Why I Quit..

2015 - 52 Week Challenge, Musings, Photography, Uncategorized

Photo Challenge

January 1st 2015, I started on a journey of photographic learning. To take a new themed photo each week.

For the first 9 weeks I thought oh this is easy submitting photos, commenting on others, often incredible works of art, then boom life hit me, my entries became later and later, the amount of comments reduced significantly both giving and receiving.

Then I just stopped.


I am a huge believer that when things stop being fun and enjoyable, you have to take a step back and readjust.

I started to get stressed out about getting a photo that suited the theme of the week/month, I stopped enjoying picking up the camera. take a step back, readjust

Where am I now?

It has been 3 weeks (I think) since I last submitted a photo. During this time I have taken over a hundred photos.

Some of my, in my opinion, best work has occurred during this time. I have slowed down to take photos, taken more time to understand the scene, what I want to capture and what the story is that I want to tell.

Would I do a challenge in the future

Simply, yes. During the first few months I really enjoyed the challenges, learning to think about a theme and how my photo can meet the subject matter.

I however would have to find a way to ring fence some time to achieve the photos that I want, as such a photo per day or week challenge is out of the window.


Starting now

I am going to aim for a new photo per month (up until Christmas) I know, or hope, that this will be achievable and will hopefully help me become a better photographer.

Transformation – how to survive the daily struggles of life. TED

Design, Musings

As you can see, my legs are bionic.

Hugh Herr

Like many, I spend a lot of time in my car. Until fairly recently I used to listen to music, radio and then I discovered, quite by accident, the TED radio hour by NPR podcast.

For those that are not aware, TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a global set of conferences run by the private non-profit Sapling Foundation under the slogan “Ideas Worth Spreading”

TED’s early emphasis was technology and design, it has since broadened its focus to include talks on many scientific, cultural and academic topics.

The TED radio hour adapts these talks for radio grouping together a number of them to discuss ideas and concepts about the way we live and the amazing world that we live in.

Yesterday whilst driving to work I was listening to a show that was first broadcast on September 19th 2014 called Transformation.  One of the stories presented really jumped out at me and hit home.


This is the story of Hugh Herr


When I experienced how hideous and pathetic and unsophisticated prosthetic technology was at that time, I became interested in design.

Hugh Herr

Hugh Herr was a prodigy rock climber: by age eight, he had scaled the face of the 11,627-foot (3,544 m) Mount Temple in the Canadian Rockies, by 17 he was acknowledged to be one of the best climbers in the United States.

In January 1982, after having ascended a difficult technical ice route in Huntington Ravine on Mount Washington in New Hampshire, Herr and a fellow climber Jeff Batzer were caught in a blizzard and became disoriented, ultimately descending into the Great Gulf where they passed three nights in −20 °F (−29 °C) degree temperatures.

By the time they were rescued, the climbers had suffered severe frostbite. Both of Herr’s legs had to be amputated below the knees; his companion lost his lower left leg, the toes on his right foot, and the fingers on his right hand. During the rescue attempt, volunteer Albert Dow was killed by an avalanche.



Doctors said he would never climb again, never ride a bike.

The story that Hugh tells, is a story of strength, of courage and of pure will, grit and determination.  Elements that  enabled him to climb the mountains and rock faces have enabled him to change the world, improve the world for others around him.

I don’t know how I would respond to that news.  The news that I would never again be able to do something that I love and enjoy.  I don’t know if I would have the strength and ability, power, energy to move on with life like Hugh has done.  I have listened to a lot of the TED radio hour podcasts, never before though have I been so emotionally affected by one.





Week #8 Still Life

Week #8 Still Life

2015 - 52 Week Challenge, Photography

A couple of weeks behind with posting my photo’s for the 52 Week Challenge.

Week #8 and the theme was still life, another bright and early morning provided my inspiration for the photograph.  Made some pancakes, threw on some berries and found a window with a nice bit of light.

Not entirely happy with the photo, I should have gone to get the tripod from the car and shot at a longer shutter speed, lower ISO, I would also increase the f stop to get the coffee in focus as well.

Pancakes, Berries and Coffee - Week #8 Still Life



A first place in competition.

Guisborough Photography Group, Photography

Tonight, as on most Thursday evenings I went to Guisborough Photography Group.  Tonight was the results of the 5th club competition, entitled “up close and personal”.

Being my first year as a member of the group  I have entered competitions to receive the constructive feedback from the judges, rather than with the intention of winning.

Tonight however one of my images was voted as the winner by Jed Wee the guest judge.


Week Number 7 Love

Week #7 Love

2015 - 52 Week Challenge, Photography

Once again I am running a little behind with my posts, Week#7 came and went, the theme was love.

I have tried a number of times to convince my wife to pose for some photographs and always get told no chance, sadly.

This week’s challenge proved to be hard work, looking for inspiration in any available form.  Whilst almost giving up all hope and taking yet another selfie, an image truly depicting love appeared.

I was home alone one weekend with Isaac and Finley my two awesome little cool doods who decided to have an afternoon nap at the same time and an image of love was ready to be captured.

This is not the greatest photo ever to be taken, but I feel it is one of the biggest images depicting true love.

Isaac and Finley asleep and cuddling.