1/365/2018 Star

1/365/2018 Star
1/365/2018 Star by rutty is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA

It’s 2018 already!

It doesn’t seem 365 days since I started the last year’s worth of photos, so it’s almost a surprise that the year has rolled around once more.

My last 365 project was all square and all black and white all the time. I did this to purposefully constrain myself so that I concentrated only on creating interesting images. Unfortunately, I found the project became limited by this framework, and some of my images were a bit rubbish. So, I’m just going to let the muse take me wherever I may go this year.

I hope to spend a bit more time editing my images on my iPad Pro using Affinity Photo. This is an amazing iOS app that performs a huge number of powerful photo editing functions. I don’t know how they all work yet, but I will at least have a go at some masking and dodging/burning. Most images will be edited in Snapseed – my go-to iOS editing app – but I do want to try to be more adventurous and capable.

Ruby was by far the most numerous model for 2017. I suspect 2018 will be the same – she’s very photogenic – but I will try and get outside more and enjoy the countryside. Nottinghamshire has some fantastic green bits, so perhaps I will capture a bit more of it this time.

So, let’s start off with a photo of Ruby, enjoying a lazy morning on the New Year’s day, sat at my favourite window at our friends’ home.

I do hope that everyone has had a lovely, happy new year!

365/365 Talented Boy

365/365 Talented Boy
365/365 Talented Boy by rutty is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA

We are finishing off 2017 by visiting some good friends near Banbury. They have four amazing children – from 2 to 16 years old – and are some of the warming, most loving folks you could meet.

Their second child is a very talented young man. He’s exceptionally eloquant for his age and can bash out a solid tune on the piano, while singing with his lovely voice. He has a love for musical theatre, and I think he was playing and singing something from Matilda here.

We do love visiting our friends and wish we lived a little bit closer.

Our year closed off with the help of a murder mystery evening. I was a Belgian Chocolatier. I didn’t do the accent.