Wednesday, September 29, 2010

I'm crap!

I’m crap, I have great difficulty in organising my time, I’m messy, I forget to do things and I get easily distracted. For example, I had an e mail from one of Caz’s friends, I was really touched and determined to reply, that was 6 months ago and I’m still determined to reply! The desks I’m sat at is a mess, it’s covered with notes, photos, computer bits and camera equipment, I have about 3 inches to move the mouse in ( I’ve not seen my electronic pen and tablet in months). I have loads of up grades I have to do on the web site and cannot get the time to finish them off, even though most of the work has been done. Too top it all I am just about to start building a new computer, the whole process should take only a couple of hours to do, but then getting all the programs on and everything working as I want could take days and during that time I will be without a computer, at least I won’t get distracted.

On a more positive note I’ve finished, all bar a little polish, the wedding album, this was helped by the fact that Caz was away during the weekend and I could spend the whole time working.

Talking of work I have just submitted my appeal against the change of role, it took me 3 weeks to write with lots of help and feed back from lots of people, I think that its is the best I could have done, although it’s a bit ironic that I’m having to say a job is not suitable because of my dyslexia, in writing, when that is one of the things that causes me a problem. I’ve been told it will take a few weeks to get an answer, so fingers crossed.

Looking to the future, a difficult thing when so much hangs in the balance, I have a number of photo projects in mind, I still find taking pictures a challenge and keep having ideas of things to shoot, again its just a matter of finding the time and remembering to do them. If and when I go full time I have around 6 months worth of projects even before I start doing paid work of anyone else.

The photo today is of the Causeway heading to Lindisfarne in Northumberland, the poles show the direct route on foot, with one of the shelters where you can escape the tide if it all goes wrong. We walked over by the road, this again get cut by the sea twice a day, making for an interesting and quick walk over the 5 miles.

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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Top photo

A top photo of Kidsty pike, the ridge behind is our route up from the last post, this was taken at the end of that day as we started our journey down.

Computers aren’t they just the best fun, especially when all your work depends on them and at the most crucial moment they decide to develop a phobia about switching on, as mine has started to do. It can take up to 10 tries before it finally comes to life and after googling the symptoms it appears that something major is wrong, which I had already guessed, the solution, build a new one.

Now the computer I’m using at the moment was one I built over 4 years ago and up to the passed few days has never been that much of a pain, so I’m not too concerned about building another one, a part from the cost, but a lot has changed in the intervening years and so I have had to re educate myself on the latest technology and kit.

This re-education is a real pain as much of what is written is based on the fact that you already known what all the long words mean, e.g. AM3AMD870DDR3ATX !!! Now there is a lot of good information out there and some very good web stores to buy from, it is just the hours it takes to compare and collate it all, as each bit needs to work with all the others and fit in the case. Once the identifying of the components is done it is then the task of finding them at a good price, the stage I have reached at the moment. When that has been finished it is the big step of out with the credit card and committing to it all! Then I will just need to find 2 or 3 quite days in which to build the monster and as I’m using bits out of my old machine I won’t have the internet to hold my hand.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Honi trap

Well as I said in the last post I’m back after a week in the Lake District, a week that gave us some very mixed weather and some very great walks. Since we both completed the Wainwrights last year I was worried that the motivation to drag my self up these mountains would wane, far from it, now that we are walking just for fun I find that it has opened up a whole new world and last Fridays walk was a great example of that.

We started at Haweswater Reservoir and headed up Riggindale Ridge, the picture was taken at the top of the Ridge looking back along our route up, we then headed to our first top of the day High Street which at 828 meters is the highest top in that area. From this lofty vantage point we could reach 7 other fell tops with very little effort, which we proceeded to do over the next 5 hours, it was great fun bimbling along at high level with nothing to do but have fun.

As we had already done all these tops and were familiar with the whole area, there was none of the worries that came with unknown ground, our route up although steep and edgy in places was well within our comfort zone and was chosen just for its spectacular views and not through any need to just get to some where, the rest of the day followed that pattern as we revisited old friends and took in the views from each top, knowing that we could call it a day at any time and easily walk back down to the car by any number of routes.

But all good things come to an end and with the sun starting to set we made are way back down by Kidsty Pike, the next ridge along from the one we came up, but only after we brewed up some coffee and drank it with a large glug of Baileys.

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Back again

Just got back from a fantastic week in the Lake district and have just enough time to post one of the pictures i took. Ulleswater in the early evening.

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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Mr & Mrs Jones

Wedding photography, the one aspect of photography where normally prudent people fork out huge sums of money to someone they have only just met, to record their big day. On paper it seems like easy work, people dressed in their finest and all out to enjoy themselves, but on the other hand this is someone’s big day, it may have been years in the planning, would you really want all that responsibility.

Last year I decided I did, I took the plunge and started to photograph weddings and 2 weeks ago tackled my biggest challenge yet, along with all the normal pressure this wedding had an added factor.

The story starts over 20 years ago, I was 20 and had just been dumped by my girl friend and been replaced in her affections by my best friend of 15 years. Added to this the new couple had been welcomed with open arms by all my friends, leaving me broken hearted and with no one to turn to.

After a number of lonely drunken nights at home I was rescued by my younger brother and adopted by his close group of mates. Now these lads were the best group of lads you could ever hope to meet, they were no angels, in fact you could say that they liked the odd drink, and they showed no mercy when it came to “taking the piss” (English for having a laugh at a close friend), but they welcomed me into their group and set me on the road to recovery. One of the group even lead to me meeting my wife, as he proved quite an attraction to some of her friends, entailing them trying to be in the same pub as he was, when ever they saw him out.

Time moves on and I grew away from the rest of them, I was only a visitor in their world after all, although it’s a small town and our paths regularly cross, so even though I’m not out drinking with them, i still keep up to date with what is going on and feel very close to all of them.

In such a group it would be hard to pick one that stood out (for the right reasons), I’m a bit compromised as I think my brother is one of the best lads you could meet, but imagine my shock when out of the blue, one of the most respected lads of the group rings up and asks if I would photograph his wedding. Now I was honoured and very keen to do it, but the pressure of having to work in front of all these lads scared the life out of me. Making a mess in front of strangers is bad enough, but in front of this group, it just did not bear thinking about.

I did it; what’s more I did it well, far from being a negative, knowing so many of the wedding guests made the whole job easier (it helped that they were on their best behaviour and had wives and girlfriends to keep them under control). The photos are on my web site for a short time.

So may i introduce the Bride and Groom, Mr & Mrs Jones, may every day be as happy as their first one.

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