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, 24 August 2011

Friday 19th August 2011

Taken with the Kodak, but this is what it's probably best at. This is a model of an Osprey at the annual Rutland Water bird fair. Made of sheets of plastic, it's taller than a person and quite imposing. I went to take a closer look and the sign informed me that using my fair ticket I could go to the other side of the reservoir and view the real life Ospreys, so after I'd finished looking around the stalls I did just that. I took two cameras with me, one a wide angle and one without a memory card, this giving myself zero opportunity to take photos of the Ospreys through the binoculars but some things are worth watching with just your eyes. I quickly spotted a specimen through my binoculars, seeing it fly past at a distance just as I was asking someone where to look. The male switching between flying in a little circuit and sitting on a perch near the nest, and occasionally he'd plummet towards the water, making a splash then flying off. Apparently this is so that they can clean the back of their talons that they can't clean in any other way, and is characteristic of Ospreys only, helping you identify them. When he was sitting on his perch I could really appreciate the grace and beauty of this striking bird with its dominant white markings and head held high.

6mm, 1/506s, f/4.8, ISO 80. (auto)

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