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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Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Wednesday 4th May 2011

Holy Trinity Catholic Church. There's a short story behind this photo: 4 years ago I was in Newcastle-under-Lyme having a drink with some climbing friends, and we walked from a pub on the edge of town into the centre. We passed this most amazing church, towering above me with stacked black recesses as far as the eye could see, and when I started this photo project I made a note of it as something to return to. I was passing this evening and hadn't taken a photo yet, so I went to find it. What I found was nothing like what I saw remembered, not black for starters and from across the road the perspective was less dramatic (the cider may have had something to do with the aspect too). Still, it made a satisfying photo anyway, and I haven't taken a night photo for a while.

70mm, 5s, f/6.3, ISO 800