My Year, 2007

My Year in Photographs

Blade Runner, Tokyo

My most memorable photograph was this cityscape taken in Tokyo. The smog and buildings, especially the tall chimneys, reminds me of the opening shots of Blade Runner.

Temple, Nikko

Following on with the Japan theme, this is a photograph of a temple in the historic town of Nikko, which we visited on a day trip from Tokyo. See more Japan photographs.

Tree, Lake District

My favourite photograph from my visit to the Lake District this year, there is something I really like about the calm created by this. See more photographs from my travels around the UK this year.

Tree, Lake District

2007 was also the year that I started shooting film again, and I’ve now amassed quite a collection of film cameras. Here’s one of my favourite film photographs taken this year, with a £1 Vivitar Ultra Wide and Slim.

My Year in Cities

This is a list of cities I visited and stayed at least one night in for 2007:

  • Nottingham, UK *
  • London, UK *
  • Tokyo, Japan *
  • Kyoto, Japan
  • Nikko, Japan
  • Dublin, Ireland

Cities marked with * were visited more than once on non-consecutive days. For once, I didn’t go to Aberdeen, Scotland at all this year.

My Year in Travel

The most enjoyable trip this year has to be the one to Japan with my old school buddy Stephen. We visited the sights in Tokyo and Kyoto, getting lost while wondering the streets on more than one occasion. Japan is truly a wonderful place. And it’s a strange place.

My other trip abroad was to Dublin with my ex-fiancee Kirsten. I loved it, Dublin has great food, great people and great music. The best part is that its big enough to accommodate a long weekend of snooping, but small enough that you don’t feel like you’ve missed out by just spending two full days there.

I also visited a lot of places in England this year, mainly around the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District. Nothing beats driving in the Yorkshire Dales; hardly any traffic, winding roads, spectacular views, and a sense of wilderness really gets the blood running.

My Year in Technology

This has to be the year of the iPhone, the device that has revolutionised smartphones. It’s also the year in which I’ve moved to using a Mac full time, and a MacBook none-the-less1 from my old Dell computer with Vista installed.

The Nikon D3, which arrived quite late in the year, also deserves a mention as it has single handily brought Nikon back into the DSLR race with Canon. An honourable mention should also go to Fuji for bringing out the S5 Pro, a fantastic camera with a huge dynamic range and great high ISO performance, and also to Pentax and Olympus for bringing more competition to the usual Nikon and Canon dominated market.

And finally Asus, for bringing out the computer that no-one else wants to make, the Eee PC. No-one else wanted to gamble on a barebones laptop sold for just a couple hundred dollars, but Asus did and managed to turn out a fantastic product at the same time.

But for a whole year, I can only pick out three outstanding new consumer products (ignoring the fact that the D3 is, in fact, a professional camera). It has been a year of disappointments: Sony PlayStation 3, Blu-ray, and HD-DVD have all failed to kick off. Let’s hope next year starts off with another bang at MacWorld 2008.

The best of the stuff I bought this year must be the Dell 24″ 2407WFP-HC widescreen monitor–with it’s fantastic image quality and huge 1920×1200 resolution, the Epson Perfection 4990 scanner, and the concisely named Tamron SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical [IF], the optical bargain of the year.

My Year in Sports

In January I started a new fitness regime, and managed to loose 10KGs by June. I’ve also gone from someone who couldn’t run at all to now attempting to run 10KM in under 45 minutes (just need to shave another minute off my current pace) and starting to prepare for a half-marathon next year. So it’s looking very good.

I also started playing squash regularly in November, and along with running it’s become my major source of exercise ever since I left the gym.

  1. Albeit tethered to a 24″ monitor with a separate mouse and keyboard most of the time.
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