Cropthorne Walkabout 2015
Photographs from the first day of the event. Because my May schedule for 2015 also included
an early Dorset holiday, I felt that attempting to cover the Evesham Regatta would just be too much to fit in, and so I decided
(after a break of 3 years) to return to the Cropthorne Walkabout. This was somewhat apt, as the event was celebrating
its 40th anniversary, and it was also 40 years since I moved out of the village to a house in Evesham. In the end, my
decision to do the Walkabout proved to be a good one : I had working commitments on the Saturday which prevented me from attempting
a blanket coverage of the Regatta that day, and the weather was such that I would have been in a fight with overcast conditions
and some rain. For once, I was perfectly happy to leave the Regatta photography to the official photographers.
That saying, on the Sunday I was woken to the sound of rain, which I didn't really want to hear, and I did consider coming
on the Monday instead. However, by midday, the rain had cleared up, the sun was making occasional appearances,
so I decided to press ahead with my plan. This time I drove to the event, rather than walk (partly due to the earlier
rain, and the possibility of further rain). I stayed for nearly three hours, and photographed most of the gardens
and activities on display (I would have stayed a little longer for a return session at Cropthorne Court, but upon spotting a large
section of cloud appearing over the village, I decided to quit while I was ahead). For the most part the weather while I was
there was a mixture of sun and cloud, although it had annoying knack of being cloudy when I wanted sun and vice versa. However,
the Monday weather was somewhat more overcast, and on the whole, I think I ended up making the correct call. not only for the Walkabout,
but for my weekend as a whole.
Unlike my 2012 visit, I was not too concerned about repetition as I had planned this to
be an exercise in reworking. Most of the photographs in this collection are RAW reworks, although a couple of camera JPG
files have been used, mainly where I've felt a full RAW rework wasn't really necessary.
This time round the collection
is in a location-based order, based on the order listed in the event brochure. Other photographs taken during this event
may appear in other specialist collections.