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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Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Sunday 6th March 2011

I had a couple of hours spare to spend in Bakewell in the sunshine today. I didn't take any photos I was entirely happy with, but I had a peaceful stroll along the river and met a lovely couple with their young daughter so I have no complaints.

I chose this picture because of the colours:

22mm, 1/13s, f/13, ISO 100

But I also can't resist putting this up purely for the caption:


22mm, 1/13s, f/13, ISO 100


  1. Liking the conduckting! :-)
    The top pic is very peak district, makes me miss it!
    (PS sorry none of my comments are good for the whole photography point of view, am just enjoying the photos but not clever enough photographically to make suggestions or what)

  2. Love the reflections in the top pic - the whole tree twice.
    Wildlife is lovely at the moment - we saw a pair of crested grebe displaying and a pair of swans necking on Sunday. Spring is in the air.

  3. Inexpert comments are just as valuable if not more so than expert ones. If I ever sell any photos it probably won't be to photographers as they'll take their one. Also my photos are generally intended so either represent a mood or stir a mood within the viewer, and everyone can identify with that.