Transformational Hypnotherapy

Over the last few weeks I have been seeing Kevin Porter of Transformational Hypnotherapy to try and tackle a few of the deep set head weasels that have been plaguing me for years. I went in with little in the way of expectations of positive outcomes, but I was determined to do something to lift me out of a very dark place that didn't involve the medical route.

Over the 6 sessions we have covered all sorts of areas which we identified before Kevin worked with my subconscious to redirect that deep psyche to be a more positive influence on my conscious mind rather than spreading self doubt and self depreciation. It has been subtle but surprisingly powerful and since starting those dark places haven't been revisited. We did some additional work on my eating habits and some pain management which have also had profound impacts.

The proof of the pudding is going to be the coming few months. I know I always start to sink in November on the run up to the slew of anniversaries of losses that now will be present through until the Spring. Prior to starting out on the hypnotherapy I was dreading this coming winter... I honestly didn't think I would be able to make it through another season, especially with the loss of my big brother this last spring.

But right now I am calm... and that in itself is worth it's weight in gold!

I thought I would finish with a photograph of Witherslack. It is where my Mum's ashes are scattered, and where my poor old mog is going at some stage now I have his ashes too. It is a magical, peaceful place and this particular shot of it captures that feeling.

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Trading in... The Fuji X-T3 (First Impressions)

For a long while I have had a large pile of unused camera equipment, hangovers from upgrades gone by! Yesterday I popped it all in a bag and took it to my local camera store to see what we could do with it. The best option was a trade for a shiny new Fujifilm X-T3 with kit lens (mainly as this is a completely new system to me!)

Today has been a bit of a learning curve as I try and figure out how to drive this new hardware, my intention is to play about with it a bit and decide if it is going to replace my Olympus system which has been my smaller back up camera of choice for several years. Whilst I love the little OIympus OM-D I have run into limitations with it which would impact on some of my planned projects over the next year or so.

First impressions of the X-T3 are very, very good. The camera has that nice heft to it that speaks of resilience and quality, whilst the old-school analogue dials take me back to my old days in film photography (which, ironically, started with a Fujica 35mm SLR based on an old Pentax design). The kit lens continues this feel of quality with nicely damped controls and a metal construction.

In use it is taking a little while to get used to, but having spent a family day out with the camera I am starting to get there. Give it another week and it should all start to become second nature. Output wise I am struggling to really assess it just now as it is so new that Lightroom isn’t compatible as yet! I am trying to work with Capture 1 Express, but I am not so sure about that! Having said that the specifications suggest that we are going to get along just fine. A BSI sensor (the same kind of technology utilised by my more usual Nikon D850) should give me a large image quality boost with greater dynamic range, whilst the weather sealed body should shrug off the conditions that I work in. It is operating at that sweet spot of resolution (mid 20’s) that just seems to “work” on a crop sensor, so I should get a clean output… and finally there is the unique Fuji colour reproduction which I am looking forward to exploring!

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Once I have spent some quality time with this new system I will update with a proper review! There is a lot of interest in this new release from Fuji at present so it may be of interest to some of you!