Can I start by wishing everyone a Happy New Year and many thanks for continuing to follow my photographic journey for another year.
Looking Back on 2018
2018 was the second year in a row that for many reasons my photography has taken a back seat. Like 2017 there were no significant photo trips made so my last and one of the best was in Autumn 2016 when completing the North Coast 500 in Scotland. Some consolation is that the article on that trip as proved to be one of the most visited blog posts I have written. Unfortunately there will be no Favourite Photographs 2018 for me but you may recall that this time last year I shared my Favourite Ten from Ten Years on the Road and you may care to take a look at those in the absence of anything more recent.
I did manage a couple of day trips including On the Edge at Stanage on one of the windiest days of the year just before Storm Ali arrived. It might look a sunny summers day in the image below but rest assured there were some difficult moments trying to steady myself on the edge of the cliff.
There’s not much else photographically to look back on in 2018 so let’s quickly move on to my plans for 2019 which hopefully will prove to be more sucessful than the last two years.
Looking Forward to 2019
Northern Ireland and Ireland Photo Trip
For the last few years I have had plans to take a photo trip to Ireland – my last visit there was in 2000 and although some photos were taken it was not the main focus and anyway hopefully my landscape photography as improved since then. Location planning is well underway and all I have to decide now is when is the best time to visit and how long I realistically need to complete the trip. Whilst I have visited Ireland a few times I have never been to Northern Ireland and on this trip I intend to put that right by following the Causeway Coast from Belfast all the way round the coast into Ireland and then picking up the Wild Atlantic Way on the Inishowen Peninsula in Co. Donegal and through the counties Leitrim, Sligo, Mayo, Galway, Clare, Limerick and Kerry, finishing in Kinsale, County Cork. It will be one of my longest photo trips and I am hoping you will try to keep in touch with my progress on my Facebook page or Twitter. More details to follow in due course.
Around the UK in 365 photos
Starting today on my Facebook page and Twitter I intend to post a new image everyday which will allow you to see all the many amazing locations that I have visited on my photo trips around the British Isles. Just follow #AroundtheUKin365photos. It may feature some images that you have seen before but there also will be ones that have never been released including more of my Intimate Landscapes collection and hopefully some from the 2019 trips. Make sure you don’t miss out on this one-off journey by following or liking either the Facebook Page or Twitter. Who knows it may even become as popular as Around the World in 80 Days with Phileas Fogg. I should be so lucky 🙂 Don’t forget to Share or Retweet to spread the news as far and as wide as possible. The more people you can share my experiences with the more it will inspire me to make sure that I don’t miss a day/location.
Some of you maybe aware that I live within a short distance of the UK’s first National Park – the Peak District and whilst I have travelled and photographed far and wide in the UK I have only made three planned photo trips into the Peak District. Those being – First Steps, Bouldering along Derwent Edge and On the Edge at Stanage This year I intend to try to put that right by having one photo day trip a month to different locations within the Park. I am aware of many potential locations but would also welcome any suggestions of those less well known locations that you may wish to share with me. If so please Contact Me with the details. Many thanks in anticipation.
Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty(AONB’s)
Whilst I have visited and photographed parts of all the 15 UK National Parks I have only visited and photographed approximately a third of the 47 AONB’s. Some of those visited include Cornwall, Dedham Vale, Dorset, Isle of Wight, Norfolk Coast, Anglesey, Gower etc etc. My plan is to try to visit more of these in 2019 including Arnside and Silverdale, Forest of Bowland, Solway Coast, Lincolnshire Wolds and the North Pennines. In addition with my trip to Northern Ireland there is the possibility of calling in on up to 8 more.
Normally I never miss having at least one trip to Scotland each year but having not been for the last two years I would hope to make a visit this year. Scotland is one of my favourite locations in the UK and I am starting to suffer from withdrawal symptoms so I will have to make every effort to get my fix in 2019. Two locations I may consider is Argyle and if time and weather permit I might even try to reach Orkney.
Some of you may have noticed that over the last few months I have been using three different websites namely www.britishlandscapesphotography.co.uk which is the one that I have been using for the last seven years. I have completed a visual refresh on this site in the last few months. The two new sites I have been using for about six months are www.britishlandscapesphotography.com which is this one and www.britishlandscapes.photography.
The reason I have been doing this is that I felt that the overall design and options on www.britishlandscapesphotography.co.uk were becoming somewhat dated and restrictive and also I felt like I needed a change. However after using it for seven years there must be some really good benefits. The newer sites are hosted by different providers and each along with the original site offer differing options – some good and some poor. Like most things in life none of them offer everything that I am looking for in a perfect website.
You may think why is he telling me all this and the reason is that in the next few months the subscriptions on the two newer sites are due to expire and I really need to make my mind up which one of the three I am going to continue to use. All site’s content are almost the same the only difference is that the original site has more images on it but the blog posts on all three are the same. So where do you all come in to it? What I would appreciate if you could do is when you get the opportunity is to take a look at all three sites and provide feedback to me on what you like or dislike about each site. What do you see as the advantages and disadvantages of each and any other comments good or bad that you may wish to make. You can provide those by Contacting Me
In due course I may even run a poll so you can decide which you feel is the best but more of that later.
The names of all of you who provide feedback will be entered into a draw and the winner will be able to choose an 18 in by 12 in print of their choice from my website. I look forward to receiving your help which will be greatly appreciated.
Well that should help me to refocus and keep me busy for the next twelve months. I look forward to everyone continuing to share my photographic journey around the British Isles. In fact if you ever happen to be close to the locations that I am visiting then don’t hesitate to get in touch through Facebook, Twitter or the websites and there maybe a possibility that we could meet up and exchange some of those extra special local photo locations.