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 back 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!
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 🙂
Landscape photography locations in 2017
Back to 2017 in photographs… 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.
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. 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 😉 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.
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 🙁 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 😉 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 🙂