I’m still here..
It has been the most unbelievably busy year. I have been working on a project that is about to come to fruition but will keep under my hat for now. I’ve also had two new book covers since I last posted and been shortlisted for the Royal Photographic Society International Print Exhibition as well as Weather Photographer of the Year, a competition organised by the Royal Meteorological Society in associating with the RPS. Both competitions feature photography from around the world.
I’ve been very lucky, anyone who follows this blog will know that I have been able to travel to Iceland a few times, a place where a lot of weather happens so you can guess where my shortlisted photograph was taken. This has all involved a lot of work organsing prints, profiles and narrative to accompany the photographs as well as work on my project.
Though a bit of a ghost in the blogosphere over the last year, I am still here, still dipping into blogs and though not as actively engaged, I have been enjoying all the posts that I’ve been following through my reader. At the end of the project, end of August, I will be away, recuperating for a few weeks and then will be back, I hope, to being a more active member of this amazing community. Thank you for your patience. I wouldn’t be so busy if it wasn’t for all those on WordPress who have been so supportive over the last four years.
For all those suffering the heat of the summer, I hope these pictures can cool you down a little. For my friends in the southern hemisphere, it could be colder.. ;-)
Below is my shortlisted picture for Weather Photographer of the Year, I’ve added a couple of others. Some of you may have seen this image before. Just one of those shots taken when you find yourself in the right place at the right time and you happen to have your camera with you.
You can see all the images shortlisted in this years competition by following this link. Amazing photography. Well worth clicking the link. Not sure what I’m doing there but I am looking forward to the awards ceremony where I’ll get to meet some of these amazing photographers. The winner will be announced at the ceremony.
Eye of the Storm – f/11 1/100 sec. 26mm
Dawn – F/8 3 Sec. ISO-100 52mm
Volcano – f/11 1/200 sec. ISO-50
If the preview is any indication of your work, I look forward to the trip to Iceland in your lens.
July 18, 2017 at 2:44 pm
Thank you very much Sheri. That’s very kind.
July 18, 2017 at 2:47 pm
I noticed you were missing, but glad you’ve returned and the amazing storm pics were worth waiting for! 😲 just wow! X
July 18, 2017 at 3:12 pm
Thank you so much Anna. It really was quite a storm! :-)
July 19, 2017 at 10:56 am
Just yesterday, as I was watching an episode of Poldark with its beautiful Cornish setting, I thought it’s been a while since I’ve seen a post from Adrian! Glad to hear things are going well. Congratulations!
July 18, 2017 at 3:24 pm
Thank you very much indeed Neil!
July 19, 2017 at 10:55 am
Congratulations on being shortlisted, Adrian — it’s very well-deserved! And congratulations too on getting a bit closer to fruition on your big project. Don’t worry about your fans here; we love your work and will wait patiently for your next update. Best wishes in the meantime for much continued good news.
July 18, 2017 at 3:51 pm
Thank you so much Heide. Such a lovely comment. Hopefully I’ll be posting regularly again in the Autumn.
July 19, 2017 at 10:54 am
Good to see your amazing photography from the land of ice and snow again. You’ve been missed. Fingers crossed for your success!
July 18, 2017 at 3:56 pm
Thank you very much Gunta. Hopefully my posts will pick up in the Autumn. :-)
July 19, 2017 at 10:53 am
Well “right place, right time” is important for sure……..but you still need to know how to get the most out of the subject and you’ve done that in spades. Excellent image Adrian. Hope you are keeping well and not affected by the flash floods that I’m hearing about in Cornwall. This new project sounds intriguing.
July 18, 2017 at 6:34 pm
Thank you very much Mark. I’m good thank you.
I’d been bumping through snow drifts for hours, when this picture was taken, making progress one roadside marker at a time, visibility was so poor and then suddenly, everything cleared. I could see the coast. This was also the first time I got a real sense of the weather I’d been driving through. It’d been white knuckle stuff but the 4×4 had amazing tyres and I managed to stay on the road.
I jumped out of the car, forgetting my coat and set up. I knew I didn’t have long before the weather closed in again. The storm was moving rapidly in from the sea but I got the shot. Always nice when it comes together like that. :-)
July 19, 2017 at 10:53 am
Super, elegant shots, more, more please!
July 18, 2017 at 8:15 pm
Thank you very much Paula. I will do my best! :-)
July 19, 2017 at 10:35 am
I think of you every time I pass that knoll with the trees as you leave/enter Cornwall on the A30. I must stop and try and take a photo of them, but it won’t be anywhere as good as yours is. Good luck in the competition. The Eye of the Storm is fabulous. I shall keep my fingers crossed for you.
July 18, 2017 at 10:09 pm
Thank you very much Jude. That copse is quite iconic isn’t it? It is worth a stop. I never managed to get the misty, early morning shot with the rising sun just catching the trees. Perhaps you’ll get it before me. You never know.. :-)
July 19, 2017 at 10:34 am
I’m not an early morning person, but it would be rather a good image :)
July 19, 2017 at 7:41 pm
I am Jude so no excuse! I think it would make a rather nice photograph! :-)
July 20, 2017 at 12:15 pm
Nice reading all the good news and splendid shots as usual.
July 18, 2017 at 11:59 pm
Thank you very much Emilio. Always good to hear from you!
July 19, 2017 at 10:31 am
You’ve had a kick-ass year, Adrian, and still fit in some kick-ass photos. Well done. :-)
July 19, 2017 at 2:07 am
Thank you very much Frank. It’s been a busy year, that’s for sure! :-)
July 19, 2017 at 10:31 am
The best photographs to enjoy at 30° C and more. Very lovely shots. Just started to read your blog and can’t wait for more photos of this quality.
July 19, 2017 at 6:52 am
Hi Sven, I think these pictures were taken at around -30°. I prefer the cold. When it’s cold you can put a coat on. When it’s hot, if you haven’t got A/C, not a lot you can do. Welcome to my blog and thank you for your comment. I hope you enjoy the photography!
July 19, 2017 at 10:30 am
Well done, Adrian…you have certainly been busy!
July 19, 2017 at 10:57 am
Thank you Sue! I hope all is well with you!
July 19, 2017 at 2:14 pm
Not too bad, thanks, Adrian
July 19, 2017 at 2:20 pm
That’s good to hear Sue! :-)
July 20, 2017 at 12:18 pm
July 20, 2017 at 1:19 pm
Good to know you’ve been busy and that you’ve been shortlisted in the competition.It’s a great shot. Good luck with it and the project.
July 19, 2017 at 12:21 pm
Thank you very much Mr Dragon!
July 19, 2017 at 2:14 pm
I’m sure the sense of stark serenity – all things momentarily suspended – that your weather image conveys to me is illusory, but it does have a pure and restful quality to it that appeals to me. I looked at the other shortlisted images and there are some spectacular ones, but I think yours more than holds its own. I’m looking forward to the revealing of your project!
July 19, 2017 at 2:56 pm
Thank you so much Lee. A lovely comment to receive. When I take these pictures I often feel I’m working out of the mainstream, there are a lot more obvious images one could take, especially in a country like Iceland so, it’s very special when that is recognised. :-)
July 20, 2017 at 12:17 pm
No wonder you were shortlisted with these excellent images, Adrian. And good to have you back in the blog world. Congratulations with all the achievements. It’s surely like it’s been a busy year for you. Good luck with finishing up your project.
July 19, 2017 at 10:59 pm
Thank you very much indeed Otto. It has indeed been a very busy year and while I prepare for the fruition of my project, it needs to be finished by the end of August, this news about these shortlisted pictures was very nice news to receive. It’s not why we do it but it’s always nice when what you are doing is recognised in some way.
July 20, 2017 at 12:14 pm
Congratulations – that first photo is a master of understated beauty.
July 20, 2017 at 8:04 am
Thank you so much Anna. So nice to hear that you appreciated what I was trying to capture. The beauty in this minimalist landscape is stunning. So much Iceland photography is about the waterfalls and the icebergs. I’ve photographed those things of course on my various visits to Iceland but I was never happier, getting away from the crowds and finding myself in the wilderness surrounded by wild weather in this bleak yet beautiful landscape. It was an incredibly white knuckle drive to get to this photograph and then get to the next town before nightfall in these very extreme conditions but so worth it. Thank you again Anna!
July 20, 2017 at 12:11 pm
The difficult ones are often the most memorable I think. I love Iceland, seeing your photos are very poignant for me.
July 21, 2017 at 1:31 am
I’m really glad you enjoy the photographs Anna. A really compliment. Thank you!
July 21, 2017 at 10:14 am
Good to hear you’re still with us in the blogging world! Looking forward to seeing your new project.
July 20, 2017 at 3:18 pm
Thank you Simon. My time is always limited as I need to rest so much but end of August, my project will be finished and then we’ll see. Looking forward to being around WordPress a bit more after then. Hope all is well with you.
July 20, 2017 at 4:12 pm
You are definitely one of the amazing photographers other photographers are looking forward to meeting at the awards ceremony. Love The Eye of the Storm photo!
July 21, 2017 at 10:56 am
That’s a real compliment Lindy, thank you very much. I am looking forward to the awards ceremony. My first. The other competitions I’ve entered have always notified winners by email rather than having a get together. Should be fun. :-)
July 21, 2017 at 11:01 am
Wow! Absolutely breathtaking images indeed. All the very best to you for the upcoming competition. and I think the image titled, ‘The Eye of the Storm’ did it for me 😀. GOOD LUCK! 🙏🏾
July 21, 2017 at 1:08 pm
Thank you so much for your comment Sóla. Very much appreciated indeed! :-)
July 21, 2017 at 2:22 pm
Beautiful as always Adrian. Good luck with the contest!
July 21, 2017 at 5:58 pm
Thank you very much Tina. It was a total shock to be shortlisted.
July 22, 2017 at 3:42 pm
your post is very interesting
July 22, 2017 at 1:09 am
Thank you very much Amal!
July 22, 2017 at 3:42 pm
Congrats, you absolutely deserve the recognition. I see there are many different takes on the weather among the images. It must be so hard to choose one, and if it’s strictly by vote, I don’t know if that makes it more predictable or less! Whatever the outcome, like you said, the event will certainly be interesting. I know you’ve been busy, no worries on not being here for a while. Your plan for R&R after the project winds up sounds like a sane one. Take care of yourself!
July 22, 2017 at 1:30 am
Hi Lynn, Thank you so much for your comment. The email I received said that the winners had already been selected. I think there is a separate Royal Photographic Society award that is agreed by vote but I’m not sure. The page that I directed you to does not discriminate for age categories etc so I guess the voting there is a distinct prize.
I’m really looking forward to an extended break in Fuerteventura. It means the next month is going to be particularly hectic as I really need to wind everything up by the end of August but I’m on target.
I hope all is going well with you. I know you and your partner are on a long difficult road. I think of you often and hope your journey is progressing well. :-)
July 22, 2017 at 3:51 pm
You’re so kind – we’ve been very lucky; there are adjustments to make (you know about that!) but compared to the aftermath of a more typical stroke, it’s nothing. Still, it’s interesting to see how one needs time to process everything, and continually moves through different stages of understanding. I’m glad you’re on target and not getting too stressed with the deadline(s). That can be tricky! We’ll be here, so no worries about that!
July 23, 2017 at 4:35 pm
That’s good to hear Lynn however I’m sure it can’t be easy recovering from a stroke whatever the extent. It sounds like your husband is a very determined man and with your support, it’s great to hear that you’re making good progress. I’ve a few weeks to my deadline but I’m very nearly there so fingers crossed, I’ll get my work submitted and then I’ll be off to Fuerteventura for some much needed R&R. :-)
July 26, 2017 at 12:41 pm
Great news Adrian with the short-listings, and always good to see more of your superb work from Iceland.
July 22, 2017 at 4:31 pm
Thank you very much Andy!
July 23, 2017 at 1:31 pm
Congrats on the exhibition-related honors; I’m very much looking forward to seeing more from you as time permits.
July 23, 2017 at 5:30 pm
Thank you very much Kerry! :-)
July 26, 2017 at 12:38 pm
It’s so nice to see that you are active and doing very well, Adrian. You photos are absolutely stunning and outstanding as always. Congratulations to being shortlisted!! You are in excellent company, that’s a grand collection of superb photos. Take a bow and enjoy. :-) There’s no way we can vote for the best photographer?
All the best, we keep our fingers crossed for you!
Love to you and Chris from Hanne and Klausbernd xo
July 25, 2017 at 5:42 pm
Thank you very much Hanne and Klausbernd. I think it is possible to vote following the RPS website link. I think you need to register your email address. I’m not sure. I was told that the winners had already been chosen when I received the email to say I’d been shortlisted so I think the votes on the RPS website might be an additional RPS specific prize. Perhaps only RPS members can vote on that one. I’m currently finalising my resubmission which I’ll deliver a few days before we’re off the Fuerteventura on the 2nd September. Catch up soon. Love to you both :-) x
July 26, 2017 at 12:37 pm
Your photography is simply incredible!
July 25, 2017 at 11:40 pm
Thank you very much! I’m glad you enjoy my photographs. :-)
July 26, 2017 at 12:37 pm
Sounds like a fantastic time for you, Adrian. Many congratulations to you. :) :)
Could I be a little cheeky and ask if you’re still in regular contact with Poppy/Louise and if all is well with her? She was such a lovely presence around my blog and I miss her.
July 27, 2017 at 7:34 pm
Thank you very much Jo. Not cheeky at all. Poppy is well and still working on her photography and her art. She hasn’t been posting very much but she’s still on WordPress and I’m sure she will be posting soon. I will let her know you were asking after her. I too miss her posts.
July 28, 2017 at 12:51 pm
Blij dat je weer even opduikt maar weet dat je je moet verzorgen en dat je heel druk bezig was..Je foto’s vond ik altijd top daar waren geen woorden voor nodig.Wens je heel veel succes en hoop dat je in de prijzen mag vallen want ben er van overtuigd dat je met al je talent niet misstaat tussen andere grote fotog’rafen.Veel succes en tot later..
July 31, 2017 at 9:07 pm
Hartelijk bedankt Lou :-)
August 1, 2017 at 3:51 pm
congratulations and they are awesome :)
August 2, 2017 at 8:24 am
Thank you very much indeed Joshi! :-)
August 8, 2017 at 3:03 pm
It is great to see your success continuing to build Adrian, another set of surreal photos ~ the eye of the storm having the perfect minimalist view that so contradicts the awesome power of an incoming storm. Wonderful!
August 9, 2017 at 7:50 pm
Thank you very much Randall. It was quite a moment and hellish driving when the weather closed in again. It was quite a day for someone, coming from the UK had no real experience in driving in conditions like those. I guess you get a fair bit of snow in your part of the world.
August 16, 2017 at 1:10 pm
Yes, I’ve driven in places where looking back I realize how stupid I was to head out :-) But I can now say that it is all a part of the adventure now that I am in the comfort of my home :-)
August 17, 2017 at 3:11 am
Thake goodcare of you
August 18, 2017 at 12:15 pm
Thank you Lou. I am. Take care yourself! :-)
August 18, 2017 at 1:23 pm
Exciting images, Adrian. I am late to the party here, but wishing you luck in the contest. These are award winners, to me.
September 4, 2017 at 2:24 am
Thank you very much Jane. Very much appreciated! :-)
September 4, 2017 at 6:43 am
All beautiful photos. Congratulations on all your accomplishments!
September 6, 2017 at 8:52 pm
Thank you very much! :-)
September 7, 2017 at 5:55 am
Stunning, as always.
September 10, 2017 at 5:24 pm
Thank you so much Lynne! :-)
September 11, 2017 at 7:56 am
Superb work done! All the best for your future endeavors :)
September 28, 2017 at 3:25 pm
Thank you again Nisha and thanks for your visit!
September 28, 2017 at 4:05 pm