This is one of the Nissen huts at Cultybraggan camp. This weekend a friend and I headed up to Scotland to take part in the OMM (Original Mountain Marathon). The accommodation for the first night was in Cultybraggan camp, which I knew nothing about before arriving, and was fascinated to find it's a POW camp from the second world war. It was a called Camp No. 21 and was designed to hold category A or 'black' prisoners, the toughest and most fanatical Nazis POWs. When you walk into the huts, lit by electric lamps strung up on cables along the corrugated ceilings, with decaying curtains and no other real decor, you feel like you're walking straight back to the time it was built, especially when arriving in the dark, and it left a slightly ominous feeling over the event in which we were about to participate! The camp has been owned by the Comrie Development Trust, a group set up by local villagers, since 2007.
30mm, 1/6s, f/5, ISO 400
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.
For my trip reports blog see http://fidgetsadventures.blogspot.com