5 things to/I do before 9 o’clock

untitled-500K-24I’m motivated to write this piece because I’ve just come across a similarly motivated blogpost which talks of ‘9 things before 9AM’ (click here). It’s a mix of the mundane (drink more water) and the strange (daily affirmations) with some hard work in between (journals) but I recognise much of my own thinking. Continue reading

Dec 19: photo of the month

untitled-500K-8I need to get 2019 completed so that I can start on 2020 so here’s Dec 19’s photo and, rather inevitably, it’s from Indonesia and it’s a simple photo of the daughter of the guy from whom we bough fresh fruit at his roadside stall near Bandung, Indonesia.

The photo was taken with my Sony alpha 77 II f5.6 at 1/160 and a focal length of 85mm. I’ve given it a square crop which seems to work and subjected it to minimal post-processing given the light was perfectly good and there’s enough separation between the subject and her background that the latter is out of focus.

Reflections on 2019

2019-08-29 18.15.18It’s a bit late I know but it’s still important to reflect on a year just gone.

From my personal point of view it’s been dominated by my big op. Actually it wasn’t really that big, ‘just’ an angioplasty to insert a stent into my right coronary artery which only took about 30 minutes, but it did signal a change in my life. I’d never thought before that I might have a life threatening condition and although that’s now been sorted I have had to change my life style if I’m going to make 90. Go to https://wp.me/phtcF-Qr for the full story. Continue reading

Nov 19: photo of the month

DSC04916I seemed to take a lot of beer photos during the month and with me having ‘perfected’ a process I could have chosen any of them for the monthly award. However this one’s of Wrexham Lager which connects me with my drinking days of the late 60s. We used to call it Chateau Wrexham.

Anyway the process involves my  Sony alpha 77 II with a Sony 1.8 lens, 1/25th at f5.0 at ISO3200. There’s been no post processing.