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One-a-day Project

Posted by on July 27, 2013

So I have a new camera and along with that, I decided to start a one-a-day project.

The camera is nothing special, but it is my first “real” camera.  A Nikon D5100 DSRL, with few interchangeable lenses to go with it.

Based loosely on (as I recently discovered) the 365project, the idea is quite simple: Take and publish a photo everyday.

Have a look here: http://hartzenberg.smugmug.com/One-a-day

The motivation for taking up a project like this I guess can be split into multiple parts.

1 – Learn what there is to learn about the camera.

It’s one thing to read the manual and understand what each of the knobs and twiddly bits do. It’s something else entirely to “know” the camera. Each camera is different, each unique in its own way. As I’m discovering this camera, like me, has its moods. So I guess it’s about building a relationship with the camera.

2 – Discover through experimentation, the fine art of taking a good photo.

I’m not sure where I read it but it stuck: Learning the rules is easy. To break a rule properly, you really need to know and understand the rule completely before breaking it. Otherwise its just ignorance. The best way I find to achieve this, is through experimentation, pushing the boundaries, and practise. What better way than to take a photo everyday since every day is unique and every photo taken will then be unique.

3 – A journey of discovery.

We live in the world, but do we really see it? This is a unique opportunity to approach every day with an open mind and open eyes. A journey of discovering the world around me, and in a sense a journey of self discovery.

Day 0 - the MBP became my first victim...

  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Camera: NIKON D5100
  • Taken: 25 August, 2013
  • Flash fired: no
  • Focal length: 200mm
  • ISO: 1000
  • Shutter speed: 1/125s

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