Half an Anniversary

Today marks exactly 6 months since I launched my Photoblog and sat back and wondered whether anyone would actually find it, and if they found it, would they think there was something worth seeing and reading.

Dawn from the Matterhorn - click to enlarge

Well apparently it has been found and some of you quite like it. The stats amaze me. So far: 80 posts involving 300 images. Over 5,500 visits and 550 comments.  But numbers only tell a fraction of the story. I have received so much encouragement and learnt a lot, from so many of you, in a wide variety of ways. Mentions and re-Tweets on Twitter. Those who ‘Like’ one of my posts, and especially those of you who take the time to make a comment. Those who now ‘follow’ my blog. Those who spread the word in ways that are invisible to me. And finally the generous, big-hearted Toad who has included me on a number of occasions in his weekly round-up of Posts on Light Stalking.

And finally I must say a big ‘thank-you’ to my wife who puts up with the ‘Man with the camera’ who ruins good walks, and spends too much time staring at a computer screen. I’m working on my work flow to reduce the blog ‘housekeeping’ time. Thank you all so much, you know who you all are, you are a genuinely welcoming and tremendously supportive crowd of people. That means so much to new bloggers like me.

You’ll be pleased to know that I am enjoying the experience although at times it is inclined to feel like a runaway train whose brakes have failed! For many years I had hoped to find an opportunity to write creatively and with this blog I find myself able to combine my photography with writing a ‘column’ – contributing to what at times feels like a world-wide magazine. And the best bit is that no-one tells me what I have to write about today! I make my own choices. Isn’t that great?

And so to today’s gallery of images. Choices! I thought a re-cap was appropriate for today and so (after much difficulty) I have selected 7 images, one from each month from last Sept thro’ to March. These images try to cover my areas of interest – but really that’s an impossible task in only 7 images.

September’s image was easy to choose. It had to be the very first image I posted in ‘In the Beginning’ – the image you see higher up in today’s post. The inspiration behind my photography has always been, first and foremost, the extraordinary views that are the reward for climbing high, or just being in the high mountains in winter or summer. And this image (and the climb it was associated with) was one among several major influences that established my love of photography.

October’s image: sometimes I write ‘illustrative articles’ about memorable experiences in my life, and Climbing Kilimanjaro a few years ago will always be close to the top of that list.

Descending towards Stella Point - click to enlarge

This image taken on the descent from Kili’s summit was posted in ‘On the Roof of Africa’; the first of 3 posts about climbing Kili. The other two posts following on in December and are linked from the first.

November is the month of Autumn, and along with Spring these are my two favourite seasons. A time when I find myself captivated by the colours and translucency of the foliage.

Sweet Chestnut leaves (1) - click to enlarge

And also a time of the year when my Mirror Lens gets the most use shooting images like this one posted in ‘Last Leaves of Autumn’.

December’s image is one among many that I’ve posted that result from my policy of never leaving home without a camera.

Staircase - click to enlarge

You will find a number of posts in the category ‘Seen on the Street’ – see the sidebar – that result solely from this determination and that includes this one posted in ‘Glass Houses’ that caught my eye as dusk approached as I walked towards Euston Station.

January’s image was a combination of pure happenstance and lateral thinking.

Sundown on the Beacon_3 - click to enlarge

A visit to Ivinghoe Beacon, one of our favourite local small ‘hills’, was a dead loss from the point of view of the landscape I hoped to discover, but a total joy when I realized the potential in something completely different. A day when people made the picture – a rare event for me – and resulted in the post ‘Sundown over Ivinghoe Beacon‘.

February was a skiers paradise. Two weeks in the Alps in one of the best seasons for a generation yielded well over 400 images and quite a barrage of posts (sorry non-skiers). An almost impossible task to select just one from so many but the image I’ve chosen sums up the thrill of skiing.

Rush hour on 'White Hare' - click to enlarge

Taken in Zermatt on a superb Red run called ‘White Hare’ it appeared in ‘On the Piste in Black and White’.

March is not quite over yet and Spring this year seems oddly disorganized. In some aspects far advanced, and yet in other areas behind that of previous years.

Snowdrops 2010 - click to enlarge

But Snowdrops are reliable and this image is perhaps my favourite image of a pretty bulb, posted in ‘Snowdrops – Harbingers of Spring’, again shot with a Mirror Lens.

Do explore the links in these entries to find the posts from which these images are taken.

Thank you again for your support. I feel privileged to be able to share my photography with you all, and each day I look forward to receiving and viewing a new gallery of your work on my desktop. Do keep visiting; I’m always interested to know what you think and don’t be afraid to make constructive suggestions for improvement.

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About LensScaper

Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'. I'm not averse to manipulating images to produce derivatives that may sometimes be far removed from the original.
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32 Responses to Half an Anniversary

  1. Congrats Andy on your half anniversary. It is really amazing that you have been posting for only 6 months. It seems that we have been following one another for longer. I have enjoyed your posts, your comments and have learned a lot of new things from you. Looking forward to more…

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks very much for your comments Len. Strange how warped time can become. I think you were one of the first to pick me up – thank you. We’ll keep sharing the journey together.

  2. ehpem says:

    Hi Andy – congratulations on your fine blog and getting to 6 months so successfully. And Toad – what a fantastic support he is to so many.

    Looks like we started within a couple of weeks of each other. What you write resonates with my experience, though we have little overlap in what we post and the words we wrap around our photographs. I always enjoy checking in, but like you have found the blog very demanding and it has reduced my time for looking at other work. Keep it up, we are watching and waiting, and occassionally commenting too 🙂

    • LensScaper says:

      Many thanks, and much appreciated. I didn’t appreciate how much time ‘housekeeping’ would consume managing my blog. It’s a juggling act, finding the time to do all the things I’m required to do domestically and those I would like to do photographically!

  3. Congrats on the milestone Andy. It’s been a pleasure following your blog, and interacting with you through the comments, tweets, etc. Here’s to much more of the same.

  4. I am so happy to have found you, Andy! Really enjoyed following you and your blog along here, and sincerely looking forward to what you’ve got to share with us coming up. It’s always my pleasure and honor to feature your work on our Light Stalking articles! Have a great weekend, my friend!

  5. Happy 1/2 Anniversary Andy. This blogging/photography community is quite amazing isn’t it? I’m glad I found your blog. I enjoy not only your photographs but your writing as well and know that I’ve also learned alot from readying your blog. Thank you!

    • LensScaper says:

      Thank you so much Edith for your generour comment. You very kindly helped me out with a query before I even started blogging. It’s that generosity of spirit that is a cornerstone of the photoblogging community.And I am sure we will continue to learn from each other.

  6. Simon Morris says:

    Wonderful 6 month post Andy, with images to match – HUGE congrats… keep up the good work!

  7. seekraz says:

    Beautiful work, Andy…I remember some of the photos from when I first started following you. Congrats on the first half year. I’m glad you’re here. 🙂

    • LensScaper says:

      Thank you Scott, glad you like these shots. You are part of my daily gallery as you probably know. I always look forward to seeing what you have to say.

      • seekraz says:

        You’re very welcome, Andy…and it’s always a pleasure to visit. I’m still rather new to the photography arena, so I enjoy your analysis and explanations of things you’ve done with your shots. They give me ideas to consider when looking through my own camera afterwards. Thanks again for sharing like you do…and I hope to see you around for a long time.

  8. Phillip says:

    It’s amazing that you have only been posting for six months! Wow, I would have guessed that you had been around this block several times. Well congrats on you first half anniversary, and keep up the great work!

    • LensScaper says:

      Many thanks Phillip. It really is only six months, but I’ve been taking photos for more years that care to remember! So I have a rather large back catalog if I ever get stuck for an image to post.

  9. Monster post, Andy and a big CONGRATS to ya. 😉
    Not sure how we connected, but matters not, I’m glad we did. I enjoy your blog and wonderful photos and the adventures. Keep on keeping on, my friend. It’s all good.

    Happy .5 Anniversary!

    • LensScaper says:

      Jimi, Many thanks for commenting. Once you get one Bloggers name, it’s like a daisy chain – we’re all interlinked in one way or another. I’m still discovering new blogs and new galleries. Your blog has always been an inspiration to me – especially your processing. See you on Momday!

  10. Wow! You’ve only been blogging for six months? I thought you’d been around a lot longer. You catch on fast. 😀 Great idea to do an archive roundup, too. I remember a lot of these shots. Fun to see them again!

    • LensScaper says:

      Thank you so much Caryn. It was fun to pick out a few of my personal favourites for a 6 month round-up. Have to come up with a different bunch at the end of the year!

  11. Marcie says:

    Happy SIX months!! Love the look-back over your past half-year. Looking forward to what these next 6 months will bring.

  12. I really like the silhouette with the perfectly placed starburst! Congrats on the anniversary.

  13. leadinlines says:

    Well done to get this far! I’ve very much enjoyed reading your informative posts and appreciate your input on my site.

  14. Andy, I’m so glad you started your photoblog and are sharing your beautiful photos and words with the world. I have very much enjoyed seeing your work and reading your stories over the past few months. Keep it up!

    • LensScaper says:

      Thank you so much Anne. I’m so glad you enjoy what you read – I draw inspiration from your work. Here’s to the next 6 months! Just downloaded your new e-book.

  15. Glad I found you and congrats as well. Its tough keeping up with the blog! I sure know about that, lol lol.. Yet I feel great when I post my story and images and that makes a difference in someone’s day! Priceless!

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