St Michael’s Hospice Moonlight Walk

Having cared so well for both my dad, and then my mum when her time came, I rushed to volunteer to take photos of any marketing event held by St Michael’s Hospice – it’s not much I hope it helps a little.

So, I got an email for my first assignment – an open garden afternoon might have been a little easier that their Moonlight Walk… But, hey, I got on with it. Unaware of the poor camera settings at the half way point (ISO VERY high), I’m not so proud of those taken with the flash. And, next time I MUST take a torch a) to actually see what I’m doing and b) to highlight my subject so the camera can focus. Every day’s a learning day.

Here are a few of some of the local people who also believe St Michael’s Hospice is very worthy of their free time:

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Mayday 2017

Posts are pretty random at the moment as we have had a disjointed house move that saw us sell one without having secured another and therefore spending a couple of months in temporary accommodation. However, we have now completed the purchase on a new home and are expecting Open Reach to come and install our phone line and therefore our internet at the end of the week – we will have only had to wait nearly 4 weeks. Ggrrrrrrr!!!!!

Anyway, just because I have only been posting randomly from various open Wifi spots across town, it doesn’t mean that I haven’t been out and about, taking photos.

This first set were taken at daybreak up at Lady’s Parlour near Hastings castle on the West Hill where some of the dancers, the bogeys and some members of the public gather to watch the sun come up and have a jolly good dance about.

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Then, from 10am, starting at the Fishermans’ Museum, the procession passes, loudly and joyously, through the narrow roads of the old town and back up the hill towards the castle where Morris Dancers from all around the world perform in some sort of Folk dance off before the Jack is slayed around 3pm.

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Juggling for the camera club

Well, so far, January has failed to prove very productive on the photography front. So luckily, the local camera club arranged for the local juggling squad to join us this week.

I thought I’d take the opportunity to experiment with a style of photography I’d seen before and admired when used to photograph dancers. I wanted to explore if it would work with the jugglers.

These are handheld (probably would have been better if on a tripod but there were a lot of us with cameras and I couldn’t direct the jugglers) 1 – 2 second exposures with the flash firing at the end of the exposure – rear curtain sync. Let me know what you think.

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Rye Jazz Festival in Mono

It’s that time of the week, and it’s that time of year again. Rye Jazz Festival is going from strength to strength every year and, despite a dreary day with intermittent downpours, it seemed a good time was had by all on the Saturday.

Something else that is going from strength to strength in terms of the quality of images, is Leanne Coles MMC. Don’t miss out taking a look at all the cool entries here.

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Some serious brass from Red Diesel.
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The artist and the audience.
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Getting out amongst things.
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Ahh… The British weather.
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Watching the watchers.

Hastings’ Pram Race 2016

It was another great evening in Hastings’ Old Town with teams of people dressed up and racing their carts and prams around the pubs to make money for charity. Not sure why I didn’t get so many good photos this year – it certainly wasn’t because I was spending too much time in the pubs. Haha!

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Love Supreme Festival

WHAT a weekend. Non-stop jazz, soul and funk amidst the rolling Sussex Downs at Glynde.

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Friday before the crush.
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Glamping in the other field
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Gentle welcoming
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Native Dancer
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These hard-core festival goers showed us the ropes.
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Saturday swing lessons before breakfast.
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Fantastic to see some very talented newcomers.
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The sun did shine sometimes.
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A great performance by Lianne Lahavas
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Grace Jones was hot on Saturday night.
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Bouncing light
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And teasing the audience
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Grace Jones confetti bomb grand finale
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Sunday – Average White Band
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Caro Emerald was more naughty than you’d think.
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Oh, this man. Closed the festival and bought tears to my eyes. Burt Bacharach.

 

Pashley Manor Tulips

I’m not a great flower photographer but we took a little trip out to Ticehurst today to see the tulips in bloom at Pashley Manor Gardens.  And, what a treat it was. A beautiful garden all round.

I’m not a great flower photographer but we took a little trip out to Ticehurst today to see the tulips in bloom at Pashley Manor Gardens.  And, what a treat it was. A beautiful garden all round.

Weekly Photo Challenge – Humanity

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is another tricky one. What is humanity? If you asked one hundred people to define humanity, I wonder if you would get one hundred answers.

At the Eastbourne Steampunk Festival, it was lovely to see all ages come together to enjoy the creativity of the costumes, the music, the artwork et al.