With one of the wettest winters on record, 2014 didn’t seem to hold much promise for photographic expeditions. Having killed the Shutterbugs last year, I found much of my time involved elsewhere (that’s the workbench, obviously), and I completely lost my interest in photography somewhere along the line. The gear sat in the cupboard, unused and unloved.
Even the promise of some pretty good weather for much of the summer didn’t make my trigger finger itch like it used to. Perhaps the travails with the car, too much work to do and various other things taking what little spare time I had that just made me wonder what I ever found interesting in going out with the camera gear.
As the weather begins to turn at the end of what has turned out to be a pretty good summer, the prospect of a fine start and a sunrise at a reasonably sensible hour began to make me think it might be worth a trip. I charged batteries, formatted cards, cleaned things, chose some lenses and packed the bag.
After a short night’s sleep, I got up at 0445hrs BST, jumped in the car and headed off to the Isle of Grain. As I drove down the M2 I wondered about my sanity…
You can see the full set over at my Flickr stream. I think it was well worth the effort, and I think it may have helped me find my photographic mojo. My next planned trip is to an agricultural fair on the Hoo Peninsula, in about three weeks. I hope it doesn’t rain!
The August Invicta Shutterbug photo walk took in the pretty village of Chilham, Kent.
Our June Invicta Shutterbugs photowalk took in the RSPB reserve at Cliffe Pools, and the village of Cliffe itself.
Our Invicta Shutterbugs May photowalk was to the Wingham Wildlife Park, near Canterbury, Kent. While only three of us turned up, we enjoyed it no end. It took me a while to get my photo mojo going, I have to admit. A detour on the way home gave me some spiffing ideas for walks next year, too.
Had a brilliant photowalk down on Romney Marsh and Dungeness today. The weather was sunny, but the wind was cold. Eight of us turned out, including a couple who travelled down from Northampton—yes, Northampton—after seeing the walk plugged on Google+. Don’t ever let anyone tell you Google+ is not worth bothering with. If you’re a photographer, it’s the place to be.
The March Invicta Shutterbugs walk took place in Aylesford, Kent. It is a place I have driven through hundreds of times, and never thought to actually stop and walk around.
After the disappointment of having to cancel the January walk due to the wrong type of snow, I was very pleased to wake to a clear sky for the February walk.
Nine of us turned up in Rochester, and wandered about pointing cameras at various things, chatting about photography, gardening, life, the universe and everything. I thoroughly enjoyed myself, and the photos on my Flickr Photostream are those I deem my best.
Hopefully, we’ll be setting up an Invicta Shutterbugs group on Flickr, as well as the knot of us over on Google+. I can’t begin to express how happy I am that this photowalking group is actually looking like it may take off and fly.