I hadn’t planted any new tulips for years but inspired by Monty Don I potted some up last autumn and they’ve rewarded me with a wonderful display and as a bonus – some of them have a lovely scent too, invoking a childhood memory – one particular orange variety has a very sweet orange scent – close your eyes and it’s like sniffing a bowl full of Haliborange tablets!
I have recently photographed a new extra-care retirement facility in Abergele. Hafod y Parc is now open and I’m sure there’ll be great demand for the one and two bedroom apartments. There’s a fully equipped kitchen and restaurant, games and hobbies rooms, a hairdressing salon and pamper bathroom, just to mention a few of the facilities. This is a high quality build and a very attractive design.
One of my commercial clients asked me to photograph a school for children with special needs in Llangefni. Ysgol y Bont is a brand new facility on the Island of Anglesey and offers fantastic facilities for the 80+ pupils who will attend.
Village pond, Gwaenysgor, August 2009. It was a lovely warm evening and at about 9:00 pm the resident carp began splashing about in the shallows and marginal weed beds. It was quite mesmerizing and I wonder how many baby carp they created that night!
Got up early this morning to complete a small commercial job – needed an a.m. shot of a stone cottage as soon as the sun came over the hill. Woke up to a thick blanket of fog, could barely see the hill let alone the sun. Plan B: Headed into the studio to continue re-loading all my software following a complete Windows re-install. It’s never that simple though and I’m nowhere near finishing four hours later. Plan C: De-stress. A nice cup of tea and a McVities Ginger Nut smothered liberally in Nutella! I can feel the tension draining away!
Just arrived back from two days at the N.E.C. Birmingham. It was the inaugural UK Photoshow. I’ve been attending “Focus on Imaging” at the NEC for many years and have witnessed massive changes in photography in that time. The early “Focus” events were exciting, with seminars and talks by celebrity photographers – I think Patrick Lichfield was there one year and I remember a talk by Stu Williamson and a stunning photo of a model covered in black treacle! The term “Digital Photography” did not exist and visitors to the show drooled over film cameras by Hasselblad and Rollei and Leica. There was all sorts of darkroom equipment from developing tanks to enlargers, tripods, filters, flash guns and studio lighting. And then digital cameras appeared on the scene. The first models were horrendously expensive and viewed as a novelty by many. But as with all things electronic, the technology moved at a pace and gradually the new cameras became better and better and then cheaper and cheaper. My first digital camera was a Fuji S1 Pro, based on a Nikon 35mm film camera body but with Fuji’s digital sensor and electronics. It was only 3.2 megapixel but gave excellent results. Gradually, Focus on Imaging’s stands included more and more digital equipment and less and less film equipment and a huge increase in wedding album’s on display. Sadly no seminars for many years, which is why I was excited about the new Photography Show this year – different organisers, bigger than ever and a great range of brilliant speakers and seminars on all four days.
The highlights from my two days at the show:- Joe McNally gave the keynote speech at Monday’s Pro Photographers Conference. Joe is a photo journalist and for many years his images have graced the likes of National Geographic and Life Magazine. His seminar on Tuesday gave an insight into the diversity of challenges faced by photojournalists. Kate Hopewell-Smith is a wedding and portrait photographer based in Berkshire. She’s built her business from scratch in just 4 years and is now also an accredited trainer for Nikon. She gave an inspirational talk at the Pro Conference. Nikon’s new flagship camera the D4S looks amazing – it’s aimed at sports photographers and photo journalists and can shoot full size raw files at 11 frames per second non-stop for about 25 seconds without slowing down. Try that with your i-phones and Samsungs! I’ve been looking at changing my ten year old printer for a while and finally “bit the bullet” and ordered an Epson 3880 at the show. It’ll print up to 17″x37″ and is recognised as one of the best printers currently available for high quality colour or black & white printing.
Well, judging by all the Tweets and Facebook posts the show was a huge success and I’m already looking forward to the 2015 event and buying that D4S!
Really looking forward to The Photography Show. Going on Monday and Tuesday. Pro Conference in Monday, Joe McNally seminar on Tues. Lot’s to see and new gear to ogle! Leave credit card at home!
Finished and mailed out a disk from one commercial job, booked another commercial shoot for Friday morning, optimised, cropped and ftp’d 120 image to the lab for printing, tidied a couple of very untidy shelves, thinned out a pile of client files, had a very nice meeting with a 2015 bride and groom, then finished the day off taking photos of little Harrison (15 months) with his mum and nan. A busy but quite satisfying day!
One of my commercial jobs this week is for a national pub chain. The sun came out this morning so a nipped down to take some external shots while the light was nice. A kind taxi driver moved his car while I clicked away!