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2018 - The good, bad and the ugly

Nearly everyone does reviews of the year in December. From the friends and family round-robins detailing little Harry's scholastic achievements to the national press going back over the highs and lows of the big news stories of the year. So I thought I'd have a go! Throughout the year, Hebden Bridge Camera Club (of which I am President) have a number of competitions. The best scores in these are added to your best scores in the annual competition. And the member with the highest number of points gets the Photographer of the Year trophy. This year it has my name engraved on it. I also took home another trophy for "Best Print in the Annual Competition (Special Category - which this year was architecture and general record) - for the picture of Hallgrímskirkja below.

I don't enter very many International Salons (competitions) these days but I always try and support the Yorkshire International Salon. I was really pleased to have 2 out of 6 prints accepted. One scored a maximum 15 and was awarded a FIAP Ribbon.

A request to photograph a Christmas Singalong lead to the following endorsement from the organiser - "Thanks too for your time and effort in getting the shots, and also for the very discreet way you went about it. I was scarcely aware that you were there most of the time." Sometimes it's good to be invisible!

Hope you had a good year too. Here's to 2019.

Remember, remember

November this year heralds a change in my photography. Well, in some of the equipment I use anyway. I have used Pentax cameras since the days of film. My first SLR, a Pentax KX was followed by a KM and when that was stolen, a Z1. Pentax were slow to enter the digital age but as I have quite a lot of lenses I stuck with them. My first digital SLR (DSLR) came along in 2005 - a Pentax *ist D. Fast forward 13 years and my K3 is showing its age. The AF is not terribly reliable on moving subjects and its performance in low light is not exactly stellar. So I have dipped my toe in the water with a mirrorless system. If I get on with my new Sony A7III then I will sell off my Pentax lenses and replace them with equivalents for my new toy.

But it's November the 5th. So that means fireworks.

So long Maart

Farewell to Maartin Allcock who died on 16th September. Maartin had an 11 year stint playing with Fairport Convention as well as playing as a session musician on more than 200 albums. He was also a respected producer. Another fine musician who left us far too soon - seen here playing at Cropredy in 2009.

Tour de Yorkshire

On Sunday 6 May, the Tour de Yorkshire came through my adopted hometown of Hebden Bridge.

The town was packed so I opted to walk up the Keighley Road (A6033) and took this image just under 1km from the summit.

Tour de Yorkshire - Keighley Road

Belated Happy New Year!

I often wonder how long into the New Year it's appropriate to say Happy New Year to someone if you haven't seen them since 1st January. I haven't updated this site for a while so I think it's ok to say it here.

The South Pennines are currently in the grip of the Beast from the East. Who is apparently going to be joined tomorrow by Storm Emma. Our car hasn't been off the drive for a few days now. The snow is manageable on the flat but added to the gradients round here, many roads are only passable in a serious 4x4.

This picture was taken yesterday within walking distance of my house, just before the light failed completely. It's a slightly re-worked version of the image I posted on my Facebook page.

Stay warm!

Snow on drystone walls