At the start of 2015, I gave myself a membership to the RPS. I wanted to find out if joining such a big and venerable organisation would give me a much-needed push to further my photography skills. In short, the answer was no. Over the whole of last year, I ashamedly admit that I only managed to join them for one (1!) event and then made a write-up which I didn't post. It was a field trip to Wicken Fen, a nature reserve maintained by the National Trust. Well, as last year has been quite terrible for me photography-wise (I was too busy with other stuff, honest!) I might as well post this blog anyway to get rid of that horrendous back-log and start 2016 semi-afresh. **** The day was grey and only full of the promise of rain. At the Wicken Fen reserve, we were greeted by Ann and it was very soon thereafter that everyone had gone their own way, spread out over a vast area. So far for meeting new people... For the day, I had brought my Canon 50D with a telezoom and wideangle lens, my Praktica Super TL-2 35 mm camera with a 82-200mm zoom lens, a 28mm wide angle and a 135mm, which was completely unnecessary and a Toy camera. The roll in the Toy Camera will not be developed till the roll is full, so I'm sorry there won't be any images of that (yet). The day was grey and dreary and even though there were a few rays of sunshine peeping through the clouds - it remained overcast and dull throughout. I followed the boardwalk for a while, ending up in one of the hides where a rat was busy pilfering the content of a peanut stuffed bird feeder. Every 2-3 minutes or so he would scuttle up, jump over, maneuvered a nut out of the feeder and jumped away with it's mouth full. What a clever little thing! I believe most of the RPS photographers present on that day will have a few photos of this little bugger - he / she was the talk of the event! As the day was so grey, the wildlife failed to make an appearance - or so I was told afterwards. I do not possess the correct equipment, nor the wish to stake out a spot for hours to photograph a species of bird I would not be able to identify. Instead, I stuck to landscape images / sceneries. The one 'trouble' I had was the lack of normal daylight film in my fridge. Hopelessly devoid of stock, I made do with 400 ISO Black and white film (Ilford Hp5) and I have to say, I might actually like the results! Next time I might be able to actually USE the tripod I brought and not have the horrendous unintentional shake in the image..... until then, here's my best efforts.