2016 Retrospective

2016 had me travelling to some new places and revisiting one or two old haunts. Above all, I set myself the task of trying or building upon techniques to strengthen my photographic repertoire, and to create images that tell a story, elicit emotion in the viewer.

So this is not a month by month retrospective, but one where I am aiming to illustrate some achievements.

First up, motion. Thinking about slow shutter speeds:


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On other occasions, I started to think more about isolating a subject:

  1. Using depth of field
Delicately scattered

Delicately scattered

2. contrast between decaying and fresh, along with depth of field

Decaying daisy

Decaying daisy

3. using a neutral background



3. Using silhouettes


Still Life

During the year I had a few goes at still life, not something I had previously done much of.  I was reasonably pleased with these, especially the second. It’s all about harnessing the light, in these cases natural light from the sun through the window in my front room:


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Creating atmosphere

1.Atmospheric street shots. Find a good background!

Striding through the past?

Striding through the past?


Contrast & Tension

Contrast & Tension


2. The defining moment:



3. Light and shadow

SJudd_Po_2016-06-26 500 - Version 3Monochrome, low key, single subject



at the Inner Citadel of the Alcazaba, Málaga

at the Inner Citadel of the Alcazaba, Málaga



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Well, that’s it, folks! I shall aim to continue honing my craft over the next year.

All that remains to be said is Happy New Year, and all the best for 2017

Oh, and pop over to Paula’s for more Retrospective here.



  1. Wonderful… 🙂

    Happy New Year, all the best wishes for you… 🙂

  2. Great choices!
    Happy 2017!

  3. Thank you for sharing your achievements again. Your photography is inspiration to many, and I am happy that your last post in 2016 was prompted by me. What’s the building in image #6 from the bottom? It looks familiar. We are now less than 4 hours apart from the New Year. May it take you to some exciting new places!

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  5. Wonderful. Let’s keep growing in 2017–each in our own way!

  6. Really nice to see all these again, Sue. Thanks for so many enjoyable images during the past year.
    Looking forward to more, in 2017.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  7. A great retrospective Sue. What I learnt, not what I did. I enjoyed the chance to revisit some of my favourites from your year, and I’ll make a list of your goals to direct my 2017 photographic development – if I may. The light through that eggshell is particularly superb. I’ve just been out to let off a few fireworks with Maja and Jaś – a rocket with starfall never loses its charm.

    • Sue

      Ah, the wonders of fireworks with little ones caught up in the wonder of it! Yes, of course you may use some of my goals…I hope you have fun! Many hugs for a Happy New Year!

  8. Beautiful collection of photos Sue! Happy New Year!

  9. A fine collection and some good new tricks. All the very best for 2017 Sue.

  10. Absolutely fabulous to see these again. Your techniques never fail to inspire me. I look forward to seeing where your eye and your lens take us in 2017. Cheers Sue!

  11. You’re a great photographer, Sue! The only one I’ve mastered is silhouettes, and that’s mostly accident. Ah well- plenty of scope for improvement. 🙂 Wishing you joy, in whatever shape it takes.

  12. Good choices and master shots! Happy New Year!

  13. A lot of great work in this past year…here’s to 2017 being even better for us all.

  14. Ghostly, neutral background, contrast and train – so many good images it’s hard to pick a favorite.
    Wishing you miles of smiles, intriguing images to chase down, and lots of wonder in the New Year!

  15. Lovely choices, Sue. Wishing you a joyous, laughter-filled 2017. xxx Ailsa

  16. That’s an eclectic array of images. I love the street shots, especially.

  17. Great post Sue. You and I have worked on some similar topics – long exposure, silhouettes and depth of field have been development subjects for me too. Out of this selection, I particularly like your still life shots, the silhouettes on platform, the guy about to walk into shadow, the shadowy monochrome one and the Verde & Co (where is that one?)
    Wishing you a tremendous year and I’m looking forward to seeing your development ideas for this year.

    • Sue

      Many thanks, Debs! Interesting to see that we were focussing (!) on similar aspects of our cameracraft….. The Verde &Co is nearish Spitalfields Market, not far from the Goat statue.
      I wish you also a tremendous year, and hope we might at last meet up!

  18. Sue, you’re really good, at all kinds of photography it seems. I particularly like the street stuff, here’s to another year of great images!

  19. So many strong images I remember from first time around, Sue, good choices! And maybe that should be our byword for 2017: stay strong!

  20. I realise I don’t use enough neutral background. It’s really a good trick I should start using more ! I should start working a bit more on my skills like you did ! It’s going to be my challenge for 2017 ! Happy new year !

  21. So many wonderful shots, Sue. And it’s great having the chance to revisit them all in one place. A very happy 2017 to you.

  22. Eleazar

    Happy 2017 to you! I liked very much how you structured this recap, and how you explain all the techniques you tried and the type of photography you developped.

  23. Love what you have done here. Especially those that tell a story…

  24. wonderful. when you display your work like this, I can’t but admire your versatile techniques. something I should work more on. very inspirational.

  25. Love the way you illustrated growth with this one Sue, really nicely done. The photos were wonderful and really did a great job of showing the techniques. Happy New Year to you!

  26. Sue, your summary of your creative evolution is a stellar exercise. I was originally drawn to your work, because I could recognize images with your floral signature. Happy 2017 and another year of experimentation…

  27. Love very much this photographic selection. Thank so much, Sue.
    Happy new year to you!

  28. estelea

    Your pictures are lile poems, so very touching and precious .. Thanks for this beautiful selection and keep it up for 2017 🙂 All the very very best!

  29. A special blogger indeed.

  30. Hi Sue, What a marvelous collection of images. The still lifes are beautifully lit and composed, the depth of field flowers are standouts and your street shots with people walking (it’s a prize to catch the feet off the ground) are terrific moments in time. Great job. Best wishes for a creative and exciting 2017!

  31. Wow sue – I feel
    Like I know so much more about you from your top photos post.
    I guess I have not seen the depth of your work until now – and really enjoyed the artsy and original tales in the photos.
    The still life set ups were so modern and fresh – but the people and street shots really reflect your eye.
    Happy new year

  32. Great variety here, Sue, in your selection. One of the joys of an archive is that we can look back through it and see how we have grown as photographers and notice the incremental improvements we make.

  33. perfectly fantastic and beautiful choices Sue!! thanks for the re- sharing of them!

  34. Much to be happy with in your photography growth can be seen here with your selection of images Sue . Some great moments and scenes captured . You and me both then *honing our skills although I have to say I’ve not explored so much variety this year oops last year but intend to try 😉
    Happy new year Sue and … keep on clicking 😉

  35. Beautiful images, beautiful memories of 2016.

  36. Oh my! What a fabulous gallery Sue. I am naturally drawn towards the street shots….they are truly special.

  37. Some really superb photographs Sue!

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