Over the past few years I have had ordered many test prints, mostly custom-sized panoramas, that have ended up in cardboard tubes with nowhere to go.
I am open to sensible offers on all of them.
Below is a sample of each image I've had printed and the approximate size. Each of the prints will need custom framing apart from the square one (which you can pick a frame for from as little as about £10 off the internet).
I am happy to post to anywhere in the world. Postage will be £5 inclusive of a protective tube. Should anyone want one locally (Guernsey) then I am happy to deliver.
Hopefully, some will find a new home soon. Drop me a message either on Facebook or on the website contact form.
#1 L'Ancresse panorama - approx size 92 x 15cm - SOLD!
#2 Herm west coast panorama - approx size 80 x 19cm. (There are 2 of these available) - 1 REMAINING
#3 St Peter Port harbour panorama - approx size 80 x 28cm
#4 St Peter Port seafront sunrise - approx 80 x 22cm
#5 Belvoir Bay - approx 75 x 50cm
#6 Belvoir Valley - approx 30 x 30cm
#7 Shell Beach full panorama - approx 80 x 18cm
#8 Herm top village panorama - approx 75 x 50cm
#9 Shell Beach panorama (south aspect) - approx 70 x 20cm
I was invited on Sunday by Warren of Spike Productions to go to a closed filming session at Castle Cornet which I happily accepted. I won't reveal too much as I was only engaged to provide a small amount of aerial material for the larger project, but I can say that it involved the 2014 downhill mountain bike world champ, Manon Carpenter, who spent over 5 hours riding down and then walking back up various parts of the castle. She must have been destroyed by the time it came to pack up and catch her flight back to the mainland.
Manon's job was to help promote an event next year and, as well as riding around the castle, was very pro-active in sharing ideas with Warren and camera guru James (seen below crouched on the receiving end of a small gravel shower!)
The sun did eventually arrive for us which was a bonus, but did little for the slippery conditions in certain places. Manon did suffer a couple of 'offs' but nothing to wreck the enjoyable day. My rotor protectors also had their first outing and they served their purpose as there was one section of filming that started in a tunnel and required manual control with no GPS assistance. A brief swirl of wind caught the quadcopter and nudged it against the centuries-old stone work.
The time went really quickly even though I wasn't flying too often. In between flights, I took the opportunity to take a few ground shots of Manon in action and I'm quite pleased with the results given that I don't try and capture sports or action very often. So a good day on the ground as well as from the sky.
My photo mojo seems to be on a long-term holiday right now. Aerials, lights, everything. I'm in nowhere land. I'm in a creative paralysis. >> Insert sad emoticon <<
Sometimes these states of paralysis result in me experimenting with ideas I've been sat on for a while, and today I've been messing with custom Google Maps, something that has been lurking in my head for about 18 months.
The reasoning behind adding some custom maps to this site is simply to provide everyone the opportunity to see a kind of locational library of my images. If someone wants to see if I have any Cobo aerials, for example, then they can check out the Guernsey & Herm map page and click on any icons that I've dropped in the Cobo area.
These maps are a work in progress and will take a while to build up. The aim is map the more saleable images from my collection. I'll try and keep the random stuff out!
Hopefully, the photo mojo reappears soon.....
I've been tinkering around with my website for far too long so here, finally, is the updated version. There are some galleries to explore again to show off a little of my aerial and other photography.
If you have any interest in buying pictures for yourself or as a gift for someone else then please give me a shout to discuss options. Quite recently, I have had two requests for triptych canvases, both of which came out really well. Both were produced locally. I have a number of panoramic aerial images which would suit this treatment and brighten up any bare wall!
If anyone has a Christmas purchase in mind, then please consider that there is usually a 2-week turnaround on production since everything is done on a bespoke basis.
Having the last week of August off with the weather being pretty average turned out to be very productive for me as I finally got my Flickr dumping ground up-to-date with everything aerial and otherwise. I go very OCD with my Flickr account - all 17,200+ photos (anyone looking won't see that number as some stuff is hidden from public searches) are tagged, geotagged, and sorted into albums and collections. I dread to calculate the hours it has taken to 'achieve' that organisation.
Anyway, as a result of having no backlog, I have time for more self education and have re-started a Photoshop video tutorial course that I bought 18 months ago. In addition, I've been subscribing to some YouTube channels which offer useful Photoshopping advice. YouTube is an amazing source of information for any type of photographer. I often joke with people to 'Google it' when a question needs answering, but in most cases you will find the answer you want or at least something relevant. A lot of that is down to people (maybe like me) who take the time to add good keywording or tags to the information they share online. Here is just one example.
It's not just Photoshop stuff. A multitude of photographic techniques can be Googled and you can be almost certain that you'll find some kind of tutorial on it. Google is your friend! (Please sponsor me, Google.)
On top of taking some time to educate myself a little more, I have set up a new Facebook page called Drone Feed on which I aim to share a handful of popular and/or interesting news stories each day on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones as everyone calls them.
I have a bunch of email alerts sent to me everyday that I have set up using news keywords. They are easy to skim through for the best stuff whether it is a good or bad story, and I'll post several links each day for those interested to check out if they like. Click on the picture below to open up Drone Feed on Facebook.
I don't know where the first half of 2014 has gone.
Thinking back, I guess it's been a good 6 months. Aerial pics from home (obviously), Herm, Sark and Alderney on a local scale. Plus a few trips across to the mainland (holiday, training, friend's wedding) and the invite down to Kuwait for the annual Al-Farsi kite festival. Probably the cherry on the cake, though, has been my success in gaining UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) certification which will allow me to offer the only currently active commercial 'drone' service on Guernsey, and one of only two in the Channel Islands. I hope that my Civil Aviation Authority permission will come through in the next 6 or so weeks.
In the meantime, coming up on Saturday is a long-planned break in France with loads of friends. One week in the Vendée countryside and one week on the Île de Ré. New places, new aerial blitz targets. And a healthy dose of downtime.
If I don't blog again soon (and my aeriali.net blogging has been pretty piss poor, let's be honest) then I hope everyone has a great summer break. Or winter break if you are watching from afar in the southern hemisphere!
A chance meeting with the owner of 7dayshop.com while flying one of my kites at Le Guet on the recent May bank holiday lead me to being the subject of the new 7dayshop.com blog this week.
Thanks to Jon and Will for the coverage.
Check out 7dayshop.com for a large range of tech accessories. I've always had great service from them when buying bits and bobs to support my photo activities. One of the best random finds was a snood to help keep me warm during the winter!