Happy New Year

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A little belated, perhaps, but a Happy New Year to you all.

It’s been quite busy for me so far, the reason being that I’ve been off work since 28th January, and I still have a few days left before I return. I’ve never had three weeks holiday from work before. It’s not the best time of year to take leave but unfortunately, it was the only time I could get. Pretty useless family-wise, as the kids are now back at university or school and my wife is back at work. But it has given me some time to chill out and also fit in a little bit of photography.

Although the weather has been nothing to write home about, I have managed to get the 600mm lens out for a wander around Stanborough Lakes to grab some wildlife shots, as well as a trip to St Albans to shoot the Abbey.

I’ve discovered a new way to light product shots in the studio by using just an iPad and an iPhone and have had some time to update my photography blog.

I don’t know about you, but I usually set myself a few goals, or ‘New Year’s Resolutions’. Apart from the usual ones to get fitter and lose a bit of weight (I’ve already started cycling again), I did have some photography-related ones.

I want to continue with my 365 Project. December 2013 saw me complete two years of taking a photo every single day, so it seemed rude not to continue the same in 2014. By now it’s kind of a routine, so usually not too much of a struggle to manage a shot a day, even if some of them are not what I would call “competition entries”.

I want to continue the work I’ve been doing with portrait photography, which was part of last year’s resolutions. I have in mind a particular project which will utilise my contacts in American football, bu I’ll probably need to wait until the spring before starting that.

What about you, have you got any New Years Resulotions which are photography related? If not, it’s not too late to start, whether it’s a photograph a day, a photograph a week, or just something you’ve always wanted to try, now is a good time to set some goals and try and achieve it.

Of course, one of my goals is to continue the work I started with the Camera Club.  We are now starting to plan the 2014/15 programme and my Member Survey, which was sent out to all members a couple of weeks ago, is part of the way I want to achieve it. We need to know what our members are interested in, photographically, and what they want more of, as well as what they want less of. That way we can target club events to what it is our members need.

If you’ve not completed the survey yet, please do so and help us move the club in the direction we all want.

Until next time, happy new year, and keep snapping!

… Garry