2017 in 12 Images - Darren Athersmith

2017 in 12 Images

To kick off 2018 I thought I’d look back through my exploits of 2017 and select an image from each month to summarise my year. This proved to be harder than it sounds as I took many great images and it was difficult to select only one from each month. After a lot of deliberation my final 12 are below made up from family outings, joint ventures, paid commissions and personal projects. These are not necessarily the best photos I have taken but they’ve been selected as they bring back special memories for me, have a look through them and feel free to leave a comment.

2017 started as most years do for us with a family skiing holiday, this year we went to Madonna di Campiglio in Italy. First lift to the top of the resort and the views are stunning, captured here on my compact camera.

February was a quiet month for me photographically so I headed down to a local Rugby match to practise my sports photography. It was a cold day at Hawcoat Park but I enjoyed the match and was happy with the pictures I took, this one was converted to black and white to add a bit of impact.

I continued the sports theme in March as I was asked by a neighbour to attend a Super One kart championship race at Rowrah and I also took my annual visit to the Malcolm Wilson Rally in Grizedale Forest. I thoroughly enjoyed the karting but eventually chose a rally picture for this summary, as it’s a sport I like to follow whenever I can which sadly isn’t that often.

As we moved into April I was starting to get busy so my choices here were more difficult. I had started to venture into wildlife photography, pre-wedding shoots were picking up and I went to Oulton Park to photograph the British GT Championships but usually at this time of year I’m booked for a family photo-shoot in the Bluebells. This year was different, as I had no bookings so I collaborated with an aspiring model to shoot some images for her portfolio, we were both suitably pleased with the results.

May was another busy month with weddings, wildlife and a ‘Dad & Lad’ weekend to Silverstone for the Blancpain GT racing. I thoroughly enjoyed capturing a vast array of images each weekend but have picked this bridal portrait of Sara taken at Furness Abbey to share here. Sara and Chris are a great couple who welcomed us into their big day which was full of emotions, joy and happiness.

The non-stop weekends continued into June with a family photo-shoot, a wedding and a week away but I’ve chosen a photo from a fantastic day at Cartmel Races with a group of friends. This is maybe not that special a photo but it was taken on my compact camera during a fun filled day at the races and it brings back memories of the day and I think captures the action well.

July was another busy month with wildlife and weddings’ so choosing a single image was difficult. After a lot of deliberation I have opted for a Kingfisher exploding out of the water as it tries to catch fish. I’ve always had a love of Kingfisher’s but have only seen them on a few occasions so when the opportunity came up to spend a day in a hide I couldn’t resist. I wasn’t disappointed both as we had a Kingfisher family making regular visits and I left with a huge smile on my face and a card full of images.

An beautiful Kingfisher explodes from the water from a failed dive. Photographed from a hide in Dumfries, Scotland.

For my August image I’ve chosen a beautiful portrait of Jade and Chris who were married at The Dunes Hotel. It was a beautiful day and being from Walney the couple wanted to go over to the beach for some special pictures. Bright overhead sunlight is not always ideal for photography but we managed a set of lovely images from our short time there.

In September we took our annual holiday, this year visiting the Italian Lakes where we stayed in Limone on Lake Garda. It is a beautiful place and I took some lovely images but when we returned home I went to the Southport Airshow so it’s an image from there that I want to share. The Battle of Britain Memorial flight was making an appearance and what a fantastic sight it was to see the famous Lancaster Bomber flying over the Southport sands. We owe so much to the crews that manned these aircraft and the thousands that lost their lives. “Lest We Forget”

Things started to quieten down in October although I had a great weekend with my son at the Wales Rally of Great Britain and I visited London for an engagement photo shoot with a lovely couple whose wedding I'll be photographing this year. I also had a booking for a family photo-shoot and I woke up on the morning of it to see pouring rain and howling wind. Just as I was thinking we would have to cancel I received a message asking if we could go ahead! Never wanting to disappoint I agreed to carry on as planned and quickly tried to think of locations that would make suitable ‘rain’ photos. As it happened the rain eventually stopped and we produced some great images but the one I have chosen was completely candid as Annabel appeared out of a barn with a kitten on her shoulder. These images often turn out to be the best.

Street photography was the order of the day as the annual Dickensian Festival came to Ulverston. The weather wasn’t the best but the characters were on the streets in there hundreds as usual. So many pictures to choose from but this couple in their time machine really captured my attention.

December was my quietest month of the year so I spent some time photographing more wildlife. I’ve always had a fascination with birds of prey so decided to try and capture some Buzzard images. It was a cold bleak day but I sat in the hide with plenty of coffee and sandwiches to keep me going and what a long day it was. My patience eventually paid off as a Buzzard circled for a while before dropping in to the carrion that had been left out. My heart was racing and I took a single image, the sound of the shutter unfortunately spooking the bird and he flew off not to return. It was only one image but it took a lot of work to get so it has to be included as my final image of 2017.

I hope you’ve enjoyed viewing these photos and reading a little about why they were chosen. On into 2018 now so let’s see what this year brings.

Wishing you all a happy, healthy and prosperous 2018!


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