The end of 2014 is upon us and we can all look back in the hope that we have achieved something throughout the year. This year has been quite a difficult one photographically but more importantly it has been filled with joyous non-photographic moments resulting from the birth of our second child Jaime and the ongoing adventures of our three year old Charlotte. In 2013, I had undertaken a ‘project 52’ but realised that this was probably not going to be a realistic aim in 2014 while adjusting to the new parental demands. In fact, I had found that during the weeks that I was lacking photographic ‘mojo’ , doing the project was detrimental as I felt I was photographing for photographing’s sake rather than challenging myself in the right frame of mind. Despite not seeking many photographic opportunities, we were thankful to have a few fall our way with regard to commercial contracts (pikitia post cards, complete colour), publications and the opportunity to speak at events. We added a few images to our portfolio as well which is always pleasing! Now, on to the images!
We took a short holiday to Innes National Park at the tail end of an oppressing heatwave and summer storms. It seems so long ago , yet I remember venturing out every weekend while we only had one child to contend with!
The local outings continued but Marianne and I began to develop some anxiety with regard to the challenge of having two children. I am always reassured by the fact that billions of families before us have coped just fine with their children who have since developed into functioning , mature adults. Nonetheless, we arranged our first ever weekend away without Charlotte to give us one last ‘babymoon’. The location was Port Campbell on the Great Ocean Road where we witnessed some great displays of light.
We had our first publication for the year in DSLR magazine’s reader contribution section. The unstable summer weather continued to provide opportunities for storm photography. Marianne by this stage was well and truly resting at 8 months pregnant.
Marianne had her series of images featured in the same segment of DSLR magazine. On April 5, Jaime entered our lives and things have never been more dynamic at home! The pitter patter of little feet will definitely soon be filling the house at all hours .
Marianne’s image of Charlotte on my back was featured in SA motor magazine’s article about Eyre Peninsula. I managed to spend much of my parental leave with Charlotte to give Marianne a break at home with Jaime alone. The autumn colours were out in full force at Mount Lofty Botanic gardens this year.
We took our first mini vacation as a family to Normanville for an extended weekend. It ended up being a very wild weekend of weather with limited opportunities but I had felt very eager to get out into whatever nature could throw at us! Jaime was 6 weeks and traveled well ; a good sign 🙂
I had the opportunity to judge the amateur section of the Epson international panorama awards. One of our entries into the open section earned a place in the top 50 which we were very happy with. Local shoots were a minimum with ‘backyard calendar’ shots the flavour of the month!
Canola is out in full force during September . Every year I try to make an effort to get to the fields around Adelaide but we only managed one very quick visit around Kanmantoo this year. We purchased an upgrade for our failing 24-70mm F2.8 lens which had been quite soft since inadvertent drop the previous year. The image below was taken with the 24-70mm F2.8 II lens which is an incredibly sharp lens (though very pricey).
Much of september was spent organising an upcoming trip to New Zealand. I had one opportunity to venture our overnight and managed to get some great conditions for stars and dawn light. I had the opportunity to speak to the Edwardstown Camera Club and gave a practical demonstration of photoshop editing.
This was our big month photographically. Our trip to North Island was a successful one on several grounds. Firstly, we escaped the ill effects of seasonal child care bugs which Charlotte brings home. Secondly , we managed to visit many locations with our two children. Thirdly , we managed to split the photographic locations between us to bring home some images which were portfolio-worthy!
November was a real wind down month photographically where we spent most of our time editing images from the recent trip. In between, we photographed our children with the seasonal Jacaranda blooms along our local streets. Backpacker magazine also published our 2012 image of Lake Mackenzie as part of a feature of the Routeburn track. 500px featured an article of ours on their blog regarding travelling with children .https://iso.500px.com/photo-taking-tips-for-photographer-parents/ That article was subsequently stolen by ‘bored panda’ and went viral. This resulted in several press agencies wanting rights to the story which we ended up giving to Rex features. The article in its proper format has since been published in the Daily Mail that we know of and continues to be seen in random international online magazines in its bastardised stolen formats.
This was our first Christmas vacation away with both sides of the family and we are pleased to report that it all went swimmingly well even if the weather wasn’t great for visiting the beach. We had our fill of cockle, seafood, roast and all manner of unhealthy foods before photographing the ends of the day when we weren’t too tired. In preparation for 2015, Marianne also did her first pet shoot !
What’s in store for 2015?
Marianne will be looking to establish photography as her part time career. We are hoping this will kick off and that she can continue this into the future with a focus on pet photography. We also plan to produce more video tutorials, ebooks and perhaps even run some workshops ! In April, I will be joining Rod Thomas for a trip to Karijini National Park and some time later in the year we may well be heading back to New Zealand’s south island! Stay tuned for more images more blog messages and wishing everyone a productive 2015 🙂
Dylan & Marianne
View all of our edited images here in this video !
Posted on December 30, 2014, in Australia, M&D Corner, New Zealand, Photography, Publications, Random Musings and tagged 2014, Everlook, Landscape, Photography, retrospective, review. Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.