April 2018

April began with a bus tour of Derbyshire, but due to the dull and very cold weather not many photos were taken. Also a drive to Wells-next-the-Sea with the MX5 Owners Club for fish and chips – again, not the best of weather and lighting conditions. Still printing my way through my Iceland images on the Epson P600 – very impressed with it at the moment. I cut down mounting time by buying pre-cut window mounts from Paper Spectrum – great for prints designed for a talk but perhaps too many compromises on print size and composition for use in competition and exhibition photography. The East Midland Monochrome Group held its AGM and struggled to get a committee – just about hanging on but its future is not assured. I judged a print battle between Club Abington and Duston Camera Club, projected images at Corby Camera Club, and also at Northampton Natural History Society. I gave my “Pieces of Eight” print talk at Peterborough Photographic Society. An excellent evening at the Leicester Forest PS Studio Group with two models, Sarah and Caz. I managed to travel to my home town of Stamford a couple of times to see Stamford AFC play, and take a few “sport action” shots, as well as at Rothwell Corinthians v Sleaford. Some good talks too - Mike Sharples with “Some Happy Snaps” at Desborough, and Roger Vance at the RPS East Midlands meeting in Whatton. In club competitions I did well in Projected Images, coming 1st and 2nd, got a 2nd in the monochrome print competition but in colour prints I was nowhere. I also failed to get any acceptances in the Rushden Open Exhibition, but did get two into the Sydney Harbour International.