That was the year that was 2016

Time to reflect on another year gone by! Unfortunately for me, I felt my day job dominate life too much in 2016, so it’s been great to look back and have a think about other stuff that happened.

  • I finally joined 500px. Something I had been meaning to do for a long time but didn’t feel worthy of. I haven’t posted many shots there yet. There is such a good standard of photography to stand up with! It’s where I go to research the sort of photographs  I want to take.
  • I took part in Blogging U’s Photo 101 course for the second year running. I had a blast the first time around and enjoyed the push to post something every day, so I thought why not go again? Wrap-up post here.
  • I participated in an awesome street photography workshop. Read about that here.
  • I finished consolidating my photo library (originally posted about it during the process here). Although it took ages, completing it was satisfying and makes it much easier to find pictures.
  • Our main holiday was in Snowdonia, Wales. Beautiful surroundings and a wonderful break. You can see an Adobe Spark Page of that trip here.
  • Stuff happened in politics. I don’t like to get political (as it can be so divisive) but I greatly fear the negative economic and social ramifications of these events.
  • I read 27 books. My favourite fiction was Mr Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, by Robin Sloan. The best non-fiction for me was Dear Leader by Jang Jin-sung, a gripping and fascinating account written by an ex-employee of  North Korea’s propaganda machine. My photography-related highlight was Photography Q&A by Zack Arias, chock-full of indispensable advice.
  • My film of 2016? Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Just awesome.
  • The commute to my job in London was heavily blighted by train strikes. Which has continued into the new year! (maybe I should do a photo essay!)
  • I shot (not counting the ones I didn’t keep) 3,202 frames. More than last year, again; and more than I thought.
  • In spite of my improved fitness, I finished the year quite under the weather having succumbed to a nasty coughing virus.
  • New and not so new Christmas traditions endured (salted caramel and fudge pavlova and cinnamon buns respectively). Also, I made Hollandaise sauce for the first time!

To finish, here are some shots that sum up the year. In choosing these, I wasn’t necessarily looking for technically good photos, but those that reveal the visual history of what happened.

Thanks for reading! I hope you had a good 2016. Here’s to more fun photographic adventures in 2017.


Snow day in January


Great sunsets from the office in London


Lunchtime walks with the Fuji


Coffee. Plenty of it.


Street photography workshop


Capturing shots for Photo101 on the way to the office


Trip to Dungeness


Trying to capture the Milky Way from the back garden


The party we had for my parents-in-laws’ 50th Wedding Anniversary


Coffee and sketching in the garden


Coffee and sketching in the Tate Modern


Seeing new things on one of our regular walks near home


Climbing Snowdon


Photowalking in Soho


Awesome pink sky at Borough on my way to London Bridge


The long shadows of winter sun


Plenty of walks with my favourite person


Christmas pavlova!


Christmas Day walk

2 responses to “That was the year that was 2016

  1. What a great idea, Emma! Looks like you were very active in 2016. My highlight of your highlights are the cinnamon buns. But… I changed my way of eating and lost 18 kg in 4 months. And these buns are no longer on my list. 😦 You are a very talented photographer. So rock 500px. I am a big fan of your blog and posts here in WordPress. So all the best for 2017 and hopefully many posts with awesome images here in your blog. Smiles. Reinhold

    • Thanks so much, Reinhold for the very kind and encouraging comments! I haven’t updated 500px in a while, I need to remedy that 🙂 Likewise all the best for 2017 to you, too. I always enjoy your posts and wonderful photography.

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