A photo a day for October - the final 10
As October drew to a close yesterday so too did the October photo a day challenge and I have to say, I’m quite relieved - my motivation certainly waned in the last couple of weeks. And dare I say it, I think the quality of my instagram shots has really dipped in the last month so sorry to anyone who follows me!
Not sure why, but perhaps the rebel in me dislikes being ‘told’ what to photograph each day - or maybe it is just that my iPhone camera lens is so scratched and battered, all my shots look a bit rubbish.
I’m not saying I won’t take part again - I have enjoyed looking at lots of other people’s interpretations of each day’s theme and I have gained some new followers and followed some new people too so overall, the month’s work will be recorded as a net gain - it just might be a few months before I do it again.
Anyway, here are a handful of my better shots from the last ten days. You can see the full month’s shots over on Pinterest.
October 25th ~ people (sshhhh, this is a cheat, it’s a shot from Wilderness in August but it is one of my favourite people watching shots)
October 26th ~ Listening to (his pumpkin carving commentary)
October 29 ~ Moon (it was a full moon but very cloudy so this was the best I could come up with!)
October 31st - Whatever you please
So there you have it - don’t forget you can see all 31 shots on my Pinterest board.
A photo a day for October - week 3
October is fair racing by. Week three of the challenge is done and dusted and my shots are duly presented below for your perusal.
I wonder if I’m being too samey with my choices? They’re all mostly of objects rather than experiences, people or panoramas, but maybe I’m over-analysing? Anyway, next week’s selection have briefs like ‘in your town’, ‘weather’ and most pleasingly ‘the view from here’ so maybe I’ll just photograph my blog for that one!
So here are my Week 3 shots. You can also take a look at Week 2 and Week 1 and see the whole lot snuggled together over on Pinterest.
October 15 ~ Dinnertime
October 16 ~ Something you wrote
October 17 ~ Fruit
October 18 ~ Made you smile today (it was one of those days when only vanilla vodka would do…)
October 19: Letters
October 20 ~ 4 o’clock (at 4pm we were embroiled in a mammoth fondant fancy baking session - more on that later in the week)
October 21 ~ Calm (my bathroom, the only spot of relative calm to be found in this houseful of boys)
On to week 4 now then! And don’t forget you can see the whole set for October building up on my Pinterest board.
A photo a day for October - week 2
Week two of the challenge is done so here are my photographs. I’ve been crazy busy this week so have had to sneak one archive shot in there, but all the rest were taken on the appropriate day using my iPhone and instagram. You can see my full set of shots building up on my Pinterest board.
Everyone participating in the challenge uploads their daily shots using #fmsphotoaday - there are over 300,000 photographs tagged with this hashtag - and whilst you only glimpse a fraction of the shots that have been uploaded at any one time, I’m really enjoying seeing how other people have interpreted the brief for that day.
October 8 ~ angle (I’m particularly pleased with this one. It was taken in quite low light which has lent it quite a grainy quality, which I think works nicely).
October 9 ~ red (isn’t this old Morris ace?)
October 10 ~ emotion (silly I know, but there you go…)
October 11 ~ something close-up
October 12 ~ on the table (a big green microphone on the table at BBC Radio Oxford, for my slot on the Kat Orman show on Friday - told you it was a busy week!)
October 13 ~ landscape (this is a shot I took last month, so it’s a bit of a cheat. I did see about 15 beautiful shots I could have taken for this one on Saturday and the sky was just as blue, but I was whizzing through the landscape in Dennis so unable to compose the perfect shot and already late for our lunch date, hence why this one is my submission for the 13th!)
October 14 ~ makes you laugh (yep, they sure do…)
On to week 3 now, goodness, how October is flying by.
A photo a day for October - week 1
I’m doing this photo a day challenge again this month. I last did one in May and quite enjoyed the discipline of having to think creatively about how to interpret the word or phrase for each day in an Instagram photograph.
I’ve created a Pinterest board for this month’s shots but without further ado, here are my photographs for week 1. All of them are taken with my iPhone Instagram app and I’ve played about with some of them using snapseed.
October 1 ~ where you stood
October 2 ~ lunchtime
October 3 ~ this happened today (I went to an Oxford Brookes Uni English Lit lecture with comedian Stewart Lee)
October 4 ~ what you read (Issue 02 of The Simple Things magazine - perfection in a beautifully-bound matte cover)
October 5 ~ shadow (I confess I delved into the archive for this one as I didn’t get round to thinking about the shot until 6pm, by which point I was contending with a flat, low cloud, virtually no sunlight and very little inspiration…)
October 6 ~ I’m thankful for… (unexpected reminders of treasured childhood memories)
October 7 ~ light
The May Instagram Challenge draws to a close…
Today is the last day of this little project, which has been good fun. This image is ‘pink’ which was the theme for May 22nd. Some of the themes have been easy and some have required a little bit of thought to create something a little out of the norm. I’m still in catch-up mode after our lovely break in St Ives last week, but all of the last images (from May 21st to May 31st) will be over on my Pinterest board by the end of the day.
This weekend is going to be a busy one with a wedding to photograph on Sunday, taking place here, our brand new bell tent to pitch, a few village Jubilee celebrations to fit in along the way and if all goes well, a new addition to the family to accommodate (more on that next week).
I hope the weather stays fine…
May 17th - May 20th photo a day
These are my latest shots for the Instagram May Photo a Day challenge. Choosing a favourite place for yesterday’s photograph was easy as we’re in one of my most favourite places in the country, but I must confess, my ‘snack’ and ‘something you made’ shots are tiny cheats as I took them both a couple of weeks back. My excuse though is that I’m on holiday and unless I shake it up a bit, all of the remaining shots for the challenge will be either beach, child or sunset-related…
As always, you can find the full set of shots over on my Pinterest board, as well as all the other boards I have put together as part of my rapidly growing Pinterest obsession.
May 15th - 16th photo a day
And the challenge rolls on… We’re in to week three now and here are my latest two shots, taken in a bit of a rush in between getting us all ready for our Cornish adventure later this week. I am very much looking forward to our break - it will be sooo nice to breathe in the sea air and sit on the headland with my camera as the sun sets. The perfect way to start the summer season.
As ever, you can see the full set of May photographs on my Pinterest board for the challenge. I’m trying to vary the filters and effects I use in the challenge to build up a varied set - I really like the black & white one I used for this shot and haven’t used it again since so I will endeavour to fit it in somewhere this week!
May 9th - 14th photo a day
Here are my latest shots for this month’s Photo a Day for May challenge. The themes were (top l-r, bottom l-r):
May 9th: something you do every day
May 10th: a favourite word
May 11th: kitchen
May 12th: something that makes you happy
May 13th: mum
May 14th: grass
The full set of May photographs are on my Pinterest board for the challenge. This week’s themes are quite simple on the face of it (love, a snack, a favourite place and so on) so I’ll see if I can come up with some sort of a creative interpretation of at least one of them!
May 8th photo a day
Today’s theme is a smell you adore. This photo is a little more blurred than I would have liked (artistic, honest) but on reflection, it does say something about the early hour and lack of alertness at and with which it was photographed - it’s the first shot of the day in more than one respect.
You can check out the full set as it builds up on my Photo a Day Pinterest board.
May 4th - 7th photo a day
A mostly wet and stormy bank holiday weekend has left lots of time for tinkering with the cameras so here are the latest shots for this month’s Photo a Day for May challenge. The themes were:
May 4th: fun!
May 5th: bird
May 6th: you
May 7th: someone that inspires you.
I’ve set up a Pinterest board for the challenge too so whizz on over there if you want to see the full set as it builds up.
Rolling on to this week’s set of images now - there are some good ones in there so time to get my creative brain working…