On Friday I decided I should push myself to take more photos this weekend. Lately I've carried my camera around and either taken no shots or just a couple. So, I figured, why not take a photo every 5 minutes for three hours on Saturday? I mean, how hard could it be?
My original thought was to set an alarm for 5 minutes, and no matter where I was when the alarm went off I would take a photo and post it to Instagram and Facebook. Then I would reset the alarm and do it again until I had taken 36 photos.
That process went out the window almost immediately, and instead I would look for a photo opportunity as soon as I posted a photo, then take a shot and wait until my five minutes were pretty much up and then post the new shot.
I ended up posting 44 photos over three hours. And, as the title says, I walked more than 17,000 steps.
Here are some lessons learned:
- I'm not giving up my camera anytime soon. For this project I used my phone, because I didn't want to deal with the logistics of taking a photo on my camera, transferring it to my phone, then posting it. Unfortunately, my phone has a lag time between hitting the shutter and taking the photo. That proved to be the most challenging part of this whole thing: anticipating where something or someone was going to be when the phone decided to take the damn photo. Also, the clarity of my Fuji x100t blows away the image quality of my Samsung Galaxy Note 5.
- My plan was to take a photo with the phone, run the image through a third-party app that creates really nice black and white images, then post it simultaneously to Instagram and Facebook. That proved impractical, because the third-party app took quite a bit of time to process and save each image. So I ended up using the Instagram filters to turn my photos to black and white. I used Inkwell, which is the best Instagram has to offer, but it pales (literally) in comparison to my camera/Silver Efex combination.
- When I used to shoot film I would be quite happy to get 3 or 4 good shots from a roll of 36 exposures, and many of the shots I took were near duplicates as I tried to get the best angle, etc. Today I got more than a dozen photos I really like from the 44 non-duplicated shots, so I'm pretty happy with that.
All in all a fun little project. Let me know what you thought of it in the comments.