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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Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Tuesday 17th May 2011

Not-forget-me. Especially when I'm this big!

70mm (approx), 0.4s, f/13, ISO 800


  1. The furry bits are cool! That sounds so wrong but you know what I mean... such detail is impressive!

  2. I'm not that happy with this photo but I live taking photos of things in a way you don't see by eye.

  3. That is very well composed... and bloody close - that's 2 or 3 times actual size on the senor (I wonder if I can use my macro lens in reverse!) ;-)

    Good balance of symmetry and asymmetry in an arrangement that generally holds the view within the frame :-)

  4. Maybe I won't do so bad in the comp then, although I wish I'd been able to enter yesterday's comp. I must admit if I was allowed to vote on my own photo I'd give it a 4 (I'm a tough voter!). I keep meaning to work out what times magnification I get, will do it now!

  5. Right. Sensor is 22.3mm.

    Reverse lens at 18mm, closest focus, I can see 5.8mm of a ruler, so that's a magnification of 3.8x.

    Reverse lens at 18mm, furthest focus, I can see almost 6mm of a ruler, so that's a magnification of 3.7x.

    Reverse lens at 250mm, closest focus, I can see 14mm of a ruler, so that's a magnification of 1.6x.

    Reverse lens at 250mm, furthest focus, the focus point is so far in the distance that I can't hold a ruler and look at the viewfinder at the same time (I've previously managed to focus beyond trees the other side of a lake with it fully extended, even though reversed), so can't test that variation.

    Most of my shots (including this one) are taken with the first combination, so 3.8x (maximum I can get with this setup).