I just got back from a quick escape to the Skylight Pub and Theater to see 'Up in the Air.' It's a film I would highly recommend if my recommendations mean anything to you. Normally seeing a movie is more of a cinematic journey than any sort of escape. You see, I'm kind of a theater snob. About 15 minutes from my home are two theaters: Hood River Cinemas and the Skylight Pub and Theater. I'm not a huge fan in any way of the cinemas (aside from their proximity), but if you twist my arm, I'll venture to Skylight (good food/beverage/comfortable atmosphere/generally better films).
However, a few years ago I discovered Cinetopia. Cinetopia is the BMW to Skylight's Saab. HD screens, full menu, comfortable seating, lots of trailers (I would seriously pay $8 to watch 90 minutes of coming attractions.) and live entertainment before the movie. If it's a blockbuster, say Pirates of the Caribbean, Transformers, The Dark Knight...I'll make the effort for the hour drive to Cinetopia. However, for the artsy stuff, Skylight does a pretty good job. If you haven't been to Cinetopia, it's what 'dinner and movie' should be. Gigli would be enjoyable there. Comfortable seating and a gourmet-butter popcorn are all that kept from walking out of Transformers 2.
On my way home I grabbed my latest Projet365 shot. There were a few boats down parked in their slips down at the marina, and one kind of stood out. My buddy Mike gave me a great book on night photography, and I've been meaning to give it a go. Planning and composing night photography is a lot more complex than day. And it's a time-vampire as well. Everything takes longer. I'm from the 'gotta-have-it-now" generation and waiting a minute while my photo processes is agonizing. It's no wonder I didn't get really interested in this hobby until film went the way of the unicorn.
Shooting a photo everyday is relatively easy. It's finding the time in your day to compose or capture something that's meaningful and/or inspirational that I'm finding difficult. Don't get me wrong, I could publish 365 photos of my kids and fulfill all the requirements, but I'm trying to stretch myself a little. And that's exactly what I feel like. One thing I've noticed is that I'm reaching for more clubs in my bag.
A lot of the golf courses around here are pretty short. It's not unusual for me to hit driver/wedge/putter on most par-fours. And while that's great, I don't get the feeling that it's making me a better golfer. Last summer, my dad and I drove up to Chambers Bay Golf Links outside of Tacoma. This track is littered with Dirk Diggler-esque 650-yard par-fives, 500 yard par-fours, and 200+ yard par-threes. We're talking long. But the great thing about playing a course like that, is that it forces you to play shots you wouldn't under normal conditions. And in doing so, it makes you better.
I'm finding this to be true with Project365. On January 1, 2011 I should be comfortable with hitting more of these shots, and being 365 times that photographer I am now.