63-2017 – The Conclusion (1 of 2)

[spoiler alert]     Well, I did it! An image a day for 63 days to ease me out of 2017 and into 2018 and my first attempt at a “365”.

The last three and a bit weeks have been tough due to a rather debilitating chest infection (three doctors appointments, hospital, X-Rays, blood tests, bed-rest, won’t bore you with details!) which has meant I’ve barely been outdoors in December. It has certainly made me look hard at what is in my own back yard that’ for sure!

It also means there’s a lot in this final update (17 images) as I’ve not had the inclination to update anything recently. Thankfully I made it to the end of the challenge!

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© Dave Whenham

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I look at this lift shaft atop the flats across the street every day as I open or close the bedroom curtains and always note how the sun interacts especially as it catches the setting sun this time of the year. To me it’s a good example of how a photographer “sees” as whenever I point it out to one of the family they always say “oh yes” and clearly hadn’t noticed the light. My wife does see it, she’s spent too much time with me no doubt, and will often point it out to me. This was taken from the back doorstep with a 300mm lens. The place from which the final two weeks of images were shot is going to be important because of the opening comments regarding my health.

63-2017-48  A Touch of Pink – Fading Glory Found growing in a plant pot just outside the front door.

© Dave Whenham

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63-2017-49   Green and Flourishing  Forsythia bush just outside the front door. Have you guessed yet that the last two days have been two of the “bed-rest” days I mentioned above?

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63-2017-50.  And so we hit the fiftieth image in the series, taken in the back garden as I returned from a doctors appointment, my first trip outside the house for over a week.

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63-2017-51 Red Sky in the Morning …

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63-2017-52.  Ethereal Morning (The Angel)

63-2017-51/52  are both taken from the patio immediately outside the back door. They are broadly the same composition but the first was a stunning sunrise (oh how I wished I could’ve been up on the moors) and the second the result of experimenting with a 15-stop neutral density filter.

© Dave Whenham

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63-2017-53.  It started as a walk to the cafe for breakfast with Ted but I got 200 yards and realised I wasn’t going to make it there and back without considerable shortage of breath, wheezing and coughing. Ted and Amanda enjoyed their cooked breakfasts whilst I returned home for a bowl of muesli. At least the ever-present X100t was with me and I managed something different for the fifty-third image.

63-2017-54/5/6/7. Strictly confined to the house. 54 is taken from a bedroom window, 55 is me playing with perspective and DOF and 56 was all I could think of to recognise Christmas Eve. Not my finest hour but I stuck to my self-appointed task. Some thought did go into 57, Christmas Day, even if the execution wasn’t to my usual standard I created broadly what I set out to do.

The final six images will follow in the second part of this post shortly.

The full 63-2017 album can be found on Flickr HERE

 

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