1 Year back blogging

It has been just over a year since I restarted my blog from the beginning and it has been a good year in terms of views and reaching out on the world wide web especially with the weekly photo challenges becoming popular and despite a little hiatus midway through 2016, still had many comments.

Here I am picking 5 of my favourite blog posts from the last year or so.

https://robdphotographer.wordpress.com/2016/06/27/weekly-photo-challenge-partners/

https://robdphotographer.wordpress.com/2016/04/05/weekly-photo-challenge-landscape/

https://robdphotographer.wordpress.com/2016/04/04/the-worm-animation/

https://robdphotographer.wordpress.com/2016/02/06/5-european-cities-i-want-to-visit/

https://robdphotographer.wordpress.com/2016/07/13/up-in-the-clouds/

I have a few ideas regarding my website, complete new layout with prints to purchase etc.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Graceful

This weeks challenge subject is Graceful. I went for a walk at my local park through the week and I always find it peaceful even if it was cold and wet. 

Waterloo Lake, Roundhay Park, Leeds

Here are 5 posts i enjoyed and wish to share. 

https://natashashilbhadra.wordpress.com/2017/01/26/weekly-photo-challenge-graceful/

https://chrisbreebaart.wordpress.com/2017/01/26/graceful-fly-over-den-haag/ 

https://writestuffny.wordpress.com/2017/01/25/weekly-photography-challenge/  

https://ennuiadventures.com/2017/01/25/strike-a-pose-2/

https://littlemisswordy.wordpress.com/2017/01/25/graceful/

Weekly Photo Challenge: Resilient

This is my first weekly challenge post for a while and the first of the year, the subject is Resilient.

Meaning behind the photo i post today, a full house at Elland Road as the winning days continue to return. In past seasons at this stage we would be in a position of dire mid table, but at this time we sit 5th. Good times.

Plan for 2017!!

As the year is drawing to a close with christmas and the new year ahead, I have been thinking about a plan for next year.

  • Photography- I want to get back into my photography and really focus myself next year, I am hoping to get into some portrait photography and also visit some new places.

Temple Newsam House in the snow

  • Portfolio- Completely rebuild my portfolio both Graphic Design wise and photography in order to update my website
  • Website- my website needs a good update and a total rethink regarding layout etc and move onto marketing my site so i can make more sales. 
  • Fitness- I would like to get much fitter and keep the motivation to keep going to the gym and when my work shifts allow, Parkrun. I will be running at Leeds 10k in july again and possibly still thinking of doing the Yorkshire 10 Mile. More so to focus on that Leeds 10k Personal Best each year.
  • Driving- I really want to pass my driving test next year after failing 3 times already, I will have 6 months or so to pass before having to retake my theory and that is not a option. Failing the 3rd time really hit my confidence in myself to just go for it again, but when i see people passing tests or driving when they shouldnt it has given me extra incentive to prove myself.
  • Travel- I would like to visit somewhere new in 2017, so many european cities I want to visit, I also think I will return to Prague to see my friend at some point in the year. Bruges is a place I wish to go and also possibly revisit Amsterdam or to Barcelona, I am thinking of going to New York for my 30th birthday next november.

Whitby

Back on the August Bank Holiday I went to Whitby, North Yorkshire with 2 friends for the day. It was a great day out and quite warm too, I took my camera with me to get some photos as the town is so photogenic and as I enjoyed my previous shorter evening visit there with the camera last year, I knew that I would get some good images.

Visit to Prague

Back in August i took a short trip to Prague, Czech Republic to see a friend who had recently moved there and also as it is one of the cities on my list to visit, see https://robdphotographer.wordpress.com/2016/02/06/5-european-cities-i-want-to-visit/ for more details.

Here are a few photos from the trip and an enjoyable 5 days over there.

Highlights of the trip include a Bohemians vs Sparta Praha game, Prague Zoo, Old Town, Prague Castle and cheap beer and Good food.

Bohemians vs Sparta Praha
View from the Observatory Tower
Old Town Clock
Praha Zoo

All it takes is snow!!!

Recently I had lost my motivation for Photography (see https://robdphotographer.wordpress.com/2016/10/03/hiatus-from-photography/) and on this blog as well been a little quiet. Since last week was my week off from work I had planned to go out with my camera at least one day in the week and what do you know the day I planned for some Autumn photography shots in the local park turned white, due to a little bit of wintery weather we had overnight.

At first I thought I would stay in and stay warm as the snow was still falling at lunchtime, decided to dig my wellies from the cupboard, wrap up and venture out and to my delight got a couple of good photos, the few below are from my iPhone, as I am yet to get into Lightroom and edit them.

Enjoy the images below and I will be posting the shots from my SLR as soon as I have finished the edits.

I also have the photos from Prague and Whitby on separate posts for this weekend ­čÖé

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