Swindon is also affected by the floods.

Swindon has got off quite lightly in all of the recent storms and flooding. The weather has been awful at times but I believe we have not had it as bad as a lot of the South West. However there are pockets of flooding here. I pass this particular flood at Coate Water everyday whilst out running. Thankfully it is only the underpass and not the road as well.

Lets hope the weather now starts getting a bit better.

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Sunday Project – No More

Well no photo of Sunday anymore. Why? I have been carrying out quite a bit of research and despite it being only the 4th Sunday of the year I have decided to bin it because it is not providing any benefit to me or anybody else. Stats are showing very few hits on those posts and to be honest I can understand why. There is no theme and is therefore completely random and unless I am on another assignment then I am just taking an image just for the sake of it with very little thought behind it. With very little information around the photo, why it was taken etc then why would anybody actually be interested in reading it.

What I should be doing more of is explaining things and why I do them, how I do them etc.

So as a start, I did a small photo shoot this morning. It was only mug shots for the person to send off as part of his profile as part of a competition. It was carried out in a gym, (in the squash court to be precise) where lighting is just awful. And short of getting the flash and umbrellas out it was a case of the ISO at 3200 and hope for the best. I just did not feel happy with the results which prob will suffice for what it was for but I just did not feel satisfied. Which at the end of the day is what it is all about for me. I have to feel emotionally involved in what I am doing and I didnt. Is that true of all professional photographers? I dont want to just earn money and not feel as though I have not done a good job.

So this blog is going to go back to the Swindon News/Photojournalism and I am not going to try to combine other things with it.

Likewise I am going to re-design my website to provide a better experience, better show case for my better images from both the UK and Spain and try to make it more interesting.

Growth figures down – Not in Swindon

Well today it was anounced that growth figures were down (again). Well I for one just dont believe it, at least not in Swindon anyway, and I guess other towns. When I go down to town I see plenty of people shopping and not just looking. Also if trading figures are low why cant you haggle with these people. There are also a number of companies around here that are doing really well. I also go to a few business/networking meetings and I see nothing but positive people who are doing ok. Although I have to say they are the small business rather than the big corporate houses who may/may not be doing well.

I would love to trade in my old camera gear for nice new stuff but there just are no discounts available anywhere!!!!! There seems to be no downward growth in the photo industry.

On a lighter note, Happy Birthday to the Magic Roundabout, 40 years old this week.

The Magic Roundabout

The Magic Roundabout