This is the time most of us reflect on the past calendar year and I’m no exception. The big difference is this year I have hundreds of photos to jog my memory. It’s been an interesting year. I’ll remember it as the time when I started blogging, got interested in photography, bought a nice camera, got curious about architecture and went rowing. Here is my year in images…
It starts out on the iPhone. That pocket camera came along with me on my walks about Santander. Any time the sun came out, I tried to get out and find a few interesting angles around the city. And even on the darker days I took a few snaps.
It didn’t take me long to realise that the bay held a certain attraction for me. I think I like it because it’s where the city meets nature. And I realised that it was the meeting of the two that interested me.
In addition to having the sea and interesting skies, the mountains behind the bay make almost any picture look good.
Having convinced myself that I was actually interested in taking photos, in June I decided to invest in a decent camera. The city’s new art centre was begging to be photographed on a regular basis. Me and my Lumix latched on the Botin Centre project like a newborn cub to its mother.
And then I took up rowing. My motivation was to get a bit of exercise and to explore the bay from the water. It’s turned out to be much more than that. My first rows were to the Puntal – a beautiful place I usually avoided as there is no shade and I burn to a crisp in 15 minutes even with sunscreen. But when you row there and hop out for a swim…that’s a different story.
Soon enough I was game to take on capturing a few events. Of course, because Santander is so small, one project always overlaps with another.
I took the shot above while out on a press boat at the Sailing Trials in September. It was a great chance to road test my new photography skills and learn a few tricks from the pros. And when I saw their cameras and lenses I was impressed. And even more so when I saw their final images. Considering how new I was to the lark, I was pleased with the photos I took that day.
One of my favourite photos of the year was a studied shot. I was getting interested in showing dark and light and I achieved a nice composition at a Classic Motorbike Race at the Magdalena Palace. I had been snapping happily for a few hours and had used up the two batteries on my decent camera and my own mobile phone battery had died so I had stopped taking pics. But when I saw the potential of this shot, I took my husband’s mobile. I was thrilled with it.
Sometimes the pictures I like just remind me of a moment. This one was taken by a fellow attendee at a blogging event in Dublin called TBEX – a great conference attended by 700 travel bloggers. Ten out of ten to Guinness who did everything possible to facilitate a blog mention. Where else was I going to get a tutorial in pulling the perfect pint!
I really enjoyed being back in Dublin with a camera. I photographed open fires, stews, scones, fruit markets, Georgian doors, bikes, alleys where I lived and buildings where I worked. All great for many reasons but I’m going to share the photo of a house on Henrietta Street that was open to the public for Open House Dublin Weekend. It’s a fantastic concept and one I’d love to see happening in Santander. In terms of the photo, I love the light streaming in the windows. It’s a popular location for fashion shoots and I can see why.
Food took on a whole new meaning for me this year. Time was I cooked or ordered food and ate it. Not any more. If you see me today with a plate of food, a slice of tortilla or a cup of coffee, chances are I’ll already have snapped it. And if I haven’t, I know I’ll regret it. I like this one. I took about ten shots of the giant-paella and liked this one most.
The final photo of this year is taken at the regional web awards three weeks ago. I didn’t win an award but I had garnered a lot of public votes and thought I’d get a snap to remind me of how far I’d come in just a few months. I know something good will come of it…
So that’s it. My year in pictures. All I need to do is devise a system for cataloguing them. But for now – thank you 2013. You’ve been interesting.