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New Years Resolution 2012

Usually, I’m not a great fan of New Years Eve. Usually, I look back on the year past with a sense that I’ve not achieved very much, not pushed myself to do something, anything with my life and have been content to let time slide idly by while dreaming about all the things I’d like to do

2011 has been different and was a great year for me personally. Probably the best and busiest year that I can remember, with so many highlights. If I had to rate it, I’d give it a solid 7 out of 10. I know that sounds low but if I score it higher there is less room for improvement, less room for me to push myself to make next year a 10 out of 10 year

There are a few things I want to do in 2012, a few things I want to try to do in 2012 and a few things that I want to start working towards during 2012, for the future. This year I’m going to do all of those things. This year I’m going to believe in myself and do those things that I’ve put off for far, far too long

And if, despite all of the hard work and effort I put into achieving the things that I want to achieve this year, I fall short of the target, I’ll do it knowing that I gave it my best shot

GERONIMO!

よいお年をお迎えください

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New camera test

One thing that I’ve found on returning from my last couple of holidays, or from events, was feeling let down by the quality of the photographs I’d taken. As you can see from the picture above (taken with a Samsung HMX-U10) I was lucky enough to visit beautiful Tallinn in Estonia last year but, if you believe my pictures, the whole place has a been built extra curvy.

I have some great memories from that trip but I don’t have many pictures to back them up and, sadly, this isn’t the first time

In Japan we visited Osaka Kaiyukan Aquarium, the most amazing aquarium I have been to. Set over 8 floors, you start at the top and work you way down around a giant central tank. At night, outside the aquarium, there are some beautiful light displays in the shape of stingrays, a droplet of water and a pair of whale sharks. I relied on my Samsung Jet S8000 camera phone for the most part while in Japan and, while it managed well during the day, it struggled at night and I found that a lot of my pictures were blurred

The english language website for Osaka Aquarium: http://www.kaiyukan.com/language/eng/index.htm

More recently, I attended a preview event at BFI Southbank where they showed the first episode of Miracle Day, from the new series of Torchwood ahead of its BBC1 premier. Following the episode there was a Q&A with cast members John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Bill Pullman and creator Russell T Davies. Again, I relied on my camera phone, this time a HTC Desire HD, and despite being in the third row my pictures were blurred almost beyond recognition

If you’d like to see the video of the Q&A (blur free), it can be viewed at the BFI website: http://www.bfi.org.uk/live/video/669

As you can probably tell I really don’t know the first thing about photography but after a one too many disappointments I decided it was time to try something new and, after some frankly brain bending research into different camera types, I decided to go for a bridge camera and settled upon the Fuji Finepix 2750HD and am going to use the next few weeks to test it out in different environments

My first test was a trip to Kew Gardens with some of my family last weekend and below are just a couple of pictures from the day out. unfortunately the weather was pretty awful and it rained heavily all day, so we didn’t get to see half as much as we had hoped to, but I’m quite pleased with my first attempt

At the moment I’m like a child with a new toy. Previously, if I’d wanted to get a close up of something, I would’ve had to walk up to it. These first couple of pictures were taken in the Waterlily House while I practiced with the zoom

These last two pictures were taken in a rare break from the rain as I wanted to try some more panoramic pictures, but I don’t think I had the camera set up very well so the colours in the picture look a little washed out.

Above is the waterfall behind Davies Alpine House and below is the Palm House viewed from the north

I’ll be uploading some more picture as I continue to practice over the next few weeks. Does anyone have any tips for a novice like me?

The website address for Kew Gardens: http://www.kew.org/visit-kew-gardens/