FB Webpage

Well after years of having but not using a Facebook account I recently decided to succumb. Not that I’m against having an online diary, I mean that’s what this site is all about! but… initially privacy and security where just not healthy enough for me at the time.

I think the features are great on FB, not to mention it also serves as a great portal to all sorts of information and contacts on many many subjects.

I was asked “would you keep WordPress going though” and I’m not too sure. They are still very different things (although the gap is closing). Put it this way, am I likely to see feature of FB on WP in the future, well I think yes. All these sites just provide a fancy GUI on top of a database no more than that. The rest is up to the community they attract.

Anyway, here’s the link, have a look and Oh! please hit the ‘Like’ as there’s some feature that kicks in after receiving a number of ‘likes’.

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February Website

I’ve struggled for sometime now with setting up a portfolio of work, where to put it and how best to manage the images within. Well, I’ve ended up with putting at 500px These guys seem to offer a very simple interface for image management, all drag and drop of various themes. I know WordPress has quite a large resource in this area, but somehow, I did not want to do any geeky coding or intricate skinning. A couple of clicks and it’s done.

My blog remains here though, with the posting of the odd image when needed. Happy soul today.
I’ve signed up for the Man Ray exhibition soon to commence on 7th Feb. This holds to being one of the best exhibits of the year.

New Year 2013

I tend never to have a New Years resolution, but rather if I want to start or stop something, just do it at any time. In fact I found that I stood a better chance of standing my ground this way than the old ways of waiting for the new year to begin.

That said, I’d not like to to deter you from what ever promise you have made. I’d like to wish you well for our New Year, success in what ever you undertake and most of all peace in your minds and love in your hearts.

Happy New Year

Dorset Project

Title:
Dorset Shoot

Brief:
Need to get an early morning eerie look to the castle. It has to be very early to get the Sun rise further to the east of the ruin. So need to position on the west mound.

Gear:
Landscape gear

Lighting:
Natural Light

Learning:
– Eat better before heading out on a trip like this
– If using satnav, be sure it’s one you trust, better yet have a map
– Need to hit that gym and do some exercises, you’ve got to be fit

Notes:
Dec 7th 2012
It was an early start for Mike and I getting up at 03:00 and being ready to leave at 04:00 (only mad men). With only a cup of coffee and toast as nourishment, we set off headed towards the M3 in a spitting rain condition (not a good sign). By the time we hit the M27 wipers were on full and we were in heavy rain.

At just passed A338 which is the Bournemouth turn off I was dependant on a memory of the area I had seen on a map and Satnav. With our meeting point schedule for 05:45 we had plenty of time for getting lost (and we did). Satnav got us lost losing its way or understanding of the roads in the area. Seems like it worked better when held by my passenger anyway. After ignoring and following my nose and memory Satnav picked up again the scent for our destination and we arrived at Corfe Castle on time.

It was not as cold as expected, in fact not as cold as we would have wanted in order to get that eerie mist around the ruin. But we did have a welcoming crescent moonlight that created a silhouette of the ruin, which immediately presented a picture making opportunity. We had plenty of time to get up the adjacent West Hill which was to be our shooting location.

The climb effort got us by surprise, just how fit you need to be. Looks like the authorities have anticipated the photographer or painter and have made a stairway to almost the top. Careful where you tread, mud and large sharp rocks are all about. There’s evidence of sheep too, so that change of footware when returning to the car is mandatory.

You can set up pretty much as high as you dare really. The moonlight was superb as it served as the ideal modelling light in anticipation of the Sunrise. No mist or fog, but that was not going to stop hitting the shutter button when the eventual moment would arise.

Nov 27th 2012
PB has suggested this and the take up has been very good. MC should be coming with me in the morning. But this is an all day shoot as well.

Plan for 7th Dec 2012

1. Corfe castle at Dawn – be there for 5.45am – 6am, as we will need to find suitable access path.
2. Breakfast
3. Scope out Durdle door locations and / or any others
4. Lunch
5. Kill time
6. Set up at Durdle door – opportunity for around 3 – 4 separate shots
7. Drive back

Outcome:

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My other shot I placed here, Durdle Door images were a washout as the wind and rain sent us away to our vehicles and on our way home.

The Jump

It has been some time since I last posted, even with some sort of dialogue. So to keep things moving here’s a post from me on the events of last week Sunday.

It was a foggy morning and I thought I’d take the opportunity to make some ghostly like foggy scenes. In the local vicinity I pass a few football players on the field, but liking that as I may, the
low light levels are going to play havoc with my lighting ( no matter how much ISO I use). Even before I come to the nearest forest I see that the horse riders have a contest meeting starting, so decide to take a closer look.

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#0059

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Been a while since I’ve had a word on here, so what better a shot to post than this one taken whilst in some introspective on my walk through a local cemetery earlier last week. Helps to focus the mind when we realise our mortality.

I took a few of this bushel that had spawned these flowers, I think quite late for the year given our present climate.