Every morning except when there are gales or very high winds, rain I don't mind, I go for a ride on one of my mountain bikes along a regular circuit. I have combined bike rides with photography for many years and because of my habit of having each camera and its spare lenses etc in individual bags, the bag I take on any given morning, rather decides the kind of photography I will be doing.
I have found shooting 35mm wet film again, a uniquely engaging experience though this first stage of getting familiar again with the whole process from start to finish and resetting my mindset means that it may well be some months yet before I start producing the quality of images that are obviously “B&W” in terms of the results and quality I'm after.
Although now into March we have more normal weather the “Mad March Days” wet and windy, February was of a very different order, very Spring like which led me to focus on preparing things for my next home improvement project which I hope is the last part of the jigsaw. However after a spurt of such activity encouraged by very warm weather, I returned to my photographic archiving task which increasingly is like disappearing down a rabbit hole !
The Bristol Channel has a very high tidal range which I believe is second only to Newfoundland. Of course the tidal range varies during the course of each month but on several occasions each year, we will have the highest at over 12 meters and these are known as“Spring Tides” though they are not tied to that particular season.
Although I haven't posted anything just lately, it hasn't been through a lack of interest on my part, simply that I am busy on other things which in their own way, are related to what this site is about. The Winter is always a relatively fallow period for me photographically with the shorter days and it is only around now as the daylight hours noticeably lengthen that I start to get excited again !
In a sense the above title is rather misleading at it seems to allude to “New Year's Resolutions” which I don't believe in too much. However, the period between Christmas and the New Year 'Twixmas' as I amusingly heard it referred to, is a time for reflection and a 'gathering of strength for the year ahead plus a time to get your existing goals into sharp focus.
A little while back, I spent a brief time walking around Oxford, it was one of those sunshine and showers days but interesting never the less and I took a few photographs. Although not likely known to many people overseas, there has been two TV detective series which were set in Oxford, Morse and a spin off Lewis, both were very good and made heavy use of the University part of the city as a backdrop for the drama.
As we approach that time of the year again, many of us send out Christmas cards to family and friends. A few years back and after the passing of both my Parents, instead of buying cards from a shop or on line, I decided to start printing my own and more personal greetings cards.
Living in the South West of England, the main influence on our weather locally comes from the Atlantic and our prevailing wind direction for the majority of the year is West South West and this makes for some variation in the skies we see. In fact it is one of my personal joys to see this rather than the grey blanket clouds you often get close to the year end.
Because of our extreme tidal range which means that 24 hour launches are very challenging, we do not have a deep water lifeboat but we do have a couple of inshore boats both of which are tractor towed to the beach and launched via their own rigs into the water.