Regency IntroIn May 2015 there was a Regency Houseparty held at Ingoldisthorpe Hall in Norfolk and after contacting the organiser I was asked to take some pictures of the group on a visit to Sandringham House and Gardens.  Here are some of the images I have created using these costumed characters and several have already been accepted in exhibition.

 

 

 

 

 

  • A Foggy Day on the Pier
  • Caught Red Handed
  • Gossip in the Garden
  • Waiting for the Carriage
  • When Will I See You Again

In mid September with the weather set fair we organised an impromptu trip to Skye and the Outer Hebrides hoping to be late enough to avoid the midges and early enough to avoid the Autumn gales. 

In three previous visits to Skye we had never seen the scenery due to low cloud and horizontal rain so we did not have great expectations and when we were delayed by a three hour diversion due to an accident closing Glencoe on our journey north we thought the jinx on a trip to Skye was continuing.  Luckily this was the only setback and the weather was fine and still during the entire trip with one day of atmospheric fog and the sea as calm as a millpond for each of our five ferry trips.

The ten islands we visited were Skye, Lewis, Scalpay, Harris, North Uist, Benbecula, South Uist, Eriskay, Barra and Vatersay.  In some cases the islands were linked by bridges or causeways and all were beautiful in their individual ways.

The hospitality of the islanders we stayed with was second to none and the beauty of the scenery together with the empty roads and complete peace and quiet made it an unforgettable experience.

Although landscape photography is not really my forte I was inspired to try to capture the atmosphere of the places we were lucky enough to visit and here is a small selection of the results.

  • Vatersay
  • First Light at Fiskavaig - Skye
  • Old Man of Storr - Skye
  • Ballachulish Reflections
  • Luskentyre Beach - Harris
  • Scurrival Point - Barra
  • Grimsay - North Uist
  • Callanish Standing Stones - Lewis
  • The Cuillins from Carbost - Skye
  • Abandoned Boat - Scalpay

Laredo IntroOn 9th August we went to the Laredo Western Town annual open day in Kent.

Despite the mud from heavy overnight rain it was a great day out with lots of fascinating characters to talk to and an authentic setting. 

Best of all it wasn't overrun with visitors and other photographers.

These images are a selection of straight shots and composites which give a flavour of the event.

 

 

 

 

  • Best Prices Paid
  • Childs Play
  • Howdy
  • Lonesome Dove
  • Tea Break

This month I have a brand new website to enjoy using thanks to all Jim's hard work on my behalf.  I am really pleased to have a new way to display my images, now I just need to make some more new work. 

Also, another month and another award!  Both Jim and I have just been awarded our AFIAP.

Not only that but with the results from the Solway Small Print Salon out today we both have enough acceptances to apply for EFIAP next time around.

 

DPAGB

This has been an exciting month for me photographically.

When my results from Neath and District National Exhibition arrived I finally had a total of 100 BPE acceptances and was awarded BPE3*.  The next level requires a further 100 acceptances so I'm guessing that will take a while to achieve but it's good to have things to aim for. 

Then on 26th April the PAGB Awards for Photographic Merit were held in Maidstone and I had submitted 15 PDIs for the Distinction level.  I had no great hopes for this as it was my first attempt and I had not taken any advice. 

The standard is supposed to be "likely to be accepted in national exhibitions" so my approach was to enter a range of exhibitions and assume that more than a 50% acceptance rate equals "likely".  I chose my images accordingly and didn't attend the adjudication as I was in Whitby for the Goths Weekend so I didn't know the results and didn't believe it when I received an email of congratulations! 

It sank in when the score card came - I needed a total of 300 points to pass and to my delight my score was 339.

 

cakemanTo escape the winter weather we revisited Cuba flying into Holguin, touring rural Cuba on the Revolutionary trail and visiting laid-back Santiago de Cuba.

In their beautiful climate all of life is conducted on the streets and there is a picture on every corner in this fascinating town. 

As in the rest of the country old cars and crumbling architecture feature heavily and there is live music everywhere. Games of chess in the main square are keenly contested and are for men only apparently. 

Queues form outside the popular cake shops and the Cuban love of sugar is reflected in this bloke's gap-toothed smile.

 

 

  • Running Repairs
  • Purple Paint Job
  • Los Jubilados Caribe
  • Making His Move
  • The Winning Position