Photo of the day - 10

On new years day, in the afternoon, the sun should have been behind me. So why was my room lit up like it was in front?

I will tell you, it was the Shard.. London's very own glass pyramid caught the suns rays at an exact alignment allowing it to blind both my eyes when I looked out the window.

I quickly grabbed my camera, took off the lens cap, switched on and [NO CARD IN CAMERA] arrrg! I knew that this may not last so I threw in a spare card and took a few shots.

Take a look at the other shots here, I took one at 1/4000 of a second where you can see individual windows.

It only lasted around a minute so I am glad I had the camera ready.


Photo of the day - 09

While watching Christmas telly I suddenly stopped and stared at my glass of wine. 'This would make a great photo' I thought to myself... or it could have been the wine talking.

However, I set up in the kitchen with my Canon 550d on a tripod with the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II Lens attached. I put the glass of wine on top of a tin lid and the background was a plain white sheet of paper.

The glass was lit from underneath by the torch light app from my smart phone.

It was then thrown into Lightroom for a couple of sharpening brushes and with another adjustment brush to change the color of the glass and background.. the color of the wine is as shot.

The top is a little dark but it is the center of the wine glass that the eye focuses on.

Next time I might try this with a glass of beer, more bubbles...


Photo of the Day 08

Well this is a little bit different, I thought I would get more creative with today's photo.

I balanced myself over the center of the stones and fired off few shots. Finally settling on just the one which was replicated four times and then played around with.

I like this shot... repetitive but pleasing..


Photo of the day 07

Yes I know I seem to be doing only photos of the day and not much else. Well on Saturday I will be braving the cold and trying to get a long shadow shot when the sun comes up at my local park.

But for now the Photo of the day number 7 will have to do.

This caught my eye because it had a lot of lines in it. This was taken through a window and I was trying for lines on the right hand side of the frame with matching horizontal, vertical and diagonal lines on the left hand side... just to mix it up a bit.

Composition, colour, texture, leading lines... etc..

I do learn...


Photo of the day number 6

'I am not a number I am a free photograph' or something along those lines. In a welsh village.. in the 60's.Ok I seem to be getting my wish. I asked for it to snow, it has now got very cold and frosty.

This 'carry a small camera around with you at all times' seems to be paying off. I left for work and came across this gem of a shot. The sun was rising as it usual does of a morning and provided me with a nice golden...

Ok I will stop there, it was edited in Lightroom again. I didnt have time to fiddle around with the settings on the back of the camera to get a more natural 'in camera' effect so I tweaked a little to get the shot as I saw it in the morning.

so... nice golden light spilling through the tree in the foreground and long deep shadows.

Being a mentalist of no small sanity, this has given me the idea to go to the local park on Saturday and wait for sun up to try to get a good 'long shadow' type shot again but this time with my Canon and the wide angle (kit lens!).


Photo of the day 5

I just could not decide which of the three photos below I liked the best to be the Photo of the day number 5. It was getting late and I had not taken a photo of the day, (which should be renamed to Photograph any old shit..) so I just looked around the room and found a box of matches and a towel..

So next time you have no inspiration on what subject you want to photograph... pick anything! Run into the kitchen and choose something from one drawer, something from another, put them on a background and snap away.


Photo of the day 4!

Is it the fourth photo of the day already? I am quite enjoying this little project..

Today's picture is of a table leg and table feet. I was enjoying a cup of tea when I remembered I had not taken a photo today.

So I whipped it out and extended it. The camera and the lens! Ahem.

I could have focused on the crane in the distance but I was looking down at the camera and noticed the table leg below me.

This shot was only slightly cropped to give it bit more composition to the right hand side of the shot.

Yup edited in Lightroom 4 again, boosted contrast and colour and spun it around, originally the foot was pointing to the south rather than to the east.

I think this has shown me that I can take a shot anywhere at any time and still come away with a good photo.


Photo of the Day 3

The 'Picture of the Day' is a close up photo of a speaker on my desk. I preferred the focus on the grill rather that on the twiddle thing as this is centered nicely just below the middle of the picture.

Again edited in Adobe Lightoom 4, added a bit of sharpening to bring out the grill but had to deepen the  blacks by adding more contrast otherwise it looked a bit washed out.

Next time I will choose something not so close to the lens.



Today Picture of the day comes from a daily routine most of us enjoy.A teabag..

I noticed my Casio Exilim has an f2.8 lens which is really good for portrait type shots, it blows the background out so the subject pops out better.

Notice how there is a second Teabag to follow the first one.

This was edited in Adobe Lightroom 4 to bring out the colours in the background and to sharpen up the leaves in the bag.

I have also stuck with the Cigarette Card type of presentation.

Photo of the day


This is my first photo of the day. It is of a silver light switch with an added grunge texture over the top. I don't know if I will continue the 'cigarette card' presentation but it might catch on...

I must remember to set my Casio Exilim to shoot in TIF, it cannot do RAW so I have ended up Jpeging a Jpeg. Click on the photo to go to Flickr to see the higher and slightly less Jpegy shot.

Even after my first 'Photo of the day' I am now thinking about other photo projects.

365 Photos - where I take a shot every day for a year.. every single day...

Lens in the Face - Where I shove my Lens in someones face and take a picture, weather they want to have their photo taken or not... could get a bit punchy with that one.

26 Day Alphabet - Take a shot a day, start with something beginning with A, then B then oh you get the picture..

Photo Challenge! - employ the use of a word randomiser on the internet and try to take a shot of what ever it gives me.