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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Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Monday 3rd January 2011

I took this photo as I was thinking I hadn't snapped anything suitable for the 2nd Jan, then I realised it was after midnight and I could use my Stanage shot anyway, but decided to put this forwards for the 3rd. The aim was just to create a bit of intrigue, to create a mood with the plain colour and the depth of field, but also to lead people into wondering what it was of... in case you're wondering it was just my sofa, nothing exciting. Bit of vignetting visibile in the corners as the lens was at full zoom (I haven't corrected it because... I haven't yet learnt how!)

141mm, 0.6s (auto from aperture priority), f/5.6, ISO 1600 (auto)


  1. I like unusual shots, makes us look at the world differently. This reminds me of being a child laying on the floor, looing at the whole new tiny world of the carpet weave and imagine being that small.

  2. That sounds like a very early memory.