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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Monday, 1 August 2011

Sunday 31st July 2011

Ben Nevis! I've made an aim to walk all the Munros (Scottish mountains over 3000ft) before I'm 40. For Ben Nevis, I wanted to tackle it via Tower Ridge which is a scramble-cum-rock-climb up the North Face. This is something I've fancied for quite a while, and even though I don't engage in rock climbing much any more, it still appealed to me as it was a more interesting way for me to take on the hill, as well as being a 'through route' (a route that goes through a hole in the rock, I made a list of such routes and used to enjoy ticking them off). I traveled up with two friends the night before and had an early night. We were packed, fed and ready to leave the hut by 6am, and started walking just before 7. This photo was taken at 7:51, and was our first view of the route, the middle ridge of the three, it certainly looked dramatic from here (although not a great photo). A fuller write-up of our trip will appear on my sister blog this week (link at the top).

18mm, 1/50s (auto from aperture priority), f/7.1, ISO 400

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