Done…

404 people, 9 days, lots of cider, lots of praise, lots of laughter, a little bit of boredom, 1 fight and some really wonderful, genuine people. And that Ladies and Gentlemen was my first ever exhibition.

This was the print that wasn’tDSC_7705

But on the other hand I’ve sold 18 of the prints that were. Costs have been covered with a little bit of gravy so all in all, a success.

Now, I’m dog tired but very, very happy… And scared of what the hell I’m going to do now!

And my little bit of advice if you’re thinking about exhibiting your work, do it, you have nothing to lose and, believe me, so so much to gain!

Thanks again to Glen and Michelle and to Sandie and my kids for their support!

It’s been great!

*drops mike*

….16…..

DSC_4181-Pano-Edit-Edit.jpgAs you can see I’m really working on my soon to be (really) here exhibition…

This was the view from my office this lunchtime while I was doing my real job, pesky real job, putting me in all these wonderful locations around Wiltshire and distracting me so much that I need to get a 4 photo panorama of Roundway Down near Calne. A neolithic hill fort with commanding views across Devizes and a large swathe of the Wiltshire countryside. The light was hard, hence the B&W edit but I like! ;o)

45…

I’m 45 years old…. How the funking funk did that happen?

DSC_8817-Pano.jpgOne could have a bit of a mid (that makes my final age 90 and that ain’t gona happen) life crisis… Or one could take pictures like this and remember the glare of the sun, the bite of the cold Wiltshire morning and bugger the lens flare!

To grab an old cliche by the scruff of the neck, tomorrow’s the first day of the rest of my life and if I have a few more like this then I am indeed a lucky Fella!

Mahoosive love to my wonderful family, Sandie, Reece and Kayleigh I love you soooo much!

And to the rest of you…

Peace Peeps! XXX

Tack!

dsc_8636Well, I can safely say I am well out of my comfort zone, 12 months plus of muscle memory reaching for the zoom ring twitching every time I pick up the camera. A DoF so shallow that a knats eye would be sharp but his arse would be bokeh’d to buggery! And all of my shots were shite, all of them… Apart from this one. My son, Reece, just off to Cadets. f/1.8, 1/125th sec ISO3200…..  Hats off to my D3300, at that ISO I would expect the noise to be phenomenal but it’s not that bad, if anything it’s added softness to the background bokeh.

Ok, I’ll admit, I was tempted to reach back into my bag for my dummy (18-105mm) but if I can get at least one shot a day like this with my 35mm I’ll be happy and things sure are going to get interesting! ;o)

Prime Time!

DSC_8584-Edit.jpgNot the Nifty 50… It’s more a Dirty 30….5 and that’s what happens when you go on Amazon at 6:30 in the morning and everything’s a bit blurry but now, thanks to “One Click Shopping”, I’m the intrepid owner of this….DSC_8572.jpgAnd, I figure bugger it. I’ve had a month off, it’s now time to start working the camera again. So, a new month, a new lens and a new challenge.

No Zoom February, it’s a bit like No Beer January (it’s not) but I might actually do this one…. Let’s see what this little beauty can do! ;o)

So, Here’s A Thing…

card-front-1And it’s all mine! ;o) It’s looking a bit bare at the moment but soonish focalthingy.co.uk will be the home of my portfolio, this blog and a few other nuggets of news etc. I’m sure the transition will be smooth and there will be absolutely no ban on anyone popping over for a ganders or if they really fancy reducing the focalthing deficit, buying a print or two!

It’s a beautiful thing… A really beautiful thing… It really is…