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, 9 August 2011

Sunday 7th August 2011

I wish I'd made more of this. I was on a walk and we were going at a fairly swift pace so I didn't really have time to stop and take photos, plus I was wearing running trainers on mud and polished rock which wasn't the best choice so I was constantly playing catch up anyway. I was taking the odd snap but I didn't think they were coming out well - it was a little dark in the valley and the shutter speed was too slow for a hand-held camera, but more importantly I didn't find a composition I liked so didn't stop to fix the technical issues. However, when I looked at the on the computer I quite liked a few, and with a bit more time and effort I could have made something nice out of them. I'll have to make do with this one! I like the dominance of the gunnera plant, and the matching colour of the lichen on the side of the stepping stones.

18mm, 1/15s (auto from aperture priority), f/7.1, ISO 200

1 comment:

  1. I like the way the (presumably) stream bed is just going round the corner in the distance - makes me want to find out where its going. Brenda