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So, as I mentioned, I went away on our familymoon and totally forgot to take a charger for my dslr and thus was stuck with a useless bunch of extra weight for our holiday! I did however pack my film camera about which I was incredibly happy about. In retrospect it is a very interesting exercise to be limited by a film camera to practise photography, particularly the composition aspect.

I thought I would share some analysis of a few of the photos I took. If you are interested in working on your own composition you can pick up a point and shoot disposable camera for a few pounds and developing can be done at Snappy Snaps.

Image One

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This is just basically all off. The point of focus I was aiming for is the family group on the bench. The framing doesn’t really draw your attention to them at all, however, and the background is distracting. Plus there are lots of elements on the edges that clutter the picture.

I could potentially have moved around and had them straight on with the less distracting and more atmospheric church, but street photography with a non-automatic focusing camera has some difficulties. Alternatively moving a bit closer might have helped (my camera has a prime lens so moving rather than zooming is the option).

Image Two

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Looking back on the images in retrospect I sometimes wonder what I was ‘thinking’ in taking the image. I think in this image I was trying to photograph the bicycle with flowers balanced with the old man smoking. However, the bike on the edge and the person with the shopping totally limit the viewers ability to focus on this balance.

Getting lower might have helped to get rid of the sign above the gentleman’s head too. And maybe a few steps to the left would have helped get the right ‘balance’.

Image Three

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Can you see a pattern emerging here in where I go wrong? Cropping in camera is a handy skill. If I had ‘zoomed’ in and just got the lady and the dog I would have been happy with the picture. Half chopped off bodies are distracting!

Also, I am terrible at getting straight photos!

Okay so now I need to go out and practise some more…

Did you find this useful? Would you like to see some more ‘dissection’ posts?

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So I totally forgot about my own photo project collaboration until the day was half way through. But then I had a good excuse. I was on our familymoon (Tim’s family had come all the way from South Africa so we were spending time with them post wedding). We were in Florence on the selected day and I have no idea of the hour of these photos so I have just put together a random selection.

Also, I failed to take a charged DSLR battery with me so I only have a mixture of iphone pictures and film pictures from our week and a half away!

Anyway here we go, not quite 12 but there you go. (Excuse the quality of the film photos as the scans aren’t that high quality).

breakfast

1. A healthy breakfast with the family. (iphone)

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2. Tim and I went to have some coffee by ourselves and did a lot of people watching. (film)

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3. The family joined us and then we headed for more coffee. I loved how this guy was reading the newspaper too. (film)

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4. The family stood in line at the Duomo while we wondered around the outside, visited Eataly (which is coming to Trieste in the new year apparently) and did some more people watching. (film)

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5. Wondering the streets. (iphone)

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6. Lunch time. We finally settled on this sandwich place which had a massive queue but was totally worth it. (iphone)

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7. Past the Santa Croce Piazza. (both – like the ‘messed up’ film one which is a combination of a man at a table doing something and Tim on a bench).

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8 (at top) & 9. Headed back to the flat and came across an old style photobooth!

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10. It was hot and we didn’t have the energy to head out again. We ended up having some drinks on the balcony of the airbnb where we stayed and used some birthday candles to extend the light a bit.

Don’t forget if you took part in July to link up with your post.

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Just a quick update to remind you about #1day12pics this Saturday!

Check out Emma’s post for a roundup from last month (I promise I will do a round up of my favourites at some point. Just not this month!).

I am not sure how much sharing I will do as we will be ‘familymooning’ in Florence. We’ll see how the day goes but fingers crossed I can share some.

A reminder of how it works

1. Each month we’ll nominate a day where we will take a photo every hour, all day. (This month it’s Saturday 5 July).

2. You can join in on that day, or on any other day in the month.

3. Share your photos with the hashtag #1day12pics on any social media platforms you use – we’ll be using TwitterInstagram and Pinterest.

4. If you blog, write a post about your photo day and link it up at the end of this post. This works best if you link to your actual blog post with your images. You can also link to your instagram account or pinterest board.

5. Use any camera, including camera phones. Don’t worry if you’re a bit late or miss one of your photos.

6. Things are more fun with friends. Please ask yours to join in too.

Link up!


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This month for the #1day12pics challenge I went with a theme again. It was suggested by Lauren who thought that “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” would be appropriate as I am getting married this month. It was great fun and not too hard to fit into the theme as it was the most beautiful blue sky day (which has since continued). I love this as it gives a great insight and will be a lovely reminder to me in the future of our first summer here in Trieste.

I took part using my iphone and posting on Instagram again, I did struggle a little bit to keep it to every hour but did take 12 pictures.

I thought I would share the pictures in reverse. Above is the gorgeous sunset that ended the day while we were having a bbq at our friends’ house. I am currently a little obsessed with the blue sky in the evenings. This was about 9pm and hence a big jump in the ‘hourly’ rate.

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6(ish): A new necklace (worn to bbq). Who says you can’t put a little effort in, even when hanging out with friends at home? | 5(ish): Blue plastic bottle (reflection) filled with ‘frizzante’ water. | 4(ish): Two churches in Trieste which are pretty old. The one on the left is 17th century and the one on the right is 12th century. Taken while walking home. | 3(ish): Trying a new gelato flavour.

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2(ish): reading in the shade. This seemed a popular book on my feed! I love this classic cover but this one from (I think) Rob Ryan is truly beautiful. | 1(ish) Shorts season! A new pair as I haven’t worn shorts in years but after the temperatures this week (a consisten 32ºC) think I will need a ton more. | 12(ish) Watching the world go buy while sitting on the pier. What better way to spend a blue sky day. | (11ish) Said blue sky.

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10(ish) Laundry feels more manageable when the sky will dry it in a few hours. 9 (ish) breakfast for two with ‘borrowed’ plates (ie come with the rental). It was about the only way I could squeeze borrowed in.

I haven’t shared the 12th picture of a fan which I took on waking up. We have an old ceiling fan. I have to say I just wasn’t that happy with the picture and will probably delete it from Instagram. I suppose the one problem with Instagram (and that I have particularly found with challenges) is that you just take and share and sometimes even as you are sharing it you know it is not your ‘best’ stuff. This is also a problem I have found with my ’100 happy days’ challenge’ as what makes me happy isn’t always that photogenic. Posting on a blog allows more time for consideration while as Instagram is … instant.

What are your thoughts. Have you gone back and deleted Instagram pictures?

Also don’t forget to link up if you took part and posted on your blog or Instagram.

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Another month! I think we might have settled on having #1day12pics on a Saturday, the first of the month. It was great seeing people take part on instagram and sharing their links afterwards. And I really enjoyed adding the element of a theme to mine. One participant commented that since it is my wedding month we should do ‘something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue’. I quite like the idea. We will see how it goes.

A reminder of how it works

1. Each month we’ll nominate a day where we will take a photo every hour, all day. (This month it’s Saturday 7 June).

2. You can join in on that day, or on any other day in the month.

3. Share your photos with the hashtag #1day12pics on any social media platforms you use – we’ll be using TwitterInstagram and Pinterest.

4. If you blog, write a post about your photo day and link it up at the end of this post. This works best if you link to your actual blog post with your images. You can also link to your instagram account or pinterest board.

5. Use any camera, including camera phones. Don’t worry if you’re a bit late or miss one of your photos.

6. Things are more fun with friends. Please ask yours to join in too.

Link up!


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I started Saturday morning lying in bed wondering what I could do to make this month’s photo an hour challenge a bit different. Thinking that I could perhaps create a theme through the day. I eventually got out my bed none the wiser, snapped a random picture on my camera of a weather app saying sunny day against the sky which was clearly not. I wasn’t too impressed with this start though. I then took an iphone picture of a banana I was about to eat and I thought it would be funny to do a smiley face instead (1).

When the time came to take my next picture I thought I’d take another smiley face the ‘theme’ was solidified, except I started finding faces rather than making them. I continued just using my phone which was quicker and simpler for a change.

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2 | breakfast with a creepy nectarine face. 3 | shower time (you might have met my flamingo friend before). 4 | time for tea with my little Dutch couple. 5 | Croation Kuna

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6 | a weird ‘angel’ from one of the Church’s in town. 7 | Jesus in the back of a pick up truck (my favourite picture from the day maybe). 8 | There is an old lady that feeds cats outside our flats every afternoon (I haven’t seen her but I have heard rumours). This is one of the kitties, although they are very skittish. 9. | I skyped with my Mum, I thought she’d prefer me sharing this picture than one of her on my computer screen.

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10 | Time for more tea and a little bit of Kinfolk reading. 11 | Playing around with some ink and hand lettering. I am no great talent but I find it fun. 12 | My favourite face – about to watch a movie.

In the end I had a lot of fun with Saturday’s 1day12pics challenge. It might make the day feel more constructed but I liked the challenge and think I will try and incorporate a theme again

Thanks to all those who took part on instagram. Don’t forget you can link up over on the announcement post. You can also take part in the challenge at any point during the month and link up. And Emma and I will be back next month to do it all again!