Spent a great day out on Saturday 8th August with a colleague at the Knights Tournament held in Framingham Castle. An early start saw us gain entry before the crowds and gave ample opportunity to chat to and photograph the various participants, all in their authentic costume.
The blazing hot sunshine soon brought out the crowds which helped to boost the atmosphere as the tournament proper began.
Who’d be a knight with over 5 stones of chain mail and armour to cope with in that heat!
A repeat of this event is definitely one for the diary.
Another well supported Clacton Camera Club outing, this time to Danbury Country Park and then on to Paper Mill Lock. There were plenty of opportunities for interesting shots at both locations but with more chances for ‘people shots’ at the lock.
I think I have a few ‘keepers’ from the day with one or two that may end up in a competition.
What promised to be a really good photographic opportunity at Great Holland Pits Nature Reserve the other evening proved a washout with heavy rain bringing an end to proceedings after half an hour or so.
The Reserve, which is run by the Essex Wildlife Trust, looks very promising and we were able to scout several interesting locations before running for cover.
I guess we’ll need to pay closer heed to the weather forecast in the future.
A very sociable evening spent with colleagues from Clacton Camera Club at Landermere Quay. The light faded quickly so any opportunities had quickly to be taken. Maybe one or two ‘keepers’ from the trip.
Although a keen member of the Alresford Camera Club I’ve been really struggling to make the Thursday club nights. I decided to the join Clacton Camera Club recently, which meets on a Friday. Both are excellent clubs and I can recommend them to any aspiring or accomplished photographer in the N.E. Essex area.
It is always helpful to view other photographers work and to get their views on your own, besides entering club competitions. There are always some good speaker nights in the programme too.
Don’t be shy, join in the fun.
Another afternoon, another trip out, this time to Maldon and the Chelmer Estuary. Low tide and lots of glistening mud in the full sun with a cloudless sky. Some interesting detail shots to be had around the barges alongside the quay, but the jewels were to be found further out into the estuary opposite Northey Island where several old wrecks lay rotting in the mud.
Sadly other commitments didn’t permit any sunset shots. The ice cream was good though.
A very pleasant afternoon out in West Mersea, although the light was very harsh with clear skies. Not too much to show for a few hours but a couple of keepers as the sun went down.
It’s always so tiresome having to sit in the pub over a couple of pints waiting for the sun to set!
Two great days of sunshine and broken high cloud not only brought out the crowds but ensured reasonable conditions for photography. The Red Arrows rarely disappoint.
Whilst the site has been ‘live’ for some time now, today is ‘coming out’ day, and my efforts are in the public domain.
The Facebook page is also ‘live’, with the intention of reaching a wider audience.
I hope you’ll call back sometime to view my latest images.
It has been a while coming, but today sees the launch of my new website dedicated to monochrome imagery. Previous websites of mine have been based on templates from photographic host sites, but this is my first built from scratch. I hope you like it.
My passion for black and white photography dates back to the 1950s and my Box Brownie, progressing through wet darkroom days to the current digital darkroom with Photoshop, Lightroom and variety of useful plugins.
Call by again to view my latest images.