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, 20 September 2011

Thursday 15th September 2011

This would usually be an example of what-not-to-do in photoshop, but sometimes wrong can be right. It was created by massively inverting the curves curve so instead of creating a gentle s or gentle inverted-s, I created an intense inverted-s, where each peak reached the top of bottom. This means that a higher colour becomes darker than one that was originally darker. This should usually be avoided, but I flipped the mouse by accident while I was moving the marker and I thought the result was interesting so I left it like that. There are aspects of it that I don't like, but the sky I really love. So I'm throwing it out there. Is it marmite? Do you love it or hate it?

20mm, 1/400s, f/10, ISO 250

I've included a more normal photo too, for Ian that I met at the colliery who was telling me some of its interesting history.


  1. Hmm, the sky does look quite cool, but it doesn't look like a sky, just some funky colours. Don't like the rest of the photo much either, the b/w photo is much nicer. Maybe I'm just a reactionary...

  2. I'm in agreement, I like just the sky and the winding mechanism, not the rest, but I can't crop that bit without still getting building and tree. But I was still drawn to it as a 'working failure'. It has one fan on my flickr, so it's roughly split so far.