001/366 - Withered Tomato Vine
The start of my 365 (2012 is a leap year, so officially it is a 366) project.
One day in, it has proved much more difficult than I thought it would. Mainly because:
1) I want to stretch my creativity.
2) I found it difficult to choose which photo would be it for the day.
On the suggestion of my wife, I've kind decided to run three parallel 366 projects. The other two will be of my kids. "Kind of"? I'm not 100% sure I'm going to stick with the 366 thing for my kids. I'm not sure it is going to be possible to take sufficient variety of photos of the kids, when I'm at work for five days per week, and only have limited opportunity to take happy snaps of them.
In the comments below will be a couple of rejects for you all to look at.
002/366 - Shopping Blur
I'm not completely happy with this pic. Ideally it would be sitting on a tripod so the handrails are sharp. Ho hum, it isn't a complete right off.
Day two was a smidge easier than choosing day one.
Mainly because the only other shot I specifically went for, completely crashed and burned, thanks to my son putting his hand in front of the lense just as a pressed the shutter. It was a sneaky street shot, so... that was the moment missed.
007/366 - The Sun and the Buildings - Selection
One week in, and on the face of it, things are getting a little easier. I think I've got my head around the concept that you're best to take the camera with you where ever you go, and be prepared to take photos of interesting things you see. Hence today's shot.
First up. I like it. As soon as I saw it, I liked it. As soon as I took it, I liked it.
I've only one small regret, and that was having the ISO setting a on too high from an earlier photo, so there is more noise in it than I would have liked.
When I took the photo, I said, this is staying in Colour... Ultimately I decided on black and white, but not after a long hard look at my favourite colour version (below).
I hope you like.
008/366 - Water Fun
If we'd let the kids, they could play at the Water Table all day.
Today was a good day to try and get some 365 Project photos courtesy of a day around town. Unfortunately nothing jumped out.
But I'm quite happy with how my series of overhead photos (at the Water Table) worked out. It gives a really nice perspective.
009/366 - Back at Work
Subjects from the 9th of January were very thin on the ground, courtesy of being back at work.
I had pretty much decided on taking a photo of my own feet as the photo of the day, so was very pleased that I noticed these tiles. Unfortunately this was pretty much taken right at 1pm, so made it hard getting a pic without a shadow of the Camera in it (as well as avoiding a photo of my crutch).
Not unhappy. It could be my photo from today 10th of January... Bad!
010/366 - Mur de Broome
This is not my best work. With a beach 20 seconds walk away I was a little lazy.
Sorry that is a little harsh on myself. I deliberately tried to get a photo of Mur de Broome (Broome St) as it is a hill I regularly ride. What you're looking at hits 20% plus, and it kills the legs. While the coulds weren't anything special, I was hoping some post processing would bring out some detail. Alas no. The only saving grace is the man walking down the hill. I thought about a heavy crop to show him up (see pic in the comment as an example).
012/366 - Crane Ramp
I've been slack in updating ye olde 366 Project.
So here goes....
I'm actually really struggling with today's choice. I have a few options, that I really like. They grab your attention, but unfortunately quickly lose it. See the comments for the samples.
What I'm starting to see in my pictures, it being summer and all, is a particular interest in photos which sit on the over exposured side.
Your comments appreciated.
017/366 - Blue
I love this photo.
I love it, because I was wandering around wondering what I was going to take a photo of, smack bang in the middle of the day, in the ugly light.
I was sitting for ages, just to the right of the picture, hoping that something interesting would pass me by. Then it hit me, I might be able to get a nice framed view out to the ocean.
018/366 Angel Waverley Cementary, is perhaps one of the most spectacular in Australia. It is also where many of Australia's most famous people are buried. You can read about it here: Waverley Cememtary - Wikipedia
020/366 - Adams Family
I'm a long way behind in my 366 photo processing (oh tax how I hate thee), so thought I'd put this one up quick smart.
This pic gave me a lot of grief. The stairs looked fantastic, and I thought it would be a perfect shot, but I just couldn't get it to work in camera. I think it maybe needed a true wide angle lens (and the DLSR, as opposed to the point and shoot).
Still I'm quite happy with it. I've made a deliberate decision to put the top of the stairs / gate in the centre of the pic, it gives it an interesting effect.
What do you guys think?
021/366 - Over Achiever
All my son wanted to do, was set up a long 'straight' train line. As soon as that was done, it was time to move on, and explore the world outside.
If I could have set this up, I would have done some things differently, mainly move the black box at that back, and seen a little more of Charlie's face. That aside, I think it works well, and captures a moment in the play of a three year old.
022/366 - Green
Struggling for inspiration today. It was either this or a photo of lemons.
This won. I was hoping for some significant improvemens Post Processing, but it wasn't to be. But I don't want to spend too much time on it, as I'm not a massive fan, and I'm behind on PP my 366 photos and my photos generally.
Tomorrow's pic will get more attention, so I'll call this quits for now.
023/366 - Wow
Don't ask me why, but I love this picture, hence the "Wow".
I love the striking angle of the structure, contrasting against the horizontal lines of the airport and the line of bouys in the background. Also, the DoF is just about right. Normally I'd have the aperture right open, but here I didn't.
Yes I love it. I hope you do too.
Thank you Nifty Fifty.
This baby looks good blown up large, so you get the detail of the rust on the structure.
034/366 - Circles
The weather here in Sydney has been crap forever... raining every single day for the last, who knows how long. The weather forecasts going forward show more rain.
Which brings me to this photo. Another pic of just point it an something for the sake of getting the days photo done. Tomorrow will involve some effort.
035/366 - Simplicity
After the past weeks non effort, I actually tried to do something that I haven't before.
I deliberately didn't read into how you do it before hand, as I wanted to see how easy or difficult it was.
In the end, I found it fairly easy.
My quick initial test shots showed that firing the flashes (off camera) into the glass wasn't going to work, so I then bounced them off the white background. Bingo.
Some further test shots and I had the exposure / focus dialled.
My second pic was the favourite (after being rotated 180 degrees). I like the simplicity.
PP I did quick a lot of dodging so the bubbles that remained couldn't be seen.
Next time a true macro lens, or similar would help, so the camera could be right up against the glass. Next time I'll also have a read about the various setup options you can do.
036/366 - Rust
Along with yesterday's water dye effort, you can say I actually tried something new in my photography this weekend. A big plus on some of the weeks poor effort.
Where as yesterday I didn't read up on how to do the shoot, for today's shot I had a *brief* 'read' which turned out looking at a youtube video and jumping through every few secs to see approximately how it was done.
I got one real tip out of that vid, and that was to stick a pen in the water where the drops were landing to help you focus. Unfortunately the water kept bloody landing in different spots!
Basic setup was to drop the water into a rusty pan (thumbs up for that), with a flash bounced off a red surface that was sheltering the water from the ambient light. The water was dropped from a plastic bag about 1.5m above the level of the water.
All up it worked ok (given it was a quick and dirty attempt). Next time I'd put more water into the pan (so I could take the picture from a lower angle). I'd also look to control the light more to minimise the reflections that I didn't want, but provide the highlights. Oh and I'd try and make sure that the drop didn't keep moving so I could nail the focus.
But would I do it again?
Not sure. It was fun to do once, but it wasn't super exciting. Maybe because I didn't get an aboslutely awesome droplet or nail the focus.
Not sure if this is the best image of the day (there were HEAPS), given the focus, but the best to show here given the separation of the droplet.
039/366 - Not Beach Weather
I always love how people from Sydney mock Melbourne's Weather. Well, the long range forecast for the month of February (usually the hottest month in Sydney) was rain every day. Which has pretty much proven true.
Today's pic was a quick snap down at Clovelly Beach (not that you see the sand here). Not really Beach weather.
041/366 - Ebay - I Hate Thee
Hate, is too strong a word, but as much as I love some of the bargins you can get on ebay (and how some people spend far too much on junk you're selling), it can be very frustrating at times.
My 365 Project was never meant to be biographical in nature, but given the problems we had we this transaction (new togs for my gorgeous girl) this had to be the photo of the day.
042 / 366 - Blue
It is a weekend, so I had a few options today.
An f16 sunburst or this random shot.
Random all the way.
I like the cloud contrasting with the blue and the chimney.
But it has shown me one problem. I've got to clean my lens. I realised I didn't do it after the water droplet shoot, and I can see the marks come through the photos. Doh.
Bring out the Lens Pen (best camera accessory ever).
046/366 - Spooks
Setup is an off camera wireless trigged flash (thank god for China - $25 and it works).
I've been meaning to get this photo for awhile.
Interestingly this is just the test shot. It worked better than all the others.
It will be something I'll revist, as I want to play around with lighting the shed too.
047/366 - Motion
Today's photo was meant to be of a horse. Yes a horse.
The day before I had noticed some beautiful light as I was coming past Royal Randwick, just as a horse was making it's way back to the stables. Alas, about five minutes before getting there, the sun ducked behind the cloud.
So this is today's photo.
It took me a while to get. Trying to get the balance of capturing motion, but keeping the riders relatively sharp, all the while trying to make it a decent pic.
But look closely and there is a horse (or sorts) in it.
048/366 - Morning Clicks
After yesterday's attempt at trying to capture some pics on the bikes at Centennial Park, the gorgeous morning sunshine (a rarity of late), brought me back on my way to work.
I struggled getting this pic, mainly because the point and shoot was a bit limited for shooting into the sun and capturing the mood that I wanted.
I had just as much trouble trying to choose which photo would be the one for the day. I'm taking that as a good thing, because for each shot I was reviewing, seeing what was working and what was not.