Photo a Day 2015 Sets 50-52

The last 3 weeks of 2015 and what an interesting year it has been.  I’m just going to focus on my favourite images of the last 3 weeks in this post rather than a review of the year …  there are 6 images here … roughly two a week.  Lots more were taken and I’ve been learning a little about the flash but there’s still a long way to go.

This post, I’m starting with a day trip out to one of my favourite places, the Natural History Museum.  All decked out with a (rather watery) ice rink for Christmas.  It’s an amazing museum and I love visiting.

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Second, a shot acquired in the New Forest in the late afternoon light.

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Followed swiftly by a visitor to our city this year (I’m not quite sure why people queued for an hour to have your photograph on the official standing post when you can walk by and just take a photograph without waiting but each to their own.

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Moving onto some interesting weather – this was taken on the mobile from a moving car with grubby windows … the turbines looked like they were floating in the clouds.  Not the best image but considering the conditions I’m happy.

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Next, confused weather at work …

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Last but not least … a random picture of the washing … it made me think of “red and yellow and pink and green, purple and orange and blue” so I just had to rearrange them into the correct order and get the camera out … ways to make the washing fun!

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I’ve really  enjoyed the challenge and it’s helping me become a better (very amateur) photographer.  I hope to do a review of my favourite images of the year in the next couple of days and I definitely want to continue throughout 2016.  In the mean time (in case I don’t post tomorrow), thank you for reading this year and wishing you all the best for 2016.

Photo a day 2015 Sets 43-49

Life just sometimes gets in the way of things … Monday December 7th and this is the first time I have turned on a computer since October 21st.  I think that might be the longest I’ve not been on an actual computer since … erm …. the early 1990’s.  I’m not sure if that’s something to be proud of or not.

What caused this …. I’d like to introduce you to the wee one.  He’s currently 6 and a half weeks old and complaining that I’ve put him down … more later.

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(this pic is from when he was just over 4 weeks – I think he’s fabby but I might be just a little biased)

Two days later … now it’s possibly clearer why I’ve not been posting the weekly collection of images.  In general I have been keeping up with them but more on the phone than the camera (it’s a bit heavy to lug about with the wee one and all the associated paraphernalia unless I have the pram with me) and I don’t have a good / reliable way of transferring images from phone to Lightroom yet either (if anyone has any recommendations, they’d be appreciated).

Anyway – rather than inundating with many posts of random (and frankly not my best) images to catch up with 49 days or so, here’s a potted selection of 7 of my favourites acquired using my X-Pro1. (Note they are unedited and some would benefit from some processing)

I was very kindly given many flowers to celebrate the birth of the wee one – as I couldn’t really get out of the house I spent a few days photographing them all.  I don’t actually like lily’s but loved the light on this one.  I do however like protea so there’s one of them too!



Next up it’s the dog from an early excursion out of the house …

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Swiftly followed by two visits to the local Cathedral during the day (with the late afternoon sun on the main entrance) and one taken at night – no tripod (unfortunately) but a handy gatepost to balance the camera on.  I like the long exposure and the ghosts of people walking by.


and finally we have sunset over the Pentlands and sunrise in Pitlochry from the wee one’s first trip to my “home” (it doesn’t matter that I’ve lived down south for over 10 years, Scotland will always be home!).



With the arrival of the wee one, I’ve been taking a lot more portraits of him with all the family – hopefully it will help me gain confidence in that aspect of photography.

With what seems like the endless rain and greyness, I’ve also learnt a lot about acquiring images in low light conditions – being honest – I don’t enjoy it so much and the images are not as good and there are far too many that have camera shake or poor focus.  This winter I may learn to use the flash as a result.

Hoping to start keeping a bit more up to date now …. we’ll see.