This year I will be mostly... taking a photo every day, and posting it up here for you all to see and comment on if you feel inclined (please do). It's not an original idea, I stole it off a friend and many other people are doing the same as I speak, but I thought it seemed like a great idea to get used to my new toy, my Canon Eos 500D with Tamron 18-250mm Macro lens - my first digital SLR.

A lot of sites online talk about 'project 365' where people are encouraged to take a photo every day, but while their take on it is to create a personal history of the photographer, I wanted to make it a bit more abstract, more about the world around me. So this isn't meant to be a photo diary of my life, I am striving for each photo to be 'good' because of its artistic and technical merit, not because it's personal to me. Having said that personal subject matter will inevitably creep in as inspiration, but that's allowed, the book I'm reading claim that "every picture we take is merely a self-portrait of our inner psyche"!

I had a think of a couple of ideas for themes and settled on 'moods'. Then I was hit by indecision as to what to do if I take a photo I like and want to upload as my daily snap, but it doesn't fit the theme. So I have decided that the theme is just for inspiration rather than as a criteria, the photos can be of anything. That way I get the most flexibility of what to upload, and still have a muse.

While I'll be taking photos every day, I'll only upload them every few days, so keep checking back. I'm not anticipating the photos to be groundbreaking (at least not to start with!), the whole point is to improve so I won't be great initially. But I'll still try my best which will hopefully keep it interesting. Please feel free to add whatever comments you like (hopefully constructive!) as that will help me as much as the process of actually taking a photo a day, I will endeavour to reply to them all.

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Sunday, 23 January 2011

Saturday 22nd January 2011

"Walking on water"

I walked down to a nature reserve near my house today and arrived just at the same time as a chap who had leftover chips from the fish shop to feed the ducks. This bunch was waiting eagerly for some to be thrown their way, then waddled eagerly towards it, skidding all over the shop on the ice.

129mm, 1/60s (auto from aperture priority), f/11.0, ISO 160


  1. Don't know why but I really quite like this one. Think it may have something to do with immediately being drawn to the ducks and then realising there's slightly less obvious reflections as well.

  2. I find it interesting that a couple of people have said they like this one, as to me it was just the best of the ones I took at the park, rather than something I found special.

  3. Aww - poor ducks trapped under the ice!!

  4. lol They're the evil twins, they have to be contained or pandoras box would be opened!