It’s a while since we went to Madeira but we chose a trip for Sue’s birthday and it was a pleasant change from freezing weather at home. We had all sorts of flowers coming into bloom and could have done with a trip up into the forest and some gardens but it was a chill type of holiday rather than action. We’d decided that although we liked the previous places we’ve stayed at, we’d like to try the Hotel Porto Santa Maria on the seafront at the old end of Funchal town – what a lovely place, great facilities, better staff and we had a room away from any noise. No jeep safaris for me this time, just getting to walk again after another foot problem so a toddle into the town to the cruise terminal and back was about it. We saw that the Golden Gate Grand Cafe had re-opened again (last July apparently) and that was a pleasant surprise – its been well refurbished. Gives a nice feel to the centre of Funchal again – it was decidedly run down without it.
I was pleased to see that Juan Caldarado and his band are still going strong, they were also at our hotel once evening as well.
Next time we go, hopefully we’ll catch the flower festival which is scheduled to run late April/Early May. Here’s a few pictures – birthday girl got some great flowers organised by the hotel and also a yummy birthday cake.
“How do you fancy a good day out doing some studio photography”, said Paul. “Sounds good to me I said”.
Well it was. I went to Natasha J Bella‘s studio with my f4 Photographic Group chum, Paul Lazenby and we had an extremely entertaining and rewarding day out, photographing a very attractive and professional Natasha in her own studio. Lots of clothes changes, great make up and a choice of shooting backgrounds.
I suffered a little with my RAW files in what has been a well documented phenomenon the internet. The images on the computer screen when I downloaded the RAW files, were significantly darker than those on the screen whilst I was shooting, so I had a fair amount of work to do to pull them back in shape. I’m happy with the results but better RAW files would have made them even more rewarding. Need to go again I think.
I had a great week-end down in Woodhall Spa with my f4 pal Dave Robson and girlfriend Tina Cranfield. I’d done some stuff solo because my foot was still playing up, but joined them at the Petwood Hotel for lunch and re-enactment later. The rain was persistent but armed with brolly and camera, I braved the high street to take some images of a beautiful selection on lovingly cared for vintage motor cars (and a bike). I’m looking forward to next year already but will take a longer lens for the planes – they didn’t get down the High Street like last year so a bit of a disappointment really.
John Denton is a local photographer who runs Art Nude photography courses amongst other things. He came to our f4 Photography club a while ago and treated us to a selection of images. My fellow photog Paul Lazenby and I decided to take part in one of John’s courses out at Bishop Burton one Sunday with the very lovely Isla Rose as our model for the day. We used a number of different locations, lighting styles and accessories and there are a few images here to give you a flavour. Thanks to Isla for wonderful teamaking as well and for working tirelessly to help us get a great selection of images.
I’d forgotten about this. There was a newly painted Fire Engine launched in January in Trinity Square to celebrate Hull City of Culture 2017. Martin Green, CEO and Director of Hull UK City of Culture was present, as were a number of personnel from the Fire Service and news coverage from Radio Humberside.
A rare visit for me to see some old chums from my playing days, including Phil Tebbs who was up from darn sarf for a few days. I’d been to F4 Photographic Group meeting at King Billy and as Dunc had told me the Forks were gigging at The Duke of Cumberland for an evening to see how it went, with a view to a permanent Thursday gig – I took the camera down. Very dark in there so the images are a bit grainy.
The boys played wonderfully well and the huge crowd in there, lots of them regular Forks supporters, were well entertained. The guys are back next Thursday so well worth a trip – if you can get in.
I like live music, always have done – some of those amongst us make it look so easy they can do it with their eyes closed – well done Dunc!
Sue & I went to a 70th birthday party yesterday. The 70th birthday bash of long time buddy and drummist extraordinaire, Doug Thurlow. We’ve played in a number of bands together over the years, starting in 1978 with Romeo & Juliets in the centre of Hull and continuing for a lot of happy years. We were invited to his family “do” as was another long time buddy Tony Beasty and wife Anita. Tony of course of Antone’s Guitars fame and like me was working with Doug for a long time.
Anyway, we went to Rowley Manor for a Birthday lunch and very good it was too, thank you Rowley Manor. Doug’s wife, Anna, had organised an extremely special cake which was made, carried in and presented by Winner of the 2014 Bake off Competition, Nancy Birtwhistle. It was made all the more special because Nancy had taken time out to deliver the cake on her Wedding anniversary – now that’s dedication for you and an extra special touch.
Here are a few images of the day taken on my Panasonic GX8 with 12-35 f2.8 lens – just a nice carry round size.
I was delighted to be asked to photograph the wedding of Dan & Fleur at The Guildhall register office on Saturday. Dan is the son of Tony & Anita Beasty and I have worked with Tony on numerous occasions over the years. I asked my friend and ex college student Cheryl Jagger to help out and we put a portfolio of images together which you will find on my page Mr & Mrs Dan Beasty.
We wish Dan & Fleur a long and happy marriage.