Photographing wildlife is still my main interest, so was thrilled to be lucky enough to travel to Sri Lanka, famed for its leopards in Yala National Park. Unfortunately, they were elusive during our visits, but I was able to photograph a lot of other species.
|Asian Brown Flycatcher|
|Indian Fruit Bat|
|Monkey with family|
|Opening a coconut to drink|
|The mysterious shadow mountain at Adam's Peak|
My other trip this year was to New England in the US, a massively under-rated destination. Not only is Boston a great City (helped by the Red Sox winning the World Series whilst we were there!), but heading North takes you to both the White Mountains and Acadia National Park.
|Moody skies over Boston|
|Cormorants over Boston Skyline|
|A Gannet taking-off...|
|Autumn / Fall Leaves|
|Autumn / Fall Colours|
|Acadia National Park|
|A Monet Painting|
This year, I set(t) myself a target to photograph a badger, an animal that's been in the news due to the 'policy' of culling. Having found an active sett, it became pretty clear that photographing them in very low light was going to be difficult (which gave me some hope the badger cull would fail!). Anyway, for now, I have some initial footage which came out OK (video seems to be easier in low light than photography, for reasons I don't really understand!)
Another iconic mammal in the UK is the Red Squirrel, persecuted by the invasive Grey. I was lucky enough to track one down in the wild (not one of these staged snow-scenes for photographers!) and as well as some nice stills, took a video of some break-dancing!
Finally, I've also found a Peregrine Falcon nest, albeit it is difficult to get close to. Via a 'Heath Robinson' approach, I managed to get some footage through a telescope.
I also got an intruiging shot over my house of two Falcons, with six wings!
|A pair of Peregrines, with six wings between them!|
On Christmas Eve, Guildford (alongside a lot of the local area), suffered some flooding. I put some footage on YouTube, and it ended-up in a report braoadcast on the BBC London News. It was also linked to from weatherforecast.co.uk.
Earlier in the year, Huffington Post included one of my sunset images of Guildford in one of their online galleries.
International Space Station (ISS)
Managed a photograph of the International Space Station (ISS), taken from my back garden. it's the vertical line towards the left of the photo (the other lines are aeroplanes)
I didn't upload any images in the last 12 months, so was expecting to see a dramatic fall-off of revenue, as 'freshness' is important in the industry. However, with a few steady-earners in the back catalogue, and courtesy mainly of Shutterstock, it was enough to make a tiny, tiny dent in the cost of my camera and lenses - £261 in total.