Today I headed off to The Photography Show at the NEC in Birmingham. This is the second time I have been to the show and I had a better idea of what to expect. So before I went to the show I made a loose plan of what stands I wanted to visit.
Olympus had been advertising on their social media feeds that you could get a free clean and check on your camera. This was my first port of call and the staff on the stand were really friendly.
I went to the show with some friends and we moved on just looking at the deals on Fuji kit.
The Fuji stand had models you could shoot, so I moved forward with my mobile phone and took the first shot. Last year I didn’t feel as confidence to take photos and took the second shot from further away. Both photos were taken with the same phone.
We then went to a talk at the video stage about taking your photography into videography. It was interesting but my little video montages are a long way away from where the speaker’s content. There was some good points about the use of music and permits to shoot in different areas of the country.
We meandered around for a bit longer and then I went to visit a friend’s daughter working on the Hasselblad stand. If I didn’t eat or pay any bills for the next six months or so I could possibly afford a Hasselblad at the show price of £6,388.
Back to reality and we visited a lighting stand who had some affordable kit and some interesting displays. The ‘baby’ looked realistic, it was quite scary & then I saw Yoda.
Before going to another talk I went to Photo Boards to have a look at their photo boards. I have one already and was looking to get another one, being able to see all of the boards in person made it easier to choose. I wasn’t convinced at first about backgrounds but with the right background, a product can be lifted.
The other talk I went to was by Jo Bradford and was titled “Pixel to print; a workflow for pro-quality outdoor smartphone photography”. There was some good tips & it was nice to see a photo taken whislt the talk was taking place printed off with high quality paper. She also made available signed copies of her new book to purchase before it’s international publishing date in April. The book is called “Smart Phone Smart Photography – Simple techniques for taking incredible pictures with iPhone and Android”. Some of the apps she mentioned require a purchase but sometimes you need to invest to improve your photos.
In summary, I really enjoyed my day at the show. The company was great and it is always helpful to try equipment before buying. Also getting information and tips to inspire improvement from the different talks was paramount.
Not long ago I received an email from a colleague at my day job. This woman was also a colleague at my previous day job and remembered my love of photography. She let me know about an exhibition and a workshop on pinhole photography. It was only a few days before someone was talking about the Beyond the Battlefields exhibition at a photography meet up.
The exhibition is free and being held in Aston Webb’s Rotunda Gallery at the University of Birmingham. I didn’t realise the Great Hall was used as a hospital in WW1.
After being taken around the exhibition we started the workshop. I always have a fear that I can never keep up in workshops, but this was different. Jo Gane who took the workshop was lovely. She explained everything really well and didn’t go too fast.
We went on to prepare a drinks can ready to take our photos. The cans were then loaded with photographic paper and off we went.
My first attempt didn’t require much exposure time, two seconds. I am so happy with the result. We used a smartphone app to invert the photos.
This was the corner of my 2nd attempt, the rest of the shot didn’t expose for long enough.
My last attempt blended the old and the new. I really wanted to take a photo of a new camera.
I am so glad I attended this workshop, it was out of my comfort zone and I survived.
Over the last few weeks I have had a number of nominations for the black & white photography challenge. 5 or 7 days and you take and post a black and white photo on social media. Then you nominate someone else.
Well thank you for the nominations but I have decided not to participate this year. Mainly, because I have done it before 3 years ago.
Instead I thought I would share my photos from 3 years ago.
I still love knitting and the process of knitting. I mentioned in a previous post why I knit and that hasn’t changed.
A couple of weeks ago I posted about why I made all of the crochet poppies. I am not a big charity crafter as I find it stressful. This happened when I made these poppy brooches, but maybe with some planning it won’t be so bad.
Basketball has kept me off the streets as a child, given me structure and the opportunity to make friends across the world.
I still haven’t finished this book. I don’t read enough, even though I have the help of my talking kindle.
I don’t wear make up, but I do paint my nails. A bottle of nail varnish would be a nice treat, then I realised there was rather a lot.
Thank you for coming down memory lane with me. I am will re-visit photos, previous posts and remember what has brough me to this point in my life.
Social media and technology reminds us of what has happened in previous years.
In years gone by I have frantically been crocheting poppy brooches to raise money for the Poppy appeal. Unfortunately this year I won’t be able to.
This fundraising all started after visiting an ice sculpture installation in Birmingham city centre. I thought it would be an interesting opportunity to capture some photos.
This experience was really emotive and wanted to do something creative to raise money.
I also visted the poppies at the Tower of London and that was when I started to make poppies.
At my old day job, some colleagues helped by knitting and crocheting poppies alongside me. I would be up until the early hours of this morning making poppy brooches, as I would hand stitch beads on. This made each poppy unique and personal.
This became really stressful & so I only made a few the following year as seen in the photo above. This year I haven’t made any due to changing my day job at the same time as I would of started making the poppies.
I hope people who still have their poppies will still make a contribution to the appeal.
Today is International Women’s Day and this year’s theme is Be Bold for Change I am going to revisit some photos taken for a project I created last year for IWD. I had all bold ideas to do another photography project based around this year’s theme and my health has not allowed. Then one of my comrades said it not about one day but making a difference everyday.
I put together a photo montage and it included about 25 portraits and I couldn’t of done it without the help of Thomas, Tim and Ian. I added some music called Self Reflect Jared C Balogh. I will be revisiting a number of projects and shots taken and reflecting on how far I have come as a photographer.
This post was due to be published on Tuesday but the photos wouldn’t load.
Today was the last day of January and it’s always welcome. Mainly because it’s the first payday after Christmas and my birthday.
I thought I would share some photos from this month.
This poster was designed by Tracey Emin for the 2012 Paralympics in London. I find the words meaningful.
Igers Birmingham had their first meetup of the year in Deritend, the weather was poor but there was a great turnout of people. I have been able to challenge my photography through these meetups and meet some lovely people.
I upgraded my phone and these last few photos were taken with my phone, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.
These two photos were taken on different days.
I love reflections and I am sure there will be more over the year. Enjoy February.