365 project – a photo a day

I have always watched with interest people starting and some finishing a photo a day challenge. I decided I’d do it once I got my new phone with web capabilities and I finally got it one week ago. It’s been eight days and I haven’t forgotten to take a photo per day yet.

Below are days 1-7. You can follow my progress on Flickr. So far all the photos I’ve taken have been with the iPhone using the Hipstamatic app. My only beef with the Hipstamatic app is that what you see isn’t what you get with the framing of the picture so it can be a bit hit and miss.

Writing - Day 1/365

I’d just installed the app while JJ was writing a story. He’s right into writing at the moment. He even wrote something the other day and let me correct his spelling and re-wrote it. His spelling needs some work.

Walking the dog - Day 2/365

This was taken on our morning walk and it’s at our local oval usually used for sport, but you’re still allowed to let your dog off the lead here so long as organised sport isn’t being played and so long as you pick up its poo and keep it under control. My dog is deaf now so if she wanders off and I call her she can’t hear me. I have to get in front of her face and wave my arms to get her attention these days.

On way to seminar #workwed Day 3/365

This was taken on my way to a seminar on North Terrace in Adelaide. I’ve taken a similar photo using my DSLR.

Daily walk - Day 4/365

I obviously didn’t take this one. This is on our morning walk yet again.

Work Xmas dinner. Day 5/365

We had our work christmas dinner the other night so I took a few using the Hipstamatic app (this is one) and some without. The iPhone 4 camera works pretty well – I like it.

Selling the camper trailer. Day 6/365

This is The Surfer near his camper trailer that he sold the other day. We showed the people who ended up buying it how to put up the tent part. I’ve only done that twice now and really can’t remember that well what to do so I pretended I knew what I was doing while trying to make it look really easy. The people who bought it seemed really nice so I hope they enjoy it. The Surfer has bought a camper van to use instead of this which is why he sold it.

Waiting for fish and chips. Day 7/365

I ended up choosing this one for day 7 because JJ looks so so happy here. He’d been quite annoying this day after a really good day on Saturday… He was probably really happy because he was going to have his favourite fish and chips for dinner. We’d just been to pick up my sister from the airport.

And that’s my first week of daily photos. I’ll do an outtakes version  I reckon because there’s some other good photos that I didn’t choose for the daily photo. I couldn’t say what my criteria are really, but it’s partly a document of my day-to-day life I guess.

Have you done a photo a day project or point to people you know of who have?

A celebration of my son – part 2

Here’s part 2 of the photos of my lad in after school care over the last couple of years. Here’s part 1.

Here’s yet another funny face. There’s not many photos at his after school care with a natural expression, except for when he doesn’t know a photo is being taken. Bravado covering up shyness perhaps?


This is during his swimming. At after school care during the first and last term when it’s warmer, they organise swimming one or two afternoons a week. It’s happening again this term and I was quite shocked when I went to pick him the other day and he hadn’t gone swimming. Mind you, his class also had swimming that day so he’d probably had enough. He was in his bathers though.


Here he is accentuating his natural hair. They have a dressup box. I caught him wearing a very groovy hat the other day.


During vacation care the kids go out on excursions. Bowling is one of JJ’s favourite things to do, along with making a funny face.


That’s it for now, until I get another CD of photos from after school care.

A celebration of my son – part 1

Last year some time I received a bunch of photos on CD of JJ at after school care. While cleaning up recently I came across it and thought I’d share. He has some gorgeous facial expressions.

Last night he was feeling particularly down and saying that everyone except me hates him. At least he knows I don’t hate him as he’s thought and said that in the past although deep down I’m sure he knows it’s not the case.

Anyway, these photos are from 2007 and 2008. They’re not in any particular order.

One thing I did today which I’ve been putting off for far far too long is take a DVD of photos along to the photo shop to get printed. I had this CD and the DVD I made, a total of nearly 2,500 photos. I was there for quite some time going through photos and deciding, or not, whether to get them printed.

The plan is for JJ to make a scrapbook celebrating his life, his achievements, his friends, etc etc. The idea is so that he can look at it when he’s feeling particularly down and hopefully bring himself back up again.

Looking through 2,500 photos in a short space of time made me smile. I think my lad’s very cute now but he was super cute when younger too because of his toddler chubby cheeks.

Anyway, back to the photos from after school care.

He made this mask himself and it’s probably still kicking around somewhere. I’ve made a date with him for next Friday to really tidy up his room. It’s something I’ve been putting off for far too long.

Wearing a mask

Wearing a necklace he made. I think this might be the one he ended up giving to me. I must wear it more often.


Face painting – a pirate – aaarrrggghhhhh!


After school care has a quiet room. It’s mostly pretty quiet and sometimes I find JJ in there, usually playing a quiet game with other kids or hiding under bean bags. I don’t think I’ve ever found him in there reading a book but obviously he does sometimes.


Here’s funny face number 1 of 200 (slight exaggeration).


As there are a few more photos I thought I’d spread them out over two posts. Stay tuned.

If I was to do project 365


If I was to participate in something like taking a photo a day every day for a year, this photo would be today’s.

I was reading about participating in the project, and also on BlogHer, and immediately knew what I wanted to take a photo of, even though I’m not participating in the 365 Flickr group or anything similar.

I might do it one day, or maybe I’ll just give it a bit of a whirl and see what transpires.

I’ve just hung the clothes out on the line and it’s quite warm here today so they won’t take long to dry. Then I’ll be able to fold up and put away this lot and the other two to three loads I’ve done over the last couple of days that I haven’t yet put away. I don’t mind washing and hanging clothes out, but I always procrastinate the folding up and putting away bit.

How to add your Flickr photos to your blog

I’ve had a Flickr account now for around two years and I love it as a place to keep my photos. Keeping that site and this one separate doesn’t work because photography is part of what I do, therefore part of what I write about.

On that note, I saw an old school friend the other night. It was the first time I’d seen her since I left school over 20 years ago. She found me through Facebook. Facebook is another place I share my Flickr photos which she sees. She told me that she really likes my photos and was even able to tell me which ones she likes, like the one below.

Getting my photos from Flickr showing up on my blog has been a bit cumbersome, but doable.

Manually adding photos to blog from Flickr

In Flickr, I select the photo I want from my collection, click on All sizes and choose the medium size (500 pixels wide).

I then copy the HTML code that will link back to that particular photo.

Back to my blog, I go to the HTML view and paste the code into the blog.

I then change back to the visual view and select the image, hold the shift key down and drag the picture into a size I want, in my case 450 pixels. Holding the shift key down keeps the photos proportions correct. If your blog’s main window is 500 wide then you don’t need to fluff around resizing images.

Here’s the result.

Beach life

Adding your Flickr photos to blog using WordPress plug-in

This was how I used to do, but I found a plug-in over the weekend that takes away having to visit the Flickr website. It’s the WordPress Media Flickr plug-in and so far works a treat.

Once it’s installed and setup to talk to your Flickr account, just select the Flickr icon in your post window. Note, you can also view everyone’s photos but because of copyright reasons I plan to avoid this. Here’s how to add others’ photos to your blog under the Creative Commons licence.

Then select the size options and where you want the photo to sit within your post. I choose 500 wide and the default alignment because I add my own style to it. I still have to resize down to 450 wide but this is really easy as shown above.

If there’s an even easier way to do what I’ve described above, please let me know. I’m all for shortcuts.

Christmas Flickr meet

Last weekend JJ and I went up to Mt Lofty Botanic Gardens for the annual SA Central Christmas Flickr meet. I haven’t met up with the group since about March because of other commitments. The Mt Lofty Botanic Gardens are a beautiful spot for a picnic which we had first before we strolled around taking more photos.

Flickr Christmas meet

This little girl was the photographic star of the show.

Like this dad?

Working the camera

JJ and I lost the rest of the group when this happened but met up with them at the end before we all left.

Lone flower

Through the leaves

Even thought it was mostly an overcast and cool day I still got a bit sunburned which was silly as I’d packed my sunscreen.

See the rest of the photos here.

Six by six

I’ve been tagged to do a 6 x 6 meme by Shai Coggins. You need to:

1. Find your 6th photo folder (hard drive or online)
2. Find the 6th photo in that folder.
3. Share the photo on your blog and give the details of the photo.
4. Tag 5 folks to do the same.

So using Flickr I went six sets back from the beginning and counted six photos in from the beginning of that set. This was it.

It’s JJ at Christmas 2005 when he was four and he got a little piano with a microphone. For some reason I don’t mind noisy toys like this to a point. The point being that they’re used away from me after the noise becomes too grating.

The hands gotta move too!

So, the meme said to find your 6th photo folder and I didn’t know whether it was from the earliest or latest. Therefore I did both and it came up with yet another photo of JJ. What a coincidence, but then my Flickr account consists of a lot of photos of my boy. As I said to a colleague who was looking through my photos the other day it’s a document of his life, just like this blog.

Here he is at the beginning of this year after we’d been to the Martime Museum at Port Adelaide on the top of the nearby lighthouse.

Top of the lighthouse

Now I’m supposed to pass this onto five more people to do with what they will. So, Tiff, Trish, Jeanie, Kikolani and Cellobella, over to you.