December 2020

Doing what we can
Thank goodness for Zoom. I managed to deliver my presentation on Iceland to the Corby Camera Club, see some great RPS talks by Steve Smith and Paul Gallagher, visit Corby Camera Club meetings and join meetings of my own two camera clubs. For Leicester Forest PS I managed a Commended for "Look Into My Eyes" thanks to judge Richard Houghton, and a 3rd for "Stairway To Heaven" thanks to judge Andrzej Jablonski. I worked on a "Zoom-friendly" talk version of "Trevor's People", and submitted entries for the 2021 Bristol Salon and the 2021 Clay Cross National Exhibition. The Leicester Forest PS Facebook Weekly Challenge was successfully completed, as well as the non-photographic challenge of reading all 41 Terry Pratchett Discworld books. Photography is still severely restricted but I did manage to visit local villages for walks and to try out my Lensbaby Sweet 35 and Twist 60 - can't wait to really get to grips with these when I can take subjects better suited to them. I've even gone so far as to order the Lensbaby Velvet 85 from the USA (a bit cheaper than getting it from Wex - but when will it arrive....?). My wife gave me a great book for Christmas, on Edward Weston. The quality of image printing is very good. I had to change my camera gear insurer as Darwin Clayton are no longer offering it through the PAGB, so I ended up adding the extras to my house insurance. Oh, and I finally got round to cleaning the sensor on my D750 - another £35 saved!