If you are a fisherman, the following may amuse you.

I was browsing eBay a few nights ago and spotted a ‘Heavy-Duty Tripod Adaptor‘.  It was described as being for a camera, but also incorporating a hook, slung on the underside which could, in addition to your interest in photography, be used for weighing carp.
Intrigued, I read the description and scrutinized the photo. The starting bid for the adaptor was £1.99.  And I was quite unsure just which part of what could be viewed as several different items, mounted upon three tripod legs, would constitute the said adaptor.  So, being the wild and reckless character that I am, :lol: and given the low starting price and there being no bidders with 45 minutes to go, I decided to watch it to the end and maybe bid for it.
Just to finds out what it was.
And, I bid at the last moment with no opposing bidders, and someone else bid in the last 4 seconds with a bid of £2.19p !!!! :-)
Ah well.  Nothing lost.  Except that I’ll never know what it was.

Then half an hour later, eBay mailed me to state that the seller had provided me with a Second Chance Offer to purchase, at the price that I had bid ~ because the winning bidder had retracted his bid or was unable/unwilling to pay.  So with a renewed resurgence of adventure, I accepted the Second Chance Offer, and purchased the adaptor for the princely sum of £1.99p.

When it was delivered, several days later, I still had no idea what it was for.
Or how it could possibly be used for photography.  However, what was manifestly evident was the very high quality of the materials, the engineering production processes and the finish of the adaptor. 
600x600 Tripod Adaptor600x600 Tripod Adaptor V2
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Fortunately, my eldest son Gareth, is a very keen and knowledgeable fisherman.   So, given the reference to weighing carp, I sought his advice.
I suggested to him that I would make some aluminium legs for it.
He suggested instead that I buy three ‘bank sticks’ for about £3-4 each, as he was sure that the three brass threaded items on the adaptor would have the commercially unconventional thread, but one common to all fishing equipment, including bank sticks.  He even went to the trouble to bring me three of his own bank sticks, to try the threading with.  And he was right.
(ever since he was a very small boy, he has had this disturbing and unsettling habit of being almost always right.     Most disconcerting at times, for a parent)

Anyway, I found a double ended screw unit with the same thread as the adaptor/bank sticks, with a ¼” screw on the other end to accommodate the female screw on the underside of the camera body ~ and ordered that.
That is on its way.     And as you can see – has now arrived.
I have also ordered three telescopic bank sticks, and they too are on the way.

So I should finish up with a very high quality, robust and outdoor tripod, for the exorbitant sum of £15-83p.  I’ll have to see how it compares with my £300 Manfrotto tripod.   :lol: :roll: :-D
(er …..   I didn’t pay £300 for it – that’s what they cost, to buy new.)

Fishing Tripod 02
not the best photo in the world, but for the price paid, a good deal.   :lol:

Gareth concluded by explaning that a fisherman would have a set-up such as this, upon which he would have a small but significant Mp compact camera attached, capable of being remote controlled.  He would weigh his fish then step back and photograph himself, with his catch; recording date & time, with the weight, before consigning the fish to the keep net.
I had no idea.    :-o :roll:  It’s another world, of which I have no concept.  :-D


Onwards & Upwards

I’ve completed the last of the Christmas, and post-Christmas, work.
I have an arrangement with clients, prior to Christmas, that if they require their order to be completed in time to be wrapped for a Christmas gift, they must finalize the order before a given date.  If they cannot do so, they may have to wait until after Christmas for their order to be completed.
99.9% of clients comply with this requirement without a murmur.
The 0.1% who  object to this contravention of their civil liberties are politely advised to take their business elsewhere.  Which for some obscure reason most appear reluctant to do; protesting that other service providers have expressed much the same sentiment – consequently, there being no-one else to go to.  (it is almost ~ but not quite ~ heart-breaking to listen to.)
For those who don’t/can’t make the cut-off date there is the assurance that their work will be completed, sequentially, as soon as possible, following the return to the workshop after the New Year.  For this amenable group of clients, the response is often “that’s fine – let me know when it’s ready for collection.”  Or “he/she is a big boy/girl now and doesn’t believe in Father Christmas anyway.”
For these, the work is always completed ASAP.

And these are the commissions which are now all complete.

For this coming week, I have a delicate job for a prestigious engineering company. Located locally, but known world-wide.  With a reputation for excellence.  So this will be precision work – to the highest standards. 
(the same as all of my other work, for everyone else then?) :lol: ;-)

I have three photographic commissions.  One fairly mundane.  But no less important, for that.   The other two, quite interesting and further afield.  I’m looking forward to those.
Then a day processing and editing the results of the three shoots.
And to round off the week – two fairly elaborate framing orders.
Plus, the completion of an on-going military presentation item.

2013, so far, is coming up smelling of roses‘  :-D

Positive Critique

One of the very satisfying characteristics of this website is that, increasingly, people who visit to view, to browse, or to purchase, feel sufficiently comfortable to comment upon aspects of the site which they enjoy, appreciate, like, dislike, find either helpful or, alternatively, unhelpful.  If you don’t administrate a website you may possibly have no appreciation for the help and support that such constructive comment provides.

Today, someone with whom I have a very long and satisfying relationship, explained to me that he gets distracted.        By the blogs.
Upon the Home page are a list of the most recent blogs on the left hand side, of which, this is one.  And a random title will, apparently, catch his eye.  So he reads it.  Then he will spot another one which he thinks may be of interest.  And after some considerable time reading a number of blogs, he leaves the website, having completely forgotten that his original intention was to purchase a picture frame, or an article of wood-turning, artwork or a photograph.  And whilst sales and commissions are not the sole aim and purpose of the website, they are nevertheless an integral part of it.  Viewing, enjoyment, relaxation, information accessibility and resource are also vital to the website structure: yet the observation is a very valid one – if the viewer cannot easily find what he or she entered the site to find, they may become distracted and immersed in another aspect of the site.
And consequently, miss the whole point of their visit.

So I have added some advice – a directive – to the ‘Welcome to TAA‘, in green, at the head of the Home page.  Whether this proves sufficient to enable visitors to comfortably, and conveniently, navigate the site to find what they’re seeking, remains to be seen.  I’m sure that someone will comment appropriately. :-D
All of you good folk who have already registered with the website can easily add your observations and comments to this, or any of the other blogs.
And, of course, anyone who visits, who wishes to register and participate responsibly, will always be assured of a very warm welcome.