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Ernie captures 1,000 days on camera

Driffield amateur photographer and long-time member of the Driffield Photographic Society, Ernie Howard, recently completed a marathon of taking and posting a photograph online for 1,000 consecutive days.

Ernie started on a quest to take and upload an image a day for a year from July 2019, the month his birthday falls in, having previously completed four ‘365’ projects.

The photographer said he finds the daily challenge improves his photography by making him go out and ‘see’, or make, a new image every day.

“Seeing a picture is the essential first step to being a good photographer,” said Ernie.

“Without the ability to spot or create an image, then a photographer will never achieve their potential.”

In July 2020, having completed 366 daily images during the leap year, Ernie found himself in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic and decided to continue with his project.

After a second year of photos in July 2021, he felt he should continue to see how far he could get.
Now, having completed 1,000 days of photos, he has decided to take a break.

Ernie’s collection of photographs from the project and his previous images are posted on Flickr at flickr.com/photos/howarew.

Here, there are almost 10,000 photos which Ernie has taken and posted since 2005, covering local landscapes, flowers, everyday objects, events, altered images and, due to lockdown, a couple from short holidays.

“I have tried to find new angles, ideas and ways to make all my shots as interesting as possible,” said Ernie.

“I have no specialist subject in photography but do like to try to capture the Yorkshire Wolds landscape.
“I do a lot of walking and cycling and always carry a camera. Due to lockdown and travelling restrictions, there are a lot of photographs taken in the garden over the two-and-a-half years.”

Ernie joined the Driffield Photographic Society in 1979 and is the longest-serving continuous member.

“I have learned an immense amount about taking and producing better photographs by being a member,” he said.

“I believe that, like being a pianist or tennis player, practice is essential for improving and refining skills and photographically getting better images.

“It trains the brain to watch out for interesting pictures and I then use my skill to best capture and present the essence of the object or scene.”

The Driffield Photographic Society, which was founded in 1952, meets every Monday from September to May, at 7:30pm in the Maple Room of The Bell Hotel.

In June, July and August, outings are planned. The programme consists of talks by visiting photographers and club members, demonstration and practical evenings, and competitions between members and the Society and other camera clubs in the East Riding.

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