MAY 2019

Local Coffee Morning


Morton Quilters Macmillan Coffee Morning

The first opportunity for me to try and sell prints and cards to the general public (albeit in a small way) will be on Saturday 1st June at the Morton Quilters coffee morning. The annual Macmillan coffee morning will be at St Helen’s Church, Morton-on-Swale between 10am and 12 noon.

The newly acquired card display stands are made up and the borrowed (from Northallerton Camera Club) Print Display Stands are ready and waiting. So all this needs now is for some people to come along, have a coffee, browse and hopefully buy something. Proceeds from the sale of Notecards will be donated in full to Macmillan.

I’ve been busy preparing prints, cutting mounts, mounting the prints and sealing them in cellophane bags ready for their first official outing! Several prints will also be framed and displayed too. This process in itself takes a great deal of time and makes me think that there”s so much more to photography than just pressing the shutter on the camera.

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Preparations continue


Packed cards
Greetings cards and envelopes are cellophane wrapped

It’s strange now as I start to wind down from work towards my retirement in early July and begin to focus more on my photography and the images the I take. The first project, this website, was completed and live just before Easter, complete with a shop including a secure e-commerce facility.

Portrait or LAndscape cards
High quality cards and envelopes

Of course I’ll be regularly updating the site with new images but I really need to start getting out there and selling some images. Twenty A6 notecards are available printed on top quality environmentally friendly board and cello wrapped with a C6 white envelope. All of these are available as prints in three sizes, A3, A4 and A5 (a small selection are available square too).

So the next stage of my journey into the retirement phase will be to attend craft fairs and events and I’m starting to research where the best of these are in the local area, I’ll be promoting those events as and when.

iZettle Card Reader
Contactless, Credit and Debit cards accepted
Cards Accepted Sign
Multiple payment options

As we work towards a cashless society I think it’ll be important to make sure anyone who wants to buy something can do so as easily as possible! So I’ve just invested in a contactless / card reader from iZettle. I’m looking forward to using it as soon as possible!!!

You might also be pleased to hear that I want to make this blog less about me and more about photography, so that’s another challenge for me too. There are so many great photographers and bloggers out there it will be a big challenge!

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Pleasant surprise!


Stood next to my photo. You can just see the red dot!!

UPDATE 12/05 – The photo of Crackpot Hall, Swaledale will be included in the 2020 Tennants Garden Rooms Calendar.

It’s not often that I find myself ‘lost for words’ but today, for a short while, I was. Anne and I went to Leyburn to vote (for my photo!) in the Tennants Garden Rooms Photo Competition today. There are some cracking photos in the exhibition and the top 12 most voted for will appear in their Calendar for 2020. I was lost for words because my photo had a red spot on the label underneath it, which means it’s been sold! The first time ever I’ve sold an actual photo, so I’m delighted. The exhibition closes on Sunday 12th. One can only assume that I will have at least 3 votes, Anne’s, mine and hopefully the kind person who has bought the photo! Thank you whoever you are!!

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Tour de Yorkshire comes to town


Last push
Last push, 200m from finish

The Tour de Yorkshire has fast become a favourite with Yorkshire folk. The county successfully hosted The 2014 Tour de France with the Grand Depart in Leeds. Since then it holds the Tour de Yorkshire every year. The race attracts some of the finest teams and riders from around the world. Mark Cavendish (winner of the 2011 Road World Championships and at least thirty TDF stages) can be seen in the photo opposite, in the centre with the white helmet.

The 2019 event saw Bedale as the Stage Two finish. The stage having started in Barnsley for the both the women’s and men’s race ended to massive crowds in Bedale on Friday May 3rd. In the Galleries section above are a small selection of images from that day.

Once again, I learned that no matter what type of photograph I try and take there always some technical difficulties to overcome. Landscape photographs require a totally different technique to sports and action and the latter is something I still an area I need to improve on.

Down and out
Down and out!

It was also interesting to be berated by a lady for taking shots of one of the riders that crashed 200m from the finish line. I believe this may have been Kris Boeckmans riding for the Vital Concept team. On that basis I concluded that press photographers must have very thick skin otherwise we’d never see any images from conflicts, disasters or need.

Bedale’s Georgian heritage is reflected in the elegant buildings which line its historic market square and the 12th century Church of St Gregory is commonly named as one of Britain’s finest places of worship.

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