The camera club that I belong to organises get-togethers through the summer to give people the opportunity to get out-and-about taking photographs as a group.
Of course, last year these couldn't go ahead - but there was a brief opportunity for a socially-distanced photowalk around Cambridge one evening.
The main aim was Street photography, and I knew that the perfect camera for this would be my Ricoh GRIII; but Cambridge is such a beautiful city, and with so few opportunities like this, I couldn't help but bring my main DSLR with me too. It was such a mistake. It wasn't so much the extra weight, or inconvenience of carrying and juggling two cameras - but it hampered "seeing" the scenes properly.
Whichever camera I was holding, I'd be thinking about what I could get with the other - and switching back and forth took away from the joy of being in the moment.
I knew that it would be a mistake, but couldn't shake the fear of turning up only to find fantastic subjects that were out of reach by having the wrong lens. It's a bad habit and one that I need to shake.
Within a short amount of time, it was obvious that, as expected, the little Ricoh GRIII was the right camera to have. The urban space suited a wide-angle. It was discrete enough to not draw the attention of passers-by, and it made getting quick shots from odd angles more practical.
This was most valuable for this image. Arriving at Trinity Passage, I knew that I wanted to take a shot of the dark, winding street - with it's row of identical buildings and chimneys looking like it hadn't changed in 500 years. I was hoping for a cyclist or person walking along - but immediately spotted a large puddle near the entrance from last night's rain and knew a reflection shot was on.
The small camera allowed me to set this up, compose, and dial in the right settings quickly - with the back-screen showing me clearly what I was taking. I fired off a series of three or four images, and on reviewing later saw that one had managed to nail a bird in flight, right in the middle of the visible sky.
I was pleased with this image as it was taken. The Ricoh has a great colour texture to it's images, the leading lines were as I imagined, and the triangle of exposed sky fitted nicely.
It wasn't until a competition being run recently with the camera club asked for images under the theme of "Upside Down", that I thought to flip the whole image. I'd originally selected it because of the puddle reflection, but realised that the whole image took on a more ethereal and intriguing form completed turned over.
Happily, others seem to agree. The image score 19 / 20 in the competition - my highest score yet; and was selected as Photo of the Month - which has given me a huge boost!