Flowing Water

spring-award
Won Member Selection Award – December 2016

It is nice to see that some people appreciating photography, this image was taken by myself during a weekend away with a few of the guys from university that are on my course, I remember taking this because it was bitterly cold and I am down on the floor in quite a compromising position whilst getting the shot.

Ultimate Eagles – William Aston Hall

On the 17th September 2016 I was fortunate enough to be asked to photograph the Ultimate Eagles (who were fantastic!) in the William Aston Hall at Glyndwr University, Wrexham.

This was the first time I had ever photographed an event of this calibre and as I was the sole photographer, I had to make it work.

Through various sources on the internet and through friends I found out what was required to photograph a concert like this. Armed with my Nikon d3200, 18-55mm kit lens and my 55-200mm zoom I arrived shortly before the doors opened, usually there is a fifteen minute cut off for photographing things like this but the band were very welcoming and said that I could do the whole set, to my knowledge this doesn’t normally happen so I felt privileged to be allowed to do so.

The lighting inside was quite bright (so I thought) so I set my ISO to 400 and took a couple of test photographs, needless to say they didn’t come out too good so I raised the ISO to between 1600 and 3200, this allowed the colours to pop and the images to look much better.

I took photographs from the wings of the hall as to stop me getting in anyone’s field of view so the majority are side on although I did manage to take some from the centre aisle and also from the balcony (this was not used during the show), this gave an excellent vantage point and the opportunity to use my 55-200mm zoom to it’s full potential.

Overall I really enjoyed the evening and hopefully if the organisers like the photographs that I have taken, they will ask me to attend again.

Below are a few images of the night.

want to hear what these guys sound like? click the link below

Hotel California

Afterthought:

I honestly believe that it is imperative that I purchase better glass for this kind of work, better glass would give me sharper images and cut down on the time it takes in editing, for this kind of work I am looking to purchase a 70-200mm f2.8 for the long shots and maybe a 50mm f2.8 for the close ups, having f2.8 would give me a quicker response when it comes to auto-focusing as well as a brighter viewfinder etc.

50th Birthday Party

21st of May 2016 a  fellow student Charles Gordon Ward and myself were asked by Mark McKenna (the course leader for our film and photography degree) if we would be interested in attending a 50th birthday party as photographers, this was a surprise 50th birthday party organised by the daughter of the lady in the black and white image below. The images below are just a small selection of what were taken on the evenings event. Whilst I am aware that I am not the best photographer out there I feel personally that I gained much needed experience at this shoot, I have to consider this as massive learning curve in the pursue of my chosen field.

I really hope that more opportunities to gain experience in this type of photography present themselves in the near future and I really look forward to working with Charles again.

Interview for Casual Technician Glyndwr

April 20th 2016 I attended an interview for a post in the William Aston Hall assisting with the sound for up and coming events at the University, I didn’t feel over confident with this interview, not sure as to why, hopefully the interviewers saw something that they liked, who knows, only time will tell, I will not hear back from them until early next week, all I can do is keep my fingers crossed and hope for the best!

 

UPDATE: 26/04/2016

Unfortunately I was not successful at this interview, onwards and upwards as they say!

Thursday March 3rd 2016

Phil Rees (Running a successful local photography business)

Phil gave us

An insight into the local photography market, & the factors needed for success;

  • The changing marketplace & developments since the advent of digital photography
  • The size & nature of the local market, competition, and barriers to entry
  • Business models and the attributes of successful businesses
  • Set up costs and potential returns
  • Planning for success

Phil worked for Barclays Bank Plc from 1976 to 2006 including 17 years as small business/corporate manager and then threw it all in to become a professional photographer in 2007.

A very informative talk covering most of the aspects for starting up and maintaining a successful photography business, Phil is quite successful in his line of work, covering such things as weddings, family and corporate, I really enjoyed this insight into running my own business and will definitely be using some of the tools that were expressed during the speech.

Thank you Phil for the talk!

Thursday 3rd March 2016

Alex Connock – Media, Can you make it

Managing Director of Shine North – Endemol Shine Group
Digital branded content & TV

Alex launched Shine North in MediaCity – growing producer TV & digital brand content, part of Endemol Shine. Revenues increased tenfold since then.

TV programming for global broadcasters – BBC, Channel 4, Discovery, Nat Geo, Channel 5. Several major global car series.

Branded/digital content output -forJaguar, Heinz, AO, Poker Stars, Britvic, Northern Tech. Past 3 years as overall exec producer of Diageo’s major global production World Class, for TV in over 100 countries, plus digital and e-commerce video across Europe.

Idris Elba Co-production relationship for past two years – including two global series of ‘No Limits’​ for Discovery; cinema doc ‘Mandela, My Dad and Me,’​ and international commercials production.

Currently running study with IPSOS MORI into effective creative strategies in e-commerce video.

Alex showed the group plenty of video related content stating that you could technically live anywhere and still have your work shown in other countries such as the USA, Australia, China, the list and possibilities are endless.

Thanks for the talk Alex!

 

Wednesday 2nd March 2016

Susan Chapman – Teaching, A career choice.

PGCE Tutor
BA (English) 1984, Ph.D (English) 1987
MA (Cultural Studies) 1994
Diploma in Literacy 2001
PgCert Drama in Education 2005

Susan graduated in English from UCNW Bangor in 1984 and completed a PhD in Arthurian Literature in 1987.   She taught English in schools in Bradford and Powys as a classroom teacher, KS3 Co-ordinator and Head of Department.  During that time she was involved in the development of whole school policies on literacy and gender and in curriculum development for A Level English Language and drama at KS3 and KS4.

A senior examiner for A Level English Language since 1996, Susan has been involved in all aspects of the examination process.  This also involves advising teachers on coursework and in delivering CPD  both face-to-face and online.

After twenty years teaching English in both England and Wales, Susan has been working as a teacher trainer and education lecturer at Aberystwyth for eight years.

Susan’s speech centred around a career in teaching, something that we all could end up following if we either do our Mdes or enrol onto a teaching course, ‘being in a classroom is an exciting thing’, ‘teaching is a rewarding thing to do’.

 Employability is very high in this field, as a route into full time employment, this is a good choice.

I suppose if all else fails then I could see myself offering my knowledge of what I learn and pass them onto those that do not have the knowledge to do what they are wanting to do.

Thanks for the talk Sue!

Wednesday 2nd March 2016

Mike Corcoran – Moving Minds

Mike’s speech centred around the mind, saying that it isn’t just in your head, it is all around your being, I found this a little strange as I know where my mind is, it is in my head! This speech was deep to say the least and unless you were on the same wavelength as the speaker then I doubt you would be able to grasp his concept, 3 things stood out from his speech,

1, he states that you cannot fail, I say you can fail but you must retry again.

2, He stated that you must adventure and experiment, I think this is a good statement, you do need to adventure and experiment in the line of work you are heading into.

3, he stated that our potential is limitless, I agree totally with this, you can only improve and get better if you continue to learn.

 

Thanks for the talk Mike!