So 2016 is coming to a close, and as always I like to take a moment to reflect on the good and bad moments of the year. Thankfully this year has been a pretty positive one. I was lucky enough to be commended in Landscape Photography of the Year this year, and had an image featured in the Sunday Times Magazine to go with it. I’ve managed to keep travelling as often as possible whilst saving up a deposit for our first home. I’ve also had some fantastic shoots in the UK, with some stunning locations and weather conditions. I’ve had a bit of commercial success also, with images featured on the websites of Wiltshire Council and VisitWiltshire, as well as appearing in Outdoor Photography magazine. I did suffer a bit of a dry spot in my photography this year, at one point I didn’t pick up a camera for six weeks. The lack of “phojo” really got to me, and in turn made it a bit of a downward spiral. Luckily I have recovered from this and am back out shooting. It all sounds trivial with the real world problems out there however, as I write this and hear the on-going news about Aleppo it puts everything in life into perspective. My heart goes out to everyone affected and I sit here wishing I could do something to help.
As with previous years I have decided to trawl back through my images from the past year, and narrow them down to 10 images which stand out to me, as my favourites. They might not be the best images I’ve taken this year, or any year for the matter, but they are the ones I find the most appealing, or memorable. I’d love to hear your thoughts on them in the comments section below.
10: Abbey Mill – Bradford on Avon
After attending a workshop with Charlotte Gilliatt & Doug Chinnery back in January, I was desperate to try out my new found skills. For some reason it took me 11 months to do so, but I finally got out after dark earlier this month in the lovely little town of Bradford on Avon. This was my favourite image from the night, and gets a place in my top 10. For more of my monochrome work have a look here.
9: The Tourist Zone – Prague
I had a fantastic trip to Prague back in September with Poppy and a couple of friends. The weather was fantastic, we had temperatures of around 30/c all weekend, and while very busy it was a beautiful city to visit. I can definitely see why people go back, and it cements itself as my 2nd favourite city in Europe, after Venice. I took this image from the top of the Old Town Hall Tower, looking down to the Old Town Square, and the people going about their days. You can see more of my travel work here.
8: Parish Church of Saint Lawrence – Hungerford
After lacking photo for a few weeks, it was a sunrise jaunt down to Hungerford to photograph the church by the canal that gave me a spring in my step again. It was a lovely crisp morning, and I was treated to a bit of mist and colour – not to mention the reflections! For more Berkshire images click here.
7: Frame – Stourhead Landscape Gardens
I’ve always wanted some Autumnal images from Stourhead, the National Trust jewel in the Wiltshire countryside. Luckily this year I got lucky, the forecast was clear and the colours were looking tremendous. An early morning start was required, and when the sun eventually appeared it was magical. I loved this composition, with the Pantheon framed by the big autumnal tree. For more Wiltshire images take a look here.
6: Hedgerows – Herefordshire from the Malvern Hills
This one was only taken a couple of days ago. With a forecast for fog I was keen to get up the Malvern Hills in hope of an inversion. On arrival I realised I wasn’t going to get such luck, but I did however have a fantastic view across the Malverns and the surrounding countryside. This image is taken looking West into the heart of Herefordshire. I really liked the pathway the hedgerows created to the hut in the distance. For more images from Herefordshire click here.
5: The Secret Corner – London
Halfway through, are you still with me? I hope so! Remember I mentioned a workshop with Charlotte and Doug? Well this image is from the workshop I went on, the Gaslights & Alleyways workshop, exploring the hidden Victorian era parts of London throughout the night. A thoroughly enjoyable workshop. If you’d like to go on one of these workshops check out Charlotte’s website here.
4: Colour Palette – Bishopstone
I always look forward to summertime, and the arrival of poppies. Part of the thrill is the chase, they turn up in different places every year, and finding a good one is always a challenge. I really enjoyed the way the light was striking the fields in the mid ground, and the 3 distinct colour lines in this image. For more Wiltshire images take a look here.
3: Treetops – Savernake Forest
Onto the top 3, some of you will have seen these on Twitter already as part of the #2016Top3, but for the rest of you, here they are. Savernake Forest is my local woodland of choice, and with a forecast of fog I headed out in the hope of getting some lovely Autumn shots. I really enjoyed the colours of the canopies contrasting against the cool blue fog. Wiltshire woodland images in here.
2: Green & Purple – Snelsmore Common
I’d never visited Snelsmore Common until earlier this year, having heard it was a nice place to see the Heather in bloom I decided to check it out one evening. Turns out it was a beautiful place, like a miniature New Forest, but nearer home! I headed back on a morning with a strong forecast for mist, and I wasn’t disappointed in the results. For more Berkshire images click here.
1: Daybreak – Durweston
My top image of the year, and it will come as no surprise that it’s from the Opium Poppy field I visited in July with Stu Meech (check out his site). I was up at 1:45am to get here for sunrise, and after waiting around for the cloud to shift we were rewarded with some fantastic conditions. I always loved this image, even more so than the LPOTY image I took on the same day – you can see that image here.
So that brings an end to 2016 for me. If you’ve managed to stick with this then thank you for taking the time to read through it all! I hope you liked my choices this year, as well as the rest of my imagery. Here’s to 2017, onwards and upwards as always. Happy New Year everyone!