September 2020

Zooming through September
In the absence of proper meetings and photographic outings Zoom has been a lifeline in keeping my photographic mojo working. Thanks to Cannock Photographic Society I've seen a presentation by Ross McKelvey, and with the Royal Photographic Society I've seen Tony Worobiec, Paul Hill, Ken Scott as well as an ARPS panels discussion. I also saw some of the RPS AV Group's retrospective weekend. Corby Camera Club have generously allowed me to join in some of their own meetings, and my own club have begun to hold Zoom meetings, including a competition that was excellently judged by Catherine Knee. I have also joined Leicester Forest Photographic Society as a Zoom member until May next year, and they have had some excellent evenings also. In the good weather (where did it go?) we've enjoyed walking round local villages and the countryside, taking a few snaps with my Olympus compact or my smartphone. The only "serious" photography has been at a couple of football matches at Stamford AFC. Trying to keep my work seen, I've entered a couple of exhibitions and the RPS DIG Digital competition, weekly Facebook challenges and the East Midland Monochrome Group's members' page on their website. Very little photographic printing has taken place - I really must get into that again. I still manage to find ways of spending money. I bought the Nik Efex upgrade because I just love that software. I also bought a bean bag support for my "low level" photography, a cheap Neewer LED light to see what they are like in use, and a replacement Lowepro rucksack now that my old reliable Orion Trekker is beginning to show its age. I hope it won't be too long before I can put this gear to proper use. I've also judged a landscape competition for Rushden and District PS via Zoom - an interesting experience with some fabulous images.