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, 5 May 2011

Wednesday 27th April 2011

I love this composite. I love it because I didn't have a tripod with me as I was travelling light, but it's still straight, although things aren't aligned or even, but they work because there's more bench on the right which is offset by the lady right of centre which is offset by the dark archway to the right which is offset by the darker strut top left. I think it balances and is nicely higgeldy piggeldy despite the order and symmetry of the Kirk in reality. And I love the vivid colour and tone. I wanted a nice cathedral shot since being inspired by this one that I saw in Y Caban cafe in Snowdonia, and I got it!

18mm, 0.4s, f/8, ISO 200


  1. You've lived with an embroidery like this for years. Maybe the view is imprinted on your brain! It always amazes me how intricate the carving is when tools were so basic.

  2. p.s. sorry - seemed to have got signed up twice now!!

  3. Good point! Which cathedral was that?

  4. Love the 'richness' in this one: you've done well with the stitch too.


  5. Thanks. The original images were quite dark (deliberately, to keep the shutter speed up) and I brought the lightness and colour back in Photoshop. Photoshop did the stitch for me but there was a little cloning required where the image 'pinched' at the edges.