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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Friday, 6 May 2011

Sunday 1st May 2011

Rushing stream in Glen Nevis. Inspired by Joe Cornish.

77mm, 0.3s (auto from aperture priority), f/22, ISO 100


  1. The shadow on the large rock reflects the rock fissures on the smaller rocks.

  2. Good arrangement of subjects and composition, but something "isn't working" (if you see what I mean)... and I can't quite put my finger on it :-(
    I *think* maybe the strong shadows are distracting from the underlying structure of the composition of the image (i.e. the flow of eye movement is 'diverted' by the shadows of the branches).
    How does it look converted to b&w?

  3. "How does it look converted to b&w?"

    Pants! I tried it. I think the best improvement would be to take a better one next time :0)

  4. All it needs is better light! :-)
    Now you know where it is, you can go back and try again!

    (Actually I prefer the shot you took in Glen Coe that's on your 'adventures' blog, but its a small image, so its hard to tell if it continues to work in 'big')

  5. That's interesting, it was a choice between the two and when I took the shots I thought it would be the Glencoe one, but on the computer I preferred this one. If you click on the photo on the adventures blog you should get a larger version (same size as this one if clicked on).