October was basically a one trip month. The 1st couple of weeks prep leading up to it and a week or so after, editing – my trip to York.
I was in York to deliver a talk for Bishopthorpe Camera Club and made the most of it by giving myself a couple of hours in the city to shoot some images in the afternoon. In the lead up I’d done a bit of virtual scouting seeing what kind of angles I could get of York Minster, bridges over the river, the Shambles, Clifford’s Tower and anything else that popped up. I used Flickr, 500px and Google street view to do this. Out of these searches I discovered the ruins of St Mary’s Abbey beside the museum so that was 1st on my list to capture.
Unfortunately the skies were clear and blue, not the kind of light I like to work with, so it was not only hard work to cope with the heights of the buildings fitting in frame but also having to control the bright light and still get exposure times long enough to achieve pleasing shapes during the ICM capture process. This also the first time I’ve shot ICM in a city environment. When you are used to having open countryside to move around in for compositions, the indignity of having buildings in the way was frustrating. You are either basically touching York Minster or you are a long way back, there is no middle distance view to be had. At the end of it all, I also completely forgot to shoot Cliffords Tower which would’ve been more open and easier to shoot! Damn my muddled brain…
Apart from me forgetting my notes so my intro was short and disjointed during my talk, once I got going I thoroughly enjoyed giving my talk to Bishopthorpe Camera Club. Always nice to see the puzzlement and confusion on peoples faces eventually lift into an understanding and appreciation of the work. There are also always a couple of minds blown. I still need to trim a few images from the talk as again I overran my time. Everyone was very kind, which I can only be thankful for. They are a lovely group and if anyone is approached by them to give a talk, just say yes!
Also in September and October I’ve been watching a hell of a lot of Youtube channels to do with photography. Mainly vlogger style outings of the likes of Thomas Heaton, Simon Baxter, Brendon Van Son, Nigel Danson and others. Which has got me thinking, can I do something like this?… I DO have a Youtube channel with just one video on it at the moment and recently I got a notification from Youtube to say that I now had 100 subscribers! Are people interested in another vlogging style channel, but obviously with the twist that I’m not doing regular landscape photography?… The main problem though is that I don’t have a camera capable of doing video, and my phone is terrible for photos and videos, so thats not really an option either. So we’ll see what happens, I might have to scour ebay for a really cheap DSLR with video.
But in the meantime here are October’s selected images, mainly of York…
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