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, 16 May 2011

Monday 16th May 2011

Another flower from my garden, taken for a weekly competition.

70mm (approx), 1s, f/16, ISO 800


  1. FreakyAlienFlower! :-)

    I rather like that... but it would benefit from a more evenly dark background (if its possible to take this again with, say, a piece of black card or material behind it).

  2. Thanks. It took aaaaaages to get it in focus so probably won't repeat but will bear in mind the car for future! Unfortunately it's invalid for the competition as I re-read the spec and it's outdoors only not studio and I brought this one into the house so it wouldn't blow in the wind, so I've been back out taking photos of eensy weensy forget-me-knots. They're not quite as quirky as this thing though! But I can't get my tripod at the right height for this one in situ (need a tripod I can attach the camera at the bottom), for the F-M-K's I could put the camera on the wall.

  3. Lovely picture, love the water droplets!

  4. Thanks, I like this one too I misted it to get the water.