Thursday, 31 July 2008
I decided today to try a new style of print using a shot from my weekend in Henley as a bit of a guinea pig. I've incorportated my logo in the white border and while I think it looks nice, I can't quite decide if it's tacky or classy?
Tuesday, 29 July 2008
Monday, 28 July 2008
I was pleasantly pleased to find my most popular Treasury print in a Monty Python themed selection in which it feels very at home!
Thursday, 24 July 2008
The (male) hunter-gatherers did their thing and returned to the kitchen and offered me, two packs of beef mince, two packs of sausages, one French loaf, a pot of yoghourt and three courgettes......Out of this offering plus the meagre contents of my fridge and my well stocked store cupboard we are having the following:
Home made Moroccan spiced burgers, shop bought sausages tarted up with extra seasoning and herbs, oven roast red onions and courgettes with thyme, home made herby humous, plain yoghourt with masses of herbs, Greek salad (tomatoes, cucumber and feta), basmati rice with coriander spice, peas, herbs and lemon. It's taken me hours and I'm knackered! But at least I won't have to deal with the cooking of the meat and I'm certainly not washing up....
It was all delicious and I prepared far to much food as usual. There will be plenty for lunch tomorrow.
We're having our first bbq of the summer to round the day off.
Wednesday, 23 July 2008
Then I realized what I had done wrong. I'd imported all of the scanned jpgs into Quark and resized them so I could get lots onto one A4 page (sorry Americans, but I'm using my own paper sizes for this project.....) which is why the resulting file size was so massive. It also meant that the resultant prints just weren't good enough. When my little brain finally cliked into working mode, it realized that I really should be offering the images at 100% original size. So I started again and fitted two pages of the album onto my Quark page at 100% which looked much better with the text being much more legible. Then I exported this as a PDF with minimal compression which made a file of 7MB, much better. Opened in Acrobat and saved as an optimized PDF (thanks to advice from Etsy forum person) made for a lovely clear image of a respectable size. Then I printed it out on my excellent inkjet and it looks great. Mission accomplished. The next dialemma will be offering digital collage sheets with only two pages of an album, so should I be offering more pages for the $3.50? Perhaps I'll offer three pages. Now I've cracked it, making new sheets will be much faster and more efficient, so less time spent. I'll upload the first ones if I get a chance tomorrow. I've started drinking some rather nice red wine now, so I'd better not do it tonight or else it will all go wrong!
I've got a proper grown up shoot tomorrow. It's for the website of a recruitment company and I've got to shoot their employees at a lovely white building which is very helpfully literally over the road from home, I can see it from my kitichen window. I'll be using my super long and heavy 80-200 lens on a suitably sturdy tripod. There are two batches of people, two hours in the morning and two in the afternoon which will at least give me time to dash home to un-burden my memory cards and recharge mine and the camera batteries. Then there will be quite alot of computer tweaking to get the warped, overexposed images which are wanted.
I hope it all goes okay, I really need some more real work for my portfolio.
Tuesday, 22 July 2008
I've only uploaded a couple of things so far, but when I can get access to my photographing table, I'll whack a few more on and then start promoting it properly. I'm really looking forward to visiting all my local charity shops and the like for new material!
Fingers crossed for me please!
I really laughed when I saw this in the Northern Quarter on Sunday, it just amused me that I'm not the only one who appreciates a well stickered parking sign. I'll have to remember to have a look again soon to see if it's been re-decorated.
Monday, 21 July 2008
Sunday, 20 July 2008
I have rather a soft spot for seedy seaside towns and living in Manchester I'm perfectly placed near to quite a few. This lovely little scene was shot in Morecambe which on the day we visited was seriously seedy, sad and depressing....
Saturday, 19 July 2008
Friday, 18 July 2008
Thursday, 17 July 2008
I still feel like my head is full of cotton wool and not inclined to do anything productive. I've uploaded a ton of stuff to iStock over the last couple of days and already the rejection emails are coming in. They always say that I've over filtered and that there's 'artifacting' at 100% which I can never see and if I could see it, I obviously wouldn't submit that image. I've a couple which can be resubmitted, so that's what I'll be doing next.
Wednesday, 16 July 2008
But I've started to do an epic upload to iStock of my photos from Japan, I've almost reached my limit for the time being, but it's a fairly labour intensive performance doing all the keywording etc and then you have to wait with crossed fingers that they will actually accept your work. Once accepted you then have to keep your fingers crossed that people in the outside world actually want your images and more importantly can actually find them amongst the millions which are there.
Here's my stuff.
Click here to go straight to the Etsy Treasury page
Sunday, 13 July 2008
Saturday, 12 July 2008
Friday, 11 July 2008
Here's what I've been up to - if anyone actually looks at this, please bear in mind that it's very much an work in progress and excuse the naff font, it's just for me to play with!
When I checked the Treasuries last night (after retuning from a supper down the road, in the pouring rain.....) I was rather pleased to see my Japanese Moss Garden used in a lovely selection:
Thursday, 10 July 2008
Anyway, I'm back at my old PC at my former office where I can view every single beautiful Seaside picture and I've laboriously stitched two screenshots together in CS2 to bring you:
Wednesday, 9 July 2008
Tuesday, 8 July 2008
Monday, 7 July 2008
It's all in the composition.
Originally uploaded by multum in parvo.
This photo is my most looked at on Flickr with 5006 views. The view count shot up over a couple of days and I've not been able to find out. It's rather a little mystery.
Friday, 4 July 2008
So I'm starting now, but not with Japan!
We were away for the weekend in Morecambe for a wedding at the newly refurbished and restored Midland Hotel and by the time we arrived back in Manchester the afternoon after the main event, we were famished and I knew that there was nothing at all in the fridge to make a meal with - and when I say that, there really isn't as I am the self-confessed queen of making a meal out of nothing. We decided to go to our favourite Indian cafe, Al Faisal's for some of their delicious chicken tikka and the usual accompaniments of chick peas, rice, salad and some grilled minced lamb, but that area of town is currently in disarray due to the roads being dug up. By the time the traffic let us through, the shutters had just gone down. So we had to start again in our aim to eat. Carluccio's was our next prospect and we planned to meet our chum Adam there to have a gossip. Eventually we arrived about an hour after arriving in Manchester and we were suitably famished.
I've a funny relationship with Carluccio's, I think the stuff they sell in the shop is really good and great quality adn their deli counter is wonderful, but I'm always somewhat dissapointed with the menu, I've never quite put my finger on it, but that's the way it is.
Peter and I ordered the following to share as a starter:
Roasted halved peppers filled with pesto, fresh green bean salad with mint, caponata, oven-roasted tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella.
It was mostly very nice, the caponata was deliciously rich, the pesto in the peppers was lovely (Carluccio's pesto is the only shop bought one I ever buy, it's really very good indeed), the green beans were a bit of a non event with tasteless mint, there were a few massive caperberries which is always a good thing and some very nice olives. Served with two dry slices of ciabatta. It was a just what we wanted and fairly filling.
It's the main course I have trouble chosing at these restaurants, I often find the pasta dishes dull and tastless, the risottos are generally okay but far to big, rich and calorific for my liking, so I often rely on the specials as I did on this occasion.
Chicken Breast Wrapped in Parma Ham served with Pesto Potatoes and Rocket.
Overall it was a good meal when we were really in need of one, satisfying, pretty enough for me to want to take photos of it, reasonably priced and we'll inevitably go back as it's on our local circuit. Oh, the service was nice and relaxed and friendly too.
Thursday, 3 July 2008
But, I've been in two beautiful Treasuries today which has cheered me up no end! The Ministry of Silly Walks seems to be really popular with curators, it's popped up over and over again which is great!
Made it to the Front Page - well done!!
Now playing: Beth Rowley - Sweet Hours
via FoxyTunes You can link directly to it here
Tuesday, 1 July 2008
But there's a solution from the brilliant people at Photojojo which is a super dooper weekly photography mailing list which gives you some great projects to do and loads of really imaginative stuff to look at. We'll they've launched a genius little thing called Time Capsule, what you do is link with your Flickr account and twice a month you'll get an email with a few of your 'most interesting' (that's Flickr speak) pictures from last year. I've had mine today with five pictures from last year - a few which I took at friend's perfect English Country Garden including scenic chickens, a flower shot on a lightbox and stencil graffiti of a Dalek!
I think that everyone should sign up to Time Capsule, it's a great tool guaranteed to make you smile when it arrive in your inbox, Photojojo never spam you ever it's always really good quality content.
Do it today and rediscover your best pictures from a year ago!
Now playing: Beth Rowley - I Shall Be Released