Sunday, 16 November 2014

Are you addicted to Faffing?


There's only one group that gets on my sheep (goats have had a rough trot) more than the person with a coffee in one hand and a cigarette in the other, who opens their car door in front of my speeding bicycle ....
Who are they you ask?
They're the photographic fiddlers and faffers.
The perennial procrastinators.
The delusionists.
The armchair theorists.
They prefer to discuss lens quality, RAW v JPEG and optical paths and 'look at the size of my lens' rather than taking the blessed pic
Heavens to Betsy!
Frame it, focus and fire! Don't faff around

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Saturday, 15 November 2014

Serendipity


OXFORD DICTIONARY'Serendipity'The occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way: 'a fortunate stroke of serendipity'

A dozen years ago I was lounging on the deck of a Greek ferry between Amorgos and Tinos. Through squinty eyes I noticed a girl sitting on a bench seat. Gabrielle was French and was a little bashful when I asked to photograph her.
'Why?' she asked'Because I've never photographed a French girl before and you remind me of Juliette Binoche''
My baby plastic Ricoh FF1 on HP5 did the rest.
oOo
Three days later I'm leading a night seascape workshop with my tour group. In the distance I see Gabrielle  swimming with her boyfriend. Serendipitous. Damm the seascape!'Hi Gabrielle, do you remember me?'"Yes, from the ferry, I remember. This is my boyfriend'.'Can I get another shot of you here. Kissing your boyfriend'This time her boyfriend looks a little bashful.But they are French.
I'm a great believer in serendipity in life and photography. Sometimes, serendipity just needs a little helping hand.
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