Every year between between the end of October and the start of March tens of thousands of starlings can be seen flocking around Brighton Pier. I am lucky in that my office is only a 3 minute walk from the pier, so if the weather is good I will often wander down to the pier 20 minutes before sunset to watch and shoot one of nature’s wonders. That said they flock no matter what the weather and it’s amazing to watch them move in unison even in very strong winds. Below are some video and photos of Brighton’s starlings that I have shot over the years.
Shot in January 2016 on a Samsung NX1.
What makes Brighton Pier such a good spot to watch the starlings is that swoop below you so can look down on the Flock. Once the sun goes down they start moving closer and closer to the pier to the point where you hear the air rushing round their little wings and you can almost reach out and touch them. If you’re near Brighton Nov – March it’s definitely worth making time to see Brighton’s starlings.
Hopefully I’m preaching to the converted when it comes to having a good backup strategy for your photo archive. Lately I’ve been hearing a lot of digital horror stories including one about a wedding photographer that lost a weddings worth of photos and subsequently had to refund what I assume to be a very unhappy couple. To me this is insane, if your digital data has commercial value why would you not own a £100 backup drive?
Entrusting your precious photo library with Family memories and commercial work to one fragile hard drive is insanity, better to hedge your bets a bit with multiple backups.
Backup is like insurance for the most part you don’t need it but when you do you’ll be thankful. There’s only been one occasion that I’ve had to rely on a backup, 5 years ago I upgraded my storage and with in 2 months one of my new drives died. It is not uncommon for new drives to fail, Google research shows that hard drives will either fail when they are very new as they were defective from the beginning or they will go on for years. Just because a drive is new does not mean you can slack off backing it up. If I had not backed up this little hard drive failure would still be a disaster story I would be telling now, fortunately it was just a mild inconvenience.
In October I took part in TriggerTrap’s LapseWorld, a crowd sourced time-lapse shot in multiple locations around the world. At the London event TriggerTrap asked me to give a short introduction to time-lapse photography for the benefit of people who were new to time-lapse. In Total 40 photographers in 5 cities shot 65,000 images which made 45 minutes of time-lapse footage.
This review has been written after my daughter has been using a Nikon S32 for nine months, but it’s relevant to the newer Nikon S33 as it’s only marginally different. In March 2015 my daughter turned five years old and I decided to get her camera. Quite often I would find myself being art directed and being told to take photos of various different mundane things by her; Matilda can be a regular little Martin Parr. I decided it would be far easier to get her a camera of her own so she could take her own photos, and being a photographer I wanted to get her something decent.
The Nikon Coolpix s33 / s32 is perfect for little hands
The 2016 Brighton and Hove calendar is now available, this is first year that Finn Hopson of Brighton Photography has taken over it’s production from Nigel Swallow. The calendar is comprised of the work of local Brighton Photographers including four of my images.
Brighton Calendar 2016 cover – Cover image by Finn Hopson
TriggerTrap have asked me to give a short time-lapse talk at LapseLondon on the Saturday the 11th October. It’s a free event, all you have to do is register online. LapseLondon is a crowd sourced Time-lapse showing a snapshot of London life, they did something similar in April this year. If you want to be part of it bring your camera to London on the 11th of October.
London is just the first city to get in TriggerTrap’s LapseWorld tour next up is New York, San Francisco, Cape Town, and Milan. You can get all the LapseWorld details on TriggerTrap’s website here.
For the most part everything MiniClick does is free and all the people that work for it do so on a voluntary basis. MiniClick is a Brighton based organisation that puts on free Photography events if you want to know more you can read my brief MiniClick history.
As part of a fundraising drive MiniClick asked 14 photographers including me to donate an image and then 14 illustrators were asked to add their work to them. My photo of a jubilant swimmer was sent to Eloise Dorr. You can purchase a one off print of Eloise Dorr’s and my collaboration from Miniclick’s shop. Continue reading →
It’s been a little while since I’ve written some new hidden Lightroom tips. These tips are not aimed at the advanced or newbie user as they’re tips I’ve been told about, they’re not the kind of thing you would pick up exploring the software. These new tips include things like the magic of Match Total Exposures, revealing what area you have a selected with an Adjustment Brush, making fine adjustments with touching sliders and more. If you find these tips handy check out my other Lightroom articles which includes other tip articles here.