An Inspired Morning

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Here we are again, the week has flown by and Saturday is done and dusted.  So is Sunday for that matter.

Yesterday morning I was awake and out of the house to meet up with another photographer who has had an idea.  When they put their idea to me I wasn’t entirely sure but then started thinking about it I thought this could be rather exciting.

We sat and talked about photography and other things.

It also made me think about the format of my blog & the direction of it.  So over the next few months I am going to try and be more consistent with posting content and will look at the format of the blog.

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Street Workshop with Kris Askey & IGersBirmingham

When I start writing my blog posts I always struggle and this is the same with my photography.  So when I found IGersBirmingham on Instagram and started going to some of their meetups I started to move out of my comfort zone and challenge the type of photos I shot.

Today was no different.  I kept thinking what if I don’t like any of my shots, I hope no one takes my camera.  Will I have the confidence to give street photography the justice it deserves.   Oh well lets go and see what a Street workshop is all about and listen as well as learn.

Kris Askey kindly gave up some of his time to talk us about how he got started, what fuels him to take the shots he has.  Kris captures some amazing moments and people, last year he shot an exhibition for Birmingham Children’s Hospital which could be viewed in the streets of Birmingham.  After some advice on taking shots on the street, we went out to take our own shots.Poppybead Creative, #igb_meet_street

Here’s one of my first shots, I like the whole view of taxi versus bicycle.  I could of been closer , but I like this shot.

 

 

 

 

These shots were some distance away  or blurred to have any real impact in my view.  But I am happy to share them.

 

 

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I liked these last  three shots when I took them, but I could of had better angles.  Enough of the critiquing, the shots below I am happy with, so enjoy.

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Once we had been out shooting for an hour, we met again and Kris edited some shots.

The opportunity to see Kris edit shots taken by fellow IGers was really useful.  This workshop has given me a kick up the bum to keep challenging myself, try something new & consider printing some of my shots.  So yet again IGersBirmingham and Kris thank you so much.

Kris has an exhibition starting on the 18th February at Park View Gallery in Kings Heath for a month.  So if you want to see and buy prints from Kris go along and support.

 

Birmingham Online Seller Meetup 

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After my listing some of my stock on Ebay and not doing very well at all, I decided I need to do some research.

I got some really honest feedback from my previous post about Ebay.  Also the realisation that the amount of items I have to sell at any one time makes me a very little fish in huge pond.  For some time I have participated in online networking hours across the West Midlands.

A week last Sunday I came across an online sellers meetup event in Birmingham via #BrumHour.  I headed over to eventbrite and signed up.  The event was free and so had nothing to lose.

The weather in the evening was very different and I did think about going home to be dry and warm.  There was an opportunity to network before the presentations.  First was Abdullah from Plentymarkets and then Prabhat from Online Seller UK who organised the event.

Another realisation I made was I don’t know much about online retail.  I spoke with a guy who does drop shipping and yes I did Google it when I got home.  I spoke to another man who sold headscarves and a couple who sell body stickers. I did speak to some other people and I was prepared with my business cards.  I was able to pull up some of my product shots and got some nice feedback.  I was also asked by a lady who does video production how do I manage what I do alongside my day job?  I don’t know!  I think if you enjoy what are doing, you will make time.

I learnt a lot about selling on Ebay and Amazon and at this point in time they are not selling platforms for me. I will revisit them in the future. For now I will go into the sunset with my 105mm lens to take more photos.

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A tale of two photos 

Five years ago I took this photo.  I liked how how a new and an old building worked together.  This was also back when I used used a point and shoot camera, a Nikon S210.

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f/5.9, 18.9mm, 1/232, ISO 64

Fast forward and I revisited this building and took the photo below with a Canon 1300D DSLR.

 

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f/3.5, 105 mm, 1/250, ISO 100

 

2016………word!

We are 11 days into 2016 and I have noticed on social media people associating a word to 2016.
It’s not all about setting new year resolutions but having a more meaningful year.  So I am going to share some of the things I am doing to have a meaningful 2016.
In 2014 I had a happy jar.  Basically you write down all the positive things and moments that happen to you, then put them in a jar.  Then on new years eve you empty the jar and remember all the good things that have happened.  Throughout 2014 I would dip into the jar and re-read some of the things I had written down to cheer me up and keep perspective.
My word for 2016 is: consistency.  I want more consistency in my crafting, photography, blogging and life.  For me it’s not all about finishing things but having a steady stream of positive experiences throughout the year.  So if I knit and exercise regularly I know I will feel physically and mentally better.  I  don’t knit to sell things, it’s because the process has a meditative aspect for me.
 
So I will tell you more about my photography journey in a separate blog as it is four years since I bought I bridge camera.  I am hoping to blog more regularly health permitting and get involved with some more projects that will challenge me and benefits others.  Also I want to get making and selling again.
I am consistently posting on social media and you can catch up with me in the following places:

 

The Story of the European Wheelchair Basketball Championships……..in Photos

I have been meaning to write this for some time now but life gets in the way.  Earlier this year I was in Worcester for the European Wheelchair Basketball Championships.  Some people might of thought what another tournament Rebecca?

Well this wasn’t just any tournament, it was my chance to combine the two things I love, crafting and basketball.  Also it was the qualifying tournament for European nations to go to Rio in 2016.  So what do I go and do, suggest another creative project to do alongside my officiating duties.

Well, I am so glad I did.  I contacted some other photographers and wanted to work alongside other people who produce some fantastic photography.  Things didn’t go to plan but you can’t foresee this happening.

I wanted to capture the story of the championships and the following people were kind enough to be part of my story.

The championships had a fan zone, giving people the opportunity to try wheelchair basketball, watch the games, learn to graffiti, get more information about sporting wheelchairs and learn more the University of Worcester.

Graffitiartist.com was in the fan zone throughout the championships not just in person but he sprayed a mural and a number of logos on the walls and some of these were captured in time-lapse videos and you can watch one here.

Malcolm is the chairman of British Wheelchair Basketball, he is extremely approachable and a good bass player.  He is so passionate about wheelchair basketball it radiates from him.

Matt is a friend and fellow table official, he is a team player and is always looking out for people.

Lee was the local engagement officer for the championships.  Leading up to and during the championships I kept bothering Lee with my creative ideas.  Thanks for listening.

Maurice was one of the first people I spoke to at championships.  He had a smile that said ‘let me ask if I could take his photo’, he said yes.

Alex and Steve like all the staff and volunteers put in some serious hours, but they were always smiling.

 

Carolyn has such a commitment to Wheelchair Basketball, she covers some serious miles to get to tournaments and games.  Planes, trains and automobiles comes to mind when I think about the travelling she does and I really admire this commitment.

Joe has a level of knowledge about the game of Wheelchair Basketball that made him an ideal commentator.  His commentary was great to listen to on the online feeds.

Mick is the Head of Institute of Sport & Exercise Science at the University of Worcester.  I have come across Mick many times and he has always been approachable and enthused about Wheelchair Basketball.

Andy is part of Sportserve who provide flooring, scoring equipment and everything in between to make a basketball game happen.  Yet again I took an opportunity to ask Andy to be part of my story and he said yes.  Andy, Will and their team were fantastic in everything they did to make the courts ready and you can see this on another time lapse video here.

Vicky is another kind and caring table official that I have the pleasure of working with.  Thank you for the pen and I am using at my games this season.

Miles is the GB Women’s Head Coach.  He was very accommodating by letting me take his photo at a tournamnet that was so meaningful for him and his team.  They won Bronze again and qualified for the Rio Paralympics, congratulations to you all.

Sam volunteered in the fan zone for the majority of the time.  He was another volunteer who put in some serious hours over championships.  He was friendly, confident and got people engaged whilst in the fan zone.

Ian, Saskia and Gabe are great officials to work with.  It was my pleasure to take this photo, see you at a game sometime.

Leive, is one of most amazing volunteers I have ever met.  She always wants to do her best when she volunteers.  I hope you make it to Rio.

This lady is a Community Support officer for the University of Worcester, I met her on the first day of the championships.  She had friendly vibe and said yes to having her photo taken but I can’t remember her name.

Javier, Linas (Leen-as) and Sasa were officials I have never worked with before.  The thing I love so much about wheelchair basketball is you get to meet so many nice people from around the world.  All photos have wording and I couldn’t fit on everything Sasa and the guys said to me, sorry.

Rob and Dan are from Worcester and have developed into good table officials.  They are always pleasant to be around, take on feedback enjoy being involved with wheelchair basketball in Worcester.  Keep thriving and being who you are.

Allan was a commissioner at the championships, he always put me at ease working on the games.  I look forward to seeing at another tournament.  Thank you.

The morning I took this photo of Ian and Calvin, they were busy in the Fan zone.  Calvin was coaching some fans how to play wheelchair basketball.  Ian was drawing pictures with a young child who didn’t want to get into a chair.  Being able to involve all members a family was great to see in the fan zone as this meant the family could stay longer and learn more about wheelchair basketball.

Toine is the team manager for the Dutch women’s team.  Another friendly face in the sport of wheelchair basketball.  The team managers for all teams worked so hard looking after players and coaches, I really commend you.

When I finally got Jay to stay still long enough to take this picture, he was tired and really busy.  He was also losing his voice.  He and all the staff kept so upbeat even after the mega days they had put in.

Wow!!! Jeff loves Wheelchair Basketball so much he flew from Chicago to volunteer.  It blows my mind to see how far people will travel in order to volunteer for something they love.

Ade, Ian & Abdi were grabbing a drink when I asked them to take this picture.  The timing couldn’t of been more perfect, they had just won and made it into the finals.  They won the finals and qualified for Rio.
This series of photos was first shown at the closing banquet of the championships.  There was a pianist playing whilst the photos were on big screens.  Hence the choice of music, this was added afterwards and fitted perfectly.  When people saw their friends and colleagues they cheered.  I can’t say how proud I felt to see how well my story in photos was received.

The following quote resonated with me whilst making gifts for the athletes “By doing what you love, you inspire and awaken the hearts of others.”  So I included it in my story, I love making things and if I can inspire others to get get involved in crafts or sport I will be happy.  I would like to thank from the bottom of my heart every person who gave some of their free time to make gifts, shared my blog posts and tweets.

 

My crafting countdown

I have not been blogging recently as I have been getting ready for my International Basketball tournament.  All the gifts people made have been gone to the athletes and they are busy playing.

Leading up to the championship I posted some countdown photos.  I have made a video of the photos but will explain the meaning to you.

 

Day 7:  At my day job we have a reindeer who is part of the team and I dressed him up with a basketball vest.  I was wearing a handmade top from a pattern called Sorbetto by Colette Patterns.

 

Day 6:  These were some of the basketballs that didn’t get made into cufflinks for gifts to athletes.

Day 5:  These scraps of fabric are from five items of clothing I have made over the years.  The scraps are going to be made into patchwork.  I have never done it before but should look good.

Day 4:  This photo has four of the different gifts given to the athletes at the European Wheelchair Basketball Championships

 

Day 3:  Pin badges are always exchanged at international basketball tournaments and these three pins are from the major championships held in the West Midlands.

Day 2:  I love beads and being able to convey a message with them was great fun.

Day 1:  Mandeville was the mascot from Paralympics 2012 and there was a number of silver charms available so I got a basketball.

The tournament went well and the video can be watched here.  The music I used in the video was called “Many Hands” and I would like to thank many hands who made gifts, I really appreciate your help.

The Big Hoot

 

 

 

As I walked home after a lovely knit night, I finally got to see some of the owl sculptures that have descended on the West Midlands.

These sculptures are part of The Big Hoot.  This is taken from the website “Presented by creative producers Wild in Art working in partnership with Birmingham Children’s Hospital, The Big Hoot has brought businesses, artists, schools and the local community together to create a public art trail of stunning owl sculptures on display across Birmingham from 20 July until 27 September.
With 89 giant owl sculptures to see – each one individually and intricately created by artists from Birmingham and beyond – this ‘owl-spotting’ experience is inspiring fun for everyone and is completely FREE.
Follow the trail from the City Centre to Sutton Coldfield; Winson Green to Bournville and many places in between and enjoy beautiful open spaces; inspiring buildings and Birmingham’s cultural heritage along the way.
All the giant owls have been sponsored by companies and organisations and at the end of the trail, they will be auctioned to raise money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
Children and young people from Birmingham’s schools have also been busy creating over 120 owlets. These are displayed in ‘parliaments’ across the city as part of The Little Hoot education programme.”
 
 
In a short walk I came across this one  
 
 
 
This one is impressive but my favourite so far is Peacock, located in the Mailbox.  I don’t think I will get to see all of them but I am going to enjoy the trail and this great project.  I will create a folder with all of my photos so you can keep up to date with the owls and owlets I find.