It feels like I've abandoned ship and I wasn't sure if I'd even bother making another blog post but I've been hinting about posting some shots and an update for a weeks maybe months now however I just haven't quite had the spark to write or that little bit of interest to bother putting fingers to the keyboard. It's not due to any motivational reasons because I'm usually not lacking in the motivation department but I have a new found love for a lot of other things in my life, probably more important stuff in the bigger scheme along with a lot of quality family time. My twitter feed has slowly turned into a regular source of fitness tips, music and sports follows along with a multitude of other inspirational go to's. I probably don't get a chance to interact with as many folks as I used to and I dare say I miss a lot of their posts so if you happen to fit that bill then it's not by choice but probably due to timing that I've not spotted your post. Try late on a Friday night, I'll be chilling with tunes and catching tweets then.
I've shot a little in the last few months and posted a few here and there along with the more regular content that hits my IG feed. It's usually what many would consider as the typical iPhone user drizzle but that's exactly what I intended it to be and for me it's all about having fun and not taking things too seriously. Don't get me wrong, each to their own as I follow a lot of super content on there but it's just not the place for me to share my Fuji shots. I'll stick with Flickr, G+ (although the ship might have sailed once and for all) and my good old blog site for now. I'm maybe missing a trick based on some recent articles I've read but the enthusiast still reigns supreme. For the great pro's I know out there I wonder how they all do it sometimes because it's a dog eat dog world based on my view from outside the greenhouse. There seen to be many fickle arguments and spats across feeds and groups that I drift in and out of and personally if I had to deal with people like that on a day to day basis I dare say I'd tell a lot of them to jog on to put it politely. It's maybe a small minority but they're never done sticking critique in where it's not wanted and arguing over the most trivial things or telling people how it is or what type of posts they should be making, how they should address one another and even how to bloody spell. I wonder why they feel the need to correct people on typos or how they should be posting content, that's the sort of thing you might do with people you've known for years but not with people you've never met. There's also a major dose of negativity out there and social media can be an easy target at times. It's not just photography, I've seen some of the harshest comments on fitness feeds about progress goals people have made; there's some serious haters out there. The only thing I have to say in light of all of that is just be yourself and do what you want to do and give those sorts a bye ball.
Talking of balls the football season has kicked off again as well but along with all the other changes that have been going on I've even cancelled the Sky subscription so it's old school radio listening or Match of The Day now for me! After 12 years or slightly more it wasn't an easy decision but I've become very disenchanted with it all and forgetting the massive wage bills these guys command I'm just more concerned with the costs for me that just seem to be never ending as far as the monthly bill goes now. The last hike took it up another fiver and I understand things move on and there's lots of great content but the cost of watching TV just seems to be an overhead I could reduce significantly and at the same time get some headspace back on a weekend. Who knows I'll maybe eat those words in six months. For the eagle eyed among you the XProNick moniker has gone as well so I'm sticking with my real name across social media, it probably just that little bit better when you are communicating online and seemed more sensible these days, maybe I am getting old. I'm still a massive Fuji fan so don't forget to get yourself onto the Fujiholics site, join the G+ group or if you're of the Facebook fraternity then here's the latest group link.
So with all the negativity shoved to one side and the updates done I thought I'd share a few converted to black and white with a combination of Perfect Effects and Lightroom from a somewhat gloomy 12th of July morning in Antrim. It inevitably turned out to be a much brighter afternoon and I bagged a few more but I've decided to stick with a similar theme for this post. Who says you need sunshine and perfect light to take photos...it's over-rated!