Welcome! This is the new look to my site and I really hope that you all like it. Of course I'm happy to hear opinions as always.

So June is nearly over... I'm not sure we've had much of a summer so far but I suppose there's still time for a change. June has been a strange month. A month of highs and lows. As an example its taken me 10 years but I finally managed to have a glass of wine on my patio enjoying the evening sun while waiting for my steak to cook (albeit a chicken "steak"!). Not something I've achieved since!

yes, its a little robot man!He's cool!

I also spent a really pleasant afternoon in a drizzly Bury St Edmunds takig pictures of Simon's gang, I'm pretty pleased with the results if i'm honest. What I didn't expect was the reaction the shoot would provoke! It proved to be a very popular with everyone that looked at it and on the back of it I have another shoot planned for this coming weekend with a more local lady and her 10 month old... That'll be a new experience for me so watch this space!

Misty WoodsA rare autumn sunny morning and an early morning walk, the sun shinging through the trees and the mist.

On the "low" side of the scales, my website broke and this is more of a problem than it seems at first. It left me with a quandary. Most dedicated photographic software solutions are "paid for"  solutions and can I really justify spending upwards of £20 per month to support an already expensive hobby? Not really.... I know what you're thinking, "Hang on! you write software for a living! write your own solution!" Well, I suppose I could but I'd have to learn a whole bunch of new technologies (not such a bad thing) , I'd then have to reinvent the wheel (not such a good thing) and any time I spend creating and maintaining my software is time I'm not out and about with my camera (that's a bad thing). I looked at several different solutions but kept coming back to the same conclusion... I chose Koken as my solution in the first place because it was the best free solution available. As a software engineer I know that software does occasionally break and the issue is that I didn't have a suitable strategy in place to cope with a disaster, I wouldn't do it in my professional life so I only have myself to blame for not doing it with something I rely on for personal reasons. This time around I will have a strategy in place. Lesson learned.

I hope you all like the new look and feel. I think its brighter and cleaner. It's less cluttered. I have plans for an even less cluttered version that showcases just the images I consider to be my very best. More on this next time!

Mark
June 2016