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

Sunday 15th May 2011

I always forget that I'll see Red Kites when I head down South, and I'm always awed by them. Such huge beast grazing power cables and rooftops. On my back home I almost made myself late for an engagement as I kept stopping every time I passed another batch of them (or possibly the same lot, scarpering whenever I stopped to watch). They eventually seemed to congregate over Watlington and a lady gave me a tip of a particular hill to go up and watch them so I may do next time I'm in the area.

250mm, 1/250s (auto from aperture priority), f/9, ISO 800


  1. I like the detail of the wing patterns :)

  2. I wish I'd been able to get one of the wing patterns *and* it using its tail to steer.

  3. Lovely photo - I'm always fascinated by them too.

  4. There's a great place (when the wind is westish) just off the M40 near J6 at the top of the hill - you can see it from the M40 as you go into the big cleft past J6. to actually get there leave at J6 and go East on the old A40 then you have to turn off at the top of the hill.

    nice car park and a couple of hundred yards to walk..,-0.943354&spn=0.003454,0.010568&t=h&z=17