Abseiling the Spinnaker Tower

© 2017 Richard Danter

As you may know, Lorna works for a local charity, Y Services, which works with young people in the area. Charities are always looking to get donations to help them provide the support and facilities needed.

What better way to raise some funds than with a sponsored event which also happens to be something you have always wanted to do anyway? So here is Lorna, looking rather small as she abseils down the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth.

She raised over £500 for Y Services and wanted to say a big Thank You! to everyone who sponsored her.

Take care,

Rich

 

St Fagans

© 2017 Richard Danter

© 2017 Richard Danter

© 2017 Richard Danter

Family outing to the Natural History Museum of Wales in St Fagans. Not been there for a few years so it was really good to go back and look around again. Only problem is that it’s pretty much impossible to see everything in one day so we’re going to have to go back again soon! If you are ever near Cardiff then I highly recommend you pay a visit.

Rich

 

Costa Rica

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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.

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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!

Rich

 

 

The Hawk Conservancy

Eating on the Wing, © 2017 Richard Danter

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.

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© 2017 Richard Danter

© 2017 Richard Danter

© 2017 Richard Danter

© 2017 Richard Danter

Fantastic day! I wonder what Emma and John will plan for their 50th anniversary..?

Take care,

Rich

 

 

India

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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.

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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.

Take care,

Rich

 

Contacting by Phone

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.

Rich

London Photo Walk Pt. 2

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© Richard Danter

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.

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© Richard Danter

© Richard Danter

© Richard Danter

I like the ghostly images of people crossing the Millennium Bridge with St. Paul’s Cathedral in the background.

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© Richard Danter

This shot has the “Walkie-Talkie” building on the left, the “Shard” on the right, and Tower Bridge in there distance at the centre.

More soon,

Rich

 

 

 

London Photo Walk

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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.

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© Richard Danter

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.

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© Richard Danter

The poppies are available to buy, with proceeds going to services charities.

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© Richard Danter

Take care,

Rich