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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Thursday, 10 February 2011

Thursday 10th February 2011

A shot of the Bridgewater Pottery on the canal in Stoke. I'm very much not a winter person, and am excited that the days are getting longer, but it'll also be a shame that I'll no longer be able to take photos of the city in the dark without roaming the streets in the dead of night.

29mm, 20s, f/8, ISO 200


  1. Hi Sarah, nice to meet you to . Maybe we can talk longer next time. Like your blog excellent work , well done...................Steve

  2. Thanks! I followed your advice and took some bird seed and came up with this:

    Thanks for joining up as a follower! I've just subscribed to your diary and reservoir blogs, I tried to do it the other day but it's a bit tricky from my phone so had to wait until I was at a proper computer. You have some amazing photos, I'll keep an eye for new updates.

  3. Yet another picture I like!
    Looks really warm and peaceful.

  4. Thanks. I find it interesting that people like this one as it was a bit of a fill-in shot for me. (I went for the shot of the scene the other side of the canal of a bottle kiln but got lots of lens flare) as there were some lights mid shot.