As the end of the year approaches it’s time to sum up the lasy 12 months. A lot has happened in my life, most notably a change in job that has brought new challenges and hopefully opportunity. The new job has meant that there is less time for evening website work / processing and blogging which is very frustrating. However the improvement and progress in my photography have been good so I am happy with that. Processing that used to take me several hours, I now have down to under one.

I’ve also come across some superb photographers in the last 12 months, most of whom are mentioned at the bottom of the page. Seeing these guys work has inspired me and challenged me to raise the bar higher and improve myself further. I know which way I want to take my photography now, I just need to work out how to do it and be prepared to put the time in.

Three sets of steps leading into the seat on Plymouth Hoe. Taken with a ND110 and long exposure. (Mark Blundell)

To what may be the last image of the year, shot on Plymouth Hoe using an ND110, so no HDR in this one at all. The image is a 4m30s exposure at f11. This was a place I wanted to shoot for a while. Having grown up in the area I knew that there would be ample opportunity to get that milky water effect. Unfortunately just as I was getting the hang of correct exposure the rain started which messed up what I was doing – If I had been taking short exposures that would have been okay, but raindrops kep falling on the lens during the long shots messing them up totally, so shortly after this one I decided to retire back home the the warm and dry.