Back behind the camera

After about 8 weeks of Rehab, the Surgeon and Physiotherapist both think my finger has recovered to a almost 100% full range of movement. I can bend it again and bend it into my hand without any trouble or pain which according to the Surgeon is an "excellent result" (his words) so I'm pretty happy with that if he's pretty happy. This means I can start getting around again now which is great, and also means I can get back to taking photos again! 

After taking a bit of an extended break, I did take a quick drive to Birmingham  after dark to have a look around and have a quick look at the German market. I didn't actually take any photos of the market for the simple fact that I intend to go back there before Christmas and make a full day of it so when I do do that, naturally a blog post will follow!
I did take a couple of pictures whilst I was over there though:

I'm off to Nottingham in two weeks for the weekend to go have a look at the Winter Wonderland with Chloe and my parents. We went last year and it's starting to become a bit of a regular thing! So I'll no doubt take a few photos whilst I'm there and make a post out of that! Also, I've been working on my website whilst I've been free, so I'm hoping to get that done and online pretty soon. Feels good to be able to get back to normal again!

Why I haven't posted anything for the last 4 weeks

5 weeks ago whilst on holiday in the Cotswolds I severed the flexor tendon in my little finger on my left hand whilst using a bread knife. It was a 100% severance (of the tendon, not my finger!) and required a repairing operation under general anesthetic followed by regular physio to return a full range of movement in the finger. Yesterday was the first time I've been able to remove the splint and start using the hand for minimal tasks, hence the reason why I haven't posted any photography since the Cotswolds photos. 

I'm not trying to dramatize the injury, I met a guy who broke both his legs in a car accident and whilst I was asleep in hospital, an old friend sadly passed away at the ridiculously young age of 27, so in retrospect; having a finger operation pales in significance to that... but it certainly puts things in perspective. 

At the moment I only have about 60% movement in it, but I'm probably gonna get better, but that being said the whole experience coupled with finding out a guy the same age as me lost his life has taught me that one day I might not be able to do the things I've always wanted to do. So I guess what I'm saying is; life is temporary and I should probably get cracking with the things I want to accomplish in life before it's too late.

More new photography soon!

Stratford and the Cotswolds

Last weekend me and Chloe went to / photographed Chloe's Uncle's wedding at the Parish Church of St. Mary in Lower Slaughter, the Cotswolds. It was a pretty amazing weekend followed by a few days staying in a converted barn complex on a farm in Notgrove. The Cotswolds is a pretty inspiring place and I think everyone should spend some time there, especially if like me all you've ever known is the hussle and bussle of town and city life!

Our cottages (as they came to be known) were at the entrance to Notgrove village farm and at the back there are fields with alpacas, donkeys, horses and sheep as well as chickens contained in little pens. Half the time though they some how managed to find there way out and wander round the car park!

I borrowed a lens of Chloe: a Tamron AF 70-300 Tele-Macro to take some of these photos as the sheep and alpaca's we're a little shy and didn't like the attention!

On the Tuesday we decided to take a quick drive to Stratford-upon-Avon for the day which I really like going to. Round by the theatre and by the river is really nice and there's a huge amount of nice little places to go for a drink or for something to eat.

I've still got the Tamron lens Chloe has borrowed me and I hope to get some really cool macro shots with it and share them on here!