This month's community spotlight introduces you to fellow 365'er, Lynda Geith.
Tell us a bit about yourself
I am married, have two adult children and two grandchildren. I live in a sleepy bedroom community Moorpark, CA. Both kids are on the East Coast, one in NYC and the other in GA. Both of my kids also love photography. My daughter has a pretty good eye for someone who always teased me about taking so many photos. My son is a professional photographer on the race car circuit and takes amazing photos. I also have two cats and a horse that I am always photographing.
How did you become interested in Photography?
I became interested in photography in my late teens. I fell in love with Ansel Adams photography. I took some photography classes in college back in the film days. I started with a Minolta SRT 101 then after several years of off and on I got a Canon AE1. My son still has that old Canon and all the lenses. About 25 years ago I entered the digital age.
What do you wish you had learned earlier?
I can’t really say what I wish I had learned sooner, so many things come to mind. That has been part of the process, the learning.
How long have you been doing a 365 project and how did you get started?
I have been doing a 365 for 10 years now. I started with Katrina’s group CaptureYour365. I had been away from photography for quite a while busy with life and being a Mom. I found myself an empty nester with time on my hands and stumbled upon CaptureYour365. I had received a Canon Rebel for Christmas and it gave me the motivation to get back into photography.
What is your favourite thing about doing a 365 project?
The 365 project has made me really stop to see the beauty in the everyday. I like recording daily events that might be forgotten. This is such a wonderful group of great supportive people. One of the best things about it is learning to try new ways of looking at and photographing things.The creativity in this group is amazing.
What are your favourite type of prompts and which are you least favourite?
My favorite types of prompts are Picture Basic and Picture Style. I also like the extra challenges. My least favorite is probably the Picture My World quarterly prompt. Only because I do not live in a picturesque location and we really have no change of seasons. I so envy those in the group that actually have four seasons.
What have you learned about yourself from taking a photo a day?
I have found that my photos have really improved since taking a photo a day. It has been a slow process barely noticeable to me but, when I go back and look at photos from when I first started I see the growth.
What would you tell someone who is just about to embark on a 365 photo a day project?
I would tell someone just starting out to take lots and lots of photos. Experiment and try different photography styles and techniques until you find what you love. Don’t be too critical of your photos. Enjoy the photographic journey.