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I started this blog on June 1st, 2009 with ‘Project 365’ – my personal commitment to shoot and post a minimum of one image daily – as a means of re-igniting my passion for photography. 365 days and 396 images later, I achieved my goal and decided to continue posting images and commentary every week.

With deep-rooted respect and unadulterated awe for Mother Nature, I seek to capture the ‘unexpected’ in the everyday – elevating and celebrating all the exquisite details of life that are so often overlooked. To me, each image holds a perfect moment in time and I feel extremely fortunate to have this opportunity to share my journey with you.

So, please stop by often (or better yet, sign up to receive e-mail notification of new posts) to check out the latest images, read the stories behind them and, most importantly, let me know what you think! Most images are available for purchase as fine art prints. Check out the ‘Buy Prints’ page for details.

milkayphoto@comcast.net

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49 Comments

  1. Tracy,
    Last night I checked out your first photo on your new blog. It was a pleasure to see it and have passed it on to a few friends.
    Dennis Maltbie

  2. I have now added you to my blogroll as well.

  3. Thanks for the visits and comments, Tracy. Always glad to have’em and meet new people along the way.

    You have been added to my blogroll.

    Bestest, Ruprecht (Michael)

  4. Just spent my very early morning looking through your entire blog (found you from Scott’s blog) and really enjoyed it. Beautiful images!

    • Wow! Thanks so much! I’m glad you stopped by! Just took a quick peek at your blog and looks like we might be kindred spirits! 🙂 Nice to find! I will be going back for a closer look and to comment!

      • Ha! Very fitting that you should find Daily a kindred spirit! We have joked several times about the fact that we must be long lost sisters. 🙂

      • I read/follow quite a few blogs and it was just a surprise to read words that struck so close to my heart. I look forward to reading more! 🙂

  5. Your photos are just beautiful, and I couldn´t agree more about the motives you find. I´m looking foreward to see a lot more. 🙂

    • Thanks Birgitte! Nice to know I have a fan in Denmark! 🙂

  6. Tracy, so glad I found you over here. Hope you don’t mind if I add you to my blogroll.
    Yeah, and one more thing…..you had better not leave at the end of 365. 😉

    • Ha! I do worry about what to do at the “end”. I doubt I will go away but I may not feel so pressured to post every single day. I have found that to be extremely stressful at times! But, on the other hand, I have never pushed myself so hard to be creative and I can already see my work getting better and better. It’s a double-edged sword, ain’t it? Thank you for adding me to your blogroll. I don’t mind one bit. You are now on mine as well. 🙂

  7. I added you to my blogroll. I was just going to say that I’ve missed a couple of days of my 365 project and I guess it’s cheating, but I’ve gone back and posted one for the day I missed by post dating it to the day before which is the day I missed. 🙂

    • Thanks, Jan! As another Proj 365’er once reminded me…’as far as I know, there aren’t any Proj 365’er police so you can do what you like!’ Still, I know how frustrating it is to miss a day! Mine came from technical difficulties and luckily, only happened that one time. Nice to know, we all go through it! 🙂

  8. Hi Tracy,

    I’ve secured a domain name for my blog and am hoping you can update my link in your blogroll. The new address is: http://lazyphotographer.ca
    My current blog will soon be replaced by my new one and this address will point to the old one for now and the new one once I launch it. Thanks.

    Dave

  9. Hello! Can you tell me how i can register mail?

    • I’m sorry, but I don’t understand your question. If you are asking how you can subscribe to this blog, you can simply click on the “Sign me up!” buttom near the bottom of the main blog page. Hope this helps!

  10. Hi, nice to meet you !

  11. nice work here!

  12. Hello there!
    Your blog is simply amazing. I adore it !
    Nice work, you have a place in my blogroll 😀

    Bye !

    • Hello back!

      Thanks so much! You are very sweet to say! Your blog is pretty good, too! Very clever stuff! I’ll be watching! :-0

      Thanks for adding me to your blogroll – much appreciated!

      Bye !

  13. Your photos are absolutely stunning. I love them all!

  14. Beautiful photos!

  15. I’m Glad that You got “re-ignited”!! Just Keep Going!!

  16. Wonderful photos, great colours I admire that you managed to stick with your original aim of a minimum of one photo per day and very happy that you continued after.

  17. Love your work! Exquisite talent!

    • Many thanks, mehmudah! So nice of you to stop by and comment! 🙂

  18. I’ve already removed your picture from my blog. I pinned it in my board of Pinterest, but now, your name and link it is clear.
    I apologize for the inconvenience. It is was a mistake I have made. I just forgot to pinned the picture to make sure your link was clear. I am sorry but I want you to know thak ALWAYS respect the work of artists. In fact., all the post in my blog that talk about photography are made with the permission of authors. I have friends photographers and I also make pictures than I want to be respect. Again, I am sorry for that.

    • Thank you! I appreciate your writing me and explaining. I can understand an oversight and am glad you have corrected. Take care.

  19. Hi Tracy! Just checking to see how the battle is going, and how you are doing! 🙂

    • Hi Ted! Thanks for checking up on me. To be honest, it has been tough but I’ve managed to get many of the images removed. I am still in the arduous process of watermarking all my images on the blog. I’ve been taking some time away from it to regain my sanity and enjoy what is left of summer. It’s the little things, right? 🙂

  20. Oh my goodness. I just finished reading about how so much of your work has been stolen. I still can not get over the so-called teacher who refused to admit that she/he did something that is blantantly wrong. People are crass, crude, and apparently have a strong sense of entitlement. You really did have to do some big time water marking on your photographs.

    I discovered your site through steve Gingold. So I just clicked away and found your site. I photograph but I am merely an amateur. I never considered my pics worth stealing. However I did have a person contacat me for use of a plant photo for a trade magazine and I sent her an email pic. She told me that she pid $50 for a high resolution pic. I have not heard from her since and that was 2 weeks ago. I inlcuded in my note that I did not intend to be duped and that the pic was a one time use thing. I figure 50 bucks is not much but then it is better than no money. I don’t think that I will ever Copyright my pics- they just are not earth shattering. But if I ever get some prime lens then I might think about it.

    Your site is very good. Excellent material and photos. It is nice to run across you.

    • It is QUITE a story, isn’t it? Sigh.

      Sadly, the whole thing really has taken its toll on me. I feel so violated and stupid for allowing it to happen in the first place. I really thought I was stronger than this. I do hope in time to move passed the utter disappointment and shock of it all, pick myself back up and return to photography. Time will tell.

      I do so appreciate your taking the time to stop by and comment. I know my situation is far from unique but for now, I feel rather helpless. I struggle with posting since I don’t want to give “them” anything to steal.

      Your tale isn’t unique either. I NEVER send out my images over email – not even small ones since, with the new iPads, folks can simpley make the image fit the screen then take a hi-res photo of it! Therefore, YOU, the artist, are eliminated from the equation. I doubt you will hear from that person as they got what they wanted without having to pay you for it. Sad, sad thing to have happened to you. Please learn from it and trust no one.

      Thank you for your kind comments on my work. You have made me smile on this Christmas Eve. 🙂

      Take care and God Bless.

      • Thank you for the long reply. Reading your answer, I am still about as shocked at you are. How in the world can people be so crude an downright vulgar to think they have the right to take whatever they want?

        For me, I never thought that my photos were good enough for anyone to want them. I was surprised when this woman asked for an image and gave me the link to the horticulture mag that she writes for.

        I have no clue how to go about putting a water proof stamp on my photos. My blog is about pets and I sort of hate to deface the photos. Back in the 80’s my photos were sharp and clear and I photographed pets for what you could call peanuts – again I thought I was just learning and why charge a price so most of those were done for the price of film and enlargements. Then I had SLR canon and a Bronica that produced some nice pics. Now I feel my work does not measure up.

        I still don’t understand how you were able to track your pics down on other sites. Do you have to pay to use that tracking device? Just curious.

        I have looked at a photo blog called Look Back Photography and her pics were/are wonderful. As far as I could tell anyone could steal her work. With your new water mark in the center of the pic I see that that would be difficult to try to erase all of that. Do continue photographing. You are very good.

        Regards,
        Yvonne

      • Hello Yvonne –

        Whether or not you feel your work is “good enough”, no one should have the right to steal what isn’t theirs. If I were you, I’d protect whatever images you put on your blog simply because if you don’t, someone could copy the image and post it any place else on the web (facebook, instagram, etc.) and you’d have a tough time proving it was yours.

        I use Photoshop to watermark my images (I created an embossed watermark in PS that I then apply to my images. At first, the watermark wasn’t embossed – was just simply some text I overlayed onto the images – and many of the images on the blog still have that marking). Watermarking all the images on my blog is time-consuming and I haven’t yet completely the process even tho I know I should. It drains me.

        I use two applets to find my images. The first one you can find here: http://jarred.github.com/src-img/

        The second one is here: http://picnic.dreamuplabs.com/

        I use Windows Internet Explorer so I dragged the applets to my favorites list. Then, when I am on a page containing my images, like my blog or my Redbubble site, I open up my favorites drop-down menu, click on either of the applets and, in the case of the src-img, a box containing two question marks will appear on top of my image; in the case of the picnic image finder, a red box containing the words “Find it” appears in the lower left-hand corner of the image. Click on either of those and a webpage will open displaying ANY places that it found the image on the web. If you are lucky, you will only find YOUR site(s).

        This is a very time-consuming process. I now tend to only look for my most-stolen images. I just found more today on Pinterest as well as a site called “Imgend”. I have since written Pinterest (they have a form) to remove newly found pins as well as the Imgend site. I could look every day for stolen images but for my sanity, I don’t. I want to get to a point where I can concentrate on my art instead of chasing thieves.

        Your words are kind. I am trying to get back into what I do but still do not quite know what the future holds for me. I will see how I feel in the new year.

        Take care –

        Tracy

      • Thank you for the info. I looked at the first one but it does not show many images. I just typed in dog photos and then cat photos.

        Anyhow, I will need tp get some tutoring in Adobe (will place an ad in newspaper to meet some college kid at the library and pay for lessons) I can only create sepia and black and white. I am lazy and not willing to try.

        I saw a photographer (France) that put their water mark diagonally sp? across the photo. I also read if you insert a photo less than 500 pixels then mostly likey no one would want to use it becasue it would be too difficult to copy and make an enlargement.

        Why can’t these search engines (wordpress) whomever set up the sites so that images can not be copied. That makes more sense to me but maybe it can’t be done.

        Thank you for taking the time to reply to my comment and my questions.

        Regards,
        Yvonne

      • That probably means your photos are safe (which is a good thing). 🙂

        It is true, the smaller the photos online, the less likely people will take them. BUT, then again, I’ve had several of my images used as people’s avatars, which is a VERY small sized image. So, you just never know.

        Watermarks can be anything from simply text across the image (horizontally, vertically or diagonally) to a shape or, as in my case, a large copyright symbol with my name inside it. It really isn’t all that difficult to do but I understand that when you are unfamiliar with photo-editing software, the task can appear intimidating. Getting some tutoring is a good idea to expand your knowledge and allow you to do more (if you desire) with the images you take and post.

        From what I understand, sites are trying to make advances at protecting artists’ work. There should be some new laws and safeguards coming in the future. It isn’t a simple matter because some images are okay to copy so the task is differentiating those from the ones that are copyrighted. Hopefully, at some point, there will be a way of universally marking a copyrighted image so there is no question it is protected and shouldn’t be copied.

        Good luck!

  21. What can I say? Strong images… simple, uncluttered, powerful. You’ve really zeroed in on your subjects and presented them beautifully. Great stuff.

    You had a good year… now I expect you to surpass your already high standards in 2013. I’ll be watching…

  22. Perfect blog,nice to be here ,i saw,i was impressed , take care,Regards from Poland ,EM


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