Firstly, I should apologise for the very infrequent posts here. I do post more regularly in several other places, and unless I have anything which might be even remotely of interest to anyone else, I prefer to keep quiet!
Part 1 is going to about my photography during the year, and part 2, in a couple of days time, will be about the equipment – cameras, lenses, computers and software.
I’ve had three really great week-long photographic holidays this year, the first with Lakeland Photographic Holidays (LPH – I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve been there), the second with aspect2i and the last with Photo Adventures (Lee Frost, and for this holiday the brilliant Duncan McEwan).
All of these were absolutely excellent weeks, but in mid-June I was walking into town for an appointment with the dentist, and suddenly felt very short of breath; I managed another 50m and then had to sit down on a wall and phone the dentist to say I wouldn’t be able to get there. Since then I’ve been in the same state if I try to walk more than a hundred metres. I’ve seen the doctor 3 times, asthma nurse 3 times, specialist twice, had 2 chest X Rays, a CT scan and 3 blood tests. I’ve had various inhalers and other medication, but things haven’t got better, and this means that walking and cycling are a real problem, and so therefore is photography. My visits to the BCLM now have to be by car, and the other local favourite, Dudley Zoo, has become impossible, as it is not easy to get to the entrance, and the Zoo is on a hill, which is now beyond me.
I’m very frustrated by this, but count myself relatively lucky, but it has really restricted my photography in the second half of the year.
So far I have managed to do a Blip on all but two days of the year, but many of these are really just ’emergency’ Blips, with no real merit, and as the photos are so mundane I’ve not posted as many on Flickr as previously.
Still, photography remains my main hobby (for something like the 62nd year), and I enjoy doing it, and especially learning from experience and the on-line workshops that are now available.
Part 2 on the equipment should follow before or on 1st January 2015.
So, photo holidays in 2015? I booked the Limited Walking holiday early in 2015 with LPH, and another (normal) one with them later in the year. The annual Photo Adventures workshop in Scotland with Duncan McEwan is unfortunately a non-starter for me – no car access, more walking, and I cannot cope with shared accommodation (I worry that if I toss and turn I will disturb others, which means I get very stressed and cannot sleep at all). Given the horrendous cost of the recent work on my house, this should be plenty for 2015 – but John and Gail Gravett of LPH plan that 2015 will be their last year, so I don’t know what I might do after that.
You can see some of my images from the year in the gallery section of the web site.