Through to the light
A couple of months ago I was out wandering round the local town of Hadleigh in Suffolk with a friend. We had our cameras and were on the hunt for interesting things to shoot. Eventually we ended up down by the river and this bridge. I immediately wanted to get down into the water with my tripod – but since I was in regular shoes and didn’t have a tripod with me that wasn’t going to happen. So instead I hand held a set of 3 brackets and combined them afterwards.
Maybe at some point I’ll get to go back with my tripod and a willing victim, sorry model, to do a ghost shot under there.
Well even though I’ve been offline I promise I’ve still been taking images. It’s just really hard to share them with you that’s all as it’s blogging from my mobile at the moment. Anyway here is one of my camera set up for a dawn shot recently…
Look what just arrived in the post. I’m still offline with just my mobile for internet access and I’m so relieved that I have a smart phone allowing me to do many things that just a few years ago would need a full blown computer. So it’s mobile blogging for a little while and I’ve decided to stretch this phone a bit photographically as well. Hence the tiny diddy baby tripod at the top. It was only a few pounds off Ebay and is surprisingly sturdy. I was expecting wobbly plastic legs but they are a light weight metal and the phone fits snugly on top. I’ve bought the tripod with a specific app in mind. Someone recommended it but for the life of me I can’t remember who. It’s called ‘Lapse It’ and it allows you to make time lapse movies on your phone. I’ve only had a quick play so far but I’m impressed. No doubt I’ll put it through it’s paces this coming week and I’ll let you know how I get on with it.
Land of the Dead
‘Oh Flickr is dead for photographers’ and ‘Google+ is the future’ are comments I’m getting very used to hearing from fellow photographers online. So much so that when I returned to photography a year ago I didn’t bother with Flickr and instead uploaded my shots to Google+. Now don’t get me wrong I love Google+ and I’ve made some great new friends over there, but whenever I bump into a new photographer on location they always ask if I’m on Flickr. Not Google+, not Facebook but Flickr. Which leads me to wonder why so many people seem absolutely gleeful in declaring it dead.
Now I’m sure at this point some readers will be able to come up with all sorts of reasons such as G+ is free, you get greater interaction on FB etc etc etc… Yet the fact still remains that out of all the chance encounters I’ve had (ie not on an organised photowalk) it’s always Flickr I’m asked about. So at the risk of going against the grain and the trends being set by some of the big names in photography I’ve joined up with Flickr.
At first I was unsure and didn’t really know exactly what I was going to get out of it, but so far I’m enjoying it. No it’s not as interactive as G+ or FB (or at least not so far), but you know that’s ok. Sometimes I wonder exactly why I spend so much time on social networks anyway. Google especially often feels like you HAVE to log on every day and can easily swallow hours and hour on nothing. I’m gradually meeting new people on Flickr and it’s much more useful as a research tool than the other two. So at the top is one of my recent uploads called ‘Land of the Dead’ to all these platforms and if you’re so inclined you can find me on Flickr here.
I’ve always been a little on the fence when it comes to displaying my own work at home on my walls. Is it vanity? Is it acceptable? I’ve spent years wondering about this. I have shots by other people (some of the greats such as Eugene Smith and Julia Margaret Cameron), animation art, commissioned paintings, but very little of my own work.
Well after the recent make over of the junk room (yeah I laughingly called it a dining room as there was a table buried in there) I decided to heck with it…. my walls and I’ll put what I want on them….
So I ordered some prints and trotted off to the shops for some frames. There were 3 shots of beasties selected which I had printed in the same size. One day I’ll get a nice shot of Salem that doesn’t involve him licking places I don’t want to photograph which i can add to the set. I’ll also get a shot printed up of Simba but I’m afraid the pain of loosing her is still to raw to cope with just yet.
In a larger size I chose my favourite shot of St Pauls in London…
and a couple from my ‘Ghost’ series. Ok the two ghost shots probably do class as vanity as they’re self portraits. Thing is if you search really hard around my cottage you will eventually find 1 photograph of me, which was taken a week before my 16th birthday. I really don’t like my photo taken as I hate how I look in images. I’m just not very photogenic. So getting in front of the lens for me is more than just a photographic achievement and I decided that they should be included for that reason alone.
I’ve bought more frames and have more prints waiting to go in them. Some will form presents and some will stay here. Now where did I put that hammer to get the hooks into the walls?
After playing down the woods with my mobile last weekend I just couldn’t resist digging out my DSLR and heading back for a few shots…..
Over on my crafting blog I shared some photos from the weekend of old sewing machines. So it’s only fair to share some old cameras here…..
A couple of weekends ago I took part in the April London Photowalk around the Barbican area. I love going to these events, not so much because of the photography, but more for the company.
Most of the time if someone walks round a corner and finds me hanging off a fence or lying on the floor they think I’m mad, delusional or just plain weird. Other photographers, however, just get it!
There is something wonderfully liberating about no longer being this odd person, having people accept that sometimes you just need to be flat on your stomach in the middle of the road with your camera. They’ll even watch out for cars for you.
If you’ve not been on a photowalk with other photographers then I can’t recommend them enough. You’ll be amazed how much fun it can be.
For what feels like ages I’ve been talking about selling prints online. My main photography site links in with smugmug over in the USA, but up until recently all the labs they worked with were also in the America. Now I’m sure that are very very good labs and do a fantastic job, but I just wanted a lab in Europe. Well the people over at smugmug have now teamed up with the Loxley lab here in the UK. So (last excuse for procrastinating taken away) I’ve gone ahead and set it all up.
No doubt this will mean an overhaul of the galleries and layout of things over on the main site…. BUT if you like one of my images the odds are that you can now buy a print of it. I’ll be gradually working my way through my library of images and linking them into the system. The slide show up above will let you see some of the images that are already available. So to round off my shameless self promotion plug I’ll just say please take a look, and let me know what you think. Just click on an image to be taken straight to the main site… (oh and I won’t object if you decide to treat yourself by buying something hehe)
Well after much pondering on the subject I came to the conclusion that it was best to split my existing blog into two. One for the crafting which will stay on the old site and start a new one for my photography. What better way to get the ball rolling than to post a photo of my pretty little girl Pebbles.
This was take recently on a horribly over cast day early in the morning just after dawn. The dogs love going for early morning shoots at this beach as they can run about and enjoy themselves. We were down at the base of the sea defences but despite the splashes of water it was only an inch or so deep. So myself and dogs were in no danger. Of course it’s hard to tell that from this shot so it looks a lot more dramatic than it really was.
I’m aiming to update this new site regularly and get it all nicely linked into my portfolio over on smugmug. The wonderful people there are busy setting up printing facilities here in Europe. I’ve been considering offering certain images for sale as prints through them for a while but was always put off by the labs being in the USA. Now that there will be a European one on board I feel the time is right to go ahead and set this all up. I’ll keep you updated but image it should be all up and running by early April.