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October Already !

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Well its October already and what a year 2020 has been ! I have just watched The Social Dilemma on Netflix and it really does help to explain what is going on in the world right now !

I spent an amazing amount of my time with my business online and was always mystified by the need for Facebook data centers and the need for complex algorithms ! When facebook started it really was a great laugh with all my friends over the years I hardly see any of my friends online and am fed videos and adverts daily.

I have been spending less and less time online and more and more time walking and trying to get outside as much as possible and have been wondering for ages why it’s so nice outside but so horrible online ! It’s almost as if something is driving a wedge between us all and creating a huge divide ! I was also finding myself saying on a daily basis “are people that thick to believe A.B.C !” I was thinking bloody hell stop believing Fake News and google the Truth ! Little did I know that’s not exactly possible !

So if you do anything this year watch The Social Dilemma and share it with your friends.

Right ! Back to Photography, I closed my Flickr account as sadly they were not taking it anywhere and I got fed up waiting. It would have been great if they had sorted out the App and made it almost along the lines of Instagram but without the Adverts.

I noticed today that my @matt6t6 Instagram account has changed and they have moved the post button and it’s now a bloody shopping button ! I find it very sad that such a great photography App has now turned into a Shopping Channel ! However it’s still a quick and easy to use App so for now it will stay but who knows what the future brings. There really is a market for a Great Photography Site / App that we pay for but is not a shopping channel ! I think Flickr/ 500px/Instagram were all great models in there time but they are all losing touch !

I have been tempted to start my own website again but its just something else that takes up my time indoors and I don’t need anything else that makes me sit at a desk !

The image at the top of the Screen was shot on the Canon G7X MKII, and is the first personal image I have shot in 18 months on a camera and not on my phone !

It’s crazy to think that 4 days ago I got a Quote from MPB for all my camera gear and it was a very good quote as well ! But a little voice in my head said “are you mad” well not just a little voice but Jane as well. It was the day after that I put the G7X in my pocket when I walked Jake.

In fairness it was a misty cold morning with great light, so I was really glad I had it with my for the above shot as I have walked past this scene for over two years every day walking Jake and always wanted to capture it in such great light. The weather was so good it really did get me excited again about picking up a proper camera. So much so that I started to think of some new projects for next year both Video and Stills.

I have not included many images in this blog this time but if you want to see how my projects are going and what I have been up to with my phone pop over to @matt6t6 and @matt6t6colour on Instagram.

As I said in my last blog post I have opened a new YouTube channel but have not made any videos yet and am not putting myself under any pressure to do so, I am just going to see how it goes.

Recovering from a Stroke is a long process and my brain is doing well but it sure is a rollercoaster ride ! One step at a time one day at a time and even though I was told it would take two years to learn to cope, I know it will be longer but now I have a handle on how complex that is I can move forward.

Jake Morning walk Canon G7X Mark II

So I am going to take baby steps back in to Photography, I am going to complete my 3 x 365 projects over the next few months, even if they do make my Instagram feeds look messy and then go from there.

Using my phone only has been amazing and it’s an amazing bit of kit but its not quite there yet for textures and tones and printing and as for a decent sensor and decent glass you can’t beat a real camera.

I have just given my G7X Mark II to my Son Luke so will be taking my G7X MKIII with me from now on, I will take it on my daily walks and wherever I go to try and get me used to handling a camera again before I pick up the Fujifilm Cameras.

Taking a phone out of the pocket for a quick photo is simple, taking the G7x out is a little step up and in the right direction. Taking out one of the Fuji’s at the moment is a step to far but the little Cannon really is making me look and want more.

It’s a funny thing I would shoot 99.9% Black and white before my Stroke but now Colour really is something I crave !

Who knows I might get back to Street at some point, but until then I think I need to explore some other aspects and areas of photography ! One thing I loved as a young boy was they way some of the amazing painters painted our amazing countryside so watch this space !

Rubbish !

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I must be mad ! I am already in the middle of two 365 projects when another one jumped in my head.

I wanted to start this project last year but it just did not work in Black and White.

The only Instagram accounts I had last year were my black and white accounts so I just put this project on the back burner.

I opened my Instagram colour account a while back but forgot about my project. It all came back to me the other day when I saw this lucszade bottle on this post !

The plan is to shoot another 365 but put the images in my Instagram colour account @matt6t6colour I am going to shoot the project in Square format and use insta filters and editing only.

Litter has been a long term pet hate of mine and over the lockdown period it’s got worse and worse.

The other day there was so much litter around a duck pond I had to drive home to get a bin bag and some gloves to collect it all up because the ducks and ducklings were trying to eat around it.

I really don’t get how people can’t put there crap in a bin. They go for a walk in the beautiful countryside or go to the beach and just leave their crap everywhere. Don’t even get me started on dog poo bags in trees ! I don’t understand the mentality.

I know here in Liverpool it’s got so bad teams of people have gone to the beaches to clear it up. Crosby beach was horrific.

I have mixed feelings about people picking up after other people. I think it’s great people clear it up. I have done it myself I have even seen people picking up other people’s crap and giving it back to them. The downside to picking it up for them the idiots that leave it never get to see the shit state they leave places in. You almost want the beaches to be left in a shit state for a month to show these people what they do. I know this is not practical because so much would blow in to the sea and cause more issues.

I used to walk Jake in a local park and watch this girl run there every morning. After her run she picked up 3 bits of litter and put them in the bin. What a great thing to do but such a shame she had to do it.

I don’t know what the answer is. I think it starts with Education, on saying that you should see the rubbish around my local school ! Thrown on the floor or kicked out of car foot wells.

I try to do my bit but during this virus I have had to stop because I need gloves and a bag every day and I feel by wearing gloves every day I am adding to the waste situation so will resume again once the virus has burnt out.

I guess my project is to highlight the litter and hopefully draw people’s attention to how it looks in places it should not be. I very much doubt my project will have any impact but we shall see ! I have a Facebook group called Bag it and Bin it feel free to join if you want. We can’t change the world but it would be nice to change a few people’s ways !

My 2020 365 Project is Pathways

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I have never had the time to do a 365 and working as a Professional Photographer I was far to busy with my work so the last thing I wanted to do was pick up a camera once more every day and take or remember to take one more photo !

I was trying to think of a project to do this year and after taking a few photos on my Dog walks Matt Walkley Suggested I do a Path Project and from there I have decided to do my first ever 365 project.

So my 2020 365 Project will be pathways, it will be shot on my iphone 11 pro max and in black and white.

You will be able to follow along on my instagram account @matt6t6  I did think about starting a new Insta for the project but I am trying to reduce my social media  not add to it !

I have always thought a 365 would drive me nuts so I am about to find out.

One thing is for sure this time next year I will have taken a lot of images of Paths !!!

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