Lovely visitor to the garden.
Lovely visitor to the garden.
After my recent trip to India I wasn’t expecting to be doing any more travelling for a while, but then the chance to go to Costa Rica came up. Having never been there either, I just had to say yes!
And so it was that I found myself almost exactly the opposite side of the Earth to Bangalore, in San Jose.
Temperatures were much more comfortable at around 25C during the day. One thing that surprised me was that it wasn’t all pure blue skies the whole time. In fact much of the time it looked more like the photo above.
But not all the time as this photo across the rooftops shows.
Sadly my trip was very brief, just a few days, and not a lot of free time to explore so I definitely have to go back again some time!
Anyway, until the next time, take care!
Lorna and I were invited to the Hawk Conservancy Trust in Andover this week, to celebrate the 25th wedding anniversary of our friends Emma and John.
Though I was not there to photograph the renewal of their vows, I thought I would take along my camera anyway. Though I don’t have the long lenses a nature photographer would have I figured I could still capture some interesting shots of the birds in flight.
If you would like to find out more about the Hawk Conservancy Trust and support their wonderful work, check out their web site: http://www.hawk-conservancy.org
So here are just a couple of the shots I managed to capture.
Fantastic day! I wonder what Emma and John will plan for their 50th anniversary..?
I was lucky enough to spend a couple of days in Bangalore (or Bangaluru to give the city it’s official name), just walking around with my camera. It was hot, around 35C during the day and dropping only as far as 28C at night.
Not being either a Mad Dog nor an English man, I avoided the mid day sun. It is too harsh to photograph in anyway, unless you are lucky enough to find some nice open shade, so early morning and evening are the best times to wander.
India has been described as a country of contradictions and I think it is fair to say that Bangalore is a perfect example. On the one hand you have shiny, new buildings that would not look out of place in any capital city around the world, but then the pavements in front of those buildings that are cracked and uneven making you watch where you are walking at all times. Traders selling fresh fruit and veg from carts at the side of the road contrasting with the high class, air conditioned, boutiques selling “western” fashion.
There were a few things that really struck me whilst I was there though. There are a lot of security guards outside just about every office block, shopping centre and apartment building. People everywhere were cleaning and tidying. Driving seems to be an exercise in trying to see just how many cars and motorbikes can be crammed in to the streets, and it seems that tooting constantly seems to be compulsory.
But the one thing I don’t think I will ever forget is just how friendly everyone was (even the security guards). No matter where I went I was always made to feel very welcome. I have travelled quite a lot in the past, and have always enjoyed meeting new people, but I don’t think I have ever been made to feel so welcome as I did in India.
I really hope I get to go back some time, perhaps more into the countryside and villages to see a more rural side of life.
Spotted this little chap whilst walking around Southampton. I think he’s pretty neat. 🙂
UPDATE: All sorted now!
Just a quick note to say that our phone number has been migrated to a new service provider today. As a result it is possible that not all calls will be routed correctly.
I have been told everything should be up and running within 24 to 48 hours. In the mean time, if you call and get directed to an Orange answerphone then please hang up and try again later. Alternatively, drop us an email and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Sorry for any inconvenience.
As I mentioned in a previous post, my friend and fellow photographer Jackie Wood invited me to London for a photo walk. The main reason for the trip, besides having some time to catch up with Jackie and enjoy a relaxing afternoon, was to take part in an evening photo walk.
I like the ghostly images of people crossing the Millennium Bridge with St. Paul’s Cathedral in the background.
This shot has the “Walkie-Talkie” building on the left, the “Shard” on the right, and Tower Bridge in there distance at the centre.
I was recently invited in to London by fellow photographer and good friend Jackie Wood. The initial plan was to join an evening photo walk to capture images of London lit up after dark. It seemed like a good idea, but since I don’t get in to London often I suggested we make a day of it.
The photos here were taken during the day as we found our bearings. It may seem odd but I have never seen Tower Bridge raised for a ship to pass, so we headed over. Jackie was prepared with a timetable for the expected openings for the day and we managed to catch not just one but two passages of a tall ship.
It was also a great location to capture the old and new across the river, the Tower of London itself, plus the “Walkie-Talkie” building and the “Gherkin”.
The number of cranes shows how much building work is still going on in London.
After that we headed over to the Tower to see the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, a sea of ceramic poppies. Planted in the moat around the Tower, each poppy represents a British soldier who lost his life in World War One.
The poppies are available to buy, with proceeds going to services charities.
I took the photo above on a walk last weekend. I thought seeing the tracks leading away made a good metaphor for this post. Leading into the future…
Goal setting. This is something I have been doing for a couple of years now, deciding on goals for the year ahead, but this is the first time I am sharing those goals publicly.
The idea is to help me with some direction instead of wandering aimlessly through the year. I find it all too easy to deal with things as they arise without taking time to stop and look at the bigger picture and make sure I am actually headed the right way.
It also means I can look back at the end of the year and get a feeling for how well I have done, what I missed and where I should try to improve.
So, here goes, my 5 goals for 2014 are…
#1 – Focus on my brand. That is a little vague, but I feel that it is important that people know who I am, what I do, and how I work if they are to chose me to work with them. Whether it is to photograph their wedding, create a record of their family as it grows, or produce images to help them promote their own business endeavours, I want people to want to work with me.
#2 – Keep the web site up to date. This is much more tangible. I want to keep the information on the site current and fill in the (numerous) gaps. Hopefully this will really help with #1 too. And part of this goal is also to blog more frequently.
#3 – Refresh my samples and albums. After the web site, the next thing I need to do is show exactly how those pixels translate to artwork for the home or business. It is just so much easier to physically hold a print or album than to imagine what it would look like.
#4 – Do a personal project. I love working to create images for other people, nothing beats seeing the look on a bride and groom’s faces when they see their photos for the first time, but I would also like to experiment and create some images for myself. I have some ideas and need to actually get the ball rolling on at least one of them rather than just thinking about them…
#5 – Attend two training sessions. One of the things I love about photography is that there is always something new to learn. Last year I attended a couple of fantastic workshops and not only did I learn some new tricks but I also got to meet some great fellow photographers. I really enjoyed chatting with them and learning about how they work and what interests them. So I think this is a critical goal that will probably be on the list every year.
Right, now you know. Let’s see, this time next year, how I do!
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And so it begins, 2014 is upon us already. I know it’s a bit of a cliche, but every year really does seem to go quicker. My birthday and Christmas always seemed to take forever to arrive when I was a kid (birthdays in December are such a bad idea!) but now, just as seem to get used to the idea that I am another year older (if not wiser) I find the number has gone up again!
So, what has 2014 got in store for us all I wonder?
It is already looking like a good year for us and we are off to a running start with our first wedding fayre this Sunday, 12th January, at the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth. Doors are open from 11:00am until 3:30pm and we are really looking forward to meeting everyone. Do come along and have a chat, we’d love to hear about your plans!
Last year I planned to blog more often, but I don’t think I did a very good job of it so this year I am telling you all about it in the hope that it will make me stick to it. In fact, this year I am going to let you know what all my goals are. I didn’t do too badly on last years goals but maybe making a public declaration will motivate me even more to achieve them. Look out for another blog post soon…
I’m also going to be updating the web site with new photos and information. First on the list of things to do is actually write the About page, which has been on the to-do list for way too long.
First step in hitting that target was to get a decent photo so you know what I look like. Much as I hate being on the other side of the camera, I bit the bullet and did a selfie. Not your typical selfie I know, I didn’t use my phone and I didn’t stand in front of a mirror. 🙂
Well, I guess that’s it for the first post of the year. I really do hope you have a great year.
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