5 Stags

I don’t often take a great deal of notice of artwork which I have in the workshop, to frame.  More often than not it is another piece of work – unless the subject particularly catches my eye.
And yesterday, a gentleman spoke to me outside my workshop, asking if I was ‘the picture framer’.  I conceded that yes, I was.  He asked if I could frame a photo for him.
And what a photo it was.
Five pristine Triumph Stags, lined up together.  In a parking bay which looked as if it had been designed specifically for them.  (if you don’t know what a Triumph Stag is – Google is your friend)

We agreed on a frame profile – and a price for the work.  And I reluctantly suggested that he could return for the finished article today.
Reluctantly, because when I was in my 20s – a long time ago – the Triumph Stag was one of the vehicles that I coverted, and longed for.
(I settled instead for an ex police Triumph 2.5 PI)

My friend, who lives across the road, and is approximately the same age as myself, responded to the photo in exactly the manner that I did.  And during yesterday afternoon and this morning until I started work on it, there have been a succession of similarly aged ‘memory laners’ through my workshop to oggle at the photo.
Suffice to say, the photo has been mounted, glazed and framed and returned to its owner.  But I did enjoy it whilst it was in my care.

So, thank you Marcus, from each of the locality’s ‘old-fogies’.
May your picture always hang straight.

More on the Scammer

I now have Denny Ebbett’s mobile number and his/her I.P. address.
Thank you, sincerely, to the kind recipient of one of Ebbett’s Emails, for providing me with that information.

And I have people, who know how to use the information I have provided them with, who are working now to trace this woebegone excuse for humanity.
Surprisingly,  his/her mobile is switched off, but I have sent him/her an advisory message.

Beware the Scammer

Today, Wednesday the 27th August 2014, I have received several enquiries from people who have received an Email, purporting to be from sales@turnaroundartwork.co.uk, stating that a sum of money has been, or will be, debited from their personal bank account, via debit or credit card.


I have not, nor would I ever, issue an Email concerning the direct payment of money.
I do, and will always, conduct this area of work via an invoice, specifying an order number or reference.  Furthermore it will also always be addressed to the recipient by name, and it will always be delivered via the normal postal facilities.
Usually Royal Mail

The scroat who is perpetrating this scam has named him/herself DENNY EBBETT.

Please ignore any correspondence which is couched in the format detailed above. And if you are, or have been the subject of this idiots version of ‘fun’, please accept my sincere apology for any inconvenience or distress that this moron has subjected you to.

I am doing everything possible at the moment to identify the IP address & IP host of this prankster.  And if I am successful and am able to locate him/her, he/she may regret their use of my website.

Kind regards,


I have always loved horses.  Apart from Fatty Lumpkin type Shetland ponies, there is something graceful and athletically wild about a horse.  No matter how domesticated, work or sport orientated it is.

So when asked if I would take my cameras to the stables and get some shots of Emily, I was more than happy to do so.
By the time I arrived home there was a definite ‘hum’ of horse about me and I was liberally covered in white hair (from the moulting rump of one very affectionate mare)
But I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

Now I’m waiting to find out what Emily thinks of the photos.   :-D

If you would like to see them, you will find them in the Photos section, under the sub-heading ‘Animals’

The Photography Show

I went to The Photography Show at the NEC, near Birmingham, yesterday.
I was advised to attend either on Monday or Tuesday, as those two days were set aside for seminars and demos etc, for the benefit of trade visitors.  Nevertheless, it was heaving with all manner of people – whose common interest was photography.  So regardless of whether they were, or were not trade visitors, their participation demonstrated the immense following which photography generates amongst the general public.

I attended specifically because I wanted to see the new generation of lightweight full-frame cameras coming onto the market for the professional as well as the dedicated consumer.  If you’re not a pro tog you have to be a dedicated consumer nowadays, as a body alone will set you back in the region of £2500.  Then there are the lenses …….   :roll: :-D

Years ago, in the days of the Nikon F5 pro film camera, and its Canon contemporary, it was the norm for the price tag, to the newspaper groups, depending upon how many units they were purchasing at any one time, to be £4-5000 each.  And dedicated consumers, in that respect, were a species of the future.  How the price was justified is open to speculation.  And one answer of course is that the content of the body was, in electronic wizardry terms, pretty well cutting edge stuff.
Now, when you buy a camera body, what you are in fact purchasing, is a light receptive and processing computer, with the facility, at the front, upon which to attach a lens.

And this becomes obvious when you pick up a camera on a stand, take a shot and view the image on the rear screen.  There is no requirement upon you to have any expertise whatsoever other than the simple motor skills ability to point the lens in the right direction and press the shutter button   :-P   to produce an image that Ansell Adams would have sold his soul for.
But what is blindingly apparent is the weight of the body unit.  I did like the Samsung offerings.  They appeared to be well made.  They were certainly light.  They produced pin sharp shots, with great clarity and definition.
The trouble is that I’m set up for Nikon.  In terms of both bodies and numerous lenses.
The Samsung is unquestionably featherlight.  In fact, so light that with anything other than a 50mm f1.8 prime lens on, the most likely shot that you would take, would be of your feet.  :oops:

So I had a look at the Df ~ the computerized retro-body-styled offering from Nikon.   It was reliably, and satisfyingly, immediately identifiable as a Nikon.  I felt at home with it.
Only the aperture ring was slightly different.  Oh, and the ISO and shutter speeds settings which have reverted to top of the camera position, as knobs.  And no top screen.
But otherwise ………   :-)

The downside was that, in my opinion, when viewing the rear screen, the shot taken was nothing like as good as the ones which I took of my feet.

Oh well.  Back to the drawing board.  Perhaps I’ll just stick to my F5, FE, D300 & D3.
[for which I have all the lenses I could ever possibly need]
And, my bank account will maintain a sense of perfect equilibrium. :lol: