Well this for me has been an absolutely amazing year for me, and my first year at attempting photography on a more serious nature. It all started in January when I attended a workshop in Northumbria, headed up by Doug Chinnery and Antony Spencer. It was a 3 day workshop covering the delightful coastline including Bamburgh castle and Dunstanburgh castle. My equipment consisted of a Pentax K-5 camera and various lenses and filters. It was a great trip but I soon learned that if I wanted to get more serious I’d have to step up to a full frame system so after a lot of deliberation i plumped for the Canon 5DMKII. I sold all my other gear and that gave me enough to get the body with the 24-70mm f2.8 lens which was a good starting point.
Whilst on that trip I made some good friends, Daniel Hannabuss, Terry Gibbins, David Breen and we’ve been out on numerous occasions over the past 12 months, almost every month!. I’ve noticed my style at first had been leaning towards more coastal work, especially long exposures which I enjoy doing loads so over the past months I have forced myself to come more in land and try other things. Doug introduced me to the Peak District, mainly the Hathersage area and I have been enjoying it immensely, In particularly Padley Gorge. I think that I have got some stunning images from there and look forward to exploring the area more next year.
I’ve been fortunate enough to of appeared in two magazines this year which was fantastic so look forward to trying to do the same agin next year. This year I didn’t make it into the Landscape Photographer Of The Year book, it was my 1st attempt so I can’t really grumble but I am making that one of my goals for 2013. So what has 2013 got in store for me and what do I hope to achieve?. I’m starting January off with a 3 day trip back up to Northumbria with Terry, Dave and Dan which should be great and then on the 30th January I’m off to Norway for 10 days to try and capture the Northern Lights at their peak.
This is going to be an mazing trip as we are also stopping off in Finland visiting a forest covered in snow and ice. We’ve been told to expect temperatures as low as -40 degrees so I’ve started buying my clothing already. I will then have to quieten in down a fraction as in April we are expecting our 3rd child and I’m under “wife” orders to stay home for a while but later in the year I’m hoping to get up to Scotland and the Isle of Skye to witness the breath taking scenery and landscape up there. So here’s to 2013 and I hope it’s a good one for you all. I’ll leave you with a few other favourites from the year.