About 366 pictures

Simon Jones

It’s not rocket science

The idea behind 366 pictures is very simple. Every day throughout 2012 I published a photograph that I took on that day. The pictures were published on the site with a an accompanying explanation or story. 2016 is another leap year, so I decided to do it again!

Who takes the pictures?

All the pictures are taken by me, Simon Jones (pictured above). I’m an almost average Englishman who has published content online since the heady days of the 90’s when people still used dial-up and great big beige computers! You can find other sites by me here or check out my blog for more of my pictures and words.

Why 2016?

I first did 366 Pictures in 2012, a leap year. So as 2016 came around I decided to do it again. I had wanted to do something like this for a while and it just so happened that after spending time relaxing at a friend’s house in New Zealand, I had the opportunity to get this project up and running. By chance 2012 happened to become an interesting year for me as I travelled in a very unplanned way around the world taking in the many different landscapes and cultures of the 20 countries I visited. I’m not sure that 2016 will be full of as much travel, but at this stage, I have no idea!

Why 366 and not 365?

2016 is a leap year. That was handy because 365pictures.com was already taken.

What camera was used to take the pictures?

This year I am using a Sony camera. In 2012 used a Canon Powershot G10 up until March 25th. It had been my daily camera for more than three years and it was pretty beaten up so I changed to the Canon Powershot G12 in Malaysia. That camera failed toward the end of the year and was replaced with another G12 after a very brief time using a cheap Nikon camera.

How are the pictures chosen?

I take many photographs each day and it’s was often very difficult to choose the picture of the day. I generally ask myself which picture tells a story. After that I choose the picture based upon its composition, color, and general interest. Sometimes, though, I just chose a picture for the simple reason that it captured a key moment of that day for me. It’s often very difficult to decide so on a number of occasions I’ve asked strangers in café’s (where I often work with my laptop) which picture they might choose.

Are the pictures photoshoped?

I do use Photoshop to crop the pictures and make minor cosmetic changes (like removing lens artifacts) where necessary. It’s my aim to keep post-processing of the pictures to a minimum simply because I don’t want to spend hours at the end of the day working on my computer. Occasionally such work is necessary and at those times the pictures are ‘worked on.’

Are the pictures always posted on-time?

On the whole the pictures are posted on, or right after, the date the photograph was taken. However, I know that sometimes travel and work commitments can mean the project falls behind. I try my very best to make sure any delays are caught up as quickly as possible.

Use of the pictures

The photographs you see on this website are all copyright and cannot be used without first obtaining my written consent. If you wish to use any picture from this site please contact me via email or leave a voicemail at +44 700 580 4949.

Spelling and grammar errors

While I enjoy writing and do my best to do so without faults, I am prone to making spelling and grammar errors. I blame this on my early education, but excuses aside, I ALWAYS appreciate it when people take the time to let me know when I’ve made a mistake. That way I can correct it and hopefully learn something. So please, feel free to correct me.

How does this site make money?

It doesn’t. Like so many of my internet ventures, this site is a labor of love.

How can you afford all this travel?

I build and maintain websites for companies and organisations. This can be done from any location throughout the world so back in 2010 I decided to give away most of my stuff, pack up and store my valuables, leave my rented apartment with just a couple of bags and take a one way ticket to Australia to pursue life on the road for a while. I watch my budget very closely, but also throw caution to the wind and follow my heart because as long as it’s still beating I don’t intend to miss a moment!

Some of the pictures are crap!

Life is like a box of chocolates, right?