Photo Details:
      Exposure time 1/100 sec, Aperture f/5.6 ISO 2000, Focal Length 24mm, Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II

      Why This Photo:
      It couldn’t be more fitting to leave this Project 52 challenge with a photo as gorgeous as this, and one to commemorate the last sunrise of 2012. The sky was incredible this morning as the sun rose through the trees and I did minimal post-processing to bring out the colors and purposefully kept the trees dark and underexposed.

      Challenges/Lessons Learned:
      Took me several tries to get the exposure where I wanted it – the first couple were exposed to the trees so I could see the detail there, but then the sky was blown out. I kept dialing back exposure until I got this where I wanted it.

      Final Thoughts:
      I cannot believe that tomorrow we will be ringing in another new year. When I started this a year ago, I had no idea what I was in for and I am so glad that I stuck with it. While my posts weren’t always on time, I did make sure that I tried to get something out there and make myself to pick up my camera, even when I didn’t want to. My biggest growth area this year had to be with learning how to use flash correctly (with a LOT of trial and error). This project really helped me with that – I don’t think I would have made myself take the time if I didn’t have a photo to post, knowing I should be learning as well. I am thankful for that.

      I would encourage anyone to take on a project like this – if I can do it with two little kids running me ragged, anyone can! I hope that everyone enjoyed seeing what I came up with each week as well.

      Happy New Year to everyone – Hope 2013 is wonderful for you all!


      Yay, what an incredible project! Congrats on finishing and what are you going to do for 2013??? Might I suggest a 10 on 10? ;-)