2016 really started for me on 3rd Dec 2015 when I had some major and long awaited surgery. My recovery time was 7 weeks and spent the first 4 on the sofa, unable to do anything. The above image of Cognac was taken on 3rd Jan, my first image for the year 🙂
Being stuck at home, and not really allowed or able to lift heavy things (like cameras) but still wanting to do something useful, setting up a small studio in the spare room, with the camera on a tripod became the next project. Dusted off my macro lens from storage and had fun shooting what was easily to hand, like fresh raspberries.
My earlier explorations with the macro lens got me interested in Still Life, and I started two of Kim Klassen’s courses and had fun playing with monthly challenges and learning a lot about composition and styling.
This year I was also greatly inspired by Brooke Shaden and took part in her 30 Days of Creativity Challenge in March, which pushed me in entirely new directions, really pushing my creative boundaries, using myself as the model, and challenging me in very different ways.
My favourite image of 2016. As well as working full time, studying photography and photoshop in my spare time, 2016 also saw me complete 3 1/2 years of post graduate study, and I graduated in September with a shiny new qualification. Treated myself out for dinner the following evening, and saw the full moon rising on the way home and this shot was taken that night.
More macro lens experimentation and also processing in a new softer style. This was the outcome of doing a 21 Days of Creative Abundance Course, where a key learning was “Create something small every day”. Each day after work I did a small photoshoot with flowers, dandelion, eggs – whatever was handy.
Crossed off Tekapo Lupin Flowering Time off my bucket list, with a long awaited holiday planned for beginning of December. 5 days of travelling the most scenic part of NZ resulted in some highlight images.
Many other interesting things happened in 2016 for me as well…..
- entered my first international photography competitions, got accepted for two and included in a digital exhibition as part of one
- was asked to speak on my photography journal by a local camera club
- put some effort into creating a small business based around my photography skills, and so far have had two paying customers
- invested time and energy in learning several difficult new techniques
- got a professional gallery of works for sale online
- auditioned to be a regular writer on DPS and got accepted
- attended Singularity U in Christchurch
- survived another major earthquake
- as previously mentioned, graduated after 3 1/2 years of study
- ran a photography workshop on Nik Silver Efex and PS Layers
- had two images professionally printed, framed and exhibited
When I stop and think about it, an awful lot happened or got done over the last 12 months – no wonder I feel so tired!
How was your year? What eventful things happened for you?