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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Thursday, 15 September 2011

Monday 12th September 2011

Believe it or not this is my kitchen. It's been a very busy week and fitting in photography time has been a struggle. I just have to start taking photos and hope something happens quickly, because I haven't had time to go out and hunt for stuff. So here I stood with a shutter speed of a second or two, playing with the aperture to prevent too much light getting in, and span round in a circle while the camera spinning with me and doing its thing. I extended the shutter speed and moved the camera up and down to pick up some light trails. In photoshop I did an automatic raw edit which put a lot of contrast back into a washed out photo, and took the white balance up fairly high to put in the lovely colours. Then just sharpened it, et voilĂ . I quite like it!

14mm, 5s, f/11, ISO 400