2012 Project

I decided to shoot an image a day during 2012, then discovered there are some web sites promoting this idea, so I’m posting on those as well as my Photo Diary page.

Personally I really like having projects, as they give me some additional objectives, but I’m already finding the one-photo-per-day idea quite frustrating – some days I have lots of images, and some days none, and I want to ENJOY my photography, not have it become a chore (I have to shoot another image even if the weather is horrible, I’m unwell, other things to do, just not feeling motivated!). So I’m already not sure (on the fourth day!) that I will stick to this project.

None of the images I’ve used so far had any real merit, the first day was particularly bad as I rushed outside to shoot the first thing I could see, as the light was failing and it was just starting to rain. Today’s image must be a theme used countless times before, so I don’t claim any originality, even though I’ve not see any of the undoubted many previous images!


I had to stay in for delivery of a Pocket Wizard kit, and by the time it had arrived the weather had taken a turn for the worse. I really must try to get outside for some different images tomorrow!

I’m really an available-light photographer, but I do use strobes for some work now. I’d used some cheap flash triggers until now, but they fail more often than they work. The Pocket Wizards are a ridiculous price, but if they work it is worth it – I have wasted so much time and money on the cheap substitutes in the past. I’ve seen some reviews which not only comment on the price of the Pocket Wizards, but also criticise the build-quality. I find this difficult to understand – they seem well-made to me, and I’m a mechanical (and later production) engineer.

Oh, and of course the image did involve 2 exposures, one general shot and one of the screen, separately adjusted and then combined. I should probably have taken steps to avoid the highlights from the lights on the oranges, but life is too short! I should probably have bought more oranges as well, to fill the background …

About Mike Hessey

I'm a BOF (Boring Old Fellow) and MOS (Miserable Old Soul) whose main interests are photography, cycling, walking and computers. Regrettably recent problems with my legs, back and heart have reduced the cycling and walking.
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