I joined the RPS a few months ago, not with any intention of obtaining an accreditation but simply to meet more like-minded photographers. I have not been disappointed.
Although not particularly cheap, especially if you join one of the many Special Interest Groups, the photographic walks, talks and exhibition days have proved extremely enjoyable. I have made new acquaintances and visited places I would not have gone to off my own bat.
The image below is from an organised walk at the Open University campus in Milton Keynes. Why not browse the RPS website HERE, it may appeal to you too.
I recently enjoyed another day out in London exploring Brutalist Architecture with professional photographer and guide Tony Bramley of Light Academy Training. On this occasion we visited the BT Tower, Trellick Tower, Kensington and Chelsea Town Hall and the Festival Hall and Hayward Gallery on the South Bank.
We were fortunate again with the weather with strong sunshine for most of the day producing harsh shadows that are ideal for this type of photography.
It was an ideal opportunity for me to try out my recently acquired Leica CL and 28mm (equivalent) pancake lens. I was not disappointed with either although the image above was shot on a full frame camera with Zeiss 18mm.
(Update: I’m delighted that the above image has since been selected for inclusion in the curated Leica International (LFI) Gallery.)
As much as I love the UK there is no doubt that rural France is my favourite photographic stomping ground. There is seemingly an endless supply of ancient villages to explore with photographic opportunities around every corner.
It is not as if one needs to travel far from the channel ports. The above image was taken not 10 km from the coast and I could quite easily have filled a memory card within the hour.
That being said, Burgundy is definitely my favourite destination where every town and village seems to be a winner and with magical names to boot; Semur en Auxois, Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, Couche, Buxy … et all.
So if you need some inspiration bag a day return on Eurotunnel and explore the Pas de Calais. You won’t be disappointed.