Well Christmas and New Year are but a distant memory now. Seems as you get older the months and years go by faster and faster. It was great to have Matt home for Xmas. Those 6 weeks just seemed too short. Now he has headed back our west but not quite as far west as Alice Springs this time. A new property, different livestock and new things to learn. Sharon and I are always proud how our kids (always our kids) how they knuckle down and do the job at hand, even if it's not their ideal career job. Funnily enough they always do pretty well at it, both are hard working.
Christmas saw a long overdue upgrade to my somewhat ancient desktop computer. I hadn't really used it for 2 years preferring my more powerful laptop. Now my photos have outgrown it and I needed a more expandable solution. So a couple weeks were spent carefully migrating software, document files and tens of thousands of image files to the desktop's 6TB drive. The laptop is definitely still useful but now it can be primarily for mobile work, when I'm at home, the desktop machine rules.
The break also saw Sharon and I celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary and she has another milestone coming up in a couple weeks. Gentlemen aren't allowed to mention lady's age though. :-)
A quiet start to the show scene for us this year. Last weekend was our first weekend away and we really only did that because I wanted to photograph the 2 Championship shows. If I was going to be there might as well see if the trusty sidekick/handler wanted to come along and we'd take a dog too. Photos from both the Allora shows have now been completed and uploaded to the website, just in time for me to do tonight's Redcliffe Show.
Here's the link to the folder for the 2016 images: http://patrikberger.photography/f140742056
I'm already booked out for some month's this year so it's looking like it'll be busy. I need to be careful not to burn myself out. A weekend of shooting means 2 by 6 hour stints covering the rings and then about 20 hours or more of sorting and editing, depending on the number of images captured. Most people are pretty good and understand that I do this both before and after work so it takes me some days to get through my images. If I get to a point where I'm just too worn out and don't enjoy it then I'll give it away. Every so often I just need a weekend to go walk a National Park and photograph nature. It rejuvenates me and I find it peaceful. If I'm doing lots of those weekends then I'm finding other things stressful.
Anyway, it's time to start getting dogs and photography gear sorted for tonight's show. Hope you enjoy the images from last weekend and will see many of you at an upcoming show.