Photography: Those Goals Left Unrecorded

17 01 2012

During the past year (especially while in the throes of pregnancy/life with a newborn), some goals got completed and never recorded, so I wanted to take the time to document them appropriately so they can be crossed off the list:

002. Upgrade one of my kit lenses [more info]
I sold my 50-200mm (Nikon) kit lens that came with my old DSLR on Ebay earlier in 2011 because I wanted a wide-angle full-frame lens (FX) to use on my D700, the dream camera I purchased in September 2010. I knew I couldn’t afford a brand new lens (the newer version of these lenses sell for ~$1700AU!), so stalked Ebay in search of something suitable. I ended up buying a Nikon 24-85mm f2.8/4D. I’d read mixed reviews about it at the time – it’d been superceded twice since it was released in the early 2000s (blah blah blah…), but you know what? I’m quite happy with it. With a 50mm lens being my only one that fit my camera suitably at that point, the 24-85mm lens has made it possible to take shots from any corner of our apartment… now it’s just a matter of convincing a certain mobile baby not to come crawling up to the camera so I can take more of said shots! 😉

003. Take myself on 5 photo-walks (2/5) [more info]
I had full intentions of doing more of these, and hopefully I can during 2012. The first series of shots were taken in the streets surrounding my home on the last day of Autumn in 2011 (I had a baby in the carrier on my front, so it made squatting down etc a little trickier!)

The last day of Autumn 2011 (31/05/2011)

These pictures were taken at the Tesselaar Tulip Festival, in September 2011:

Teselaar Tulip Festival 2011

008. Learn about Photoshop actions
When I started learning about Photoshop actions (turning multi-step processes in photo-editing into a single, time-saving step at the click of a button – think black and white conversions, lightening and brightening etc) it was a bit overwhelming, but after downloading a few freebies I understood the idea behind them – with the ultimate goal of making a set of my own for frequently-used processing in my own pictures. I made a couple of very basic ones, but found that I kept going back to my favourites – the Black & White and Vintage action sets from the Florabella Collection.

Here is an example of a picture I’ve taken and used an action on:

using black & white 'basic' by florabella

Using Florabella's 'Basic Black & White' action, a favourite picture of my son and husband.

2012: The Countdown to Project’s End

6 01 2012

So we’ve entered 2012 and, with it, the final nine months of my Mission 101 project. Honestly, I had hoped to have been further through my goals than what I am (originally I aimed to be 75% complete by September 2012, I think I’ll have to readjust this to 50% or 60% to be realistic). Falling pregnant and having a baby definitely made 2011 pass in a blur – I was able to get more done on some goals in this time than I anticipated (ie, reading books and scrapbooking) and less on some others (travelling, cooking and photography-related goals).

It’s time to start really knuckling down on this list and figure out what I want to do in the next nine months: what is important to me and what I can let slide.

I’ve really enjoyed reading back on my goals in the past two years and seeing how I’ve grown as a person; what was important to me before and what is important now. When I originally wrote The List, I was struggling with a few things in life and this provided me with a focus. And, being separate from my other blogs, has been more of a personal project than one catering to a wide audience. To anyone reading this, I hope that I can provide inspiration in tackling your own lists. 🙂


4 12 2011

093. Leave a permanent mark somewhere in my housing estate [more info]


Permanent mark added to the estate we live in? Check!

When some concrete paths were fixed recently I couldn’t resist scrawling my son’s name on a small space with a nearby stone (not very neatly since he was in my arms at the time!).

September Goal-Setting Goodness

9 09 2011

Since I’m trying to get back into the swing of this project regularly, it’s time to set a few goals for the remainder of this month. Here’s what I’ll be focusing on:

004. Frame and display one or more of my photographs at home [more info]
I bought some frames from IKEA recently for exactly this purpose, now to figure out what images to put in them…

031. Re-register for the Validation process [more info]
I really, really need to do this – my window of opportunity is closing fast. Difficult to focus on work when I’m trying to care for the baby.

048. Read 50 books (19/50) [more info]
049. Read 10 books that aren’t from the sci-fi or fantasy genres (6/10) [more info]
Two goals that are going relatively well! I tend to read for 30min a day while I’m feeding Rowan in the evenings, so it’s a matter of finishing the three books I’m currently reading (two of which are child-related, not science fiction :P).

071. Paint a feature wall [more info]
This will be revised to decorating a feature wall (using the frames from goal.004 above)

092. Share a month’s worth of reflections on life’s little things [more info]
See previous entry for more information about this, I’m not sure how I’ll post this. End of  the month? Weekly?

101(b) Reassess every six months for outdated/irrelevant goals (0/6)
I’ve kind of failed at this goal so far, we’re more than halfway in (almost a year to go!) and I haven’t revised the list once. I think it’s needed now though, I see at least five unattainable goals (ie, overseas travel) that I can’t see happening within the next twelve months, so I might revise these to something still challenging, yet soemthing I actually have a chance at completing.

A Month of Musings

8 09 2011

092. Share a month’s worth of reflections on life’s little things [more info]

Time to tackle a new goal for September, and that is about reflecting on life.

This was one of those goals that when I originally wrote my Mission 101 list, thought I’d leave for a ‘rainy day’ (ie, when I needed a pick-me-up). As it turned out, when I truly needed something like this, my son had just turned eight weeks old and finding time for ANYTHING other than feeding or convincing him to nap – or getting myself to nap! – was immediately in the too-hard basket.

So now it begins. I signed up to a website called OhLife! which sends you a daily email where you answer a question (in as little/much detail as you want) and your email response forms the blog entry. Kind of cool, makes it VERY easy to reflect. I’m getting my email to be sent at 9pm daily, when my son is usually in bed and I have a little time to myself on the laptop. See what happens, hey? 🙂

A New Way to Blog

13 08 2011

I downloaded a WordPress app for my phone in an attempt to make it easier to update entries & leave myself accountable for getting my goals done… wish me luck! (iPhones are awesome devices :P)

Reading List

5 08 2011

048. Read 50 books (18/50) [more info]
049. Read 10 books that aren’t from the sci-fi or fantasy genres (6/10) [more info]

I’ve been getting more time to read here and there after settling into life with a baby, though now it’s generally during a feed or after Rowan’s gone to sleep at night. It doesn’t really help that the books that I choose to read are quite long (it took me nearly three months to finish the book I started soon after his birth!!). My highlight has been Deadline, book 2 in the ‘Newsflesh’ series – I read the first novel Feed over Christmas (nothing says Christmas like a zombie apocalypse..!).

Here’s what I have been reading since April (full list available on the Books & Recipes tab under the title graphic)

14. Hypnobirthing; The Mongan Method (06/04/11)
15. Selling Out – Justina Robson (10/04/11)
16. Breastfeeding – Sheila Kitzinger (15/04/11)
17. Going Under – Justina Robson (30/06/11)
18. Deadline – Mira Grant (12/07/11)

19. 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die (currently reading)
20. Makers – Cory Doctorow (currently reading)