I think I can safely say that the work done in April has more than made up for the lack of work during the previous three
months. As well as photographing both Evesham Regatta 207 and Cropthorne Walkabout 2017 (the last time I did both
in the same year was 2010), I also managed two National Trust properties and several examples of class 180 Diesel Multiple Units in
the Evesham area.
The NT work involved a visit to both Upton House and Charlecote Park on the second Sunday of the month.
The visit to the former was somewhat disappointing as most of the grounds were closed for maintenance and the Great Pool had been
drained and taken on the look of a building site, but I did manage to get a few good shots in the Bog Garden area.
was much more successful and my early departure from Upton House resulted in my arrival coinciding with a herd of Fallow Deer grazing
alongside the entrance drive, which resulted in some good images of those. The only downside was that, being a glorious
April Sunday at the start of the school Easter holidays, the park was somewhat crowded, and a lot of the photographs taken ended up
having to have other visitors removed. However, despite the crowds, I consider this session to be a success, and a good
start to my heritage property year.
The class 180 photographs are down to the fact that the First Great Western units are due to be
transferred at some point during 2017, and I wanted to see if I could photograph those units that I hadn't previously done before
this happened. Prior to 2017, I had photographed three units, and I initially believed that I still had three to do.
However, having finally photographed two units previously unphotographed, a Wikipedia check informed me that FGW only had five units
in operation, so it would seemed that I had actually succeeded in getting the set. I'm not completely convinced that there
isn't a sixth unit still with FGW, though, so this project may continue for a while longer.
The final weekend was probably the most
productive weekend of photography I've done since "Wartime in the Vale 2015". I attended the Regatta from the start of
racing just after 8.30am and finished work at 7.30pm, not quite making to the end of the day's racing, but longer than I managed in
2016 (last photograph timed at 6.42pm that year). At this point, the light (which had been somewhat problematic for most
of day anyway) was failing, I was somewhat tired, and I felt that any further work would be a serious struggle to complete.
By this point I had taken 1,065 images, smashing my previous daily record of 863 (Evesham Regatta 2010), so I'm hoping I've managed
my usual levels of coverage, although I am somewhat worried that having been forced to work at higher ISO levels than I would have
preferred to due to the reduced lighting conditions of the day, image quality might be compromised. As of writing the
April news section, I have yet to begin examination of the images.
And then to cap it all, the next day, I went and photographed the
2017 Cropthorne Walkabout. Again, the weather was somewhat overcast, and rain later in the afternoon led me to finish
work perhaps a little earlier than I would have preferred, but I did get to visit most of the gardens, and I believe there might be
a couple that I hadn't done before. I don't think these will be quite as good as those from 2015, but I think I've come
up with a few views that I haven't done before, and at least I am on track to be able to do both this and the Fladbury Walkabout in
the same year.
As of the time of writing, I have not looked at any of the photographs from the last weekend of the
month, but I hope to have some Regatta photographs available shortly, although it is likely that I will build a the collection in
a 3XM gallery as a temporary measure, and then build a proper collection for this site once I have finished processing the photographs.
I'm not sure when the Walkabout photographs will be available, as I suspect I will prioritise the Regatta ones, but hopefully I will
have sorted all photographs at some point before the second May Bank Holiday.
I don't plan to do both Regatta and Walkabout
in the same year again for some time (if at all). In fact, I'm considering not doing either in 2018, and finding some
other way of spending that weekend. It may come down to how well the photographs come out, and possibly how many sales
I can make for the Regatta photographs.
"Evesham Vale 10K Race 2009" Mobile Collection
I've completed the mobile conversion
of the this site by adding the above last remaining collection, and in addition, I've also expanded the collection from 48 photographs
to 120. Although this is not as comprehensive as I could have made it, I believe that the images shown represent
the best of those taken during the day, especially as the conditions I was working under weren't all that favourable.
For various reasons, I've decided against making these available for sale at this time, but am willing to consider requests.
I've not been able to make any major progress on mugs; I will try to return to this as soon as I can (although
this might not be until June now).
I suspect that I will spend most of May dealing with the photographs from the last
two days of April, but I hope to be able to attend the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's May steam gala at the end of the month.