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  • Bushcraft Weekend (Day 3)

    Posted on by rob

    [This is a continuation from DAY 1 & DAY 2 ]

    It’s the last day of the weekend.  Aside from the horrible rain last night, which finally let up around about 3am, it’s been a fantastic weekend.  I don’t know when I got to sleep and stayed asleep, sometime after 3 when rain finally stopped, but I woke up at around 715am, which was good because we need to assemble about 730 for breakfast and find out what we’d be doing for the morning.  The course ends at noon, so we didn’t have too much time today.

    Read on (it’s a short post this time)…

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  • Bushcraft Weekend (Day 2)

    Posted on by rob

    (this is a continuation from Bushcraft Weekend (Day 1) … Please read that first )

    *YAWN* Good morning.  Sleeping was pretty rough.  I think partly because I’d had a coffee about 9pm and a hot chocolate about  around 11, I suppose.  It could also have been just the totally different environment from my normal sleeping quarters haha.  One of the things that kept me up was the sound of the A420 not too far from the camp, also there was some animal out prowling around for about 3 hours making on hell of a racket.  Many of us had compared notes on this in the morning.  As the instructors camp was about 10 mins walk through the woods from us they said they’d not heard anything.

    Oh well on to the day…

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  • Bushcraft Weekend (Day 1)

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    With the awesome summer we’ve been having in the UK this summer it’s given me the kick in the arse I needed to do stuff.

    At the start of July I was tipping the scales higher than I wanted to and I needed to do something about it. I started walked a lot as well as major a major change to my diet.  This has resulted in a 6 kg drop in my weight, I’m damn proud of that.  I plan to keep that up as well.

    Anyhow Bushcrafting, I’ve had a fascination with it but rarely had the chance to go out and play.  Well I decided that this summer I would.  I signed up for a weekend course with a company called Woodland Ways. They offer the sort of course I was looking for.  The price and timing was a match for me so I took it.  They offered 2 locations, Oxfordshire it Derbyshire. Both are equally easy to get to from home, however when I called to book I was told that the Oxford location was a lot nicer, who am I to argue.  Alright alright shut it you lot!!!

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  • Batten down the camera bags…

    Posted on by rob

    Well that’s what it felt like what we should have done.  It was a cold and blustery morning in the wilds of the Norfolk country side just outside of King’s Lynn on April 28th.  Thankfully the rain eased and stopped for the duration of the location photo shoot with Izzie (the model) and Tracey from Red Fish (the Organizer), we were out at Bawsey Ruins.

    The day started with a frantic series of phones with Tracey to confirm if I was still coming due to the weather, as the day started with rain and general ickiness.  The forecast suggested it would stop, but really, who can believe the Met Office in the UK.  So, many phone calls later including the final one while I was walking for my train ticket to King’s Lynn from Waterbeach.  Everyone coming on the day was in agreement that they would still turn up, so the mission was a go (if you didn’t get the pun of “mission” then go back and read up on what Bawsey Ruins is … I’ll wait)

    Glad you made it back, hope you get the pun now Smile  Anyhow, moving on.  I was lucky to have had Tracey force coerce talk her husband into collecting me from the train station in King’s Lynn and get us out to the location, thanks again for that.   The rain had indeed stopped we were left with just a mild gale and some imported air that was fresh from somewhere above the 68th parallel … brrrr

    Ok, enough waffling, on to the rest of the story and the photos … Mmmmm waffles

    The model of the day was a wonderful young lass named Izzie along with 4 photographers, including myself.  The grounds of the ruins were small but as it was a church with out buildings it’s not surprising.  We did have to compete for space though with a flock of sheep that were grazing around the grounds.   There isn’t much of the church left, which is a real shame, but knowing how well constructed buildings of that time were made it must have take some real doing to pull it down.

    Despite the weather, Izzie was a real trouper and soldiered on through it  all.  I left the 2 hour session with just shy of 500 photos, after several runs through them I got that down to 207 that have been kept.

    Alright enough of that, on to the photos

    The first photo is clearly not that of a fresh faced model, but rather part of the ruins.  This is were the spire once stood and would feature heavily as the back drop for a lot of the photos on the day.

    This photo of Izzie on one of the gates into the pasture where the ruins are located is my personal favourite of the day.  It was so much nicer once transformed from colour to sepia and a few other minor tweaks

    More photos from the day



    (Other pics from this day, CLICK HERE)

    As with the previous location model shoot organized by Tracey from Red Fish, which tool place in King’s Lynn (Click to see the previous shoot), this was an excellent location and the model held up very well under the low level pressure we put her under, but more than anything, how well she tolerated the cold Smile  Thanks to both Izzie and Tracey for making it a great couple of hours!

    I’m looking forward t some future shoots with Tracey in the coming months.

    Keep watching my blog for more postings of photo events I’ll be attending.

  • Thanks for all the … Red Fish

    Posted on by rob

    20120414-D7K_3198_exportToday was an interesting day.  It started by getting up way too frigging early for some reason, just couldn’t sleep I suppose.  Just as well, I needed to get on the 0841 train from Waterbeach to King’s Lynn to join Tracey Robinson, from Red Fish photography, and one of her Models on Location Workshops.  I first heard about Tracey through a friend via FB.  Tracey runs these Models on Location Workshops in and around King’s Lynn, it’s the first time I’ve seen this sort of format.   The workshops run for 2 hours and vary in cost, but start around £20.  To quote a bit of her website:

    All Model Location Workshops are intensive two hour courses set at different locations around Kings Lynn in Norfolk. The Workshops will be held where there are great textured walls, arches, open land or beaches depending on which Workshop you choose to attend.

    These Workshops are aimed at anyone wanting to learn how to take a better portrait using a model and natural lighting on location or who just want to do something a little different within their photography hobby.


    Click to continue reading and see some photos from the day…

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