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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Thursday, 14 April 2011

Thursday 14th April 2011

This is more like it! This was a gift of a photo, everything set up just as it was. A daddy long legs curled round a tooth mirror (shame it wasn't on the reflective side!) on the bathroom windowsill, drenched in natural light. I flipped my lens round (with f/11 to ensure enough light for me to see the shot, even if it meant a very shallow depth of field) a took a test photo at 18mm - the creature was magnified so much I only captured its head, and the view was a little dark. Realising I could zoom out, I did so to 250mm (everything works in reverse with the lens reversed) which meant I could get further away, and also that meant the flash worked. With the flash popped up the live view works better, so even better if you don't have to flip it back down again to take the photo. I tried to zoom in on the live view screen to nail the focus better but the subject was wobbling around in the display, so I fetched a tripod and just managed to plant it on the edge of the sink, and then could zoom in to 10x. With mirror lock up and a 2 second timer which finished counting down just as the display stopped oscillating with the movement of my finger press, I got a nice crisp shot. I thought the daddy long legs might be dead as it didn't stir when I moved the tootbrush holder further and further back so I could get more of the creature in (this is actually one of the closer shots, as the further back ones lost the blue background of the toothbrush tube), and I felt a little like I was cheating and a little gruesome. However when I rotated the mirror inside the pot to get the blue background back it had enough and scarpered off up the window. But I had a shot that I liked!

250mm (I think), 1/6s, f/11, ISO 400

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