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!
I have been dithering over my choice of shop frontage for too long and have decided to sign up to Smugmug for a year (click the picture above to link to the Aerial-i page).
While a lot of my imagery is very 'local', a global platform is much more inclusive and the pricing is hopefully transparent to all.
I will be adding to the gallery and in the coming days so please come back and check from time to time.
Nearly 2 months since my last blog post on my website. Lots has happened in that time as the title suggests. This is a quick update for those who might stop by here rather than delve in to the monster that is Facebook.
First up, I successfully applied for the first distinction level of the Royal Photographic Society - LRPS. The most pleasing thing about this success was that 7 of the 10 pictures submitted to the judging panel were kite aerial photos.
The Facebook army continues to grow which is good news for raising awareness of what I do.
About 12 days ago I lost my quadcopter to the sea. User error totally. My new one is here already and is off to Herm today for a very quick aerial attack around the southern half of the island.
There's a handful of 8x6in mounted aerial photos available to buy at Glen's Guernsey Picture Framers & Art Gallery - go have a look; his new shop at the Vale Church junction is loaded with cool pictures.
Lots more has happened. Don't be scared to follow me on Facebook if you don't already. You'll get a load of aerial photos to check out as you'd expect, plus a bit of other stuff that I tinker with now and again.
Enjoy the sun.
A long time ago when I first started an Aerial-i page on Facebook, I was rather expectant as to how the number of followers would grow very quickly.Very probably I was blinded by the Flickr hits that I am lucky to receive each day.
The first of my hard-earned (much harder than I first appreciated!) milestones is now approaching - 500 likes. 500 is not big number in Facebook fan page terms when looking at the global picture, but it is a valuable number to me as it hopefully means that at least 500 people out there also get some pleasure from what I really enjoy doing.
The dawn of the quadcopter era seems to have accelerated things somewhat and I'm very much enjoying the 'access all areas' opportunities it now brings. In particular, I'm enjoying being able to share photos like the one in Alderney below where we are hovering over the sea, looking back at the magnificent coastline on our doorstep. Some people say I'm mad to fly over the sea like this but I trust the technology and this is the kind of stuff that it is built for. All my camera gear gets worked hard and same goes for the Phantom quadcopter.
This weekend sees my first visit to Jersey of the year. I absolutely cannot wait to unleash the Phantom (and kites) into the Jersey skies. And with a little luck and sharing of the results, I can scoop up some more fans from across the water and clear the first 500 milestone.
The 500 milestone triggers my first thank-you giveaway of a 40x30cm mounted gallery print of one lucky follower's choosing. Wherever you may be in the world.
Thanks for following. It's a great motivator to receive your likes and comments.
Less is more?
No more cluttered website. Just the basics.
A change in approach to my aerial photography is about to be set in motion.
Please, please get in touch with any aerial imagery requests you have and I will get back to you swiftly to tell you what I do or don't have in my megamultigigabyte munching library.
Need a gift for someone in the near future - a birthday, an anniversary, a wedding, a random act of generosity?!? Want something to brighten up your walls at home? This weekend you have the chance to get yourself an Aerial-i mounted gallery print (or prints) for half price!
Orders to be received by midnight Sunday 24th March. Please either use the contact form or e-mail me direct at aerialigsy(at)gmail(dot)com.
40x30cm = £29.75
60x40cm = £34.75
80x60cm = £44.75
60x30cm = £31.25
100x50cm = £46.25
Everyone is welcome to browse my entire kite aerial photo collection on Flickr should you not find anything you like in the main Aerial gallery. Pick something out, send me a link to the photo, and I will tell you whether it will fit into size ratios listed above. The galleries are due an update soon, but there's nothing to stop you being pro-active in choosing something else!
I realise that I do have some square format images kicking around so if you like any of those then let me know. Please note that these are available as 30x30cm (£27.25) and 40x40cm (£31.25) only.
* What is the mysterious star for in the blog subject header? Well, this offer is only for the Guernseyfolk. Should any other Aerial-i followers be interested in buying then please do contact me and we'll look at what the shipping premium will be. I will place no mark-up on the supplier's shipping charge. As a guideline, single item charges for European and Worldwide delivery are between £12 and £18. Delivery times are, I'm told, 10 to 14 days on average.
I've kinda been overlooking my website recently because of the 365 aerial challenge. Yesterday's snow adventure yielded the most photos in a single day so far this year - over 6,000.
Today is day 73 and the challenge is still on. I've struggled with 2 or 3 days because of the weather but that's all. In terms of kite outings, I'm already nearing my 'career' annual average of about 70 as I've been doubling up locations recently. One obvious result of all this activity is that I had to order another 2TB external hard drive yesterday to back my stuff up.
In the coming weeks I plan on streamlining and adding to the galleries, and I also have a new investment coming soon which will exten