Last Friday was my second visit to Eastbourne in a week. This time it was to present 'Seeing' to Eastbourne Photographic Society which went down well. It was a particularly important engagement in that it highlighted to a couple of tweeks I need to make in readiness for the biggie this Thursday.
Despite this being the fourth talk to the club, Smethwick is still a bit scary which makes me prepare doubly hard to get it absolutely right on the night. There's no mid-evening tea break, so keeping the voice in one piece is a bit of a challenge. Despite it being one of the biggest clubs in the UK with many top internationally acclaimed members, it is a very friendly place to visit. The lack of a mid-session break is compensated by a social gathering in their own bar at the end of the evening.
I digress. As previously, I made a day of it on the way to Eastbourne and visited the Bluebell Railway, Seaford Head and Beach Head. I think I managed a couple of half decent snaps despite it being extremely hard to avoid the clichés of the area which abound. Hopefully, I'll get to work on them before my Smethwick trip.
Two trips to Eastbourne this week. Yesterday, it was my archived talk, 'Just for the Fun of It' presented to Seven Sisters Camera Club with a good audience of 40 or so. This club is only in its second season and, judging by the enthusiasm of the members, is destined to become a major force on the south coast.
I took advantage of having a free day and arrived in Eastbourne soon after midday with a view to photographing in a town that I don't know at all well, but the weather was dull and overcast with occasional light rain so very little was achieved. Perhaps I'll be luckier on Friday when I'm doing my latest talk, 'Seeing' to the long established Eastbourne Photographic Society and weather permitting, will try and make a day of it.
When I retired at the end of July, I promised myself I'd get better organised as far as my photographic life is concerned. It's taken full month to get round to it, but today's the day!
Up to now, my post-processing workflow been somewhat hit and miss, to say the least! So, mindful that I'm already taking far more photos than when I was working, an upgrade to Lightroom 5 seemed like a good idea. Despite horror stories of the upgrade process being a nightmare, it went smoothly from start to finish. OK, so the whole thing took an hour or so, but who cares! Now, all I have to do is learn the software thoroughly, which I've never done since I first started using it a couple of years ago. I shall keep using Photoshop 5.5 for certain operations, but I think Lightroom is the way forward.