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Animals and Birds

On my birthday, very many moons ago, we went to Alvaston Castle in Derbyshire so I could practice with my new 21mm Zeiss lens. This is part of the stable block and I was quite pleased with it until Jan said, “It needs a cat.” It did indeed and now it’s got a cat, a rabbit, a textured layer and a modicum of faffing.
Cook Will be Pleased! was accepted into twelve FIAP Salons and won a Silver Medal, an Honourable Mention and a Highly Commended.

One of my few ‘straight’ nature shots to make any impression on the judges.
Tree Sparrow was accepted into one FIAP Salons.

This sky-gazing grey heron was at Attenborough Nature Reserve in Nottinghamshire and the blasted trees were at Titchwell Marsh in Norfolk. When they came together it snowed on them.
Keeping an Eye on the Weather was accepted into two FIAP Salons.

Early Portraits

This little group of portraits is a fair representation of where I was at photographically back in 2014 and in pursuit of my first accreditation of AFIAP. In the Pink (top left) and Grunge and Roses (centre) were taken at a workshop where all I was required to do was turn up, know enough to turn the camera on and click the button. Cabaret (top right) came from a lighting workshop. I thought I was doing pretty well to convert it to black-and-white and add a little smoke. Love Amongst the Ruins (bottom left) is an older shot, taken in the studio at university in my second year and later amalgamated with a shot from Stratford-on-Avon. It was my first nude shoot (not me, the models) and they kept their pants on to preserve their modesty. It was only when I viewed the shots later that I realised the flash had rendered his posing pouch transparent. Hello, Old Friend (bottom right) was a lovely moment on a nature reserve where Jan was feeding the robin on her hand; it seemed to strike a chord with judges as it won a Gold Medal in one of the BPE Salons (another story) and came second in the Nature category in the British Wildlife Exhibition.
All Nikon shots, except Love Amongst the Ruins, which was taken with a Leica.

In the Pink was accepted into three Salons
Cabaret was accepted into fourteen Salons and won an Honourable Mention
Grunge and Roses was accepted into three Salons
Love Amongst the Ruins was accepted into five Salons and won a Silver medal and an Honourable Mention
Hello, Old Friend was accepted into four Salons