Sunday 31 December 2017

A Photo a Day #368 (final photo, 31st December 2017)

The End

Taken on my stroll around Tonbridge park on Christmas Eve, this felt like a good end point for this 'Photo a Day' challenge. I'm quite pleased with the composition.

Friday 29 December 2017

A Photo a Day #366

My youngest brother cuddling Daisy after a huge Christmas meal. Capturing moments like this are the reason I'll never stop taking photos.

Thursday 28 December 2017

A Photo a Day #365

Our family cat, Daisy, is eighteen years old, very frail, deaf and incredibly affectionate. Her sister passed away a few years ago, but Daisy remains a huge part of the family. Here she is opening a present with my dad.

Tuesday 26 December 2017

A Photo a Day #363

This squirrel was photographed on Christmas eve on a walk around Tonbridge park. It was so relaxing to stroll, alone, around with my camera and it was a very fruitful afternoon. It took me five minutes to perfect the angle of this shot.

Monday 25 December 2017

A Photo a Day #362

Warm Wishes
Happy Christmas!

Please note, I've bodged up the dates on this 'Photo a Day' thing! I realised yesterday as I was pre-planning for the last 6 days that I was ahead of myself (this should be day #359). I've worked out that on a few days I posted twice accidently, but hey, it's better to be too keen than to have missed a day. I thought about correcting the dates, but it would be a big fuss, and also I have made collages for every month as I have gone along, so this would also throw those out. Never mind.

Sunday 24 December 2017

A Photo a Day #361

The Best Present
Our two-year old cat, Maisie, has been a big part of the #photoaday challenge and with good reason. She is a good poser and a beautiful model. We love her so much.

Here's a photo of her in 2015 compared to 2017:

Happy Christmas eve!

Saturday 23 December 2017

Wednesday 20 December 2017

A Photo a Day #356

Before the Show

Taken inside my classroom just after arriving to start the day. It's dark and cold outside, but the show must inevitably go on.

Tuesday 19 December 2017

A Photo a Day #355

Winter's Gift
Absolutely stunning pink skies at around 4:30pm as the sun had nearly set. The mist hung over the field where a lone walker strolled in the cold. Taken with a wide aperture lens.

Monday 18 December 2017

A Photo a Day #354

It used to be these were more of a punishment at Christmas, something to eat one or two of for the sake of being 'Christmassy'. I've grown to love them over the last few years.

Sunday 17 December 2017

A Photo a Day #353

The contrast of the warm and cool colours and the (unintentional) level of noise gave this a retro and cosy feel. Not an amazing photo, but nonetheless a portrait of Christmas. 

I'm struggling with content at the moment as I'm working like crazy and exhausted. Expect some better photos over the last few weeks of the year as I will be off work and out and about. On another, more positive note, I haven't missed a single day of this 'Photo a Day' project! I'll say more about the experience once it's complete, but I'll definitely be setting myself a new photography challenge for 2018. Watch this space.

Thursday 14 December 2017

Wednesday 13 December 2017

Sunday 10 December 2017

Friday 8 December 2017

Wednesday 6 December 2017

Tuesday 5 December 2017

Saturday 2 December 2017

A Photo a Day #338

Creepy Old Bearded Fella
Taken last Christmas: a Santa Christmas ornament at my parents' house. This was taken with my Sony A5000 macro lens when I first got it.

Monday 27 November 2017

Sunday 26 November 2017

A Photo a Day #332

Day Job
This photo was taken early in the morning before a day at work. As I've recently mentioned, work/life balance is a hard thing in our profession; it's very busy at this time of year and having time to go places to take interesting photos is a challenge. I found some scope for photography before my working day started last week and might find myself bringing along my camera next week too. 

This photo says a lot despite its simplicity. There're also some darker undertones here- something that wasn't intentional, but I think makes this a good shot. Teaching is a rewarding profession, but it is also draining, lonely and depressing at times. Maintaining balance and perspective is important in any job, I guess.

Friday 24 November 2017

A Photo a Day #330


Taken early in the morning before the light was at its best, this is part of a project within a project where I have taken shots of urban environments against 'flat' backgrounds to put a focus on shapes and blocks of colour. The background is a little grainy which is a shame. I needed to balance settings out a bit better, so I may re-take this another day.

Wednesday 22 November 2017

A Photo a Day #328

I took this in my dark bedroom. In pure selfie style, I took about one hundred variants of this photo. I was aiming to get some nice colour bokeh from the flash- which kind of worked- alongside the polaroid-style framing that the wardrobe has created for me. I could have composed this better by being central, however this is reflective of the lack of balance we all feel at times; and this is really a diary project. November has probably been the hardest month yet for finding time for this hobby, what with workload, illness and decreased daylight hours. I need vitamin D.

Monday 20 November 2017

A Photo a Day #326


Maisie is looking after me as I am unwell. She's been sleeping at my feet, cuddling me. I couldn't ask for a sweeter little girl. Since she's turned two years old, she's become a lot more cuddly and affectionate; she's started sitting on laps if encouraged and will happily sleep close to me, letting me pet her. Cats are so good for your sense of wellbeing.

Sunday 19 November 2017

A Photo a Day #325


Black cats are the epitome of feline beauty- the silhouette is emphasised and the sophistication of the cat's physique is highlighted. This photo doesn't really achieve quite what I wanted it to, but nevertheless it shows off my cat's lovely big ears and fluffy fur!

Thursday 16 November 2017

A Photo a Day #322

Where's my head at?

I told you they'd be some dodgy ones at the moment. I'm having significant laptop issues and a photography drought. But I won't be beaten. Thank you Mac Photo Booth (I think).

Tuesday 14 November 2017

A Photo a Day #320

Stupid Computer

My laptop has died after months of senility. I'm cross because I've spent money on a new battery- too little, too late. I'm using an old Mac and not enjoying it. This was taken on Photo Booth! I'm going to have to be resourceful over the next week or so, so expect some self-indulgent and probably crappy photos!