Friday, February 18, 2011

BNI Big Breakfast with talk by Dennis Turner Chief Economist at HSBC

This morning over 400 business people, members of BNI, the networking organisation met in the leafy surroundings of the Hurlingham Club in Fulham, London for the Big Breakfast for a bout of networking and talks on a wide range of issues.

Undoubtedly the star of the day was Dennis Turner, Chief Economist at HSBC who "is one of the UK’s most fascinating and lucid commentators on economic movements and theories, Dennis regularly speaks at events for the finance community. He started his career in Whitehall and remains an influential advisor within UK government." http://www.financialdirector.co.uk/author/profile/1378/dennis-turner

 He gave us a lucid, fascinating and often very humorous account of this recession and its possible development for the years ahead. He said everything without referring to any notes, whilst displaying an extended range of the dreaded Powerpoint slides that actually complemented what he said, often changing the slides whilst keeping eye contact with us and never losing sync with what was on the screen. His example of using the word "average" of a person with their head in a hot oven and their feet in a freezer, being on average - comfortable, had us in stitches.

Some of the points he made today were also raised on http://network.hsbc.co.uk/video/Tips-Surviving-Challenging/Dennis-Turner-Chief/1700002150

He really is one of the few economists I would queue up to hear again and will make sure I record on Sky+ if I hear he is going to speak.

I took the pictures with my Leica M8 which goes with me everywhere.

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A shoot in Scotland

I have now started and progressed quite well in editing down over 3,200 images I have taken over the last year of "a year in the life of" an estate on the Borders in Scotland. I am working on bringing them down to about 800, before beginning to design and layout a book of around 400 pages, showing the changing landscape and gardens, farming activities, building maintenance and development and most wonderfully, the hunting, shooting and fishing.
Today I have been working on scenes from several shoots, and am just so pleased with the images that I have to share some of them on this blog.





The completed book will be given to family, friends and all the amazing people who work on the estate and who make it all look so beautiful and work so well.

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Bentleys & bling in Knightsbridge

This weekend, whilst shopping and lunching in Knightsbridge, I took my Leica M8 and set out to photograph "quality" and some of the things I saw, included two very different Bentley Continentals and some window displays with a touch of bling.


In South Kensington, these errant balloons caught my eye, along with a plane heading for Heathrow.
That's what I like about photography, the mixture of finding what your looking for, and stuff finding you! Life's like that too!!

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Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Black & White Photography with my Leica M6

I recently spent a few days in Scotland photographing more aspects of the "day in the life of" a Scottish Estate assignment, and decided on impulse to take my Leica M6 to use alongside my workhorse the Leica M8. I had not used the M6 for ages, and found it a joy to use, slightly smaller, quieter and knowing one had only 36 shots up the barrel so to speak, meant one was more composed when using it.

On returning to London, I decided to stock up with some Black and White Film and went off to Calumet in Drummond Street, where i found the film cabinet, now stuck forlornly in a corner with rather a sparse set of films to choose from! I bought 5 packs of Ilford XP2, all they had and resolved to have the M6 with me most days and see what caught my eye.
I have created a slide show of Black & White photography with my Leica M6, out of the 1st of these films to be developed taking photographs around Fulham and at the Saatchi Gallery and scanned and am pleased with the results so far.

I look forward to the rest and to stocking up with lots more film as one can now plainly see the writing is on the wall for film in the longer term, though enthusiasts will try to keep it going as long as possible.

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