1 millimeter a day
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Published January 1, 2008

What do you do every day?  This year I set myself a challenge: Take a brand new photo each day. Beginning with 14mm, each day I zoom the lens by 1 millimeter and force myself to use that focal length to shoot and post a photo before going to sleep that night.  This will continue every day until I reach the end of the 1mm lens adjustments at 400mm.

1mm is an experiment in changing perspective. Looking at things in a restricted view, I find the light as it’s naturally falling, then use the exposure and craft to create visual intrigue out of objects we pass by every day.

Keep in mind that I have to make this happen before or after my regular photography jobs and responsibilities with my new 9 month old son.


The rules:

1. Shoot a new photo every day.

2. Each day increase the focal length one millimeter.

3. Post this new image before going to sleep.

4. No cheating.


I hope you enjoy these and keep coming back for more.



About Chris Hornbecker

You can see more work by Chris Hornbecker and view his other blogs on the links below:

Chris Hornbecker Photographer

Things I Found on the Internet

You can contact chris@hornbeckerphoto.com

9 comments to “About”

  1. author: The New Fiction › NYC
    May 6th, 2008 at 9:41 am

    [...] Annual party. Portland will be pretty well represented there with wins by the super productive Chris Hornbecker and good friend Lars Topelmann. I guess Martin Parr will also be around town that week for the New [...]

  2. author: Jelly
    September 24th, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    Love this assignment!

  3. author: Alexander
    January 10th, 2009 at 4:15 am

    Hello Chris!

    I think think this 1mm project of yours is great. I been looking through all the images that you have here, and i like your what you do with the camera. Very simplistic and minimalistic, great images!

    Keep up the good work, and you have a very nice portfolio


  4. author: Scott
    January 15th, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    Cool! I bought an old 50mm prime for the same reason, to force myself to use the length I had. Found you through Debra’s facebook btw!

  5. author: Myles
    January 20th, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    Just saw your sight featured on Cool Hunting. Great idea and you have given me the kick in the ass i needed to shoot at least one pic a day. Thanks

  6. author: Ryan Waddell
    January 22nd, 2009 at 11:44 am

    What a great idea! What lenses are you using for this, out of curiosity? (Found you via BoingBoing)

  7. author: Leandro López (inkel)
    February 2nd, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Great project!

    I wonder how do you measure the 1mm increment :O

  8. author: chris hornbecker
    February 2nd, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Thanks for checking out my project. As per your question, every day I would shoot frames tethered to a computer to get the metadata with the zoom lens focal length. Then I would lock down the lens with gaffers tape and venture out into the world to find my shot of the day. On some of the longer zooms, the movements were so small that they only registered in 3-5mm increments. For these I would mark the lens at every increment that I could get a reading, then drew marks for where all the other increments should have been. I’m sure there are some uber-tech lab nerds that would scoff at my technique, but it works for me.

  9. author: Il Venturetto
    February 3rd, 2009 at 12:51 am

    You’ve done a great work. I’m one of those close minded who shoots either as long as possible or as short as possible and this is pretty amazing.
    Thanks for giving us such a great idea.

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