Christmas In Kent

I spent a very enjoyable few days staying with friends in Kent over Christmas. On Christmas Day, we decided to take a long walk around the fields of Elham Valley to work up an appetite for lunch. Some of my best images are here:

Chelmsford Photowalk #24

Although our normal Chelmsford Photowalk meeting is the last Sunday of the month, this year that’s Boxing Day so we thought we would get an early walk in instead.

Having fortified ourselves with a warming coffee in town, and with the promise of a fine sausage and mash lunch at the Woolpack afterwards, Rodney and I set out for a snowy walk along the river and canal to Baddow Meads. With plenty of subject matter to photograph, we had a productive shoot, albeit one where we didn’t hang around for too long because of the cold!

Here is my selection from the day:

GNPC Success

Besides being a member of Ingatestone CC for nearly 20 years(!), a couple of years ago, I also started going to Great Notley Photography Club. I was asked to judge one of their first competitions for an exhibition, was very impressed with what I saw and decided to join.

Diving Gannet
Diving Gannet by David Ian Roberts

Despite being a very new club, having been formed less than 3 years ago, GNPC have recently been very successful in external competitions. At the end of November, we won the North Essex DPI trophy, coming top out of 12 clubs, with our 5 images scoring a total of 95/100. Club member David Ian Roberts also won the best image of the competition, with his great shot of a diving gannet [left].

In The Wake Of Alzheimers
In The Wake Of Alzheimers by Mark Edwards

As if one success wasn’t enough, we have also been entering the 12-month Battle of the Clubs 2010, run by Digital SLR User magazine. This is highly competitive, with clubs from across the UK taking part. We were very encouraged, as each round’s results were announced, that we were holding our own against tough opposition such as DAPA. In the end, GNPC won by two points ahead of DAPA, and once again, it was our club member, Mark Edwards, who came away with the prize for Best Individual Shot, with his powerful photo of his mother, entitled In The Wake Of Alzheimers [right].

Slinky, by me

I’m very pleased to report that one of my own images was considered good enough to represent GNPC in the 3rd round, Colour. Each club had to enter 3 images per round, and Slinky [left] was my contribution towards the final total.

Several club members attended the awards ceremony at Canon UK‘s HQ recently, and were presented with the obligatory “comedy” cheque for £3,000, which we can spend on Canon gear. Us Canon users are delighted, but I suspect one or two of the Nikon-lovers in the club might not be so pleased! Here are some of the club members with the cheque at our last meeting of 2010:

GNPC and the cheque
GNPC winners by Andrea Abbott

The club appears to be going from strength to strength – let’s hope we can keep up the momentum during 2011!

If you live near Great Notley and would like to come along to the club, why not take a look at the list of upcoming meetings? You would  be very welcome.

Treasure Hunted Down

One of the fun side projects I’ve been doing during 2010 is the Treasure Hunt – I had to find images to fit 75 different themes throughout the year. The first 12 were tied to each month, the rest could be taken any time. I rather enjoyed the search, and it gave me ideas for pictures during the year when I was a little short of inspiration. Here is a mosaic of them all for you to enjoy:

Treasure Hunt Mosaic
Treasure Hunt Mosaic