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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Monday, 31 January 2011

Sunday 30th January 2011

One for the sunset lovers. Today almost passed without me thinking up a photo opportunity, but the streaky sky hinted that it might be a nice sunset so on the way out for dinner we stopped on a bridge and I pointed the camera and tripod in the direction of an angular factory. Unfortunately I just missed the big burning disc sinking into one of the triangular grooves, but got some okay colours anyway and I like the contrast to the stark black edges of the factory.

100mm, 1/125s (auto from aperture priority), f/11, ISO 400


  1. Really like the contrast of colour against the silhouette of the factory rooftops

  2. Second the contrast between the hard rooftops pattern and the soft sky.
    The well-timed flock of birds gives a good focal point.

    Did you try different crops?
    See what you think about cropping the left-hand side hard against the factory so its shiloette is continuous across the frame.
    Just a thought :-)

  3. I didn't try different crops of that exact shot but I did take a variety of different compositions on the camera, one with the crop you mention. I actually quite like it but consulted with Andy and we went for this as it makes it obvious it's a factory and looks a little like a windmill. Nice to get a third opinion.