Monthly Archives: May 2011
I enjoyed another outing with the Chelmsford Flickr Walk folks yesterday. We went to the Essex Young Farmers’ Country Show which was held near Roxwell. It was a lot bigger than we were expecting – and a lot more windy! Which sometimes made photography difficult.
There were traction engines, eateries, animals and loonies on motorbikes giving a display. Here are my best images from the day:
On Sunday, I had the pleasure of participating in the Shoot Maldon Live competition run by Upminster Camera Club. The members were paired up and given six themes to shoot between 9am and 1pm. Each pair had to select just ONE image per theme and hand in their six pictures straight out of camera (no fiddling) at 1pm. Then it was my job to judge the entries during the afternoon and round it all off with dinner at the Blue Boar.
The weather was vary variable, swinging between dull, overcast and on the verge of rain to bright and sunny with big fluffy clouds. We didn’t actually get wet, although there were times when I regretted leaving my coat in the car!
I decided I should have a go at the themes myself (it only seemed fair), and although I kept all my images, I did select my best six – unedited – for the club to see after I’d done my bit. Here they are:
1. An Image Showing Three Of Something
2. An Image Showing Texture
3. An Image Showing Liquid
4. A Closeup Of Something Nautical
5. An Image Of Something Which Is No Longer Used
6. A Wide View Of Maldon, With A Strong Foreground Element
Back To Basics
I found the discipline of shooting everything right in camera was quite tough at times – you should try it! These days, it’s so easy to think “oh, I’ll just crop that bit off, clone that out or tweak the levels a bit” before you’re satisfied. There are some images which I would love to have done so (minor things mainly), but in the spirit of the competition, I’ve uploaded them to Flickr as if taken straight out of camera (they have been resized and a watermark added, but no post-processing otherwise):
I really enjoyed seeing the club members’ work. There were one or two shots which were quite similar, but out of 72, there were plenty that were different and innovative. It was a pleasure to be asked to take part in such a fun day out!
April was a busy month, mainly from a work perspective, where I was commuting to London for most of the week. Consequently, there weren’t many days when I took more than a few shots for my daily project (and Dai’s diary). There were a few exceptions, however.
On 2nd April, I met up with some Flickr-365 friends in Brighton for the day, which was great fun. The weather wasn’t great, but we had a good day out. By the 10th, I wasn’t feeling too well (a nasty cough and virus dragged on for nearly two weeks). I did manage to potter along to Sandford Mill Lock to take my monthly Scenic Location shot. But this rather nice dragon also attracted my attention, and would have been pic of the day had I not needed my monthly shot there:
The bluebells were also out in force, and I managed to see some good examples in Swan Wood near Stock. This was a near miss for Day #1209:
I took possession of some new flash gear too, but didn’t have a lot of time to play. I’m looking forward to doing more with it over the coming weeks and months.
Right at the end of the month, I enjoyed a day out to Sandford Mill education centre (on one of its few public open days) with a couple of friends from the Chelmsford Photowalk Flickr group. We saw some vintage cars, a crusty old bus and some ancient radio and TV equipment from the old Marconi works. All good geeky fun. This image nearly made pic of the day on Day #1216:
A small group of us went to Hyde Hall this morning. The idea was to take lots of plant portraits, but it turned out to be extremely windy, which made things a bit difficult. Nevertheless, I managed a few shots I was quite pleased with: