My friend Phil normally does most of the socially necessary photographs for the community at Eastbourne.
Unless, of course, he is taking an active part in the event to be photographed, in which case he often calls on me to stand in for him. Yesterday was Eastbourne’s annual carol service organized jointly by three churches in the area, and held at the Muritai School Hall. As usual, I arrived early, so wandered around outside practicing macro photography in the flower beds outside. I have no idea what kind of flower this is, but I used multiple exposures and focus stacking. It wasn’t until later, I spotted the tiny spider in between the stalks of the flowers on the top left and another small insect (aphid?) in the top right corner.
I must moderate this extreme punctuality business. I wandered around into the Eastbourne shops and was pleased to see this unrestored old Ford truck. I hope that it gets the treatment one day.
In due course, the service started, and there were lots and lots of families with young children and several children’s choirs, as well as the Hutt City Brass Band. I was amused that several of the youngsters in one of the school choirs held their hands over their ears when the band played. Brass in an enclosed space can be too much for some. This is the first time I have attempted a multi-image panorama on a crowd scene, and it seems to have worked well enough.
During one of the children’s performances the siren went off next door to summon the local volunteer fire brigade. A few members galloped off to the station, but to their enormous credit, the choir kept singing and were not drowned out. Traditional carols were sung with feeling and a few new ones were learned. It was all topped off by the arrival of Santa
That’s it for today.