Six months in 2019

DSCF6453-Edit-2So I just read back through my reflections on 2018 and my thoughts and plans for 2019. I can’t believe this year is already six months old. I have been chasing my tail perhaps more than I have in the past couple of years. The beginning of the year saw three long haul trips to Turkey, Oman and Johannesburg. Each was fun and had new adventures – I got to visit Soweto and Nelson Mandela’s home in the township.DSCF5593-Edit-2

All three trips were also long and tiring and hard work in preparation and during the trips. For my birthday I spent well needed time walking on the SWCP. April saw Sarah and I make a 10 day trip to India. My first time to this amazing, enormous country. I got to see the Taj Mahal and other incredible palaces. I got to see poverty and people living simply both in towns and villages. The heat is remarkable and unyielding. The hotels and tour bus offered air conditioned relief and we were very conscious of living “behind the wall” – the guided existence of people living in relative luxury. I did get sick at the end of the trip and the exhaustion of that trip plus the three earlier in the year really hit me. I then had a week where I spent a night in a tent in Southwold in beautiful weather a few days in rainy and wet Cardiff and then a few days in my flat in Cornwall where I got to bodyboard and soak up some lovely weather. All of a sudden I was back into work mode with two back to back trips to Hamburg with planning for Amsterdam next week and then some more time marking theses in August back in Cornwall.

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All in all I feel like I’ve stuffed a year of adventures into six months and not sure if I’m coming or going but, on the whole, I’ve had an amazing start to the year. As for my New Years resolutions. I have read some good book but haven’t done so well with keeping up my weekly walks or lost any weight. Recent events also meant that I have been doing more like five day rather than four day weeks. As for photography, I’ve taken a few nice photos on my trips and some very good gig photos. India was not an tripod friendly location but I managed to get some good shots there too. But on the whole I don’t feel I’ve progressed my photo business as well as I would have liked. I do, however, have nice gigs coming up with Stageworks graduation show and a wedding at the end of August. I am excited about a trip to Bali in September and hopefully a quieter end to the year to consolidate and relax a bit

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Taj Mahal

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Our recent trip to India brought us, at sunrise, to the Taj Mahal on a overcast and rainy day.  It is such an iconic building it seems incredibly familiar but it is still incredibly moving when you see it for the first time, and you can’t turn away.  Looking at the different angles.  Here is a pretty standard composition taken from the mosque.

Dovestones Reservoir

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I was pleased to have a quick walk around Dovestone Reservoir on Saddleworth Moor near Manchester a couple of weekends ago.  It was one of those early spring days when the wind is low, the sun is out and the clouds are moving slowly.  The long exposure worked well here to emphasise the reflections in the water, and the slow moving clouds made dream-like.

Crazy For You – Stageworks 2019

 

 

This year the team at Stageworks is performing Crazy for You, a musical based on the music of George Gershwin.

I was pleased to be able to shoot stills of this great show for Stageworks this week.  Full show images can be perused at the link below.

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If you want to buy just one or two images, you can do that directly from that site, but if you want more than four or five images, for £20 I can arrange to burn you a DVD with ALL THE IMAGES FROM THE SHOW!!!  These are licence free, watermark free, high resolution images.  You can then pick and choose which images you want to use to print them on mugs, mouse mats, on collages or in books.  Send me an email that you want a DVD and I will burn you one.  I will drop them off to Stageworks in one or two weeks and if you give money to them, they will give you a DVD and pass the cash to me.   How does that sound?

PLEASE NOTE – These discs are data discs and not designed to play as a slideshow through a DVD player, but are for use on a computer.  These are full size, high resolution images that can be printed onto photographic paper, blown up as large prints for framed pictures or canvases, or used for keyrings, mugs, etc.

Please note that I was not involved in the recording or preparation of a video recording of the show. Stageworks made this recording and if it is a video of the performance you are looking for, you should contact Stageworks directly.

Cape Cornwall

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I took this shot in November.  There was lots of wind and I was shooting around 4pm into the setting (weak winter) sun from the beach at Cape Cornwall.  I struggled across some slippery rocks to this pool.  A long exposure meant the water’s movement became impressionistic.  I like the ethereal effect the shot became.

The Christmas period has not been easy as my mother has been in hospital but she is home now and I am looking forward to more outdoorsy adventures, coastal walks, and perhaps some new places to visit in 2019.  My jaunt along the SWCP has brought me as far as Mousehole and I want to get along towards Kynance during 2019.

Alice in Wonderland

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Cambridgeshire Youth Ballet Company with Stageworks put on a wonderful performance of Alice in Wonderland this past weekend.

I shot still photographs of the ballet (both Alices). I bundle all the photographs and burn them onto a DVD. PLEASE NOTE – These discs are data discs and not designed to play as a slideshow through a DVD player, but are for use on a computer. For Alice in Wonderland, the disc contains 422 jpg images. These are full size, high resolution images that can be printed onto photographic paper, blown up as large prints for framed pictures or canvases, or used for keyrings, mugs, etc.

If that is what you are looking for, I am happy to prepare a disc for you at £20.

Please note that I was not involved in the recording or preparation of a video recording of the ballet. Stageworks made this recording and if it is a video of the performance you are looking for, you should contact Stageworks directly.