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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Sunday, 20 March 2011

Friday 18th March 2011

Moon rise at sunset.

55mm, 1/4s, f/22, ISO 100


  1. That's worked well, I think the closer far shore works better than the more distant shore on the main pool.
    Here's the one I took later

  2. Thanks. I quite like it apart from the halo of paler light along the trees which was created by the HDR photo merging process. Well, I don't mind the effect per-se, except that I know it wasn't there in reality and the best hdr photos are meant to be those where you can't tell it was hdr'd, which isn't the case here.

    I'm glad you swung by here, I wanted to let you know that as I jogged back up to the carpark, I noticed a spot that could be ideal for the Mow Cop sunset shot you were talking about - by either of the two benches at the top of the hill. Hope that's useful! I may head there myself!

    I've added you as a flickr contact, I'll go and have a nosey now :-)

  3. You could view this upside-down if it wasn't for the bulrushes!

  4. Ooh! thanks for that, I was obviously looking the wrong way when I came through there

  5. That works very well :-)

    Most of all, a fine example of balance between asymmetry and symmetry.

    Btw - I've had a sudden nostalgia outbreak at the mention of "Mow Cop"!

  6. This is the kind of aspect (at 200mm): (just a quick snap so a little blurred). Should be nice when the sun comes round. When did you reckon, a week's time?

  7. Thanks James. When did you go to Mow Cop?

  8. Remember that I'm originally from Stockport, so I'm all too familiar with the Western Peak District.

    It always struck me as an odd, maybe slightly unsettling place: but sometimes I view that part of the world through Alan Garner's eyes...

  9. All cool. Like the bulrushes, the colour, the reflection, pretty much everything really.

  10. Mum - so you can!
    Dan - thanks.

  11. James - just looked up Alan Garner, sounds interesting, will have to read one of his books.