Wend’s photography 2017

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I’m a little later behind most people but better late than never. It’s that time of year where most landscape photographers look through their backย catalogues and see where they’ve been and what they’ve achieved over the last 12 months. So that’s what I’ve been doing!

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Last of the summer heather in fog, Penhill, Wensleydale.

My aims for 2017
In 2017 I set out to take photographs for myself and develop my own style. I’m not sure I have achieved these completely but I am working my way towards them. It’s a difficult thing to do; what I like isn’t always what others like. In fact they can be polar opposites! Sometimes photographs which excite me don’t elicit much interest on social media. I’m trying not to be swayed by the ‘likes’. From what I’ve read and understand, this is something all landscape photographers go through and hopefully is just part of the process of evolving and things will eventually fall into place. I have to shoot with my heart! Hopefully you can help keep me on the straight and narrow in 2018 ๐Ÿ™‚

Landscape photography locations in 2017
Back to 2017 in photographs…ย  Looking back, my favourite locations were definitely Scotland at the beginning of the year and the Lake District throughout the year. This leads me to think that these are locations I need to make my way to more often. I need to ensure I find the things I love to photograph the best.

Early morning hoar frost at Rannoch Moor, Scotland
Early morning hoar frost at Rannoch Moor, Scotland

Scotland in particular peeks my landscape photography hunger. I love the landscape obviously but the light and changeable weather create the most beautiful conditions to take photographs.ย My husband doesn’t share this love (it just rains and is full of midges he says!) so I’ve a feeling I’m going back alone ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’d love to make my way further North. It seems to me that you do definitely need to be adventurous and go to take photographs at the most inconvenient of times of the day – annoyingly! Seems things worth achieving are never easy but then I guess that would be boring.

The seasons
As I look through the seasons in terms of my photography, I think that I am seriously missing a whole chunk of the last year; my beloved autumn. What a disappointment that was this year ๐Ÿ™ I’m hopeful that the lack of autumnal colour was a blip in 2017 and things will return to normal in 2018. I did however, enjoy the heather season, which was a good one. I think that I took some of my better pictures of the year at this time. That leaves me with winter and I have to say that so far it’s shaping up quite nicely. When you get a decent winter it really does make for the best landscape photography. It’s unfortunate that my eyeballs love the winter scenes but my body hates the cold! Still I could try using the handwarmers that I ALWAYS forget I have with me in the future? There’s a photography resolution I can perhaps stick with ๐Ÿ˜‰ Anyway, please do take a look at some of my favourite photographs throughout the seasons in the gallery above and you can maybe tell me if you think I’ve progressed in the last 12 months?

So what are my aims for next year?

  • To continue to develop my style and share my very best pictures with you.
  • Focus on quality; shooting in the best conditions.
  • Make the effort to go further afield more regularly and try to visit the sea (I think this was on last years list and I only made it once!).
  • Go to galleries and exhibitions of other photographers more.
  • Work towards having my photographs in competitions (I’d love to get something published!).
  • Learn about printing and work towards getting my own photographs hung in galleries or local businesses; or my own exhibition?
  • Develop a plan for a photo walk.

Quite a tall order but now it’s written down I have to ‘try’ to achieve these things for when I look back in 12 months time…

That leaves me to say the most important thing of all which is to offer you a big thank you for reading my post and your kind support and friendship throughout the last year as well as previous years. Stick with me in 2018 and I hope to make some beautiful photographs ๐Ÿ™‚

9 Responses

  1. Dave Fisher
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    Enjoyable read Wendy. I know what you mean about loving something you have created and then getting a very luke warm reception on social media. It’s good to challenge yourself and do something different…at the end of the day if you like it then that’s success in my eyes. I put myself a photo book each year of my favourite landscapes, firm believer in seeing things in print and it’s a great record of your progress. Hopefully our paths will cross this year, I’ve realised how little I actually did in Yorkshire in 2017, unforgivable!

    • wpain
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      Hello Dave
      Thank you, it means a lot that you’ve left a message; it is nice to have your efforts rewarded ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, the whole social media thing fitting alongside what you like photographing is a real challenge that I’m finding. I want to create photos that people enjoy as I really enjoy sharing my photography but equally I want to widen my horizons. I agree, the trick is to challenge and do things for yourself (and hope others like it along the way). What a good idea re the photobook! Do you just use an online place to get it done or a printers? Great idea. I’m hoping to do more in print. Yes, it’d be lovely to meet you. You REALLY must do more of Yorkshire – indeed unforgivable! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I look forward to your images in 2018. Thanks again, Dave.

      • Dave Fisher
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        Hi Wendy. I use blurb to get my books printed, the guy who got me into photography recommended them, and I’ve been very happy with three I’ve had done for landscapes and the 2 I did for long ago trips to New Zealand. They offer plenty of discounts but they don’t last for long so I prepare my book and in true Yorkshireman style wait for a big discount offer to come (50% usually some time in November). There are plenty of others, but never had reason to change.

  2. MIlena Rinaldi
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    Wendy! This your website is beautiful! some photos I had seen, others not. but I looked at everything with a lot of interest, very willingly. Dear Wendy I love your photos because they are like delicate, refined, evanescent paintings. your feminine touch “feels” everything. I translated as I could as you wrote. I hope Google will translate pretty well what I’m writing to you. compliments!!

    • wpain
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      Milena! That is a lovely, lovely kind comment. I very much appreciate you taking so much time to go through my photographs. This makes taking photographs very worthwhile. A heartfelt thank you to you. I’m especially touched as I know you have to have done copied it all into Google translate. It has translated your comments very well.

      Questo mi lascia tradurre questo – grazie amico italiano. Sono molto umiliato dalle tue gentili parole. Spero il meglio per te nel 2018 e sempre. Buona serata.

      Spero che google lo abbia tradotto bene!

  3. Dave McDonnell
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    Wend hi

    Terrific reading and thanks for continuing to show us first class photo’s, I really do enjoy looking at them. The “mood” always comes across very clearly in your pictures, the light always seems to be perfect and the depth of them seems to go on forever! Keep up the good work and do let me know if you progress the idea of a calendar!



    • wpain
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      Aww thanks, Dave. How much if your fee for this comment? ๐Ÿ˜‰ That’s really good of you to say, bro in law – very thoughtful feedback ๐Ÿ™‚ Ha, you’ll be the first to know re the calendar – you may even get a copy if you’re lucky! Wend

  4. Pat
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    Always loving your photos. The colours are simply amazing and the atmospheric skies are beautiful. You could say I am biased being your Mum but you certainly don’t get your talent from me. Well done!!!

    • wpain
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      Aww thank you, Mum. You may be a little biased but I’m going with it anyway! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Well, you know I’ve always liked my arty stuff ๐Ÿ™‚

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