This turned out to be a very productive month, mainly concentrated on three events, two of which were on the same weekend (the 16th & 17th).
Eckington Flower Festival and Open Gardens
This was done on the 17th June, and was the first time I had photographed this event. A hot and sunny day resulted in some brilliant lighting conditions, although it also meant it was a somewhat exhausting session. However, the results were outstanding, and I think it is some of the best work I have done in some time
Although it was the first of the three events that I attended, I didn't process the photographs until I had done the other two. By the looks of things, I would say I left the best until last.
Wartime in the Vale
I did make to this event on the 18th June (for the first time ever, I didn't attend on the Saturday). Again, hot and sunny conditions, which resulted in some good work, although I did chose to walk to the event rather than drive, and as a result, I chose to take only the 18-250mm lens to cover the day, in favour of carrying extra drinking water. This did mean that I only had this lens to work during the Hurricane Flypast, but I got lucky with my position and ended up with a couple of decent photographs of the aircraft.
Although I felt that the event itself was good, I felt that yet again the event brochure let the side down. Again, it failed to list a significant amount of the military exhibits, and quite a few of the entries that were listed did not tally up with the exhibits displaying them (one exhibit number had been assigned to two exhibits). The brochure was also littered with typing errors, and I'd honestly have to say that this time round it wasn't really worth the cost. Fortunately, having done the event since 2009 (and I also don't think it was the 10th Anniversary of the event; surely that will occur in 2019), I am not as reliant on the brochure as I used to be, but if I had been doing this for the first time, I suspect that the collection would have been littered with identification errors). I'm somewhat glad that none of my work appeared in the brochure as I would have been somewhat embarrassed by being associated with it.
Overall though, I was reasonably happy with my day's work, at least once I'd got past the disappointment of the brochure. Quantity may have been down on previous years, but hopefully this was made up for in quality.
I've also reviewed the earlier "Wartime in the Vale" collections, and have corrected a couple of errors and inconsistencies in those collections.
This was done on the 24th June, which although not as sunny as the previous Saturday, was at least somewhat cooler. I must admit I initially thought I'd made a mess of this, but upon examination of the photographs, I found that my strategy had worked better than I had initially thought. Unfortunately, some elements got missed, mostly due to plain bad luck (most notably the Carnival Queen). I think that next time, I will try and photograph the carnival at two locations, which should hopefully increase the coverage levels.
As well as the above, I've also been involved in a Vale of Evesham Historical Society project relating to World War One, and part of my contribution has been photographing local war memorials. At the moment, none of these photographs have made it onto this site, but this may change once I have progressed further with this task.
There was also a birthday session with Jerry the Chinchilla.
I'm primarily looking at the "Fladbury Walkabout" as I've promised myself I would do both that and the Cropthorne Walkabout this year, and I may do some work at the Evesham Vale Light Railway Gala. Fortunately, these two events aren't on the same weekend this year, which after having three intensive weekends' worth of photography in the last two months, I'm somewhat glad of this scheduling.
I hope to be able to resume increasing my National Trust score for this year as well during the month.