2018 was great, bring on 2019!

Photographically 2018 was an interesting and full year for me.

There were lots to learn and a number of surprises along the way.

I started the year completing my British Academy of Photography Diploma, an achievement which gave me a tremendous sense of pride. One I hope to repeat when I attend my graduation later this month.

The British Academy of Photography also contacted me during the year to showcase my work during an open day. This was a complete surprise and one that not only gave me my first taste of putting my work in the public license domain but also meeting one of the contestants of Master of Photography, Wayne. Wayne is a BAP Alumni and it was nice to meet him and hear his views of his approach to photography.

Long Beach Tofino – Olympus EM5 MKII w Pro Lens

I had a photograph accepted to the Print Swap Holiday Exhibition in New York and this was held in December. Apparently, the exhibition was very well attended and I have made some contacts following that exhibition.

We traveled a lot in 2018 and I took some photos I am especially proud of in British Columbia.

One of these shots was exhibited in New York, another featured in the Olympus magazine and three of them were featured in the Landscape Club Magazine of the Royal Photographic Society (which I joined this year).

I must be doing something right!

I had plenty of opportunities to take some great photos in 2018 but feel in 2019 I need to find the balance between planning for shots I want to take and giving myself time to enjoy traveling (and not just snapping thousands of shots).

My Olympus EM5 MKII has been ever faithful last year and the addition of the Pro lens has taken the sharpness of my shots to whole new levels.

I attended a photo tour of London in the summer and picked up lots of advice and tips around an area I thought I was familiar with. It’s amazing how much more there is always to learn.

I also took part in Photo24 in London (although not the full 24 hours) and found myself wandering the capital with a loan Fujifilm camera for 8 hours.  This also gave me a new perspective on my photography and areas of London I am familiar with.

I did dabble with the Pentax Q and the Ricoh GRII but both were sold by the end of the year.

I ended the year with the addition of the Leica X1 which is now my go-to street camera.

There have also been more photographs shot on my 35mm cameras and this will continue into 2019 now that I have kindly been given a film processing kit and enlarger from Richards dad.

Trinity College Library Long Room – Olympus EM5 MKII

I’ve tried all types of shots this year from landscapes in Canada, historical interiors in Dublin, bokeh in New York, travel photos in Seattle and portraits in the study!

There’s always scope to learn and try more and as I face an even busier year with work I intend to ensure that I maintain my interest in photography and use this as a creative outlet and mental relief from the day to day.

I also attended some excellent exhibitions including Dorothea Lange, Vivianne Maier and the new Photography Museum in London.

At Christmas, I was kindly given an adapter to allow me to fit my OM film lenses to my EM5. I’ve also purchased a new OM zoom lens which I look forward to test on the OM10 and the EM5.

I also received an action camera and an led light which mounts on the top of my camera. This will enable me to create even more effects and to try video capture as well.

There’s plenty of opportunities to try something new and I look forward to seeing what 2019 will offer.

(Not forgetting the want to get back into my running too).

Watch out 2019!

Alhambra Tourists, Olympus EM5 MKII

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