I was sent on a job by a regular client to photograph an American Artist whose painting was going on display at the Lightbox in Woking, when I arrived (about 20 minutes early) I realised that the image they would use, might not be quite as straight forward as the brief implied. Being a regional family orientated newspaper group, I thought that I had better send a photo to the chief photographer, as I thought a life size portrait (in near photographic detail) of a “woman of a certain age” might not be appropriate.
The message came back that maybe we could shoot it with the painting not being too prominent or even in focus 🙂
As well as the smaller than expected attendance costing them some lost revenue, the evening also destroyed one of my flashguns, and meant that one camera & the 16-35mm F2.8 would then spend a day in the airing cupboard.
Both of which seem to have survived the ordeal, although I guess I will have to keep an eye on them both over the coming weeks & months.
There was no doubt that there were a lot of fireworks launched (they said about 4 tonnes) there was no real pattern to it, simply lots of big bangs all rather to close to each other. After the first few there was so much smoke that photographing the display was next to pointless.
As well as the usual photographs for the local newspaper (groups of children & parents enjoying themselves) I also took the time to do some photographs of the display, something that I haven’t photographed since the early 1980s, when it was all shot on Tri-X, frequently creating photo montages of sparkler trails.
Diary is a little thin for the rest of the month, so if you need a press photographer feel free to get in touch. If you wish to see more photographs then shuffle over to my website or to @getsurrey.
Having been reluctant to upgrade mobile phones (as my old nokia did everything that a mobile phone should, battery lasted for days, & I could make & receive calls). It was time for it to go, the screen was badly scratched, so badly in fact that you couldn’t read it in any kind of light. So I upgraded to a smart phone, the Sony Xperian M2, and it has opened a whole new way of doing things. With a couple of Eye-Fi cards (which I have had knocking about for a couple of months, unused) & a couple of apps downloaded from google play, as well as shooting RAW, I now also save a small jpeg to the eye-fi card, which within moments of tagging is copied to my mobile phone ready for sharing.
I am not sure that I will use it very often, but it will be nice to tweet Guildford City FC photographs during the game. Some of my other clients will probably not wish to see their images shared, at least until after publication.