Blog - John Leigh Photography

More Time For Photography ?

Can't really believe that i have only six months to go before i retire .As the saying goes "You can plan all you like but something always comes up to change the plans...". I had originally planned to retire at 60 years of age but an opportunity came up to retire at 58 and after consulting with my boss (the wife) we agreed that opportunities like this don't come up  very often.

It's a bit of a whirlwind at the moment...busy at work but also trying to plan what i will do with my time when i finish work. Photography is becoming an important part of my life as i enjoy it so much. I had a Nikon SLR in the 80's but fell out of love with photography when the  financial pressures of buying a car and running a house kicked in.Gradually over the last few years I've been investing in the best gear i can afford  and learning as much as i can about digital photography. I am now a Canon man with a good camera- 5d Mark  4 and a decent set of L lenses. I recently upgraded from a 6D and 7d mark 2 as i was beginning to tire of lugging too much camera gear around. Both my wife and i enjoy walking and i decided that one camera would suffice and i really needed a good all rounder which, although i'm still at the learning stage, i think i have in the 5d4.

I can't wait to get up in a morning when i retire and have so much time to plan, prepare and execute a good photoshoot. I think when you have limited time you do tend to rush and cram in as much as you can and this probably affects the quality of shots you can capture. Of course this time will be spent on top of doing the more mundane retirement jobs..like painting and decorating but i'm not complaining.

Can't wait for the journey to begin.......


4th January 2017

Six months into retirement - 27th December 2017

Cloud inversion taken from Mam Tor looking across the Hope valley

 It’s amazing how time flies when you’re having fun. The first few weeks of retirement felt a little strange but i soon settled into it with trips to Amsterdam, Dubai and Prague and later on in the year a great trip to Barcelona. So much of the world to see so i’m planning a few family trips over the Christmas period for next year. The trips have a photography angle of course and allied to good food and accommodation we should be fine. I’ve spent more time on bird/wildlife photography which i enjoy…there’s so much to see literally on your doorstep.As RSPB members we enjoy the local Old Moor site where i’ve captured some great images. I’m pleased to say that the photo above has been shortlisted for a National photo competition…down to the last 100 of over 1 million photos. The photo shows a cloud inversion in the Hope valley…the shot was taken from the top of Mam tor near Castleton in the Peak district. I hope to refresh the blog more often next year….to be honest i’d rather be out in the fresh air than behind a computer keyboard but needs must! Hope you enjoy my photos which are available through the website for purchase as prints, wall art or keepsakes such as mugs, tote bags and the like.

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