Was a busy year. My wife and I visited Costa Rica for the first time and our adventure included kayaking through small rivers and seeing the 4 fingered Sloath to walks both above and at the bottom of Rainforests where we saw a troup of Howler Monkeys. Photography took a back seat for the middle of the year as we got to grips with the purchase of a cruiser sailboat. Later on we visited Madeira; by plane!


Is starting busy with many presentations and judging at a large number of Welsh Camera Clubs and attendance at the Wanderlust 2017 Photography Competition awards at Olympia in February. I was a finalist once again in the Wildlife Section and won the Public Vote for my shot of two Polar Bears on an Iceberg photographed in the Norwegian Arctic. In July I spent 3 days photographing military aircraft at the Royal International Air Tattoo held in July at Fairford. Panasonic loaned me a range of their camera and lenses equipment to photograph this event aswell as two days at the Wimbledon tennis tournament.

Our travels took us us to Thailand in Feb/March, including some Off The Beaten Track locations. We took a 3500 miles journey around the Baltic and visited 6 countries including a 2 day stay in St. Petersburg - a fascinating place. Later on in November I shall be joining 8 other photographers to head off to The Falklands, flying from the RAF base at Brize Norton for two weeks of Wildlife Photography. We will be travelling around 4 of the Islands using a small twin engined plane for transport - very much looking forward to this.

I decided to evaluate the benefits of the Hi Tec Micro 4/3 format cameras and Olympus kindly loaned me a full set comprising their pro range camera and an assortment of lenses for me to try out; an interesting experience! The new Panasonic G9 was launchrd in Nov 2017 and they have loaned me equipment to trial.After the G9 trial I shall be writing an article on the micro 4/3 experience for publication in the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) magazine.