So I have been undertaking a photography challenge for the last ten days now, taking at least one photograph a day and uploading it to my Flickr account. The uploading part is not actually part of the challenge but I do it in order to keep track of the images I produce.
The challenge is to take one photograph per day for an entire year, with the prize being more experience at photography. I want to produce better photographs and the best way to do it is through practice, so this challenge is perfect.
However, if I’m going to take a photograph a day I want it to be something other than a simple snapshot. I want it to look good and be interesting in and of itself. This is the reason that my images are not all simply “look at this nice building” or a snapshot of Jennifer that would not look out of place amongst our holiday photos. I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with that sort of photograph, it’s just that I want to make this collection of images to be a little bit different, if I can.
I’m trying to challenge myself to look at things in a new light, because it will help me as an artist as well as in photography. So far it is working out reasonably well and I hope that will continue.
The majority of the photographs are either taken through the Camera+ application on the iPhone 4, or processed in that application. This is because I can apply a range of colour filters and other processing niceties to the pictures right away. The range is limited, of course, but so far it is working out well. I may have to head back to Photoshop later on for more touching-up of the images to get them exactly as I want them but for an on-the-fly edit, Camera+ is excellent.
You may have noticed that the image along the top of the website, and also many other images on the site, have been similarly processed using this application. That’s because I’m currently enamoured by its border functions, which give pictures a weathered edge look amongst other things. No doubt I’ll get bored and move on eventually but for now I think these pictures rock somewhat.
Yes, I am easily pleased; especially when it comes to gadgets.