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The Alphabet Challenge

Aysgarth Falls, North Yorkshire. Canon EOS R5, 15-35mm F2.8 L lens. F11, Iso 100, 0.4 second, 17mm

Every year there are times when I don't have the motivation to pick the camera up. This usually happens during the summer months when the best of the light is either ridiculously early in the morning or late into the evening, Coupled with that all of the landscapes are usually green and there is very little colour. It is one of the main reason why I do not run workshops from late April through until the end of August, with a the exception of a couple of weekend workshops in Northumberland which coincide with the migratory sea birds being at their best on the Farne Islands.

2023 however is going to be different! You see I have set myself a simple challenge, which is to take a photograph every 2 weeks and to write about it in my blog. If you do the maths then that is :-

52 weeks divided by 2 equals 26 images, which just happens to be the number of letters in the alphabet. So by now I guess you can see where this is going.

During the 1st two weeks of January, I had to take a photo which begins with A. You will see by the image above that I had a quiet trip to Aysgarth Falls in the Yorkshire Dales today. That's the first image in the bag. It is as simple as that, or it will be until to mid November when X comes up and then I have Z to contend with during the last 2 weeks of the year.

The good news for the challenge is that it can be anything beginning with the relevant letter, it doesn't need to be a specific place. The only other rules that I given myself are that I can only use a maximum of 2 lenses for the challenge and 2 filters.

I have chosen my 15-35mm f2.8 and 24-105mm f4 lenses and a circular polarising filter along with a 3 stop ND. I hope I have made the right choice.

If you want to play along then please feel free to do so. You can become a member of this website by signing up which then allows you to comment on the blog and add your own images or if you prefer you can comment on my Facebook posts that I will add. It's only a bit of fun and hopefully will give you the motivation to get out with the camera every week or so. The first image needs to be taken by the Sunday 15th January.

Happy Snapping.

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