I popped down to a local park today, for half an hour (it would have been longer but time was curtailed due to a broken card machine at my fast-food lunch stop, grrr). I've never been here before, I was under the opinion that there was a lake but I didn't find it. A little googling later on and I found that there is not only a lake, but the place has some interesting history. It was the location of the murder of a Shropshire heiress in 1975 and is at one end of a railway tunnel built when the nearby tunnel at Harecastle (built in 1848) was too low to take the new rolling stock. There are some photos here, the Harecastle tunnels are also rumoured to be haunted.
Unfortunately the small section I saw of the park was rather uninspiring - a tarmac track then a muddy one, but I have visions of returning and getting some atmospheric black and white gothic shots with an aura of its grim history.
I couldn't decide between my mediocre shots, so I've gone with a first choice (a vibrant tree I rather liked) but also posted smaller version of options 2 (a ragged robin - well I've always known it as this but recently learnt it may not be, anyone know the real name?) and 3 (tree fingers).
70mm, 1/60s (auto from aperture priority), f/5.6, ISO 1600 (auto)
(right) 18mm, 1/100 (auto), f/3.5, ISO 100 (auto)
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.
For my trip reports blog see http://fidgetsadventures.blogspot.com