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Let’s try it and see


I’ve had a think, and I reckon I am up for a 366 challenge. Starting tomorrow, 1 January 2012, I will attempt to take one photo a day for 366 days.

To make it a little easier to work with, I have decided to work around a theme. I have chosen to work with something I can pretty much rely on to happen every day. I will take a photo of my breakfast.

It won’t be earth-shattering, but I think it will be fun to try and make an image of my breakfast look either interesting or different—especially as I tend to have the same breakfast every day!

I hope the challenge will be fun. I will post here, and on my Flickr photostream, every day if I can manage it. 

One photo a day for a year

A number of my photographically-minded friends have been undertaking a 365 project during 2011. I thought it might be fun to relink to their Flickr photostreams as they approach the end of their projects.

Gavin Lewis has managed to pull some amazing images out every day.

Wai-Lun Tsang has also pulled off some startling images from the most mundane of objects.

And, not forgetting Mark Casey, who decided to kick his project off at the beginning of March. The upshot of this decision, what with 2012 being a leap year, means he has to find a 366th image to complete his set. Trust Mark to be different!

Undertaking a 365 project is no easy task. You might think it’s easy to snap an image every day for a year. The three mentioned above will attest to the difficulty of the challenge, I am sure, and I well remember some dark moments when they all felt they were going to fail to complete. I hope, as they enter their final few days (or months, in one case!), they can look back on the experience and feel they did a good job after all. 

Now, I have asked myself the question many times this past couple of years. Do I have the discipline and imagination to pull off a 365? I am not sure, which is probably why I haven’t embarked on one before. Having said that, I have been toying with an idea of a themed 366 (a leap year, remember) for 2012. It’ll be probably the most dull and uninteresting set of images, too. If I make the decision to start it, you’ll be first to know.



Here’s to the future now…

I recall hoping 2011 would improve on the utter disaster that was 2010. I have to admit to being disappointed. 2011 hasn’t really been much better. I wonder what 2012 might have in store for me.

Yes, it’s that time of the year when I sit down and review where I have been over the past 12 months, and where I want to go over the next.

Not having a regular income to speak of has rather curbed my wanderlust, so any photographic expeditions in 2011 have been closer to home. Apart from a couple of sallies beyond the confines of Kent—model railway exhibitions earlier in the year took me as far as Wigan and York, and a brief day trip to Shropshire a few weeks ago took in the RAF Museum at Cosford—I have had to be content with places that don’t cost a fortune to visit.


Gear-wise, selling off some other hobby items enabled me to upgrade my DSLR from the Canon EOS 400D to the 7D. I also added an ƒ/2.8 70–300mm lens, and a few accessories like a remote shutter release and memory cards. There’s not a lot more I want to add to my gear, although I have one more lens I would like to acquire in the ƒ/2.8 17–70mm-ish range, and more memory cards and so on. My MacBook Pro will celebrate its fifth birthday in summer 2012, and it is just beginning to show its age. Aperture 3 gives it cause to struggle, and sadly I cannot add any more RAM to the machine to help. I’m looking at options such as a new, faster, bigger internal hard drive in order to eke out a little more life from it.

Looking to 2012, what do I wish for? I am ignoring the real world here, just looking at my own life. There is only really one thing I want: a proper full-time job. I need a nice regular income again. Life out here in the freelance artworker world is totally dead. The lack of a job has meant I have had to let another fantastic opportunity sail by without my boarding it. Later in the summer 2012, I had hoped I would be going on a photographic safari to Svalbard. Circumstances in 2011 meant I simply couldn’t commit to buying the flight tickets. So much for adventure.

I would also like to push to try and get some freelance model railway photography gigs. I’ve already blogged about that, but in the new year I intend to keep pushing at that stuck door. I am fed up with letting life pass me by. 2012 ought to be the year when I make every effort to get life moving again.

If I don’t blog before, I would like to wish you all a merry Christmas, and my best wishes for the new year.

Autumn Oak | Flickr – Photo Sharing!


I made myself go out for a stroll with my camera today. It was late morning, with a watery autumnal sun and chilly breeze. I set out with no real plan, no theme formed in my head. I let my eyes wander, seeking inspiration. I also decided to work in manual mode, rather than my normal aperture priority.

For the gear-heads, EOS 7D, EF 35mm ƒ/2, camera set to monochrome with a yellow filter. This shot ƒ/2.8 at 1/500th second, ISO 100. Some minor tweaks in Aperture to the definition, but otherwise as it comes out of the camera.

I could get to like this photography game.

RAF Museum, Cosford – a set on Flickr

(For those blessed with Flash-free iDevices, follow this link to the Flickr set page.)

This last week three of us took a four-hour drive from Kent to just the other side of Birmingham in order to visit the RAF Museum Cosford. None of us had ever been there before, and with the added attraction of rare public access to the Michael Beetham Conservation Centre, we decided it was worth the trip.

And it turned out to very well worth the trip. It’s a horribly long way for a day out—especially in November—but we enjoyed it a lot. Highlights for me were seeing a BAC TSR2 in the flesh, seeing progress on recreating a Handley Page HP.52 Hampden in the MBCC, and seeing the happy faces of youngsters on various school trips as they scampered around the museum exhibits.

The RAF Museum Cosford is free to enter, like the main museum at Hendon, London, but you have to pay for the car park. At £3 for a full day, it’s not that expensive. If you have any interest in aerospace history with a skewed British perspective, make time for a visit. You won’t regret it.