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, 5 April 2011

Monday 4th April 2011

I'm been rather rushed with tasks at home at the moment so unfortunately a few times my photo of the day has got left until the last moment. I've dug out my reverse lens macro adapter keen to try it, but unfortunately I think it's going to work better with natural light rather than a hand held head torch, so the results have been a little sub standard. Still, they give some interesting results - I was failing to take a photo of my own eye, and dusty eyelashes, to grabbed the nearest thing to hand which was a pair of glasses. I didn't expect to get anything more with macro than a bar of silvery colour, but the super close up revealed a whole load of stringy colourful dust, near enough invisible to the naked eye.

18mm, 0"4s, f/16, ISO 1600


  1. As I've discovered myself - it's all but impossible to focus a camera yourself on your own eye.
    This is bizarrely abstract!

  2. I saw a good example online where someone had connected their computer to their laptop and used live view on the computer screen to see when it was in focus. I tried the same but for some reason that I haven't yet fathomed, when I'm using my reverse adapter my live view is very dark (darker than the viewfinder which is stopped down) and unusable. All I succeeded in doing was blinding myself.