My very first blog
Ok, so here we go; the first instalment, or rather Post, of my blog. This is supposed to be the hub of my web site and the cornerstone of my pet photography business and indeed general photography business. So here I am sat in the local with a pint of real ale, a packet of crisps and the hound laid at my feet as I type onto an iPad. So what the hell to write about??
This week two small landmarks related to the business occurred. First, I posted an advert onto 15 Facebook groups. This was not mean feat, involving numerous attempts. I changed the text on the web site specifically for the ad so I could embed the link directly from the web site. However, every time it kept displaying the old text. When I'd eventually found a way around that problem I then found it kept using a photo from Holly's gallery, not the photo of Bailey with the moondog text above him. I did eventually sort it, though it took me several hours.
I had joined about 15 selling groups so I posted my new ad in them all. Then, still exited by my little achievements I went back and 'bumped' it. I did the same an hour later. Then I got a message to read the group rules. In that particular group I was only allowed to post every 48 hours, oops! I checked other groups and found that for most it's every 4 hours.
The second landmark was my first horse shoot. My old friend Bob bought a retired race horse a while back. We'd talked about a shoot several times but, as with so many things, it had never happened. However, now he has a big blue horse van and had discovered the wonders of the stretch of beach between Saltburn and South Gare, and sitting right in the middle; Marske-by-the-Sea. If Yorkshire is Gods Own County, then Marske is Gods Own Village! Donald Campbell had also discovered the wonders of this stretch of beach and set a land speed record here in 1922 in a Louis Coatalen 350hp Sunbeam of over 138 mph.
It had been a very pleasant day, quite sunny up till the time of the shoot when it clouded over, making for very flat and boring lighting. I'd hoped for a very bright day so I'd be able to freeze the action as this thoroughbred raced past me in an attempt to reach Campbell's speed. However, the lack of light proved not to be a problem as Shyla had recently had some jabs and wasn't allowed to break much of a sweat. Despite not being able to get the action shots I'd hoped for, it still proved to be a valuable learning exercise with a non-paying client. However, I did still want to get some cool shots for Bob. You can see the results at http://www.burntmoon.com/shayla
I was disappointed with the results, apart from one photo. When I asked Bob which he liked he chose a different three to mine. so, I got him to chose his one favourite and posted that and my favourite on the burnt moon page, asking for other to vote on which of the two they preferred. You can choose your favourite here http://www.facebook.com/burntmoonimages
Please don't forget to like the burntmoon page. I'll announce the results in the next blog!!
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