Shirley Milburn | 2014 Review

2014 Review

December 27, 2014  •  2 Comments

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!).

SubmersionSubmersionAn 8 minute long exposure of a little jetty on the Swan River. Patience is required, 8 minutes is a long time to wait!!


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).

Perth CityPerth CityWinner of Click West 2014 Mono Architecture

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.

Wyadup waveWyadup wave


A rare sunrise shoot for me in March, and Nicole and I headed to Cottesloe and were treated to a great sky

Cottesloe SunriseCottesloe Sunrise

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)

Dragonfly WingsDragonfly Wings


A quiet month with a couple of uneventful shoots. Sunrise at Matilda Bay was perhaps the highlight

Matilda Bay ReflectionsMatilda Bay ReflectionsA beautiful sunrise at Matilda Bay.


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!)

Moody MorningMoody MorningFabulous clouds at City Beach helped create this dramatic B&W image as the waves crashed

And another sunrise at Freshwater Bay, again experimenting with long exposures (but with some colour!)

Freshwater Bay Yacht ClubFreshwater Bay Yacht ClubLove these old boatsheds!


June was a busy month (maybe I was inspired by the change in weather!)

Started off with sunrise at the Boatshed (in the rain)

Crawley BoatshedCrawley BoatshedPerth's most photographed icon!

A sunset shoot outing with GEM Camera Club provided the opportunity to capture an amazing cloud (featured in the 2015 Perth Weather Live calendar!)

Explosion!Explosion!This rain cloud at Point Peron reminded me of an atomic explosion! Right place, right time

... 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)

Como BridgeComo Bridge17th place Epson Pano Awards Amateur Built Environment 2014

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)!

Winter VinesWinter VinesCaptured just before sunset in Pemberton, I love the patterns


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!

Tulip PetalsTulip Petals


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.

DerbyshireDerbyshireTypical old barn


Ireland presented a few more photo opportunities, and some of my favourite images of the year (fantastic to photograph new scenery!).

Vartry Reservoir in monoVartry Reservoir in monoLong exposure at Vartry Reservoir in Roundwood, Wicklow, Ireland. Samuel Beckett Bridge, DublinSamuel Beckett Bridge, DublinShaped like a harp!


Only a couple of outings in November. Point Peron again provided the best of a bad bunch (and yes, another mono!)

Slither of LightSlither of Light


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 :-)




Great images Shirley!
The city beach sunrise is also my favourite :)
Toni Segers(non-registered)
Wow, I loved looking through your year Shirley. Loved the images (as always), loved your narrating (so real and down to earth) and am totally gobsmacked that this was your year of 'photographers block' yet you produced images like this. Your are pretty amazing girl!!!
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