I’ll be honest, things were a little slow for M4Photo during 2016. I’ve continued to work with Eclipse Gymnastics and Archers of Raunds and I had a great three days shooting with the Barbara Hooton School of Dancing. Otherwise, it was pretty slow.
It’s not all been doom and glom though. The brand new Archers of Raunds website features a lot of my images as key eye candy on each of the websites pages and the images really make the site pop. I also managed to capture a good number of great photographs at the recent Eclipse Gymnastics Xmas show and the feedback this year has been wonderful. The dance school shoot had me utilising some long forgotten knowledge to get some good posed shots and the whole shoot was a great success.
However, a website that I was working on for a brand new start up business has fallen flat for the moment owing to things beyond my control and I really did not find the time to get out and explore my landscape photography, let alone attempt to put together a couple of landscape related projects that I’ve been thinking about.
So, with three acknowledgements in as many weeks from photographic websites and people that know what they are talking about, I guess that someone is trying to tell me something for 2017.
Gurushots is a website where photographers can upload their images and submit them to challenges. Other photographers are then able to vote for their favourites and I always seems to do pretty well. I was therefore pleased to find one of my images of Bodie selected from thousands of black and white images for an article entitled 30 Stunning Black And White Photos Proving That Colour Is Not Always That Important. To be selected for one of the top 30 images was really nice.
Then today, Gurushots picked up another of my images for one of just 34 lakeside images for an article entitled SPALOOSH! 34 Photographers that were Willing to Get Wet for Our Viewing Pleasure. Featuring my image called Mono Lake Rainfall (shown above and which is one of my favourites in my portfolio) it quickly became my most successful image of 2016 with two Guru Picks during the year. Whilst the votes are nice and it’s great to break into the top ten, it is the recognition from the guy that set the challenge that I really value.
Viewbug is another portfolio based photograph website where photographers can post their images and enter them into paid and free competitions. My image looking across the Bay View Bridge towards San Francisco was recently place pretty high in the rankings.
It is interesting to acknowledge that all three of these images were captured on one of my workshops with Paul Reiffer. I was lucky to spend two full weeks with him in California and he took us to some amazing locations and taught us how to get the best from each location. The accolades mentioned above and linked on my Facebook page, really do show the value in Paul’s knowledge of photography and his unique ability to educate his students in a relaxed and informative way, whilst also letting them explore their own style of photography.
Maybe during 2017, I’ll get out a little more, work on some of these projects that are bubbling away in my mind and maybe, just maybe, I’ll have another crack at the local clubs to help to make some new memories for people.
Watch this space!!