March 2018

I did a lot of scanning of old negatives this month on my Epson V800. I found very few "hidden gems" but a lot of family stuff has now been digitalised. Trouble is, these scans are rapidly filling up my back-up hard drives! I attended some interesting talks during March. Geoff Holmes gave a "My life In Monochrome" talk at the East Midlands Monochrome Group, Dave Stewart showed his audio-visual techniques at the Desborough and Rothwell Photographic Society, and Jay Charnock and Viveca Koh from the RPS Visual Art Group gave presentations at the East Midlands area meeting at Whatton, I had no acceptances at the Vale Of Evesham Exhibition but managed one acceptance at Basingstoke! I judged a 3-way battle at Dunchurch PS vs Lutterworth and Hinckley. There was an all-slide competition at DRPS (a rare event these days), judged by John Hammons of Badby. Needless to say, I did not enter, but it was an entertaining evening. Two excellent models at the Leicester Forest Studio Group this month - Holly ("Ivory Flame") and Caz. Just a shame we only get a few minutes each with them! Visited The Photo Show at the NEC, and ended up buying a P600 printer as well as stocking up with Fotospeed paper. Also ordered the Fotospeed Inkflow kit for the new printer. I've been getting the new printer up and running - looking good... Sent off for new profiles from Fotospeed for four of the papers I am likely to use. I shall be trying out their new Cotton Etching. The DRPS Presentation Evening at the Shoulder Of Mutton, Great Bowden went very well - good food, and a trophy for Monochrome Print Of The Year, which I was pleased about, and a trophy for the DPI league, which was an error on my part because I don't like photography leagues at advanced level. I judged prints at Bedford Camera Club, and gave my "Pieces Of Eight" talk at Melbourne PS (near Derby) after an horrendous journey up the M1.