As I'd rather expected, there was very little photography done during the month as I was somewhat pre-occupied with
my new job, and having to work the period between the Christmas and New Year holiday weekends (for the first time in some years) reduced
the scope for photography even further.
I normally do a review of the past year at this time, but I think this time around
I will leave it and go straight to my thoughts for the coming year.
I expect 2018 to be a vast improvement
on the two previous years, although I may cut back on the local event photography to go further afield. The following
is a wishlist of items that I would like to happen over the next 12 months:
New camera body.
Dorset holiday (and maybe a second
proper holiday during the year as well).
At least two new National Properties visited (I can think of at least five that could potentially
be visited during the year, 3 of which aren't too far away from where I live).
Another visit to the Elan Valley.
overdue visit to the West Midland Safari Park with a digital SLR.
A visit to the West Somerset Railway.
A visit to either the Nene Valley
Railway or the Llangollen Railway.
Visits to Severn Valley, Dean Forest, Gloucestershire Warwickshire, Swanage, Perrygrove and Evesham
Vale Light Railways.
A mainline steam tour (possibly the "Shakespeare Express").
Convert this website (or at least the collections)
to HTML 5 standard, which I'm hoping will be a better solution for mobile devices than I am currently implementing.
A new computer.
not saying I will manage all this, but it is certainly something to aim for. I've identified a potential replacement camera
body, but it is somewhat more costly than I had bargained for, and since I want to upgrade my computer (and various software packages)
as well, I've decided to drop the idea of a >300mm lens for this year. I am not sure exactly when I will obtain the
new camera body, but it might occur at some point during the second half of February.
As 2017 was predominately local
work, I suspect that I am not going to involve myself too much with local events in 2018, and concentrate on working further afield.
As far as "Wartime in the Vale" is concerned, I am not going to make any promises; I feel that I am getting to the point where perhaps
I should drop it as a regular feature of my calendar, perhaps in favour of something else.
to the image downloading sales facility, it is currently my intention to withdraw this facility from those sales galleries currently
permitting this once the subscription period on each gallery expires, as take-up on this facility has not been sufficient to justify
its continuation. Once this happens, only physical products will be available for purchase, with the exception of theEvesham Regatta 2017 gallery, which due to the nature of its setup, is likely to be closed completely at the end of April 2018.
However, I have decided that until then, the download price on single items from this gallery will be reduced to £5 per item.