Happy New Year!
Yes it is a bit late seeing as we are well in to 2016 already, but given that this is my first blog of the year (and my first for a number of months now) you will have to forgive the indulgence. I hope it has been a good year thus far and that what remains of it is filled with good times and forward movement in all regards.
I had intended for my first blog of the year to be a long one that touched upon the photographic resolutions that I made at the start of 2015 though I decided to abandon it. What I will say on the subject is that as with most resolution that people make at the turn of the year, some were achieved and some were not. It was not a massive list to begin with, so thankfully there was not much that I did not achieve, but the two successes of the year were:
Becoming confident in using my handheld light meter - I wrote a blog about this early last year and since that was written I have become quite confident in my usage of my handheld meter. There have been a few blips along the way but I have my methodology nailed now and nine times out of ten I get the exposure I was looking for. I am always learning with it, however, and for 2016 I want to get proficient in its usage in more unusual lighting conditions. For instance, there is an image that I have in mind for a project that I am currently working on that requires being shot in very dim light and I am currently unsure as to go about metering for it, so that is something to read up on and experiment with.
- Shooting more - I shot a lot of images last year though I have stayed true to what I aimed for when I switched to this squarespace site last year and only uploaded what I was truly happy with. I have become reacquainted with my Mamiya RB67 and it has been a joy to use, though the 6x7 format has presented its challenges at times. Some of the results from the latter quarter of 2015 will be coming in the form of two new galleries very soon.
Getting an honourable mention in the inaugural Fine Art Photography Awards was a highlight and though I only got through to the first round of Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year, I was happy with that, especially given the strength of the competition (my image will appear in the ebook when it becomes available). The images from the winners and runners up can be found here.
As for 2016 itself the aim is to just keep shooting. Though I have enjoyed shooting landscape imagery, and will continue to do so, the fire has recently been reignited when it comes to shooting abstract imagery, so I will be picking up two projects that I stopped a couple of years back which will hopefully appear in the form of galleries on this site later this year. I am also finding myself more drawn to trying my hand at contemporary landscape photography, which I am a huge fan of. It requires a different kind of eye than that of 'traditional' landscape photography and I am keen explore it this year. I still very much enjoy shooting solitary images but I find myself wanting to explore bodies of work more so 'project' is very much the word for 2016.
If you have made it this far then thanks indeed for taking the time out to read this. Though there are others taken which I have yet to put on display that contest this accolade, I will leave you here with my favourite image that I shot from 2015.