Sunday, 31 August 2008

Project 365 - August 2008


Project 365 - August 2008
Originally uploaded by stephenlamb

At the end of each month, I have made a mosaic of my Project 365 photographs. This is the one for August 2008. I use the Mosaic Maker at the Big Huge Labs site - there is a link to it to the right of this post.

Most of my photography takes place outdoors. August was quite a dull month and this is reflected in the photographs. I visited Kirby Muxloe castle on a rare bright and sunny day and I think that the photograph that I took there is the best of the month. There are two photographs that speak of my desperation to get a picture taken - the ones of lights. The first is of a street lamp at the back of our garden and the other of a chandelier in our lounge.

Saturday, 30 August 2008

Splash!


Splash!
Originally uploaded by stephenlamb

I decided to try something different today. Browsing through some old Digital Photo magazines, I came across an article which described taking photographs of an ice cube dropping into a glass of liquid. I decided to give it a go. I set up in the bathroom since this was clearly going to be messy. The backdrop is a piece of black card. The glass was filled with a red berry cordial - I did not want to waste any wine. The camera was on a tripod. The bathroom is quite small and I could not get the camera as far away from the glass as I would have liked. I used the on camera flash since this is the only flash that I have.

I started dropping the ice cube into the glass and trying to press the shutter as the cube hit the liquid. Getting the timing right was a bit hit and miss. I took about forty shots. None of them really turned out how I would have liked. I hoped to get a shot in which the ice cube would be visible but this did not happen. I do not like the reflection of the flash - and the background is no longer black. I will have another go at this sometime and try to put these things right.

Thursday, 28 August 2008

Mountsorrel, Leicestershire


Mountsorrel, Leicestershire
Originally uploaded by stephenlamb

Sometimes a very ordinary photograph suddenly gets lots of view on Flckr for no obvious reason. This photograph of a stone swan in Mountsorrel, Leicestershire is a good example. There has been a surge of interest in it over the last few days. I wonder why! Have people been searching for photographs of stone swans?

Wednesday, 27 August 2008

Project 365


Self Portrait 08
Originally uploaded by stephenlamb

I decided early on that one way of keeping up with Project 365 would be to have a few themes going through the year. One of these themes was that I would take a self portrait every month. This is the eighth in the series. I am standing at the top of the stairs in our house looking into a large mirror. Light is provided through window to one side. You can also see my Sony A100 camera with which most of my photographs are taken.

Tuesday, 26 August 2008

Project 365


Tiles
Originally uploaded by stephenlamb

Here is an example of the desperate lengths to which attempting to complete Project 365 has driven me. At the end of a cold, wet day in February 2008, I took a photograph of our kitchen floor. Surprisingly, it has been viewed five times on Flickr - although no one has commented on it or made it one of their favourites. I cannot think why.

Monday, 25 August 2008

Project 365


Watermead Country Park, Leicester
Originally uploaded by stephenlamb

I was going to start Project 365 on January 1st 2008 but I took a few photographs on December 29th 2007 and so I thought I might as well start then. In case you do not know, the idea is to take a photograph every day for a year and to post it on Flickr in the Project 365 group. I have managed to take a photograph every day since I started so far. Sometimes I have had to resort to desperate measures - especially on wet days and on days when night falls early. I will share some of these photographs with you on another occasion. Look out for photographs of a lamp standard in a hotel; a teddy bear and an empty vase....

I am on day 240 now - although I have not taken today's photograph yet. The most difficult time is to come - I think it will sometimes be hard to fit in taking a photograph with the demands of work during the cold dark days of November and December.

The photograph above is the first of my Project 365 images. The mammoth is in the Watermead Country Park, Leicester. One of the entrances to the park is less than five minutes walk from my home. The mammoth was placed on a hill overlooking one of the lakes in commemoration of the fact that the remains of mammoths have been found in the area. I am planning to take my last photograph of Project 365 in the same place.

Sunday, 24 August 2008

Beginnings....

At the time of writing, I have 1,221 photographs and videos on Flickr and also a website at www.stephensimages.com. I have decided to experiment with a blog - and this is it!

These are two of the photographs that I took today. I live just outside Leicester and went into the city centre to do some shopping and take some photographs.


This is Thames Tower which has recently been refurbished.



These tulips are on the Belgrave roundabout.