Dear New York - The Rooftops of the World

Dear New York,

As a pre-christmas treat, I decided to buy myself an  early present in the form of a new 32 GB SD card for my camera. I have a bad habit of keeping photos that I like on my SD card, so I can flick back through them on my camera. It also serves as a useful backup for my laptop, external hard drive and my cloud albums (I know, I have trust issues with technology, but better safe than sorry!) This does, however, mean that the old SD card kept running out of space, and it was time to start afresh with a new one.

Well, over the holidays I actually managed to completely fill the new SD card too, so I think the New Year is the perfect time to begin some better organisational habits.

At this point I think it won’t be until 2018 that I have cleaned up all of my many photo folders, deleted the photos I have in triplicate in different places on the same hard drives, and created some form of order in the chaos - however having too many photos is a much better problem than not having enough!

It also meant it took about an hour to copy all the photos across from my camera to my laptop and far (faaaaar) longer to go through them finding the best ones.

So, what did I actually get up to over Christmas?

Well, your theme for me this time was Rooftops. I have taken a little bit of a liberty with this theme - my thinking was that I was in a stunningly beautiful area of Poland for New Year, and happened to be on top of a mountain, which I think can be considered the rooftops of the world!

Marcelina (forever patient and always helpful) managed to carefully navigate the treacherous ice and bitterly strong wind to get into position (who cares about safety when I need a good photograph?).

As a more traditional nod to rooftops - I thought the below photo of a lovely wooden church, nestled among the snowy pines would also work, as the white tips made a really beautiful effect.

For my theme this week, I am going to use a photo I took when I was back in London. I woke up on a Saturday morning, and a thick fog had fallen over the lake outside my flat. I grabbed my camera and ran out, as I thought there was a high probability it would burn off with the sun. I spent a lovely hour walking around the lakes - it was eerily calm and all the usual noise of London was muted.

I managed to take some really lovely photos (which were surprisingly difficult to edit, and keep the fog effect in place). The below is my favourite. I think it really gives off the sense of calm and isolation that the fog brought.

It would obviously be unfair to give you the theme “Fog” or some other weather orientated theme, so this week, I want you to to work on your Minimalism.

It’s good to be back!