A quick look back at my year with the camera. At the start of the year, my goal was to "shoot more often", I failed miserably! I think I reached "photographers block" this year, bored of the local landscapes, and only a couple of photography trips away. I did try some new stuff, mainly long exposure b&w photography, and that proved quite successful and sparked my interest. I need to find some inspiration to see me shooting more in 2015!
I started the year OK (sunrise shoot on New Year's day!), and in January I also started my new obsession with ultra long exposures (usually 6 or 8 minutes, they tale a lot of patience!).
The start of many city/urban shoots, primarily trying to get an architecture shot for Click West. Perseverance paid off, capturing this winning shot (won a fabulous Epson printer).
February was also the first photography trip of the year, heading down to Dunsborough with Tina, Jordan and Stuart to catch up with Christian. Was a great weekend, plenty of adventures and banter! Weather wasn't ideal, but a few keepers nonetheless.
A rare sunrise shoot for me in March, and Nicole and I headed to Cottesloe and were treated to a great sky
In March I also captured my best macro shot of the year. This image featured in my Click West 3rd place portfolio, and also won the LPN Facebook group framing competition (and is currently on show in Compliments Picture Framing gallery on the Gold Coast)
A quiet month with a couple of uneventful shoots. Sunrise at Matilda Bay was perhaps the highlight
I appear to have escaped for more sunrises than I recall! At City Beach I tried experimenting with the waves, and this remains one of my favourite images from the year (though hasn't done well in competitions!)
And another sunrise at Freshwater Bay, again experimenting with long exposures (but with some colour!)
June was a busy month (maybe I was inspired by the change in weather!)
Started off with sunrise at the Boatshed (in the rain)
A sunset shoot outing with GEM Camera Club provided the opportunity to capture an amazing cloud (featured in the 2015 Perth Weather Live calendar!)
... and both of those shots were the 1st June!
In June I also began a slight obsession with the Como footbridges! This image placed 17th in the International Pano Awards (Amateur, Built Environment)
June was also a trip to Pemberton with Nicole and Colleen. Photography trips are always such therapy, plenty of laughter, and unexpected events (such as stampeding cow attacks)!
July was mainly focussed on urban shots in preparation for the Golden Shopping Trolley Awards. My best placed image (10th I think) was this from the Airport on an outing with the intrepid urban explorers the Woksta and Barf.
August was pretty quiet apart from my annual trip to Araluen!
September was also quiet, though I was preparing from a family trip to Europe at the end of the month.
I didn't get many photography opportunities in England, though this was a fairly typical scene in Derbyshire.
Ireland presented a few more photo opportunities, and some of my favourite images of the year (fantastic to photograph new scenery!).
Only a couple of outings in November. Point Peron again provided the best of a bad bunch (and yes, another mono!)
Oh no, its the 27th of December and I have nothing to show this month!!!
Actually, I'm pleased I did this review, as have discovered more photos that I like than I remembered, so feeling much better about the year!
Maybe I didn't shoot as often, but I feel I'm better prepared these days and so more able to make the most of opportunities when they do arise.
Let's hope 2015 is full of opportunities, there are a couple of trips under discussion, but just getting out with friends is what its all about :-)