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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Saturday, 29 January 2011

Friday 28th January 2011

I wasn't sure where to head for lunch today but as soon as I saw the sun was shining I remembered a nice spot nearby I know where one canal crosses over another and it's lovely and green all around. I didn't want to be cheeky and park at the pub where I normally start from (where I took this photo) as I wasn't eating there today, so I attempted to approach from the other direction. After walking up a bank I possibly wasn't supposed to walk up, picking my way down the wrong side of the upper canal, then teetering across a stone gantry above a leg-breaking drop, I found myself balancing on the right angle of a flat stone wall that connects to a footbridge over the upper canal, over another un-tempting drop, trying to get as much as possible in shot without moving around and throwing myself off balance. I wanted to take the photo of the point at which the bridges cross, but the shapes in the photo were all wrong, right angles meeting at the centre. This one, slightly to the right, although not my first choice, looks more technically appealing. It's not perfect, but I think it's the best I could have taken given my restricted shooting location and my as-yet undeveloped landscape photography skills!

As a comparison the alternative shot is underneath. For both of them I bracketed three shots (one at a chosen exposure, and another one at each 2/3 stop above and -2/3 stop below so that I got the best of the bright blue sky and the darker areas), then merged them in photoshop into one image. Another useful tool for me to learn!

18mm, 1/15s (auto from aperture priority), f/22, ISO 200

18mm, 1/13s (auto from aperture priority), f/22, ISO 200

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