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Invicta Shutterbugs Rochester Photowalk

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Rochester Photowalk, a set on Flickr.

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.

Maidstone Photowalk – a set on Flickr

I organised a photo walk yesterday. The weather turned against us, so only four of us actually turned up. Still, we enjoyed ourselves wandering around Kent’s county town of Maidstone.

This slide show is of the images I managed to get. I’d share the images the others took, but I can’t fathom the clumsy way Google+ shows slideshows. I guess you have to be there.

No Flash? Try this link.

September Dawn – a set on Flickr

One of my infamous Dawn Raids occurred this morning. It so happened the weather was forecast to be clear, and there was a high tide coinciding with sunrise, give or take a few minutes. I headed out to Hoo St Werburgh, which has rapidly become my local sunrise location of choice.

Swapping lenses on a DSLR always increases the possibility of dust and grot getting into the camera body. Only when I got home and downloaded the images did I spot a small hair in the bottom right corner of many images, caused by my holding an uncapped lens in the crook of my arm while swapping them about. At wider apertures the fibre was all but invisible, but stopping down meant it became clearer and clearer. I’ve had to do a bit of selective cropping and cloning to tidy things up. I was lucky, really, it only encroached in a corner. It has now been removed from the camera body.

For those without Flash, here’s the direct link to the set on Flickr.

Photography podcasts

The other day I was bemoaning the fact that many of the photography podcasts I listen to are resolutely based in the USA. The same voices kept reappearing, some of which were getting intensely irritating in a whiney west coast way, and it was increasingly obvious to me that I wasn’t learning anything from them any more. Too much blather about new software and hardware, and too little blather about actual photography. I also noticed a lot of talk about lighting, whereas I am a keen natural light photographer. The only flash I own is part of my camera body, and it very rarely gets deployed. While I am interested in new gear, I’m not going to be spending money on it, so I want more general photographic information over technolust.

Be that as it may, I was pointed at a UK-based podcast that had previously slipped my notice. I subscribed to it over the weekend, and I had a marathon catch-up session yesterday. 

Giles Babbidge (@gilesbabbidge on Twitter) is a professional photographer based down on the South Coast of England. He runs a blog/web site entitled The Active Photographer, produces a weekly podcast of the same name, and a Facebook page if you feel so inclined, while also working hard for a living.

I have to say, I am pretty impressed. Giles tends to record his weekly podcast in an off-the-cuff style, often while on a location or out for a walk. He also records interesting chats with his former university lecturer. Things frequently wander off on tangents, or down little parenthetical byways, but equally frequently contain useful real world information.

I am happy that I now have a regular podcast with a UK-based photographer.