Retired for 8+years

How we got here

We both retired during 2008, so we thought we’d look at how we got to where we are now.

Unrelated to this (Graeme wanted to try out a new and hopefully higher quality photobook offer), we decided to look back at all the photos we’ve taken over the past 8+ years and pick a selection of the “best” (whatever that means!)  They appear on the yearly subpages.

Elizabeth celebrated her retirement with a trip to Uluru in June – very cold nights in the desert in winter.  Then later in the year we travelled to the US.  At this stage, Elizabeth was using a point-and-shoot and Graeme had his first DSLR (a Canon 350D) and, looking back we had a lot to learn about taking photos and post-processing.

While travel has remained a feature of our retirement with a major trip or two each year, we have engaged in new activities and rekindled some old interests.

From other pages on this blog, our interest in photography has obviously grown and developed.  Graeme started first, attending short courses and researching online.  Elizabeth graduated to a DSLR (Canon 550D) after a trip to Botswana and Namibia, where she found that animals located in grass resulted in too many in-focus stalks of grass.  Graeme now has a Canon 70D.  As mentioned on another page, our equipment is changing again to Micro 4/3rds cameras and lenses to meet our need for lighter and more compact systems.

New activities include making kiln-fused glass objects and cycling (both road and MTB).  We have taken greater interest in birds and wild animals, stimulated by both our travels and Australia’s native fauna and flora.

Both of us come from applied mathematics backgrounds and we have re-kindled our interests in science.  We now have the time to attend public lectures on astrophysics, search for aliens and other scientific areas of interest, attend the local astronomy society meetings and talks, and love visiting science museums.  We have both done some online science courses on EdX and Coursera and are always on the lookout for new interesting courses.

The yearly subpages contain images from our travels and represent our “favourites” from the 40 to 50,000 images we have taken.  They have all been reprocessed using Adobe Lightroom CC which allowed far better images to be achieved from many of the earlier photos we took.


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