Sail Boat

Hello everyone. As you can see I’m not dead! It’s almost three months since I last posted anything on this blog. That’s a long time, and a longer time than I intended. When you stop doing something, for whatever reason, it can be very difficult to get back into the groove.

My absence started with a reason. I underwent surgery. It was the first time I had been an in-patient in a hospital since 1952. A strange experience being a ‘Patient’, having spent my life being a doctor. Thankfully the surgery was not for cancer and I am now fully recovered. In the intervening months very few photographs have been taken. Life was very sedentary for several weeks. The garden got neglected and I’ve had some catching up to do in the past month.

On the positive side there was time to catch up on some reading. For those of you who enjoy hiking I strongly recommend ‘The Last Season ‘ written by Eric Blehm. It’s the story of the back country ranger Randy Morgenson who went missing in the Sierra Nevada back in the 1990s. A wonderfully evocative book. One of the best books I’ve read in a long time.

I also got a talk prepared (and delivered) to my local camera Club on Black and White Photography. Having a project sharpens the mind; and preparing to speak on a photographic topic involves trawling through the archives and finding images that had somehow got neglected.

And that leads me to today’s image taken on the south coast looking out to sea on a sparkling summer’s day. An inherently simple image that never really had much colour in it and benefits from conversion to B&W and an injection of contrast that colour doesn’t always tolerate very well.

Phew! I’ve got back on the bike (metaphorically); now I must try not to fall off.

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'.
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21 Responses to Sail Boat

  1. Glad you’re back, Andy, and that things went well.

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  2. athyfoto says:

    Happy to hear all is well Andy. Not always a mice situation having to go into hospital and hand yourself over to the care of others. I have had a similar situation, twice now, which knocked me off track and have struggled to get inspired again. Just about got going a bit more recently. Goo luck with your ongoing recovery.

    Frank

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    • LensScaper says:

      Many thanks Frank. It has taken longer than expected to pick up the pieces of my life including photography. I’ve heard/read other people observe that you have to pick up the camera and get out with it and inspiration will start to flow, and I think that is very true. The first step is always the hardest.

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  3. paula graham says:

    Excellent to see you posting again.

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  4. bluebrightly says:

    I’m glad everything turned out OK – the sailboat image seems perfect for the occasion somehow.

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  5. oneowner says:

    Good to have you back. Excellent image to get back into the swing of things.

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  6. Earl Moore says:

    Glad to see you back and wonderful to hear you’re well. Beautiful photo!

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  7. Meanderer says:

    Welcome back, Andy. Good to hear you are fully recovered after your time in hospital. Love the image – so dreamy and serene. I like the sound of the book you recommend – will look it up!

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    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks very much Meanderer. This is currently one of my favourite images – it reminds me of what is so attractive about the coast on a beautiful summer’s day. I’d love to be on that boat!

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  8. seekraz says:

    Yes, it’s very nice to see you back again, Andy, and I agree that this is a great image with which to come back!

    I read “The Last Season” a couple of years ago and found it very exciting. The author did a great job of describing the mountain environment and the challenges that the searchers faced in looking for the ranger…excellent book.

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    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Scott. When I posted this and mentioned ‘The Last Season’ I thought of you and thought you might have read it. It’s the best book, based in a mountain environment, that I have read in a long time. A very sad story, but it brought the back country to life. I would love to visit the Sierra Nevada

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      • seekraz says:

        You’re welcome…and thank you for the thoughts. I, too, would love to get to the Sierra Nevada…would love to spend days and weeks there with nothing to do but walk and hike in what I imagine would be a constant state of awe. Maybe someday….

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  9. shoreacres says:

    I managed to leave my mark in the ‘likes,’ but somehow got distracted before commenting — distraction seems to be the name of the game around here currently.

    I’m so glad to see you back again, and glad that you managed to climb that mountain of hospitalization and get back down safely. Every time I read another article about the problems on Mt. Everest this year, I thought about you. I’ve missed your photos, and the one you’ve posted here is a perfect example of what makes them so appealing.

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    • LensScaper says:

      Good to hear from you, Linda, and thanks for your good wishes. It’s been an awful year on Everest. There are too many people on the mountain. I could say a lot more about that, but won’t. There has also been a tragedy on Nanda Devi in the Indian Himalayas that, personally, upset me more as one of the climbers lost was Martin Moran – someone I had met when I went on a climbing course that included a circuit of the Black Cuillin Ridge on the isle of Skye. He also completed a phenomenal climb of all the 4000 metre peaks in the Alps in a single season. The book was an inspiring read. He will be greatly missed by many climbers.

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  10. Your B&W processing never fails to impress me, taking very good photos to the next level. Well done, Andy. 🙂

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