Already my 4th post of 2017’s monthly reviews which I’m doing through this year. This post we look back at highs and lows of photography during April. (Previous months are here – January, February & March posts)
At the very end of March my interview in OnLandscape was published, so it was early April when many people got to read it. If you haven’t already, check it out now (free registration required)
Early in April I was getting excited (or overly anxious as usual) about a weekend away to attend the opening event of #ConnectedTEN at Patchings Art Centre down in Calverton, but before then I met up with Alan Leightley again one evening to wander down to Budle Bay to see what was on view from the old pier and adjacent WW2 gun platform as both of us hadn’t been down there with cameras in hand. We were treated to a fantastic sunset, which Alan loved every second of – it was a bit colourful for my liking and I missed most of the casting light on the landscape as I was trying to find decent compositions (yes, I do TRY to compose images! 😉 )
I also returned to Rothbury to try for more abstracts that I felt were very successful in last months haul of imagery.
Then the main show, down to Patchings for a great day of photography chat and socialising. Having left home at 3am we made it down to Clumber Park before dawn for the now customary photo session, where we were treated to a frost and a light mist amongst the trees. Lovely conditions, but with the early start and realising (I thought) I’d left my 6 stop filter at home my brain wasn’t helping find nice compositions – admittedly normally being close to the coast, we don’t get much frost and mist conditions together so I was also having to learn and adapt quickly to get decent data – I also didn’t bother taking my tripod south with me, which didn’t help either!
I had a very enjoyable day at #ConnectedTEN, great to meet up with some Twitter friends again and meet others for the first time. While the talks were great, especially Paul Kenny’s, having much more time to chat would’ve been preferable, especially as we’d only be there for day one of the two opening days. Day 2 with Andrew Atkinson, Ian Burton and FIL (Bob, Ian’s father-in-law) was a dawn shoot around the UNESCO site of Saltaire on the outskirts of Bradford. A great spot for photography of all styles, just a pity modern additions (tarmac, cars and wheelie bins) were present…
I did get my favourite image of the month from there though!
On the way back we wound our way north through Yorkshire stopping off a few times, generally the weather was too nice for quality data capture until we reached the Ribblehead viaduct where the weather had closed in. Being someone who likes to strike off locations I wanted my shot of the viaduct no matter the weather. The lads kindly waited for me while off I traipsed to see what I could get.
The day after I got back, after enjoying myself greatly, we had to say goodbye to one of my dogs Tessa who’d had a rough weekend and on Monday morning at almost 15 years old I knew her time had come. Recently every single time when I’ve had a great time, in no time at all I’ve been destroyed with bad news and loss. So this wrecked what was looking like a decent month.
At the request of Anita Nicholson, myself, Alan and Calum Gladstone met up at dawn on Bamburgh beach to “pose” for potential pics for her forthcoming Northumberland photo guide book. Another early one, but a good one where after the disappointments of Alnwick Garden results, I had much more to go on with a quarter of the frames captured.
Thats us on the beach, captured thanks to Calum’s drone.
A beautiful morning at Bamburgh beach this morning. Great to meet up with @ilovefridaysme @anitanicholsonphotography @andrewsgray @gabinns #djiphantom3 #birdseyeview #ig_captures #instagood #northumberland_uk
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Another night I took myself off for a wander in the howling (bloody freezing) wind at sunset I happened to notice how abstract the sunset looked in these reflections, so I shot a bunch including this one as it was a self portrait of my silhouette in the reflected sunset. Anyone any idea what was doing the reflecting? Might be a small prize in it for the 1st correct answer! 😉 Answers via twitter please… @andrewsgray
I had this post all laid out in advance of the 1st of May ticking over as I hadn’t picked up the camera all week, and then I went out and shot some images around Warkworth on the evening of the 30th. Those images need a little time to breathe, before I go in and edit them with a clear mind. Maybe some will be included next month instead.
Here are April’s selected images…
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