The blog has suffered over the last few months not least because of our holiday 2012 but normal service will now be resumed! Times have certainly been busy on many fronts. Plenty of work that I can show on the blog since it has already been published and such variety as well.
The studio lease was also nearly up, so I took advantage of a slightly smaller unit being vacant in the complex to reduce my overheads – no bad thing in this present financial climate! So I have been very busy trying to get the new studio into shape – nearly there but it still seems like a lot still to do. More on this at a later date.
I have spent many hours as well on various courses – Dreamweaver for web design, SEO, various social media platforms, marketing, PR, In design, as well as advanced photoshop. There’s a lot to keep up with!
Plus of course our family holiday in Turkey. It was our first trip to Dalyan on the Aegean/Mediterranean coast and it lived up to all our expectations. Hot sunny days without a cloud in the deep blue sky, sunglasses, cold beer and very friendly people. Water taxis to a fantastic beach, where turtles come to nest at night. Mountain streams and waterfalls that are so cold to swim in, a complete contrast to the warm mediterranean sea. Hot thermal waters and mud that knocks years off your age – apparently! Scooters to buzz around on and navigate roundabouts where anything goes!
Before leaving the UK, I bought an Olympus TG-1 compact snapper, which can also be used underwater down to 12 metres. It’s a great little camera that can be used anywhere and everywhere by all the family. I think it was the underwater feature that was used the most to great effect, including many underwater portraits in the pool! I did feel very nervous at first about putting it in water as it went against every grain in my body – immersing a camera in water! It soon became second nature. Attached are some of the results which shows it’s versatility. OK its not a D800 but it is fantastic within its limitations.
Ahh Dalyan. I think we are going to have to go back. Plenty of work to do before then!
All images © 2012 John Russell.