Day 002/365

Day 2 of my project 365.

Today with it being Sunday, I didn’t get to venture to far from home.

As a lot of photographers know, sometimes you will just be in the right place at the right time with perfect light conditions, other times you have to plan ahead of what you want to capture.

I was thinking all through today what I would be taking a picture of. I knew it was going to be dark by the time I headed out (freelance web work) and that the weather wasn’t going to be fantastic with strong winds, clouds and rain.

I knew that I would probably be taking today’s picture while I was out walking the dog.

It then came to me that I would be near the train track so this is where I decided to start planning the shot.

I had envisioned a very long light trail coming from left in the distance until it passed me on the right, but I was limited to 30 seconds due to forgetting my remote (school boy error!)

I checked the translink website to see what time the last train would be heading into Derry at, and it said 9.25.

I wanted to make sure I was there at least 1 hour before hand so that I could scout the area for some possible leading lines, and also so that I could get my exposure correct among other things.

I knew that shooting at f/2.8 would be out of the question due to the flood light on the front of the train therefore I setup my shot at f/5.6.

I never took into consideration ISO, therefore the the image is slightly overexposed, but it still works.

With the winds being strong I had to put my tripod as low as it could go so as to stop any wind shake which thankfully worked!

I’m quite surprised though that there isn’t much movement in the image as when the train passed me the ground was shaking due to the train!

Anyway, here is the day 2 image, and what I’ve learnt today is to take into consideration the entire exposure triangle (ISO, Aperture & Shutter Speed) and to plan ahead for the changing light – ohhh and not to forgot any necessary equipment like my remote!

Day 001/365

People say the only way to truly master something is to keep practicing. In my case to keep shooting over and over and over.

Today is day 1 of my Project 365 which means I will be taking pictures EVERY single day and uploading them to the internet every day for the next 365 days.

I love my current job as a web developer but thinking long term (5+ years) I don’t want to be a desk jockey for the rest of my life, my passion is photography and photography is how I want to spend my days seeing as much of the world as I possibly can.

I’m not a good photographer, in fact I’m far from a good photographer, I’ve got a lot to learn and this is going to help me towards my goal.

Follow along with me and watch my progress over the next year.

Out of this World

The length I go for photography!

A winter camping trip with a good friend of mine Mark on 28th December in The Sperrins with snow, fog, rain, and wind!

I think I took 5 photos on that trip!

As per usual Mark likes to overpack and he took everything apart from the kitchen sink that night!