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

Wednesday 17th August 2011

Since it looks like I won't be able to sort out my broken camera for a while (I really miss it!), I really have to rise to the challenge of the alternative options and use them in ways they provide good results. My old Ixus can be coaxed into life for a little while as long as it has a newly charged batter in it, so that is preferable to the poorer picture quality of the Kodak. So what does the Ixus do well? Blue skies, colourful objects, and getting in close. Thinking of the latter two, I went to a patch of beautiful flowers I've photographed previously, and took a variety of snaps. A hoverfly was kind enough to enhance this shot, so I chose it as my top shot, although pleasingly I had a few contenders.

4.6mm, 1/500s, f/2.8. (auto)

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