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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Friday, 16 September 2011

Wednesday 14th September 2011

This was interesting - trying to take get the white balance right on a pink building lit by orange lights at night. In some ways a success and some ways a failure. The colours absorbe (or reflected?) the light meaning the pink lost its pinkness - so this is accurate to how the building looked at night, but not at all the colour it looks in the day.

I've passed this building countless times in the 5 years I've lived in Stoke, and have always been curious about it. It's pink - both pale and darker - which seems modern but the paint is decaying and it looks like it's been that way forever. The tablet at the top says 'Bethel Chapel 1824', so I looked it up. It was built as a methodist chapel to seat 1000 worshippers, one of 7 (plus 2 churches) in Burslem. Burslem only had a population of 12,000 but they were enthusiastically religious. The wings contained school rooms and the preacher's house, the facade was originally brick but was later stuccoed, and left and right wings were added in 1875. It's now used as warehouse storage.

18mm, 4s, f/8, ISO 250

For the chap that stopped in his car to have a chat, I said I'd put the photo of you up and here it is! For a better example of my photography see the photos page.

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