventures and new gear too. I want to upgrade every single piece of equipment I have, but sadly, my checking (sure, savings…) account won’t let me. I guess this is also the purpose of the project, learn to use what you have with you. I have re-fallen in love with analog photography and dusted off the old 35mm SLRs and the Mamiya RB67. I’ll be getting those images developed soon.

Days spent traveling or celebrating special occasions have been difficult to shoot, edit, and post quickly. I have to set time aside to complete all these things. I continue to take new routes to places I’ve been, which has been rewarding, but also time consuming.

Please don’t take my ranting of time or lack of creative drive every minute be a white flag, I am going to see this project through. I am proud to have passed my last attempt’s number of days. I’ve grown my following and have networked with several D.C. based photographers. Community has been essential to this project, pushing me creatively in so many ways.

February 13, 2017: Inspired by my friend Will’s mom, Ellen’s, image she took that I admired growing up (Fujifilm XE2 with Fujinon 23mm f/1.4 | 1/500th | ISO400)

I did end up fulfilling a few goals of mine, to photograph the National Gallery of Arts tunnel and photograph NYC from a helicopter. I even went as far as booking an incredible trip to Zurich for June, so stay tuned on my travel plans.

I am planning to change up my photographic game by incorporating more camera mediums: Fuji instant film, Impossible Project film, 210 & 35mm film (day of), iPhone/mobile, and anything else I can get my hands on.

As I finish writing this, I am getting re-excited about the project and can’t wait to get back out there and shoot.

February 4, 2017: Chincoteague, VA of the Instax Mini(Nikon D810 with Sigma 35mm f/1.4 | 1/500th | ISO100)

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Photos (32 through 59)

February 1, 2017: Taken at L’Enfant Plaza during a commute to work (Fujifilm XE2 with Fujinon 23mm f/4 | 1/15th | ISO400)
February 2, 2017: Taken in Adams Morgan (Fujifilm XE2 with Fujinon 23mm f/2 | 1/3,200th | ISO200)
February 3, 2017: We took a weekend getaway to Chincoteague Island, VA (Nikon D810 with Sigma 35mm f/1.4 | 1/60th | ISO1600)
February 4, 2017: Chincoteague Island, VA (Nikon D810 with Sigma 35mm f/1.6 | 1/4,000th | ISO100)
February 5, 2017: Returning from Chincoteague Island, VA (Nikon D810 with Sigma 35mm f/4.0 | 1/160th | ISO400)
February 6, 2017: Walking on 14th and V street NW (Fujifilm XE2 with Fujinon 23mm f/1.4 | 1/250th | ISO200)
February 7, 2017: Columbia Heights Metro (Fujifilm XE2 with Fujinon 23mm f/1.8 | 1/1,000th | ISO200)
February 8, 2017: Morning walk (Fujifilm XE2 with Fujinon 23mm f/3.6 | 1/1,250th | ISO200)
February 9, 2017: National Gallery of Art (Fujifilm XE2 with Fujinon 23mm f/2.8 | 1/100th | ISO800)
February 10, 2017: Turned 24 years old (Fujifilm XE2 with Fujinon 23mm f/1.4 | 1/30th | ISO400)
February 11, 2017: Frank in color (Fujifilm XE2 with Fujinon 23mm f/1.4 | 1/2,000th | ISO200)
February 12, 2017: National Cathedral with the sun flare. I may have overdone the added grain but it feels like what my parents would’ve taken with their film point an shoots on a visit to D.C. (Fujifilm XE2 with Fujinon 23mm f/2.0 | 1/4,000th | ISO200)
February 13, 2017: Slipstream, Logan Circle. Looks like a still life. I also love these tones, very minimalist (Fujifilm XE2 with Fujinon 23mm f/4.5 | 1/180th | ISO800)
February 14, 2017: Valentine’s Day (Fujifilm XE2 with Fujinon 23mm f/1.4 | 1/1,000th | ISO200)
February 15, 2017: City Center (Fujifilm XE2 with Fujinon 23mm f/4.0 | 1/250th | ISO400)
February 16, 2017: Parked right outside (Fujifilm XE2 with Fujinon 23mm f/1.4 | 1/1,250th | ISO200)
February 17, 2017: Konrad in my apartment with a great afternoon exposure (Fujifilm XE2 with Fujinon 23mm f/1.4 | 1/3,200 | ISO400)
February 18, 2017: Cameron enjoying the 70-degree sun and cold Keystone Light. Always look for the light beams (Fujifilm XE2 with Fujinon 23mm f/4 | 1/2,000 | ISO200)
February 19, 2017: Walking through Fishtown with some good ole friends. Inspired to shoot more of my friends (Fujifilm XE2 with Fujinon 23mm f/4 | 1/400 | ISO200)
February 20, 2017: President’s Day visiting the Lincoln. Flipped the frame to give a new perspective(Fujifilm XE2 with Fujinon 23mm f/4 | 1/1,000 | ISO200)
February 21, 2017: Seen on the Yellow Line metro. I love this frame’s stillness, while the train is in motion. This truly feels stopped in time. (Fujifilm XE2 with Fujinon 23mm f/1.4 | 1/1,600 | ISO200)
February 21, 2017: Caught up with Raksa at Chaplin. Tough with backlight, but some great elements in the foreground and background that lead into him (Fujifilm XE2 with Fujinon 23mm f/4 | 1/180 | ISO400)
February 23, 2017: Was testing the electronic shutter and I guess he caught me snapping. I quickly looked away. We ended up getting off at the same stop (Fujifilm XE2 with Fujinon 23mm f/2.2 | 1/1,000 | ISO200)
February 24, 2017: Finding rooftops with my friend Eddy (Nikon D810 with Sigma 35mm f/1.6 | 1/160th | ISO1250)
February 25, 2017: Portrait of Will (Fujifilm XE2 with Fujinon 23mm f/1.4 | 1/160 | ISO200)
February 26, 2017: Fulfilled my goal of photographing my hometown form a helicopter (Fujifilm XE2 with Fujinon 23mm f/3.2 | 1/4,000th | ISO200)
February 27, 2017: Spring is springing early, taken near 15th street and U, love these colors and dimension the branches add (Fujifilm XE2 with Fujinon 23mm f/1.4 | 1/4,000th | ISO200)
February 28, 2017: Missed the oscars but love the simplicity in this (Fujifilm XE2 with Fujinon 23mm f/4.5 | 1/2,500th | ISO200)