“0630” – Ten Years Later

Clouds over the Atlantic Ocean at Wallis Sands State Park in Rye, New Hampshire.
Clouds over the Atlantic Ocean at Wallis Sands State Park in Rye, New Hampshire. From the first month of my “0630” project a decade ago.

10 years ago today I started a 365 project where I shot and posted a photo every day at 6:30 a.m. It was very trendy at the time and looking back at the photos is pretty fun.

Great Island Common at dawn. New Castle, New Hampshire. Image size is appropriate for print reproductions up to 8" x 10".
This was my first entry into my 0630 project on November 15, 2011.

It’s a mix of my usual style of outdoor photography mixed with early HDR and iPhone photos with funky filters and grungy frames. Check out the above photo, my first shot of the project made with an iPhone 4s and all grunged up. You can see all of the photos from the project on (Yikes!) Tumblr: https://ecophotography.tumblr.com/ though most of the photos are also on my website here: https://ecophotography.photoshelter.com/gallery/0630/G0000C1UifihL1TA.

The North Church in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. iPhone photo - suitable for print reproductions up to 8" x 12".
The North Church in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

I managed to only miss about 15 days over the course of the year before it all ended about a week short of the one-year anniversary when we had a fire in my house. (no one was hurt, but it was a stressful couple of months in the aftermath!)

Roof tops in winter in Portsmouth New Hampshire's South End.
Roof tops in winter in Portsmouth New Hampshire’s South End.
Anti-nuke graffiti on the Scott Covered Bridge in Townshend, Vermont.
Anti-nuke graffiti on the Scott Covered Bridge in Townshend, Vermont.

The project was great for forcing me to shoot very day and to look for photos even in bad weather or less than exciting locations.

Market Street in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. HDR
Market Street in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. HDR

It was also a great project for experimenting with different ideas, gear, techniques, etc. Some of which I still use (and some I definitely left in the past.) I wrote a wrap-up of the project in March 2013, which you can see here if you’re interested: https://ecophotography.com/connecting-to-place/

Lobster boats docked on Sagamore Creek in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Winter.
Lobster boats docked on Sagamore Creek in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Winter.
The North Church reflected in a puddle in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. iPhone photo - suitable for print reproduction up to 8" x 12".
The North Church reflected in a puddle in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

What’s interesting to me is the big difference between the photos I shot with traditional gear, often while on assignment, and the photos I shot with my phone just quickly trying to find something of interest near home so I could check my photo off my to-do list for the day. My traditional work seems classic and timeless to me, while the more impromptu photos are definitely of their time, but often more whimsical and relaxed.

On to the next decade…

Cheers!

-Jerry

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