In aircraft safety briefings, they tell you to attach your own oxygen mask first. You know why that is? Because you're no good to your loved ones if you're unconscious yourself.
Putting others first is noble. We naturally admire self-sacrifice, in team sport, in parenting, and in friendships. However, if you don't look after your own health, both physical and mental, you're no use to your loved ones anyway. Your kids aren't well-served by a parent who is unable to think straight. Your partner can't be supported by someone who is too knackered to connect with them.
SAT 9th NOV 2019
6 months today I'll be a married man!
We'll be hoping for lovely peaceful weather like this, hopefully a tad warmer though.
I got home from this shoot and I had redder cheeks than Tommy Cooper.
I took this on a tripod, at f/16 and it's a 30 second exposure, using a 10 stop filter. If you don't know what that is, it's like a welding mask for your camera, allowing more time for the sensor to be exposed to light, in turn creating dreamlike effects that you can't see with the naked eye.
I don't use this filter very often any more, as it can come across a bit gimmicky which is why I choose to use it once in a blue moon.
What do you reckon, should I use it more often?
Also, somehow, this is the first EVER sunrise shot that I have taken of the cathedral.
Dotted all over the villages and towns of this country are these modest but sombre monuments.
They are inscribed with the names of lost men, often no more than boys. The flower of a village's youth, bravely walking towards machine-gun fire and artillery shells.
In the cold stone of the cenotaphs, their names liveth forevermore.
If you measure yourself by what you have, or what you've achieved, then guess what - there's always someone doing better than you. Bigger houses, faster cars, more impressive titles. League tables consist of 5% that are tearing each other's eyes out to be top, and 95% of people who are pissed off that they feel like failures.
This is no way to live.
Live by values, not by competition. Some things are too important to be measured. Honesty, fairness, creativity, stewardship, whatever. Pick your own, and measure yourself by those.
Full credit to @markmanson and his excellent book 'Subtle Art' for teaching me this valuable lesson when I needed to hear it most.
We Will Remember Them.
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FRI 8th NOV 2019
One of the best things about my new Eos R (camera) is how good it is in low light.
To achieve this style of sun-star shot, I require a narrow aperture (f22), a fast-ish shutter for sharpness (1/250), and in this light/shadow, I need ISO of at least 5000. My old camera used to shake at ISO 1600 like an old banger doing above 50mph.
First episode live on the YouTubes!
Link in my bio @garethkelley.photo
The stream, waterfalls and scenery running through this small valley is among the most beautiful I've ever seen.
And I had a great day piecing together my first vlog from this place. We've got waterfalls, wild deer and a whole bunch of my face in front of the camera 😂
Looking at the weather forecast we definitely need to make use of these autumnal shots as there will soon be a lot more blue and white images coming through.
Thanks to @tomtakesphotoz with our POTD, thanks for sharing Tom.