A giant step back in time …

.. well it is for me. After many years happily embracing digital photography I have begun to yearn for what in my eyes is the more characterful look of my old film images. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with digital imagery. One can achieve amazing results and its convenience is unquestionable, but on occasions those results can be just too clinical for the subject matter. No amount of digital filtration or chicanery can successfully replicate the look of film.

I have therefore taken the ‘bold’ step of purchasing a Leica M6TTL to supplement my digital cameras. Time will tell if that is a rash move or inspirational.

A completely wet process is not possible for me but I will be processing my own film before scanning and editing and printing with my existing setup.

Interesting times ahead.

Alresford Camera Club

I’ve been a member of Alresford Camera Club near Colchester in Essex for a few years now and over that time the club has tended to keep a fairly low profile. Pleasingly that is now changing starting with the launch of a new website, with which I am pleased to be involved.

Take a look at the new site HERE and if you live locally and have an interest in photography at any level, why not come along and join in the fun. Full details of the meeting times and dates are on the website.

Barges on the Orwell

After the hustle and bustle of Canary Wharf it’s hard to find a greater contrast than a sunny day on the banks of the Orwell watching and photographing the Pin Mill Barge Race.

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Canary Wharf is a top location.

If you like ‘street photography’ or ‘architecture’ then Canary Wharf has to be a great location for a shoot, but best contact the information centre and get a free permit just to cover yourself, then stick to the rules.

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Knights Tournament Framlingham Castle

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.

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The blazing hot sunshine soon brought out the crowds which helped to boost the atmosphere as the tournament proper began.

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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.

This time the weather held

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.

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I think I have a few ‘keepers’ from the day with one or two that may end up in a competition.

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Rain Stopped Play

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.

An evening at Landermere Quay

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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.

Highwoods scouting trip

I took the chance whilst in Colchester recently to scout Highwoods Country Park in Colchester for a possible future photographic shoot. What a great place to while away a few hours, with a lake, pond, streams, woodland and open grassed areas all of which are home to a wide range of flora and forna. I shall definitely be back.

 

The main entrance and car park is off Turner Road in Colchester near the General Hospital with very reasonable parking charges. The interesting visitor centre is also situated by the main entrance, as are the toilets.

Thoroughly recommended.

Madeira Wasted

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I’m just back from a thoroughly enjoyable holiday in Madeira. Yes I have a few hundred shots from my weeks stay but they are just holiday snaps. Don’t you just hate the budget airlines that restrict the kit that you can take along? Of course, I’m not mentioning friends and family that give one the hurry up!

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