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Woo Hoo!

I'm not usually moved to splatter my personal life all over 'the internet', but this event at least has a photographic bearing, so .....

Just completed my last day at work. Ever. After 26.5yr with my current company, and 8yr with a previous employer, I am now officially An Early-Retired Person. Woo Hoo!! ...

Finally, I get time to start taking the photography a bit more seriously, to learn how to actually use photoshop, to think about becoming more 'creative' in what I do, and to generally start ticking off the photographic bucket list.

Bring it on!! ......
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Enjoy!

I hope you have a long and happy retirement.

What photographic projects do you have in mind?
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Enjoy!

I hope you have a long and happy retirement.

What photographic projects do you have in mind?
Thank you, Nigel. Ooh, let's see now ...
  • I've started an online photoshop course
  • I want to investigate creating composite images
  • ditto use of textures in creative images
  • I'd like to do a project on 'London in Infrared' (not the cliche touristy stuff)
  • I'd like to do a project on 'Unexpected London', taken within London boroughs, but as far from 'stereotypical London' as you can get
  • I want to get to grips properly with macro work
  • I want to get better at photographing flowers
  • I want to improve my B&W skills
  • I want to get to new parts of Scotland for the landscapes I haven't yet reached
  • Oh, and hopefully I'll be doing three weeks in New Zealand in the Autumn!

Is that enough to be starting out with?!
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Re: Woo Hoo!

Well, it looks as if you have put a lot of thought into that bucket list.

There are one or two there that I am working on too, (towards the bottom of your list), so I look forward to hearing how you get on with them.

Are you planning to use film for your B&W work or digital conversion?

I must confess to a particular weakness of medium format film myself.
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I'm not usually moved to splatter my personal life all over 'the internet', but this event at least has a photographic bearing, so .....

Just completed my last day at work. Ever. After 26.5yr with my current company, and 8yr with a previous employer, I am now officially An Early-Retired Person. Woo Hoo!! ...

Finally, I get time to start taking the photography a bit more seriously, to learn how to actually use photoshop, to think about becoming more 'creative' in what I do, and to generally start ticking off the photographic bucket list.

Bring it on!! ......



Congratulations Margaret. The early-retirement water's lovely, as they say.
You'll soon wonder how you managed to fit in any work with all that enjoying yourself...
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Fantastic: welcome to the club!

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Re: Woo Hoo!

Congratulations Margaret. But, did you say you'll have more time to do those other things? Maybe somebody didn't tell you that being 'retired' is only being retired from paid work & many retired people I know end up being busier than ever (well, that's what they tell me anyhow ).

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Re: Woo Hoo!

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Just completed my last day at work. Ever. After 26.5yr with my current company, and 8yr with a previous employer, I am now officially An Early-Retired Person. Woo Hoo!! ...
Yes, it feels great. Fifteen years ago I took retirement after being made redundant, delaying so as to get my full severance pay. My company retirement gift was my choice of the largest Lowepro backpack I could, and still can, carry.

My main interest in retirement has been photography but the overall aim is to at least match the number of years I worked.

Beware of becoming a free resource to family and friends.

Enjoy!

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My company retirement gift was my choice of the largest Lowepro backpack I could, and still can, carry.

My main interest in retirement has been photography but the overall aim is to at least match the number of years I worked.
My company gift is my choice of an Epson SC-600 printer! . Just need to learn how to use it to best effect now. That's also on the To Do list ... Print more images.

And what a fabulous sentiment, to be retired as long as you worked ...I can get behind that one 100%!

Thank you all for the various words of caution too. Yes, one step at a time, don't bite off everything at once, and adapt gently. I can do that!
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Re: Woo Hoo!

Since I retired, I've never been so busy.

At one stage I had 3 paying jobs, 2 volunteer jobs, evenings judging/presentations, plus two days a week with the Grandson.

Hopefully you will have a long and happy retirement. Look forward to seeing a lot more of your images.

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Welcome to grey power Margaret!

You start your creative studies where many of us begin.

Enjoy.
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Re: Woo Hoo!

Welcome to the club Margaret, it can be a very enjoyable one.

I'll just echo what several other people have said - retirement is only from paid work, the other stuff will quickly expand to take up more than the time available. When it happened to me after 50 straight years in harness (school, school, university, job with hardly a break) I wondered whether I might feel a bit lost and need something to fill the gap. No chance!

A friend received what I thought was a very good piece of advice - don't commit to anything that might tie you down for at least a year.

The Epson printer is great, I had to pension off an R2400 and replaced it with the SC-P600 and I'm very pleased with it. From experience I would recommend Fotospeed papers - better and cheaper than Epson's own, and with much more choice. They offer a free custom profiling service for papers of their own brand and those that they distribute (including Hahnemuhle, I think) and it works very well. I can print B&W with no discernible colour cast, which is quite a challenge in inkjet-land. I think Permajet offer a similar service but I haven't used it.

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Congratulations Margaret and we all look forward to seeing the fruits of your expanded photograpic endeavours.
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Re: Woo Hoo!

I hate you.

(Seriously - enjoy. I've been working now for 34 years and retirement still seems a distant aspiration).
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Re: Woo Hoo!

I know from experience that retirement doesn't always live up to expectations, but I hope that yours does. You've certainly got a great bucket list to start you off. Make sure you do the things that require a lot of travelling and a degree of physical fitness, such as the Scottish landscapes, whilst you are still able. The secret is to stay healthy. I look forward to following your progress and seeing the results of your new photographic endeavours. Congratulations!
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