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January 30, 2011 / Steve

The End Of One Thing, The Beginning Of Another

Thanks to everyone who followed along and kept me going during the 2010 project! It was such an amazing experience, I decided to keep on photo blogging. The new blog information is below, but if you’re just finding this site, and you want to check out my 2010 365 photo project, start from the beginning – Jan 1st, 2010. If you’d rather just browse all of the pictures from this project, they are here on my smugmug.

The new photo blog is well underway and is titled “Life in Pictures | The Photo Blog of Steve Skinner”.

The address for this blog is:

If you liked the 365 project, then I think you’ll enjoy this new one. Same type of photo blogging, just not on a daily schedule. While that does mean less frequent posts, I hope it will lead to better photography, since I can be more selective.

I hope everyone who followed along in 2010 comes on over to the new blog and signs up there too! Your participation and comments really make it all so much more fun!

December 31, 2010 / Steve

Day 365 – The End

Well, here we are at the last post of the project. I can’t believe it! It’s been challenging to say the least, but also rewarding on so many more levels than I could have ever anticipated. What a great experience this has been!

Here are some interesting stats on the project:

  • Over the year, I probably averaged about 1.5 to 2 hours per day between taking pictures, post processing, and posting to the photo sharing sites and the blog. That’s an estimated 700 hours (conservatively) time spent with photography this year. To put that into perspective, that is equal to 17.5 work weeks (based on a 40 hour work week).
  • Well over 17,000 visits to the blog, and about 30,000 visitors on the 365 photo set on flickr.
  • Nearly 900 comments left on the blog.
  • During the year, I took well over 15,000 pictures (but didn’t keep about 4,000 of them)
  • The number of times I will repeat the 365 photo project (zero!)

Now for the gratitude.

First and foremost, I want to thank my wife Susan for supporting me through this whole process. It couldn’t have happened any other way. Thank you also for being my main “selection judge” on so many days when I couldn’t decide which one to go with.

I also owe a special thanks to my friend and fellow 365’er Dave, who I talked into doing this with me. We made it! Having another photographer involved in the same effort has been invaluable for support, ideas, and feedback. It’s been great!

And a huge thanks to all family, friends, fellow 365’ers and commenters who have followed along through the project! You’ve made this a really great experience for me. I’ve so enjoyed hearing your comments and feedback throughout the year!


Have a wonderful and prosperous 2011!



December 30, 2010 / Steve

Day 364 – Bailey’s Birthday

Our dog Bailey turned twelve today, so we took her to her favorite place – dog beach in Del Mar. She played with other dogs, fetched stick in the surf, dug holes, and spent plenty of time swimming. In dog terms, she partied like a rock star. 🙂

When I am 84, if I have even a fraction of her energy, I’ll be doing just fine.

December 30, 2010 / Steve

Day 363 – Star of India

After being cooped up for days not feeling well, I got a serious case of cabin fever tonight. Like so many other times in this project, I hopped in the car with my gear with no idea where I would end up or if I would find a shot at all.

I explored a few favorite spots along the coast, but ended up downtown at the waterfront of San Diego harbor. Conditions could have been better; the wind was gusting at least 20 to 30 mph and that’s what drew my attention to the noisy rigging and sails of the Star of India, the worlds oldest active sailing ship (built in 1863). Moving around in the wind as she was, there was no hope of getting a crystal clear exposure so I set the camera on my tripod, picked a focus point and fired off a few. This was the best of them.

December 28, 2010 / Steve

Day 362 – Close-Up Conifer

Enjoying a bit of nature today, up close and personal.

The canyon across from our house is quite a diverse little ecosystem, with pines, eucalyptus, scrub oak, manzanita, and a whole bunch of other stuff I’m not familiar with.

After living in and around LA county for over a decade, we really appreciate having access to nice trails and natural growth just minutes from our doorstep.

It’s funny how a picture of the whole tree doesn’t give you the same feeling as a picture like this can (up close). At least that’s the case for me. This photo reminds me of trails near my home in Michigan, the woods I spent so much time exploring with my cousins, and so many Christmas trees we’ve decorated through the years.

December 27, 2010 / Steve

Day 361 – Losing the Fight

I think it’s safe to say I’m losing the fight against this cold for the moment.

Until today, I’ve been able to muster will and energy to put together a shot or venture out for one, but tonight I don’t have it in me. I’m taking the easy way out today and letting my medicinal shrine speak for itself. From the sounds of it, plenty of you are also feeling my pain.

I had grand plans for a photo excursion tomorrow, but not if I wake up feeling like this…

Oh… to Mom & Dad Murphy – no I have not tried a Hot Toddy yet, but it’s on the menu for tonight.

December 26, 2010 / Steve

Day 360 – The North Pole

Well, I found the north pole, and strangely enough it’s just down the street from me!

While walking the dog tonight, we browsed through the Christmas light displays around the neighborhood before they all start disappearing until next year.

December 25, 2010 / Steve

Day 359 – Merry Christmas from The Cardiff Kook!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

Well, I always hate to do a stereotypical picture on holidays, but my sister requested that I do “something” holiday-ish on Christmas day. I hope the Cardiff Kook as an Elf is close enough Sher!

What will they think of next for this statue?  😉

December 24, 2010 / Steve

Day 358 – The Salk Institute

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then hats off to you Steve Skinner (no, not me silly – the OTHER Steve Skinner, on flickr). Yes, it is strange and funny that I ended up with a friend on flickr with the same name in the same town. Anyway, I digress… When I saw his picture of this view at the Salk Institute, I was in awe and knew I had to go get my own shot of it.

The Salk Institute was established in the 1960s by Jonas Salk, M.D., the developer of the polio vaccine. Salk selected the world-renowned architect Louis I. Kahn to design his vision. The structure is sparse and raw, but beautiful in many ways (if you like contemporary architecture). This entire courtyard is travertine marble. They do biological research here, focusing on Molecular Biology and Genetics, Neurosciences, and Plant Biology.

If I were a Stormtrooper, I’d feel right at home here.

Merry Christmas Eve everyone! I guess I should have reversed yesterday and today’s pictures. This one’s not very Christmasy.


December 23, 2010 / Steve

Day 357 – Christmas at The Beach

Well, we got a break from the rain! I’m still feeling pretty rotten with this cold, but I wanted to get some fresh air in the lungs and maybe get a picture or two.

Feeling satisfied with my “wet knee” photo session, I headed up the stairs back to the parking lot. As I reached the top, I was greeted by this nice big Christmas tree which had recently lit up. It was obvious that this tree would (and should) be the picture of the day, captured in a scene with ocean and twilight.

December 23, 2010 / Steve

Day 356 – A Quiet Holiday Night

Caught a cold this week; very low energy tonight. Putting together a photo was the last thing I wanted to do tonight. Susan was helping me with some simple ideas and suggested lighting up this candle. I took it out into my dark garage studio and worked with it for about 10 or 15 minutes, trying different ways of capturing its light and the designs in the glass. Great suggestion hon!

December 22, 2010 / Steve

Day 355 – Wrappin’ It Up

Well, the gifts are just about all done and wrapped up; ready to be revealed again on Christmas morning. The title for this one is also meaningful, in that there is only 9 days left in the year, and in this project! My, how time flies….

December 20, 2010 / Steve

Day 354 – This Just Turned Out Weird

The idea behind this seemed pretty cool (in my mind), but it just looks like a failed attempt at light painting to me. Instead of being holiday-ish, it sort of has a freaky, drug induced bad Christmas dream feel to it. Art is subjective though, so maybe you’ll see something better in this than I do. [shrug]

So be it. It’s pouring and blowing like crazy tonight so an evening photo walk is out of the question.

I used a line of Christmas tree lights all wadded up into a ball to create the light trails around the stuffed snowy singers during a 10 second exposure. I wear black or dark clothes so I can ninja about with the lights without being “painted” into the frame.

December 20, 2010 / Steve

Day 353 – Reunited

After any time away from home, one of the things we look forward to most is reuniting with our dog Bailey. If you’ve been following along, you know she’s one of the celebrities in the project. But curled up on the couch next to the fire? That just too perfect to pass on. I mean, how cozy and wintery is that!? You can practically hear the chestnuts roasting… (which, for the record, aren’t very tasty at all).

December 20, 2010 / Steve

Day 352 – Airport Abstract

Ok, so the cruise is over and we’re headed back to America’s Finest City, but before we get there, the Cleveland airport is all I had to work with for imagery. Ugh….

This is the ceiling of a large open area in the terminal where we waited to hop on our final flight home. It’s tough going back to “regular” pictures after being in places with so much new and interesting things to photograph.

On that note, I’ve also posted the rest of the vacation photos. Here’s a few others from the trip that you might enjoy lookin’ at.

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