December, 2008 Archives

Announcing My New Blog

December 31st, 2008 Permalink

I have started up a new blog called “Through My Eyes”. It will be photos only, in a large format. This is where I will showcase my favorite photos. There will also be links to purchase prints. I will still be blogging here about photography, the photo challenges, and random stuff. Eventually this blog will […]

I have started up a new blog called “Through My Eyes”. It will be photos only, in a large format. This is where I will showcase my favorite photos. There will also be links to purchase prints.

I will still be blogging here about photography, the photo challenges, and random stuff. Eventually this blog will move to the new domain, when I have time to figure out how to migrate the content seamlessly.

Head on over to Through My Eyes and check it out. Let me know what you think of the layout. It’s a work in progress, so it may have some rough spots. Thanks for your interest!

Looking Back On The 2008 Challenge

December 30th, 2008 Permalink

2008 Challenge from Jeremy Brooks on Vimeo. The 2008 Challenge was a challenge. One photo per week, documenting my community. Committing to shoot the same theme every week was not always easy. Some weeks I had no idea what I was going to shoot. Some weeks I just didn’t want to shoot. But I managed […]


2008 Challenge from Jeremy Brooks on Vimeo.

The 2008 Challenge was a challenge. One photo per week, documenting my community. Committing to shoot the same theme every week was not always easy. Some weeks I had no idea what I was going to shoot. Some weeks I just didn’t want to shoot. But I managed complete it. Here are some things I learned from the experience:

  1. Planning is essential
  2. Doing some research about my community and planning to shoot specific things greatly helped in completing the project. I found a list of Richmond fire stations and a list of public art in Richmond. These lists provided an abundance of subject matter. Each week I picked one of the items on the list to shoot.

  3. Don’t wait until the last minute
  4. It was much easier to pick a subject and attempt to shoot it at the beginning of the week. If the subject was no longer there (as was the case for some of the public art I tried to shoot), I could pick another subject and shoot it later in the week.

  5. Make the project public
  6. Posting the shots on flickr, zooomr, and my blog gave me incentive to complete the project once I had started it. The shots appeared at photochallenge.org as well.

  7. Tag the photos and make a set
  8. Tagging each photo with ’2008challenge’ made it possible to see everybody’s 2008 Challenge photos. In addition, it made it simple to automatically add my photos to a 2008 Challenge set. Flickr does not have the ability to create sets automatically based on tags, but you can use SmartSetr to do it.

Some of the project photos are not very inspired. Some are quite boring. Some I am really not happy with at all. But I posted them anyway, and I am happy with the project as a whole.
I’m really looking forward to the 2009 Challenge, and seeing what the completed project will look like at the end of next year. Can you do the 2009 Challenge as well? Why not give it a shot? It will be interesting to see a whole pool of photos from the year!

Morning Blues At The Bus Station

Abstraction Of A Tunnel

December 29th, 2008 Permalink

The Stockton Street Tunnel in San Francisco.

Abstraction Of A Tunnel

The Stockton Street Tunnel in San Francisco.

A New Challenge

December 27th, 2008 Permalink

If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you have probably noticed that I’ve been pretty active in the 2008 Challenges from photochallenge.org. As of 2009, I will be joining the photochallenge.org team as well. There are a lot of fun challenges coming up for 2009, including a 2009 Challenge and the […]

Stay Here And I'll Be Back

If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you have probably noticed that I’ve been pretty active in the 2008 Challenges from photochallenge.org. As of 2009, I will be joining the photochallenge.org team as well.
There are a lot of fun challenges coming up for 2009, including a 2009 Challenge and the bi-monthly challenges. I don’t want to spoil any of the announcements, so I will just say keep an eye on photochallenge.org and plan to join us for a great year of challenges!

2008 Challenge, Week 52: 4th Street Lights

December 27th, 2008 Permalink

Week 52 of the 2008 Challenge. The christmas lights on 4th Street in Berkeley on a wet, rainy night. This is the last photo in the 2008 Challenge series. You can see all of the photos in this series here.

4th Street Lights

Week 52 of the 2008 Challenge.

The christmas lights on 4th Street in Berkeley on a wet, rainy night.

This is the last photo in the 2008 Challenge series. You can see all of the photos in this series here.

Excerpt From A Dream About Photowalking

A Powerful Condition

December 24th, 2008 Permalink

101 California, San Francisco, California

A Powerful Condition

101 California, San Francisco, California

2008 Challenge, Week 51

December 20th, 2008 Permalink

Week 51 of the 2008 Challenge. This is unusually cold weather for the Bay Area. It is actually freezing.

Freezing

Week 51 of the 2008 Challenge.

This is unusually cold weather for the Bay Area. It is actually freezing.

Orangelamp

December 19th, 2008 Permalink

Orangelamp