project33 [#1]

As an amateur with no particular niche and not much time I struggle to keep a “raison d’être” for my photography.

I tried to set myself a series of challenges last year which ultimately failed due to a combination of too many rules and too much self-pressure to make each image better than the last. But I still feel I need a challenge to work towards and give me a sense of direction.

Welcome to #project33. Essentially it’s a 365 challenge to document a year in my life and to get me thinking about photography in different ways, but most importantly without the pressure of having to take a photo each and every day.

The aim is to create 365 images over the next year.  Each day an image will be posted to Instagram (follow @stuart.sowerby), and each month I’ll put a selection of my favourites here.  I’ll also periodically update the master album with higher quality versions.

Real Life and motivation allowing, the image will be taken each day.  In reality there will be a mix of daily captures and others taken recently, either with the challenge in mind or as part of another series.

As with any challenge like this, expect the quality to vary; although I always try my best to create a compelling shot this won’t always happen, but I hope over the year to see a refinement in my composition, find interest in the seemingly uninteresting, and maybe even see my own style finally emerge.

Here’s a few from my first month, all images taken with the Fujifilm X100F and, with the exception of the Milky Way, all processed using the in-camera converter and Snapseed:

3. A Light Path
5. Brown and Grey
10. A normal British summer
12. Sideways Spinnaker
13. Gunwharf
14. Arachnid Dreams
25. Play Frame
28. Milkyway over Emsworth

A Cornish Adventure Part 4: The Lizard

The final day of our Cornwall trip saw us visit the most southerly point of mainland Great Britain; Lizard Point.

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A Cornish Adventure Part 3: Pendennis Castle

On the most easterly tip of Falmouth sits Pendennis Castle, a fort built by King Henry VIII which saw use right up until WWII.

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A Cornish Adventure Part 2: Portreath

Next up in my Cornwall series, the lovely little seaside town we stayed in; Portreath. North of St Ives and near Redruth, Portreath proved to be the perfect spot to stay with most of Cornwall within a 30 minute drive.

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A Cornish Adventure Part 1: St Ives

The blog has been quiet for a little while; a big family holiday to Cornwall followed by a busy work schedule has meant my photography has suffered. April was a month off from my challenges and I’ve decided to make May into a four part series based on the holiday. The first destination on our trip was the idyllic town of St Ives.

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Sunday stroll in Bosham

Another brief post for this week, April is proving to be a busy month. We took a blustery walk along the coast at Bosham at the weekend. Since my March assignment entry I’ve been enjoying black and white again so here are two colour and three B&W.

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Quick Post: Long Exposures & Nik Collection

The first of my April posts is short and sweet. No specific challenge this month but I took a quick trip to Emsworth Beach to try out some long exposure daytime photography with my new ND filter, and used the results to experiment with the now free Nik Collection processing plugins.

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Day Out With Thomas

The final week of my March Challenge sees us on another great day out with the kids, this time to see Thomas The Tank Engine at the Watercress Line, also accompanied by Grandparents.

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