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

Friday 1st April 2011

There are so many 'moods' associated with this photo it's hard to find the words to portray them, so I'll give a little description of the situation and hope that the photo speaks for itself. We'd driven up to the Northwest Highlands from Glasgow in the morning and spent 6 hours walking into in to a remote bothy. The weather wasn't as bad as forecast but the wind was pretty strong and we got blown off our feet a couple of times walking up the second valley. There were heavy packs, river crossings, either wet or tricky, and then a lot of bog hopping and wet feet. The bothy finally came into sight although it was another half hour to reach it. Once safely ensconced inside, sodden boots and socks removed and beds laid out, we cooked up our dinner as night fell and perused the stories of previous fellow trekkers in the visitors book. The light of the head torch highlighted the comforting steam emanating from the lamb hotpot inside the foil package, and Jen happily chewed away restoring some of her expended energy.

18mm, 1.6s (auto from aperture priority), f/3.5, ISO 800

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