100 Photos – Initial Evaluation

Today I managed to find  half an hour to do the 100 Photo project from the first part of the course.

We have been staying at a hotel in Bedford as we have tickets for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. The hotel is close to a marina so with a bit of time to spend I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to take half an hour to take photos for the project.

These are my initial thoughts about the activity.

I’d thought that taking 100 photos would be that simply, after all when I’ve gone away places or been at events I’ve come back with lots more photos than that.

How wrong I was.

Trying to get interesting angles, different shots, having the right exposure and shots that are in focus is surprisingly difficult. With 15 minutes of the activity done I’d only taken 40 photos.

Mindful of what I had to achieve I still wanted to get some photos that would say something, that would have some level of meaning.

A couple of the photos show bits of litter lying on the ground, in one case less than 10 yards from a rubbish bin.

Another photo shows the perils of trying to take photos while having your mobile phone in your back pocket. Thank goodness for the glass protector I’d bought at the same time, that took the brunt of the damage rather than the screen. A new glass protector is far cheaper than a new phone.

The majority of the images aren’t very interesting, I feel, however, there was one where I was in the right place at the right time. As I was taking a photo of a rock in the lake a dog leapt into the water in front of me. Admittedly a couple of seconds earlier would have been a much better action shot but the one I did get I’m pleased with.

There were also a lot of missed opportunities, lots of people walking, running and cycling, lots of dogs bounding around. If I’d had more time and also more confidence about approaching people then there were a number of shots I’d liked to have taken. Even so I managed to get a few photos with people in them by being  discrete.

I’m not going to upload any of the photos right now, I want to work through the rest of the exercise before I do.


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