A friend asked for help running a photographic slide show at a carol service.
As a generality, if someone wants me to do photography or to lend my somewhat limited technical expertise, I am happy to oblige. Weeding the garden tends to come with a bit more pain and suffering. Since the technical connection between computer and projector is an unknown quantity, I set out early. Unfortunately the hall at Eastbourne was still locked when I arrived. No problem, I had my camera with me so went down to the beach opposite the Eastbourne bus barns. I arrived just as the Cruise Liner Voyager of the Seas was about to disappear behind Pencarrow after dropping off the harbour pilot.
As usual, I did the “check behind” and saw a kite-surfer racing up and down. Based on the number of times he dumped off in relatively benign conditions and the total lack of any attempts at flying, I am guessing that he was at an early stage in his kite-surfing career. This image caught him at the Northern end of his run near the little spit at the end of Day’s Bay. If you magnify the image, there is a family enjoying a picnic on the beach. In the background, the petroleum/chemical tanker with the unromantic and somewhat mystifying name Overseas Ariadmar is unloading at Point Howard terminal. Our house is just out of shot halfway up the hill to the right.
By now it was time to see if the hall was yet open. It was. The projector didn’t have the HDMI connection that works with my Macbook Pro, so we used Mary’s PC and a good old-fashioned VGA cable and we were up and running. But Mary doesn’t have Lightroom so there was a bit of fumbling to install Picasa as a quick and dirty solution. We got there.
Eastbourne is has a real village style to it. People turn out in their numbers to an ecumenical carol service. My friend Phil had put together a set of photographs illustrating the Christmas story or reflecting Christmas themes using images of local people and places. That many people all smiling at once has to be a force for good in the world.
The children sang, performed and at the end Santa arrived and led them all out into the school playground for a lolly scramble (lolly = candy (US) =sweetie (UK)).
Here endeth the carols.