June Review

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I’m writing this from Klintholm, a small Danish fishing village on the coast of Møn. We’ve sailed 110 miles in the last two days. June was a good month – but for the first time, I failed at a challenge. I got my gym sessions in for most weeks (8, 9, 7, 8) but I failed to do my 10 image series. I did do a lot of other photography though – I spent two sessions shooting the Bailey Lighthouse for the image series, and also did three studio shoots with bodybuilders. This, along with getting everything set for travelling this month, meant I just didn’t get the two or three days I needed to dedicate to doing the series. It’ll now happen in August.

Financially things were good. The photo shoots and writing were nice – there was also continued progress in other areas that will pay off down the line. Hopefully in the next month or two for some of it.

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Fitness was obviously great. I got a lot of training done which I was happy about. I got some serious strength increases with this month’s sessions in Compound Fitness and it was nice to get some jits sessions in again.

The reading challenge continues well. I’m still a good few books ahead of my goal. Unfortunately this month I got heavily side tracked by the Dresden Files. Amazing books, but not the most literary.

One thing that was fun – even though I nominally failed – was the photo project. I explored the area around the Bailey Lighthouse, one afternoon, for where there were going to be good photo opportunities. I then went back a few days later at 4 am to get them at sunrise. This is definitely something that will be good to do more of going forward.

For July – I’m on a boat. My time is kind of free but also severely limited by what I have the opportunity to do. Internet access is patchy, sailing can be relaxing or hands on depending on the weather and I’m just not sure when I’ll be anywhere. The one thing I know for sure, is I’ll have a lot of opportunities to read! I’m going to take the soft challenge this month and aim to read double my required number of books – I’m going for 8. Even though I’ve plenty of reading time this will, I think, still be a stretch.

May Review

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May was a mixed month in terms of a few things. A lot was going on which meant my long term goals took a backseat to dealing with the urgent short term stuff. The flipside of this was that the stress of the urgent things forced me to take time to relax – as a result I read a lot and I’m now 6 books ahead of schedule! My 30 day challenge of meditating also nicely fell into alignment with what was going on around me. I certainly noticed the difference to my focus and it’s something I’m going to keep in my daily routine going forward. Midway through the month I became aware of the guided meditation service Headspace. Not this month, but perhaps next, I will redo meditation for 30 days and work through their program.

Financially things were interesting. While I did not directly earn a lot, I set a few things up that look like they’ll have serious returns in the near future. June on the other hand is going to be a month of big financial returns.

Fitness was mixed. I managed to get in some good training for at the beginning and end of the month but had some situationally induced slack off in the middle. This is gonna get back on track this month.

I finally got around to doing something creative. I managed to get two good photo sessions done. The first was another street shoot in Dublin. I got three photos I was happy with from it. Two portraits and the moped in motion shot below.

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I also got a second shoot where I played around with a macro extension cube and my desk cactus. The photos had a really nice abstract quality. You can see one of them in the header image and another below.

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Creativity is also something I am going to push this month.

For June’s 30 Day Challenge I was tied between two ideas: 1000 words for publication a day or eight gym sessions a week. In the end I settled for the eight sessions as I will be doing a lot of writing any way but have other things going on that mean I may not be able to write every day. Yes, eight sessions is more than seven days which means I’ll be doubling up weights and jits on some days. This is intentional. Also, eight is a minimum goal rather than a set target. I’m also going to do a monthly challenge, in this case, to push my creativity, I’m going to create a 10 image series of my home town, Howth. It’s been something I’ve been thinking about for a while and I’m excited to do it.

When you read this it will likely be on my new website. This is something I’m going to spend the first week or two of this month designing. This blog post will likely go live with the site.

We Are Photography – Wrap Up

So in just a few hours I will be handing the @WeRPhotography twitter account off to another photographer. I’ve had a fun week in control! This post is just a quick wrap up, linking to any posts during the week that people may have missed.

Intro Post
Monday – Shah Smooth
Tuesday – Keith
Tuesday – Gear
Wednesday – Poolbeg
Thursday – Will Willson
Friday – Guy Arbell
Saturday – Jeanie Johnston
Saturday – My Influences

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We Are Photography – My Influences

Seeing as this week I’m tweeting from the @WeRPhotography twitter account, I thought it would be worth mentioning some of my influences. I’ve included the tweets below using Storify.

UPDATE: Because Storify updates dynamically, the name and picture in the tweets below. At the time it said Photographer/Harry and had a picture of me.

We Are Photography – Jeanie Johnston

This week I’m in control of the @WeRPhotgraphy twitter account and I’m doing companion blog posts here. So let’s get cracking…

This shot is of the Jeanie Johnston, a replica of one of the ships that brought Irish emigrants to the United States in the 1800′s. She is a museum moored along the quays in Dublin city centre. I went for a walk along the quays one evening specifically to get this shot. She is lit by a floodlight at her bow which was the primary light source for the image. It’s actually three exposures combined together to get a HDR composite of the scene. That way I could get some details in the shadows and highlights that would have otherwise been lost after exposing for the ship. I shot this with my 18-135mm with the focal length set at around 24mm and the aperture wide open. Even still, the longest exposure was several seconds.

This is one of my favourite shots. There are a few bits that I would love to have changed but it just wasn’t possible given the lighting situation. The floodlight hits the bow very harshly and pulling any detail back there was difficult. I think the rigging works great though.

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