In a month where the weather couldn't decide if it was spring or winter, a lot of my plans fell by the wayside.
I had intended to upgrade my camera body on the first Saturday of the month, but significant snowfall over the previous two days
meant that travelling to either Worcester or Cheltenham in order to visit a camera shop which could deal with my requirements would
present difficulties (for starters, my car would need digging out), and after considering this and other factors, I decided to postpone
the purchase for a few more weeks.
There were only two photograph sessions during the month, and one came about
as the result of the snow at the beginning of it. I also managed a short session at Snowshill Manor, but due to
a significant area of the gardens being closed off due to the rainfall in the previous weeks, this was not as comprehensive a session
as I had hoped for, and I've held off dealing with the photographs in favour of continuing the HTML5 conversion. I had
hoped to go further afield for some more NT work, but the lack of good weather - at least at weekends - prevented this, and I can't
help thinking that even if I had managed to do so, would I have had the same problem at other NT properties?
On the other hand,
I have made some significant progress on the HTML5 conversion. At the end of March the site had 20 collections in this
new format: 19 conversions and 1 new one. I had planned on a target of 4-5 collections converted per month, so exceeded
this in March, although some of the converted collections were quite small, and I did have more time to spend on this than I had planned
for (and some may need a bit of tidying up). It is unlikely I can keep this rate up for the next few months as I plan
to actually take some photographs, but I'm planning to convert the "Evesham Regatta 2017" collection in April, which at 222 photographs,
will probably take some time.
I also gained another publishing credit with 5 of my Corfe Castle photographs
being published in issue 63
of German magazine "Pallasch". In light of this, I not only converted that collection,
but its related collections "Kingston Lacy
" and "Badbury Rings
" as well.
What happens in April will probably depend on
two things : (1) whether or not I finally upgrade the camera and (2) what the weather does. Some of the March HTML5 conversions
were done based on the collections likely to be added to in the near future, especially if I get my new camera body, so the Evesham
Light Railway may make an appearance and I hope to get to the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway in order to ride the new section
to Broadway. A National Trust test run of new equipment might take place at either Stowe Landscape Gardens or Croome
Park (Hidcote was visited last year, and I've set myself the limitation that I won't visit any of the four NT properties I did in
2017, unless it is in the company of either my brother or my parents).
Evesham Regattas 2016 and 2017 - Sales
It is my
intention to withdraw the sales facilities from both these collections at the end of April 2018. I cannot really justify
renewing the subscription on the 2017 sales gallery due to the lack of sales since its inception, and I don't really feel that
splitting into three galleries is justified either. There was not enough interest in the 2016 work to really justify retaining
the three sales galleries on this event any longer either.