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January 2018

A lot of sitting at the computer this month - still processing images from last year's trip to Iceland and so on. I managed to complete 5 audio-visual presentations on Iceland, which I'm reasonably happy with. They last about 30 minutes in total, so they might be useful as part of a talk or to use at the camera club. I have also managed to do some printing for myself and Dorothy, although my 7 year old R2880 printer has been playing up (banding and such like) so my brain is already thinking of what to buy to replace it. It's also the busy season for entering external exhibitions - I must have done 5 or six this month. Let's hope for a bit of a higher success rate this year! The East Midlands Monochrome Group had a critique evening, with comments from Hazel Manning. She liked my "Hope" print, and had a useful suggestion about improving my "View In Comfort", which I have put into practice. The Desborough and Rothwell Photographic Society resumed activities after the Christmas break, with a showing of the 2017 Clay Cross exhibition, the 2017 PAGB 2017 Inter-Federation Cup images, and the annual Men v Women print battle (the men winning this year by 311 to 307, judged by Ken Hudson). We also had the AGM, with a new Chairman but still short of a full committee. My photography has been mostly football this month, attending the FA Vase match between Desborough Town and Stourport Swifts, and Stamford AFC v Basford United in the Evo-Stik Division One South league. We had one session of the Leicester Forest Photographic Society Studio Group, with the model Tammy. Unfortunately there were too many photographers for one model and the very limited time we had each was not enough for me to get any decent results. I do not usually go to the Leicester Forest regular meetings, but I did manage to get to see Tony Worobiec give his excellent talk "Photographing Landscape Whatever The Weather". The bad news was that my 300mm f4 Nikkor took a bit of a knock somehow and would not focus properly. I initially took it to Camera Box in Kettering who sent it to Skears in Northampton. They said they could not repair it, and sent it to Nikon. The latest quote from them is nearly £400... Perhaps the new printer will have to wait.