A small group of us from the GNPC went on a photowalk to RHS Hyde hall on 1st May, with the intention of doing some macro flower photography. However, we were somewhat thwarted by the fact that it was VERY windy! Never mind, I did manage a few reasonable shots, and this rather splendid purple Iris (complete with added fly) nearly made it on Day #1217:
After my stint at the BBC finished, I had a couple of days to draw breath before I went out with the Upminster Camera Club to judge their Shoot Maldon Live competition. I had a great time, despite the weather being rather variable. One of my own favourite images from the day was this detail [right] from the chandelier in the pub dining room – it would have been picture of the day had it fitted one of the six themes we were supposed to be shooting!
The Chelmsford Photowalk Flickr group had an early outing this month to visit the Essex Young Farmers’ Club Show in Roxwell. Plenty of photographic subjects to see, and there was an excellent turn out. Again, it was very windy so some shots were a bit limited by the conditions (the sun was in and out all afternoon). My multi-shot composite of the mad motorcylists had to be picture of the day, but if I hadn’t have had such a good image, then this rather striking (and clean!) picture of one of the old tractors on display would have been my choice:
Ingatestone Camera Club had their first summer photowalk on 31st May, where we had the free run of the grounds of Ingatestone Hall to ourselves. My macro shot of water lilies in the pond was ultimately what I chose for the day, but it was nearly this mono image of the Hall and pond. It had taken innumerable goes and oodles of patience to get all of the elements in the right place – when the sun was out, the swan had invariably swum off!