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 March 2011

Sunday 13th March 2011

I used to do a lot of rock climbing, but a couple of years ago my interest waned and I no longer enjoyed it. Now my trips out are very occasional but due to the novelty value and the company of good friends I no longer see as often, I do really enjoy them again. Especially when the sun shines like this! I like this photo as it captured everything that was good about the day and hopefully will give the same impression to other people looking it at that don't have a personal attachment to it.

180mm, 1/250s, f/8, ISO 200


  1. Love it.
    Really looking forward to having a free weekend when there is good weather!

  2. I'm sure there are many coming up.

  3. Love the balance between rock and sky - colour and texture

  4. hmmmm left a comment about this one last week but it seems to have been lost,

    Suffice to say I love it, the comparison between big sky and the focus the climber would have had on his movement and holds.

    (Apparently a red t shirt would have improved it ;-))

  5. Yep maybe I should being colourful windshirts to lend people when they climb :-)

  6. someone wearing a red top might well ruin the photo (IMHO) - the light blue top of the the climber nicely compliments the sky.

    All the colours in the photo here are natural looking shades.


  7. Cool! I had though that originally but wasn't sure. I suspect it depends if you are after impact or balance, a climber may look for one and a photographer may look for the other. Although perhaps with this being almost a landscape shot as well it may skew the trend towered the latter.