Since 1 January 2011 I have been doing a photo a day challenge with the intention of both improving my skills and also trying new things out. I started with a small number of others who are still continuing the challenge. As more of an academic exercise, than anything else, at the end of each year we review the images we have taken and classify them into subjects. The table below shots the number of images in each category over the last three years.

Classification

2013

2012

2011

People

41

34

24

Events

28

27

30

Sports

5

5

4

Street

52

42

26

Plants

39

35

43

Animals

4

5

9

Birds

16

4

7

Insects

2

3

1

Urban Landscape/Building

72

71

67

Rural landscapes

14

24

14

Still Life/Objects

56

93

94

Weather/Skies

14

6

21

Transport

22

16

24

Jessie-4The table below is sorted based on the how the 2013 classification totals entered up and is useful to see how there is some movement between them.

Placing

2013

2012

2011

Urban Landscape/Building

1

2

2

Still Life/Objects

2

1

1

Street

3

3

5

People

4

5

6

Plants

5

4

3

Events

6

6

4

Transport

7

8

6

Birds

8

12

11

Rural landscapes

9

7

9

Weather/Skies

9

9

8

Sports

11

10

12

Animals

12

10

10

Insects

13

13

13

There was really no surprise to me with the top three categories given that most of my images are shot during my lunchtime around the city. What was pleasing though was the drop in the “Still Life/Objects” category. I say this because it is the category that usually carried images when I have been a little stretched to come up with something good for the day. This category also includes a very wide range of subjects including such varied items as Art works to food.

The classification is somewhat arbitrary as there is quite a lot of overlap. For example the majority of shots in the categories of “Street”, “Events”, and “Sports” actually involve people. I only classify images in the “people” session that are part of portrait sessions where the person posed for the image. If you summarise the categories into major headings then it is quite clear where I do tend to focus my attention.

Major Grouping

2013

2012

2011

People Related

126

108

84

Landscapes & Weather

100

101

102

Man Made

78

109

118

Nature

61

47

60

While there are 13 classifications shown, there has never been a single month in the last 3 years where images have been submitted against all of them. In fact there have only been 3 months where the maximum of 11 categories were shot.