A look back At 2011 Some favouRite images taken back in 2011

I've been a digital snapper since 2005. Starting with an Olympus E300 DSLR. It served me well and lasted for 6 year before I sold it off. I loved the lens that came with it and found some very good pieces of glass that gave great depth of field. My other camera was a Panasonic GF1. It's getting a little old in the tooth now, but I still have it and still snap a few shots every now and again.

Using a Lensbay to create a distorted depth of field from a simple wine bottle.

During 2011 I'd been using the Olympus E 300, the Panasonic GF1 and my new purchase the Nikon D7000. I'd flirted between Aperture and Lightroom on my Mac - causing my collection of images to be completely disorganized. With the announcement that Apple would stop supporting Aperture I was forced to return back to Lightroom and clean up my collection. These are the results and some of my favourite images during that year.

Work commitments always hamper my photographic creativity but that's something that I have to live with and balance when I get a chance.

Id managed to get to a few locations during this year. Mallorca, London, dungeness, Mote Park in Maidstone, Leeds Castle, even my own garden and kitchen table. Work commitments always hamper my photographic creativity but that's something I live with and something that I try to balance when I get a chance. Sometimes taking a whole day to take photos or using couple of share hours in the week to complete some short assignments.

Dungeness

Many stranded boats lie on the beach at the tip of Kent. This image turned to monochrome to capture the detail and mood of the day.

Nikon D7000, 19mm, ISO 100, f11 @ 1/5 sec

Remembrance Sunday

A child left a toy soldier next to some bright red poppies at a rememorial site. Question is why did the child left this toy, did he have a father away at war or had the boy lost a hero in action? A question that can not be answered.

Nikon D7000, 105mm, ISO 125, f8 @ 1/160 sec

The London Eye

A different view of the London Eye. Sometimes in a busy city it's worth looking up and finding a different take on an iconic image that's been taken millions of time before.

Nikon D7000, ISO 100, f6.3 @ 1/200 sec

The eye from the other side of the River Themes

Hands

A simple monochrome image of two sets of hands belonging to my Son and my partner. Using Lightroom and Nik Silver Efex software to create the final look and feel of this image.

Olympus E300, 50mm, ISO 100, f4 @ 1/250 sec

Sunset Over The Mote

With the ducks swimming, the light fading, it seemed an idyllic settings at Mote Park in Maidstone, Kent.

Nikon D7000, 18mm, ISO 200, f11 @ 1/200 sec

Garlic

Cooking is another passion. Here I laid a simple string bag on a table, using natural lighting from a window and a reflector I positioned the camera nice and close with a 50mm prime lens fitted.

Panasonic GF1. 50mm, ISO 100, f2 @ 1/250 sec

Escalator

Sometimes commuting to work in London, one forgets their really is a picture around every corner. Here while traveling along a long escalator I decided to snap this image with the best camera I had at the time - a smart phone.

iPhone 4.

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