New Year Resolutions

Memorial Avenue Gateway Bridge Arch

Memorial Avenue Gateway Bridge Arch

2019 is upon us and I have not made any New Year Resolutions simply because I know from past experience that once made, new year resolutions are often, if not always, quickly forgotten.

However, having said  that, if I had made any new year resolutions for 2019, there are three that spring to mind in relation to my photography:

  1. To get out and about much more with a camera – or cameras – in hand, and take a lot more photographs than I have done over the last 12 months;
  2. To post more regularly here to my photoblog; and
  3. To shoot more 35mm film, in particular black and white,  and to learn to process my own film.

To get me off on the right foot, here are a few photos I have taken in Christchurch today – New Years Day – and over the last couple of days of 2018.

St James Anglican Church, Harewood, Christchurch

St James Anglican Church, Harewood, Christchurch

St James Anglican Church, Harewood Road, Christchurch

St James Anglican Church, Harewood Road, Christchurch

St James Anglican Church, Harewood Road, Christchurch

St James Anglican Church, Harewood Road, Christchurch

Looking in some respects like a church straight out of rural England, St James Anglican Church is located at the airport end of Harewood Road near the roundabout on the bypass highway that takes traffic travelling from north to south and vice versa around the Christchurch city centre.

Not far from St James, heading south on the bypass is this fantastic arch of the Memorial Avenue Gateway Bridge, at the entrance to Christchurch Airport.

Memorial Avenue Gateway Bridge

Memorial Avenue Gateway Bridge

I know the 60km/hr sign is distracting so I made sure it didn’t appear in this next picture.

Memorial Avenue Gateway Bridge

Memorial Avenue Gateway Bridge from the roadside

And –  few days ago I shot a few photos in the centre of Christchurch with a view to converting them to black and white to try to get a feel for black and white and build some confidence to start shooting the Lomography black and white film loaded in my Nikon F75.

no parking behind the wire

No parking

Street corner - Manchester Street

Street corner – Manchester Street

Protect your investment - sign on an abandoned building Manchester Street Christchurch

Protect your investment

A long abandoned building just off Manchester Street Christchurch

A long abandoned building

All photos were taken with my Nikon D5100 and were processed in On1 Photo RAW 2019.

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