Week 1: In Review

Inspired by Alastair I’ve decided to give “end of week summative” blogging a go… I’m really not very good at things like this so we’ll see how it goes or indeed how many weeks this lasts for…

Mainly this week has involved taking photos using my new photography equipment, playing on computer games (Borderlands, Minecraft and Sins of a Solar Empire just FYI) and reading about photography. The days have started to blur together and even though I know it’s Saturday I’m finding it hard to think what I was doing last Saturday :-/

Work:
Back to work on Monday. I have decided (for the moment) that as much as I am not really enjoying it it is not worth fretting over and I need to focus on the positives.
1. If I want to I can leave work at 330 and be home by 350; 2. The holidays; 3. The pay. If I were to change professions number 1 and 2 would be gone for sure. The main positives for these is photography and exercise.

Life in General:
Exercise: I’ve managed to start doing exercise again. I need to do my second round of pilates this afternoon then I’m done for the week. Boy did I ache after I decided to do 1 hour of cardio then 1 hour of pilates back to back after not doing any exercise at all for about 3 months 😛
Social: 2012 saw the final nail in coffin in terms of some friendships. Predominately I am a lone wolf and I prefer my own company to being surrounded by people. I find that people often come with too many of their own agendas – what happened to just being nice to people; being happy for them in their achievements and being there for them when things are not going so well?
I don’t know what to do – do I want to try and make friends with new people and risk a load of potential new drama (I know being friends with people doesn’t have to mean drama, but in my experience I’ve found it usually rears its head at some point) when in actual fact I’m quite happy as I am (A few friends IRL, a few more online but very few of them being particularly close – I’m pretty much a closed book anyway and don’t like to share much).
Do I just feel like I should have more close friends because this is how society and media thinks I/we should be? I’m not unhappy so why change?
Random: My phone saw fit to upgrade itself. Everything has gone from green to blue, and small is no longer really small. I’m not sure how I feel about it, but I’ve decided to be good and finally get round to buying myself a protective case for it. I’ve had it since June/July and dropped it twice. On concrete. In the rain.
Hair and Tattoos: I like my hair this new pinker colour. I didn’t like it at first, but the more I’ve washed it the pinker it has gone and it has grown on me. I also think I’ve decided on getting a tattoo on the top half of my right arm. I’m just nervous about it, and I’m nervous about telling people about the idea – the people closest to me aren’t exactly tattoo enthusiasts…

Photography:
I have (if I may say so myself) had a rather good week photography wise. The week started – yes I have checked – with a failed trip to Ladybower. We ended up in the peak district!
The last photo of the year was a bokeh lights shot with wine glasses (filled with water and red food colouring :-P) which got added to Explore* on Flickr a couple of days later. This was the last shot of 2012. I’m proud that I made it. I’m also proud of how much progress I have made it terms of photography.
The new year started with me getting up early and going for a walk. This photo got Explored on Flickr too. On the way back from my grandma’s later that day I remembered a location which I wanted to try a spot of night photography at (I say “remembered”, we drove past it) and I decided that me and kB would go back to this spot at some point. As the weather was good, that “some point” turned out to be the next day. The day after thats photo got Explored on Flickr too! That photo was a macro shot of a poinsettia leaf.
Friday the weather report said that it would be intermittently cloudy, but also sunny, so I set my alarm and went to Ladybower for sunrise. Only in between me checking it wasn’t cloudy (I could see the moon and stars!!) and me getting there it had become overcast, misty and raining. In the spirit of trying to be creative I decided to stick it out for about an hour and see what I could make from the situation.
It was hard work because the rain was the fine mist type, which didn’t seem to be coming down in any particular direction. I ended up with a couple of shots which were workable, my earlier idea of “well I’ll just edit out the rain spots” turned out to be a lot more work than I was willing to do. The shot I decided to go with is a black and white job – the first black and white shot of the new year, putting my target of taking more black and white photos well into view. This photo also ended up getting Explored on Flickr 😛
Today we went to Rivelin Valley and I have again ended up with a black and white shot. This time of a log and a waterfall.

This year I think I want to address where I am going with all this photography malarkey. Several people have asked me. I have no idea.

Photography Highs: Getting so many photos Explored on Flickr in one week! 😀 The Flickr app on my iPad has been jingling away almost non-stop for 3 days! Managing to get two black and white shots already for project 365 2013. I’ve remembered to clean my equipment after each use!
Photography Lows: The cheap filters I asked for for Xmas. The ND ones turn everything purple! I’ve asked for some better quality ND filters for my birthday – 18 days!! I can’t complain though, I asked for them because you get a lot of filters and I can try out and see which ones I use and buy better quality ones knowing I will use them – I just hadn’t expected to be buying replacements so soon!
Photography Mission for next week: Take one self portrait!

* Explore is where someone (I’m guessing it’s code based rather than human) chooses the 500 most “interesting” photos which were uploaded on a particular day.

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  1. Thank you for posting my link and exploring doing this sort of update. 🙂 I know we’re not close. As ever I value your input, so thanks for the comments. Hope you can keep it up. And Expored multiple times. Congrats! 🙂

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