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Last Sunday of the Month – Views from my Bedroom Window

Well this post hasn’t turned out to be half as interesting as I’d hoped it would be when I planned it a year ago, but seeing as I did spend¬†the whole year doing it, I’m jolly well going to post it! I give you a year of views from my bedroom window on the last Sunday of every month, for no particular reason (there are really only changes in light and foliage, not sure what I expected really). Anyway, I didn’t blog much in 2016 but I’m definitely planning to step it up again this year, and I’m certainly off to a great…a good…an average…well a start anyway…

View over fields, January 2016

Last Sunday in January 2016

View over fields, February 2016

Last Sunday in February 2016

View over fields, March 2016

Last Sunday in March 2016

View over fields, April 2016

Last Sunday in April 2016

View over fields, May 2016

Last Sunday in May 2016

View over fields, June 2016

Last Sunday in June 2016

View over fields, July 2016

Last Sunday in July 2016

View over fields, August 2016

Last Sunday in August 2016

View over fields, September 2016

Last Sunday in September 2016

View over fields, October 2016

Last Sunday in October 2016

View over fields, November 2016

Last Sunday in November 2016

View over fields, December 2016

Last Sunday in December 2016

Next year Рviews of my kitchen floor on the third  Tuesday of every month.

It’s Tough Being a Professional Photographer at Times!

Girl taking photograph

I bet you didn’t know I was a professional photographer did you? Well I’m not, ha! Had you going there didn’t I? But I do have several friends and acquaintances who are, and it seems they have a tougher time of it than we might imagine. Overall my impression is that they love their job, so we don’t need to feel too sorry for them, however, they do have to put up with a lot of crap from the general public. I like those guys, so I thought I’d help them out here by highlighting some common issues, in the hope that people will stop and think before opening their mouths.

Here is a small selection of the types of things they have to deal with…

They receive compliments – “Wow, your camera takes really good pictures!”
That is seriously insulting. “Wow mister surgeon, your knife does really good operations!” Yes, quality tools are important, but good tools in the wrong hands can have disastrous results; if you don’t believe me, then just ask my kids after I’ve cut their hair using a really good pair of scissors.

They receive helpful advice – “You might want to use a flash, the light isn’t very good here.”
Well thank goodness someone was there to point this out to them! Otherwise they’d have been puzzling for weeks about why their pictures didn’t come out right.

They get given the chance to charge less than they are worth – “My friend’s brother’s cousin has a nice camera and he says he’ll do our wedding for a quarter of the price you’ve quoted. Can you match it?”
Oh yes, absolutely. By the way, I have a really nice hammer, and can install your new kitchen for a fraction of the price you’ve been quoted, are you interested?

They are presented with wonderful opportunities – “Would you take some photos of me/my wedding/my kids/my dog, for free? Then you can use them in your portfolio, so it’s win-win for both of us!”
Photographers are by no means the only professionals who are asked to provide their services for free under the suggestion that it will be good for their portfolio, or that it might open doors to bigger and better things for them; actors have to deal with this a lot, as do graphic/web designers and probably others that I haven’t thought of too. I’m not saying that professionals should never do any work for free; there are occasions where it might be appropriate, but to try and sell the idea to professionals as being some kind of great opportunity for them is, again, insulting.

One of issues with photography is that it is done both professionally, and by most people anyway (even if it’s just an occasional snapshot on their phone), so everyone thinks they know something about it. I was trying to think of what other professions are like that – I came up with chefs, and er…there’s photographers, chefs, and…you know, those other ones that are done both professionally and most people do the thing regularly as well anyway.

I will finish with a couple of questions for you; answer them if you like, or not, I don’t mind!

1. Aside from photographers and chefs, can you think of any other professions that are also something that most people do anyway?

2. Do you work in a profession/job where you have to deal with a lot of annoying things like that from people?

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photo credit: Kris Krug via photopin cc

Interview with a Vanessa

Pretty Leaves

Like a lot of bloggers, I have a little notebook where I jot down any ideas that come to me for blog posts. Looking through my notebook today I found that I have several little snippets of ideas that aren’t enough for a whole post in themselves. What to do with them? I thought. After much pondering, I decided I could interview myself, and thus mop up some of these random ideas into a cunning and self-indulgent post. Here goes…

Hello Vanessa, would you mind if I ask you a few questions?

Not at all Vanessa, fire away.

Ok, first of all, I was just wondering whether you’ve seen any pretty leaves whilst out walking lately?

Yes I have! And by an amazing coincidence, I photographed those leaves and have already inserted the picture at the top of this post – what are the chances eh?

Wow, those sure are some pretty leaves. Now, can I ask whether you have done anything this year that you feel particularly pleased with yourself about?

Yes, I managed to get an advert removed from the radio by complaining about it to the Advertising Standards Authority. I don’t want to reveal the details, but basically the company blatantly lied about a point of law in order to try and sell something to a potentially vulnerable group of people. But they didn’t bank on me knowing the law in that area, no siree!

What’s your favourite joke?

Well it’s a bit of an oldie, and it’s more of a one-liner than a joke, but this one never fails to make me laugh every time I tell it to myself:

– I got myself a new dog, he used to belong to the blacksmith, as soon as I got him home he made a bolt for the door.

That is a good one, it’s one of my favourites too! What about T-Shirt slogans, any favourites there?

One that I saw being worn by an elderly lady gave me a good chuckle:

– At my age I’ve seen it all, done it all, and heard it all. I just can’t remember it all.

I’m wondering, does your 10 year old son understand the principles of bankruptcy?

He does now, yes. A few days ago he asked me what bankruptcy was. I explained it to him, and he said “Oh so it’s like a game of Monopoly – when you run out of money, you can’t play anymore?” Yep, that’s pretty much it!

You recently did a post about pranks you wish you were brave enough to do, but do your kids ever play pranks?

I assume you’re talking about my post entitled Five things I would like to do to a stranger. Yes they do, if we’re ever driving slowly in the car, my kids like to call out to people on the street “Excuse me, you’ve dropped something!” I know it’s a bit naughty, and I should probably stop them, but it’s actually hilarious looking in my rear view mirror at the people looking around at the ground. I do have one rule, that they’re not allowed to do it to elderly people.

And finally, have you ever watered a plastic plant?

You mean like when my Mum recently went away for a couple of months and asked me to water her plants for her, and I didn’t realise that one of the ones I was watering was a plastic one? You really think I would do something like that? What sort of idiot would do something like that huh?

Thank you very much Vanessa

You’re welcome Vanessa.