I don’t know about you but there’s not been much of a new year’s feeling round here. Granted we’ve had the big firework shows in the world’s big cities and pubs, clubs and restaurants have been running more expensive New Year’s Eve events but on the ground I’ve got the feeling that many people just don’t see it as such a big deal. Certainly the TV channels don’t with their offering of films, talk shows with ‘less than A’ list celebrities and specials recorded some weeks or months in advance. Continue reading
Plenty of choice again this month with a week in Oman at the beginning and Xmas at the end. This photo is from our trip to Oman and it’s our tour group (more of a mini-group) at Mughsail east of Salalah in the south west of the country.
It’s a special photo because I ‘took’ it with my camera resting on a hat on the railings of the jetty and set to a 10 second delayed release and me hoping hope that it didn’t fall off and into the sea. Of course this fear is unnecessary because my Sony alpha 77 II is a mirrorless DSLR so no moving parts!
As I said the photo was taken using my Sony alpha 77 II with the zoom on 20mm, f8 and ISO 100 at 1/320th. Post processing-wise it’s been straightened and cropped and then the auto setting in Lightroom lightened it up a bit.
I can’t complain. I’ve turned 71 and I’ve ended the year at 70kg. By and large there’s been more good news than bad, although some of the latter is pretty awful, and I’ve got the luxury of being able to take a view from a position of some security. Continue reading
Nothing unusual about that but as with most of my experiences these days it prompts a little reflection. Continue reading
Another year coming to an end and it’s been as full of highlights as any that’s gone before. And December is as good a month as any. Here’s what’s been on my radar this month. Continue reading
When you come home after a holiday you reflect on an all round experience which is often amplified by a few highlights. These generally include expectations exceeded, details that delighted and unexpected pleasures. Here’s my list of five such highlights from our recent trip to Oman. Continue reading
Lots of choice during the month but this is both evocative and emotional. Previous night I attended an old school reunion and on Saturday morning Juni and I headed off into Mid Wales specifically Dyffryn Ceiriog. Our first contact with typical scenery (green fields, sheep, hills) was when we entered Llandegla en route for Bala. I couldn’t resist a quick photo.
The photo was taken using my Sony alpha 77 II with the zoom on 35mm, f8 at 1/125th. There’s been no post processing.