The last couple of years I have been keen to participate in one of the Photo A Day Challenges that are floating around on the internet. If you've not heard of a Photo A Day challenge, it's bascially a list of prompts or ideas for each day of the month and your challenge is to photograph something that relates to the theme. This year I'll be doing Fat Mum Slim's Photo A Day challenge. You can find the details of her challenge here.
My photos are always a mix of iPhone and Canon 5D mkII photos. Which camera I use depends on what I'm doing at the time, some of them are just muck around everyday photos, other are more technical. My aim isn't to create the perfect picture each day, my aim for this challenge is to simply record snippets of my life in a way that I perhaps wouldn't normally do. It also challenges me to notice things around me and look at places in a unique way. I'll admit, the prompts are sometimes hard, I mean, it's a challenge after all. But there are days where the prompt does not fit my day at all. I use a bit of creative licence with these, with my only rule being is the photo must be taken at some time during that month or year to be included. For example, I cannot cheat and use a photo I took from last year, as I want the year's worth of photos to be authentic to that year. It also means I'll take more photos each day that interest me, and sometimes these will be used in later prompts, especially if they are generic photos. My other goal is to include our own family's major events in the challenge in some way. For example, my birthday is 8th Feb, so whatever the prompt is for that day, no matter what, I'll make it relate to my birthday in some way. So it's a challenge within a challenge!
Here are my photos from the first week: January 1st - 7th.
Jan 1: Lunch
I didn't photograph our actual lunch, but rather what we were doing around lunchtime, which was making clay creatures wth my daughter Zoe.
Jan 2: Begins with G
With 3 guitarists in our home, we have a good collection!
Jan 4: Words To Live By
Jan 5: Found
A 20c piece on the ground during a family bike ride :)
Jan 6: Happens everyday
Sunrise over Bateau Bay beach.
Jan 7: Upside Down
I'll also be sharing my photos on Instagram, you can follow me here.
Are you participating in a Photo A Day challenge? Please let me know in the comments!