The New Year’s variety, rather than pixel count…that’s a whole different topic.

Before I get started, apologies for the hiatus.  There have been some other events going on over the last couple of months which have meant that writing for the blog has had to take a back seat – nothing sinister, just more important.  The result is that this post is a bit later than I would have liked, but it’s still relevant to me, and hopefully to you too.

I gave up making New Year’s resolutions several years ago, realising that I didn’t really take them all that seriously and consequently they didn’t have the effect I wanted in helping me achieve targets.  I started to set myself longer-term aims, like climbing to the summit of all of the Wainwrights (which is still some way short of completion!) and getting my bodyweight back under control (which it now is).

New Year is a time for reflection and assessment for a lot of people and although I don’t make “proper” resolutions any more, I still think about what I’ve done and what I still want to do.  In the spirit of sharing, here are my hopes and intentions for this year as far as my photography and walking are concerned – my non-resolutions, I guess:

  1. Get over to the Lake District more.  I bought a cheap valley tent at the end of last summer and I’m hoping that this will give me enough flexibility to grab more visits to the Lakes once the weather improves a bit.  If I can do this, I’m intending to take more hill photos and tick off some more Wainwrights as a result.
  2. Continue to work on my Durham project.
  3. Do more portraiture.  Over the last few months I’ve gathered a few essentials to enable me to experiment with off-camera flash (a la Strobist and others), which I’ll use to build on my previous natural light portraits.

So no specific targets, no “challenges”, just some topics that I want to concentrate on.