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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Friday, 28 January 2011

Thursday 27th January 2011

I had another landscape lunch today, taking a wander up to a monument to John Wedgewood on Bignall Hill. Unfortunately I drew blanks again (I had suspected as much since it's on the summit of the hill so you can't look down on it, but it was a good excuse to go somewhere I've been meaning too for ages). Instead I went to capture car headlights which I've been thinking about since the 10th January and have found a better spot for. I think I still need to revisit this though (soon), as I went later in the evening than I'd planned and there aren't as many car headlights as I would have liked.

42mm, 4s, f/22, ISO 200


  1. Like this. the lights on the post definitely add to it. You may be right about it being better still if there were more cars.

  2. Unfortunately I didn't realise until afterwards that it would have looked better if I'd aimed the camera up a little bit as the lights on top of the posts with the banners on came out like perfect stars in first few photos I took (like the one in the church photo from 26th January). However initially I had a closer banner in shot and the light above it was giving me major lens flare so I pointed the camera down a bit, and didn't change that when I recomposed to just include the more distant banners. But maybe I shouldn't have said that since if I hadn't you wouldn't know any different :-)