happy canada day + challenge recap

happy canada day, canadian friends!


because july 1st falls on a sunday this year, the retail world’s schedule is all topsy-turvy: stores are OPEN with the usual hours today, but everyone is CLOSED tomorrow, our store included. so, i will work today and enjoy a free day tomorrow!

canada day celebrations at columbia lake are being held today – any locals going over for the fun and games?? we have our annual loft-y rooftop bbq this eve, and when the fireworks show starts at 10 pm tonight, i’ll have prime viewing from the condo casa windows!


well, today is the first day in 30 days that we do not have an official photo of the day – the 30 photo challenge ended yesterday. and now we’re on to a new month! i july to pieces and hope we have a hot, humid, sunny month ahead of us.

tomorrow we will discuss july plans; today, we’re going to take a quick look back at the 30 day photo challenge – call it “the best and worst of,” if you will.

the top three favourite posts (i like when i can make myself chuckle as i blog-write!):

day #11: what’ll it be, what’ll it be…

day #13: as random as you can get

day #14: the eyes have it

the three entries that sucked were not that exciting:

day #7: unas manzanas -> i discovered i’d rather photograph scenery, shoes or people than fruit in a grocery store!

day #16: you can imagine a waterfall, ok? -> some anonymous person left a snarky “zzzz” comment on this one!

day #29: zero shades of grey -> i hate it when a plan fails to come together!

the two most labour-intensive days:

day #6: towering baby food -> building and dismantling my baby food wall took a good 20-30 minutes

day #18: classic -> arranging my shoe-flower was a half-hour job!

two entries that came together effortlessly:

day #5: look down, way down -> i knew i wanted to shoot this photo right from day one

day #22: the look of love -> first shot, and the emotion in the photo surpassed my hopes

one fun entry:

day #1: self-portrait -> i enjoyed making silly faces!

one major disappointment:

the unreliability of my little camera!

final thoughts:

i am super glad i took on the photography challenge. i expanded my vocabulary (bokeh! sunflare!) and i liked having a specific assignment to pursue for each day, yet still having lots of creative license to interpret as i wished (some days more than others!).

i thought we were presented with a good variety of subjects to go out and chase down. all scenery or all technical terms would have been boring.

i do not think i improved my skills, per se, but i did put more thought than usual into lighting and photo composition – i will try to keep these photography elements in mind from here on out.

there are a number of photo challenges out there if you just google “30 day photography challenge;” i would be interested in trying another one again some time…like, in a few months!

happy sunday, happy holiday!

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  • Stacie @ Snaps and Bits  On July 1, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Happy Canada Day and enjoy the day off tomorrow! You like humidity? We have plenty of that in NJ but I can’t stand it! Glad it appeals to someone 🙂

    • 1970kikiproject  On July 1, 2012 at 12:04 pm

      thanks, stacie! we have just beautiful weather this weekend, so that is a bonus for our holiday weekend! i tell you, if florida was part of canada, i would live there in a heart-beat! hope you are enjoying the fresh air in california, and that it is NOT humid for you!

  • Zo  On July 1, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Happy Canada Day and happy almost day off! It was fun following the photo challenge (and clicking back, I was happy to see the photo of the kitty shirt on day 11!)! I’m glad you enjoyed/enjoy these challenges. I think you’ve spoiled me to expect a post a day from you…:-).

    • 1970kikiproject  On July 1, 2012 at 8:29 am

      thanks, zo! you know, i really do love daily blogging the most…i eally enjoyed having a topic to interpret as i wished, each day. guess what – i googled the “moonlight” movie you mentioned and it is playing this weekend at the princess, the indy cinema in my ‘hood – i am going to go tomorrow eve!

  • 42kim  On July 1, 2012 at 6:34 am

    Happy Canada Day! Sorry you have to work. I love all of your self-challenges. What a great way to experience new things and inspire others. I alway look forward to what is next.

    • 1970kikiproject  On July 1, 2012 at 7:38 am

      thanks, kim! happy july 1st to you, too! are you going to be able to take in any special festivities out east, there? if so, do enjoy! loved your early morning photo on fb! 🙂

  • Stephanie  On July 1, 2012 at 6:28 am

    Happy Canada Day! I looked at your pictures on my phone, but rarely got on the computer to comment. Sorry for dropping out like that…but I’m back now. While I used to like Canada Day, now I just find it stressful because the dog FREAKS OUT at the fireworks. He’ll basically bark all night. bah.

    • 1970kikiproject  On July 1, 2012 at 7:37 am

      hey steph! no worries…that’s the great thing about blogging – we visit when we can! poor doggie, this is not going to be a pleasant day for him. can you all hang in the basement and blast some zombie movies??! enjoy your canada day (otherwise!)!

  • Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count  On July 1, 2012 at 6:06 am

    Cathy, did you include the video because the girl looks like you? Because she really does!! I loved following the photo challenge with you. I’m going to look for some and see what I can participate in. Maybe after we get home from our trip, I’ll give one a try. I enjoyed all of your photos so much. You did get very creative. Happy Canada Day!!! Enjoy the fireworks and your day off tomorrow!!

    • 1970kikiproject  On July 1, 2012 at 6:13 am

      fran, i’m glad you found the challenge fun to follow…because i sure had fun thinking up photo opps and creative ways to avoid technical shots! i do hope you consider doing a photo challenge, too – i would love to see what you come up with! if you did a challenge while ON vacation, you would have spectacular scenery photos! we’ll all be wearing our red and white up here in canada today!

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