A Quiet Beginning

I hope you are all enjoying a great start to the new year and the return to normality after the festive season has not been too arduous. 2020 is now well and truly underway.

My new year has started quietly, which is in no way a negative thing. It is way too easy to get swept up in the wave of feeling like you have to change dramatically because of a new year.

I am very optimistic with the goals I set myself for the year ahead. I am taking my time to not rush through them, to do them properly. In turn, this should hopefully help negate feelings that I am not achieving enough, or feeling like a failure when more likely than not, a resolution is broken.

Following on from last week, I continued photographing the birds that had visited the garden.

House sparrows have always been a constant visiter, I do sometimes wonder how they feel, now that there is a lot more competition at the feeders.

One of the newest visitors, who I had mentioned in last weeks post; the Long Tailed Tit returned. Thankfully, I had my camera in hand to get more pictures of this cute, round fluff ball.

Moving on from the garden, this week saw me go to a local landmark. I don’t know if this happens to others, but I struggle to photograph landmarks/places I am very familiar with. I am always more comfortable with new destinations.

I wish I could offer a coherent explanation for this, but it has definitely gone onto my list of things to learn upon.

I have provided the only picture of the cathedral I was happy with from that shoot. Maybe later in the year I will try this location out again, to see if I have improved or have overcome the uncomfortableness of shooting locally.

The cathedral is located next to the River Severn, and it provided me with a subject I am more comfortable with. It wouldn’t of felt right if I had left the river without a swan shot.

The week finished as it had began with bird photography. I look forward to seeing what the next week has in store for me.

Lichfield Cathedral

After the disappointment of last weeks shots, I was determined more than ever to stay positive and to keep trying my best in whatever/wherever I am shooting.

The pictures I have managed to produce this week I am more confident with and am happy with the results. I am defiantly learning from my mistakes!

This weeks offering is from (as the title suggests) Lichfield Cathedral. Apparently this Cathedral is the UK’s only medieval cathedral with three spires. I took a couple of shots to demonstrate this.

The sky was grey and with the slight mist around the West midlands at the weekend, everything was damp, this just added to the dominance that the Cathedral eludes to the surrounding area.

The Cathedral itself felt quite imposing. The architecture of this place (inside and out) is outstanding. I cannot even begin to fathom how this place was created, I was just in awe of it.

Mixing the modern with the traditional as you walk into the Cathedral, you cannot help but notice a huge light installation. This is an art exhibit for Advent (part of Cathedral illuminated) from artist in residence Peter Walker in collaboration with local schools and people from the Diocese.

It is hard not to be inspired by the Cathedral, the architecture, the grand ceilings, stained glass windows, ornate decorations and the light exhibit all offered shots to be had.

I must admit I was not previously aware of this magnificent location to shoot at, it was recommended to me. What an absolute gem of a place, I am very glad I listened.

Following on from Lichfield Cathedral, I am going to research and make a list of local locations to potentially shoot. I am hoping to find a few more surprises. .