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, 14 February 2011

Monday 14th February 2011

"Old and new"

29mm, 1/128s, f/16, ISO 100


  1. hmmmmmmmm...... Hmmmm.....

    Feel something is not quite working for me on this one, lovely shot though... not sure what it is..

  2. Pylon springs touching wheel, tree branches on left, pylon cables not aligned with top of wheel? The former two were unavoidable, the latter I only thought of today. Or maybe just that pylons aren't particularly attractive :-)

  3. The Sky makes it for me.

  4. Interesting one that as there was a beautiful sky at about 5pm and I was kicking myself that the photo could have been so much better. I rush out of work when I could but didn't make it, the large fluffy pink and orange clouds had faded by the time I got there. However at home I looked at the photo again and decided I liked it as it was, as the blue of the mill wheel set off the blue of the sky. Then I went and stuck it in black and white as the monochrome HDR preset looked more striking than the blue version!!

  5. Sarah: spot on self-assessment about the structural aspects of the picture.
    Another one to revisit if you can get a better vantage point.
    Lots of good elements and definitely a good choice in going for a monochrome treatment. :-)

  6. Alas I don't think there's a better vantage point unless I stand on my car in the middle of the road or cut down a shrub. There even a handy bridge opposite... with unhandy bars all the way along it!

  7. You didn't stand on your car????


    Where's your passion!!! *wink*