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

Wednesday 9th February

Yesterday was quite a mission to run to the waterfall and back in my lunch hour, but I was quite enamoured with the variety of interesting and relatively tame birds (and various other things - that park is a photographer's paradise) that were a lot closer to the car, so I decided to return today. I didn't quite get the shot I wanted, but I won't give that away as I plan to return with some bird seed another day, so in the meantime here's a photo of a cheeky little handsome Great Tit eyeing me up to see if I was going to feed him.

250mm, 1/640s, f/7.3, ISO 800


  1. Really like the way there's some sense of 'personality' about this shot.
    (Which is what I meant by saying Alyson would've been proud of this shot - she'd have been proud to have taken it)

  2. I find his shiny black head quite distracting so glad the personality gives it a counteracting plus point :-)

  3. Dad says 'the bird looks as if he's saying "oy, who said you could take my picture"'
    Is it a great tit or coal tit?

  4. This one is a Great Tit, although there were plenty Coal Tits hanging around too, and I'm keeping my eyes peeled for a Willow Tit out there.