A world of photography

Summer's end?

With a sense of deja vu, I am sitting at the computer again on a wet Bank Holiday. It’s now August and I can’t believe it is so long since I updated the site. 2014 has been a quiet year in terms of foreign travel - unless you count Yorkshire as “foreign”! But I have processed a few more picture from earlier travels. There is a new section for people pictures in Cambodia, there are a few pictures from this year’s Wickham Festival in the On Stage section, Yorkshire features in Places and as ever there are a few odd shots in Details that don’t fit anywhere else. The Monochrome section hasn’t been neglected and, since acquiring a new printer, I have been increasingly interested in black & white images.

I welcome feedback on my images - good or bad! Please use the “contact me” link to get in touch. It would be great to hear from you.

New (old) images

There’s nothing like a wet Easter Sunday for making you sit down and do some editing. I need some travel images for an upcoming competition at Southampton Camera Club so I went back to review images from Laos taken in 2011. I found a lot to delete, but also some worth keeping. They are mostly people but there are few on the Places page too. And a couple in monochrome.

Having seen recently how small 640 pixel images look on today’s high-resolution screens I have increased the size of new images to 800 pixels. However, images size on the internet is always a trade off between quality and download speed. Hopefully it won’t slow things up too much.

Gosport Real Ale & Folk Festival

The Easter Gosport Folk festival, organised by the wonderful Peter Chegwyn, used to be held in Fareham. This year saw it move to the Bay House School in Gomer Lane, Gosport for the first time. So quite a few pictures added to the On Stage page of the site. Stirling performances on the Sunday night from Kathryn Roberts (who was fighting a dreadful cold) and Sean Lakeman. These were followed by a solo set from Steve Knightley (of Show of Hands).

The attendance looked a bit thin throughout the weekend (the biggest crowd was on the Sunday night). But let’s hope it was successful enough for Peter to repeat the event in 2015.

The Inconsistent Photographer

I am thinking I should rename my website. “The Inconsistent Photographer” pretty much sums up my performance in this year’s Southampton International Exhibition. I entered five of the six available classes - Mono Print, Colour Print, Open Digital, Nature Digital and Photo Travel Digital - 4 images in each class. 1 Mono print was accepted and one Photo Travel digital image. Oh, and one Colour print (“Winter Tree”) took the Gold Medal for best in class! Shocked but very pleased.

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Southampton International at 101

Well, the entries are in. The digital files and prints are all ready to be put in front of the judges. But who will win? Will any of my images get accepted? In 3 weeks time, we’ll know the answers!

Don't mess!

Hopefully the site is now back on line. In between processing images for the 101st Southampton International Exhibition yesterday, I was experimenting with a plug-in that would allow me to host an upload page for Southampton Camera Club Digital Competitions. In doing so, I managed to trash the whole site for about 48 hours.

A trip to Suffolk last week didn’t produce the award winning images I was hoping for as the weather didn’t play ball. It was very wet on the Sunday and overcast most of the rest of the time. During the week, my standard zoom lens developed a fault. And I dropped my camera. Let’s hope the rest of 2014 goes a little more to plan!

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New look for 2014

Happy New Year to all my friends and family around the world. The elves have been hard at work over Christmas creating a new site here that should provide a better experience on mobile devices such as tablets and smart phones. As ever, I am always interested to hear what people think of the site (and my pictures) so please use the contact me links to provide feedback.

Don’t forget the Southampton International Exhibition (our 101st don’t you know!) is open for entries. Closing date - 2nd February.

Here’s hoping 2014 will be a productive, prosperous and, above all, healthy year.