Friday, 6 January 2017

2016 Review

Yeah...I know! I'm pretty useless at keeping this blog updated regularly! 2 posts in the whole of 2016. RRRrrrrrrubbish! If I make one resolution for 2017 ( and I am pretty bad at keeping resolutions as well ha ha) will be to do more blog well as getting out more with my camera!

So, since my last post I have got out a few times. Not as many as I would like, but when you've got a full time job to pay the mortgage and a busy social life what can be expected.
I have been out doing some landscape photography atL

  • Old Harry Rocks
  • Portland Bill
  • Peveril Point
  • Farnborough Airshow
  • Kimmeridge Bay
  • New Forest
  • A holiday to Dominican Republic!
  • A road trip to Isle Of Skye
  • Milford-On-Sea
  • and Southampton Docks!
Quite a few of the images from these trips are on my website ( so please head over and have a look.

Melissa and I went to Excellence El Carmen in Punta Cana in Dominican Republic for 10 days in October. And we never left the resort ha ha. It was one of those holidays when we just wanted to totally relax and chill. I did take the camera though and caught a few sunrises on the beach...which was a whole 2 minutes away from our room!

The biggest challenge when taking photographs on holiday of course is the humidity and allowing yourself enough time to get set up and giving the camera time to acclimatize and not be fogged up when you really need to take that shot. I kept the camera in the safe in our room when we weren't there, but of course the room is air conditioned so that is a huge temperature difference when you need to use the camera.

In December myself and two friends decided to go on a bit of a road trip to the Isle Of Skye. I left Southampton on the Friday morning and went via Swindon to do the first pick-up. Then on to Nottingham to collect the second guy. We drove from there to Glencoe and stayed the night in Glencoe Independent Hostel. It was a lovely warm and cosy place to stay. I can recommend it.
On the Saturday morning we hit the road again and did sunrise at Eilean Donan Castle before heading across the bridge to Skye where we went straight to the Fairy Pools.

After getting a good old soaking because of the ever changing weather we headed back to the car and decided to try something at Sligachan Bridge instead. I don't have any images from that location...because as it started raining again the wind decided my camera needed a wash and blew it into the river!!! 
Thankfully I was quick enough to grab it and it didn't have a chance to get wet inside. But, that was the end of that part for me. I didn't want to risk damaging the camera so I went back to the car and dried the camera and stripped it to give it the best chance to dry out properly...and left it alone for several hours. I was very nervous turning it back on again that night but was definitely relieved when it worked properly!

I am hoping there will be some more road trips in 2017 because I want to push myself and my learning even further than before. I will be doing more exploring of Southampton, Hampshire and especially the Jurassic Coast in Dorset again. My amazing girlfriend for Christmas bought me a 1-2-1 workshop with Andy Farrer, the 2015 Landscape Photographer Of The Year. I am so looking forward to seeing what I can learn from photography royalty!