Friday, 31 July 2009

My work at Ferini Art Gallery

'tis has been more than week since I've uploaded anything on flickr and my blog... but hey... it's holiday time and I've been spending very little time at the pc

Today I went to Ferini Art Gallery in Pakefield, Lowestoft, where a photo of mine is being displayed for the Summer Exhibition. It is the flower photo in the corner in both photos ...







I've already participated in a couple of exhibitions, in Castle Mall in Norwich and in GY Enterprise in my hometown, Great Yarmouth, but this is a little different as this is in a commercial art gallery.

I must admit I did feel proud to look at my framed photograph there. It has been a tortuous route and a big dose of self critique has helped, but no doubt, without the push from my partner, I would not have have got to this point.

I hope the photograph will sell, but more importantly I hope that people will find it interesting, and that it will express the same emotion as I felt when I was post processing the image.

this is a link to the photo as uploaded to flickr a couple of months ago... complete with an explanation to it's title and flickrite comments. La luce che cade dagli occhi

Tonight I'm shooting an open air activity with live music. I'm, off to get my camera ready :) Have a good weekend!!!

Monday, 20 July 2009

the magic donkey



For those who upload/follow flickrworld on a regular basis this name may something...

The magic donkey is the name given to the algorithim that scours many tens of thousands of daily uploads to flickr to come up with the most 'interesting' 500 at that point in time. 'Explore' is a word many have strong feelings for... be they love or hate.

Some people complain about people 'learning' how to get to explore and taking advantage, others enjoy being 'explored', others really don't care...

I did'nt connect the magic donkey concept to my latest flickr upload until somebody wrote a comment about this to my photo...

...it's just a photo that I took at the weekend on the beach at Great Yarmouth. I only live about half a mile away from the beach and being the island creature that I am, I love the sea and all that happens on the shore.

incidentally it did make it to Explore... it did seem like it would as it caused a flurry of hits and comments very quickly...

It does make me wonder whether people comment on my photos in exchange for comments' I've passed, but then I'm quite a bad flickrite... I comment very little (though I do fave a lot of work)... but then I only bother to pass comments on work that is really good

My line of thought is... "would I have been proud to have taken this photo, or would I have been able to take this at all"
this makes me comment very selectively
and i really don't have the time to be playing around....
flickr has helped me a lot as I have spent so much time absorbing visual information, and learnt to distinguish (or so I hope), the wheat from the chaff...
I have also made some friends... but I like flickr to remain for me what it is.... an inspiration, and a window to what others are doing... not any social networking thingy

I have other things to do at the moment ;)

really... though.. is my work interesting enough?
I hope so :)

Friday, 17 July 2009

photoshoot with Krazy88






Last week I had the opportunity to shoot a really great Norfolk covers band called Krazy88. They invited me over to their practice session at Earth Studios in Norwich with all the challenges of shooting in a medium sized room and less than perfect lighting.

It was a great opportunity to try out my new 1.4 50mm G AF-S lens, so I made the best out of this sweet little lens, playing at ISO1600 and apertures between f1.4 and f2.
I am happy with the results... and the band seem chuffed with the results too. :)
I look forward to shooting this band again live in the next few weeks.... meanwhile, here are some shots from that evening...

my very first post

So here I am.... Friday morning....lots to do but working on this blog as this is an important step of my way forward or rather... our way forward. Both me and my partner are working hard to becoming established photographers. At this point we are working both independently and together... we have done a couple of weddings and event coverage together, whilst we take up any second shooting opportunities, time for prints/CD and other projects that will improve our portfolio and experience. At some point we will merge our efforts for the benefit of our clients. :)

Paul's blog is at caterham777.blogspot.com

Hope you will like the blog posts and more importantly the photography, and look forward to your comments :)

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