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Breakfast 366 – February – a set on Flickr

I’ve managed to stumble through my second month of the 366 Breakfast Project. February with 29 days, as it’s a leap year, obviously.

Overall, I am pleased with some of the images I managed to get. I do think the restricted theme is helping my creativity a bit. However, there are still 10 months to go, some 306 breakfasts to photograph. I hope I can maintain the flow.

Related: January – a set on Flickr

For those sans Flash (and who isn’t these days?) here’s February on Flickr.

Three Six Six – a set on Flickr

As I struggle in the foothills of my 366 Breakfast project (I’ll post February’s efforts later), Mark Casey has just reached the summit of his. I know he found it hard at times, but he’s managed to complete the assignment. I wonder what he’ll do with his time now he doesn’t have to worry about getting an image every day?

Link for those viewing on i-Devices.

It’s a start

As you may recall, I have been trying to get photographic work with the British model railway press for a while. Despite contacting editors, I’ve only had one proper response, and no direct work as yet of course.

I’m not sure how Barry Norman came across my photos of Vic Burles’ beautiful ScaleSeven West Country class light pacific, but he asked me if I could send him versions for publication. I was happy to do that.

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I haven’t been paid for them, but I didn’t expect the images to appear in print when I took them. I know that’s not the attitude, but if you know Wild Swan Publications then you’ll understand. It’s not a mistake I plan to make again.

Anyway, front cover and supporting images reproduced inside MRJ 213 at large sizes. It’s a start. Model Railway Journal is a respected journal, and hopefully my images will begin to get some attention in other publishing organisations.

I would link to Wild Swan, MRJ and Barry, but Wild Swan doesn’t really feel the need to move into the late 20th century with all that interweb and electronic mail nonsense.

Related: Looking for work and a plea

Rant: I Love Photography

It might sound strange to use the verb “Love” in the title of a rant. But here goes.

I love photography.

Why am I telling you this? Isn’t it self-obvious? Don’t we all love photography? The answer is no. There is a percentage of photographers who hate photography. They do not appreciate photography. They do not consume photography. They don’t look at photo books or photo magazines. They hate the guy with the iPhone taking Instagram shots. They hate the guy who just bought the D4 because they don’t have one. They hate people using digital because film is what real artists use. They hate photographers who embrace social media because images should stand on their own. They hate Getty, Corbis, the AP, day rates, photo editors, assistants, rental houses, camera stores, point-and-shoots, iPads, zoom lenses, padded camera straps, wheeled suitcases, younger photographers, older photographers. The photo of so-and-so on the cover of whatever it’s called sucks. That guy copied the other guy, he sucks. Terry Richardson sucks. Chuck Close sucks. Vincent Laforet hasn’t taken a still in 17 years. Kodak hasn’t been managed well since the 70s. Blah, blah, blah.

I love photography. Let me show you why.

Good post over at PetaPixel.

Keeping Your Gear Safe While Shooting In The Rain

Let me lay out my credentials: I live in Seattle. Yes, it’s a bit of a stereotype, but it’s that way for a reason. While we don’t get the torential downpours during monsoon season in some hemispheres, we are pretty good at getting out when the weather is waterlogged to take photos. I have been shooting for 20 years and, while I am surely not perfect, I have some experience with different techniques for shooting in the rain.

A useful post over at Digital Photo School concerning protecting your camera gear from the rain. I have been acquiring wet weather gear for a while, and now I have a weather-sealed camera I need to think about actually getting out in inclement weather.

Have I been a bit quiet?

I have been rather quiet for a while, apart from the occasional flurry of links to various things that catch my eye. I haven’t been updating the blog with reports from my real life, mainly because I have been a little too busy to get around to it.

So, here’s an update.

I finally got through to a model railway magazine editor. He liked my model photograpy, but couldn’t promise any work. Right there is the story of my life. Promises, promises, promises. Still, it was a step forward, and I have now contacted one other editor with the same pitch. If I get any work from either source, I will be pleasantly surprised. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, as they say.

I have had a small web site job for the significant other of a friend. I am currently waiting for them to get back to me with their thoughts on what I have done so far. That reminds me I had better chase them up—may make a phone call instead of email.

Another potentially long-running freelance job is beginning to rumble into life. I’m not entirely sure what I will be expected to do at this stage, or how much I will be paid. I guess I ought to find out sooner rather than later. 

While there’s nothing concrete, then, things are beginning to look a little brighter round here. This is a Good Thing.

Meanwhile, I am finding myself engrossed on the modelling workbench, busily building three commissioned 7mm scale railway coaches. You may recall I built a coach for a friend last year. He asked me if I’d build some more for him, so I have three BR Mark 1 corridor seconds on the go. 

I built one kit to see how the thing went together, and to work out what modifications I might need or want to do before I embarked on the other two. I got that first coach to a stage where it was all but complete, aside from paint and final details, and then set about the other two in a batch. Some of the work is fiddly, and some is fiddly and tedious, but it keeps me quiet and occupied, doing constructive things with my hands.

Perhaps I go beyond the call of duty—certainly beyond what my friend is paying me to build these kits for him—but I enjoy the details. I also consider these models as portfolio pieces I can use to perhaps get more work in this field. It’s not a field that will make me rich, but I think there’s a niche for me somwhere.

I am nearing the point where I will want to break out the airbrush and get paint on the models. Sadly, my spray booth is in a garden shed, and the weather of late round here has been a bit cold for that kind of environment. I think I will have to rig up a spray booth in our loft workshop, where it may be cold but at least I have access to electricity, heating and hot drinks!

That’s what’s been going on round here for the past few weeks. I just wish some of the things I am supposed to be involved in would firm up and give me some regular income again. 

Breakfast 366 – January – a set on Flickr

Those lucky souls without Flash-enabled devices can click here.

Well, I have made it through the first month of my 366 Breakfast project. Thirty-one images of the first meal of my day. Thrilling, isn’t it?

I am finding it hard to come up with different angles on the same subject, but that is the whole point of the exercise. Being restricted to the same subject matter every day means I have to try and be more creative about things in order to keep it interesting.

The question is whether this restricted subject matter can be strung out for another 335 days without driving me insane!

Thanks to everyone who has commented on or made favourites of January’s efforts. The comments encourage me to continue, and to improve on the subject matter. Onwards into February!