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, 10 June 2011

Wednesday 8th June 2011

This photo doesn't have spades of technical appeal but I just couldn't resist. My two darlings have both gone broody (meaning they're trying to hatch eggs, even though the eggs aren't fertilised and I remove them anyway), and while it's not good for me as it means no eggs, it's quite sweet watching them try to be mummies, and funny to watch them attempt it in the same nest box. Pepper, the darker one, has been broody for 2 months and took to it quite naturally, she readily goes for her daily feed and defecate when I lift her off the nest and throw her down the stairs. Coriander has just started and looks like she doesn't quite understand what's going on, bless her. If I lift her off the nest and put her somewhere else, she just squats down again and resumes her broody pose. The first day I pushed her down the stairs like I do Pepper to make sure she went for some food, and she fell down in surprise as she was still trying to squat, what a little sweetie!

29mm, 1/15s, f/4, ISO 800

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