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Photography: DSLR

Since getting a new phone nearly a year ago I’ve been taking photos regularly, helped of course by taking part in Project365.

I’m over halfway through Project365 now and while it’s been difficult at times, I’ve really enjoyed it at other times. It’s kept me thinking about photography and reminded me how much I like the hobby.

So, I’ve decided to get more serious and finally buy myself a proper camera. It was almost on a whim that I asked on Facebook about possibly getting a DSLR. The feedback I got since then (plus a bit of extra thinking and compliments about my photography) convinced me that I really should take the plunge.

After a week of intensive research, I have bought myself a second-hand Nikon D80 with a 18-105mm f3.5/5.6G ED VR lens. These are all words and abbreviations that meant nothing to me 9 days ago, but I’ve learned a lot since then and have been helped out by a number of friends. I’m still waiting for the lens to arrive, but I can’t wait to try it out.

I’ll be writing future posts on what exactly a DSLR is and how I get on with one soon.


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Project365: A third of the way through?

Right, so I have a dilemma.. I’ve been failing to take photos recently and have missed quite a few days in the last month. I’d still like to continue the challenge though. Question is, do I make it into a 365-day project or 365-photos? In a way the latter makes the most sense, but I prefer the former because it encourages me to continue trying to take a photo every day without it dragging on too much.

You can see the photos to date on flickr..

UPDATE: Since originally writing this post I’ve missed a few more days. I think I’ve accepted that it’s going to happen as my creativity and spare-time ebbs and flows. I still don’t know when I’ll finish the project, but most likely it’ll be when it ‘feels right’.

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Project 365: 42 Days Later

I’ve been doing Project365 for 42 days now. I’m surprised and pleased at my progress so far.

I’ve tried to have each image provide a ‘snapshot’ of the day. Which means I’ve not always chosen the best photo, rather the one I felt was most representative. At times I’ve taken note of the light levels and played around with the ISO or composition of the shot, other times I’ve snapped a single image on my way to or from work barely breaking stride.

I’ve struggled recently to come up with interesting pictures, but I think that’s mostly due to illness keeping me at home and draining my energy levels. As a result I’ve been using the Retro Camera app on my phone a fair bit, which feels like I’m cheating slightly.

So far, I’ve learned to be more brave in my choice of photo of the day – just because something doesn’t meet the conventional requirements for being good doesn’t mean it’s not any good!

My favourite photos so far have been the ones that provide an interesting view of an everyday scene. For example:

For Science! – The medical school has many cabinets of fascinating medical instruments and awards. I really like the composition and the lighting in this shot.

Bonfire Night – There are always many photos of bonfire night, but I really like the silhouette of the people watching contrasting with the bright colours of the fireworks. Both the picture and the colours themselves feel really crisp.

Upper Brook Street – It’s normally a very dull, busy road, but I feel this shot nicely captures a cold and lonely winter sun early on a work day morning.

Winter in Failsworth – Another shot taken early on a winter morning. This one in much colder temperatures and I think this is gotten across in the photo.

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Project 365 – Day One, Roses


I have some beautiful roses sitting in my windowsill right now. They make me smile every time I see them, not least because they remind me of the rather wonderful person who gave them to me. What better way to start the project than with something happy.

Oh, in case you’re wondering, the effects were done by an app called Retro Camera on my HTC. I’ve not edited the photo at all myself.

I’m not going to do a post everyday with my photos. Instead I’ll upload them to flickr and do a blog summary every now and then.

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