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  • POTD 1 Jan 2008: New Year Revolutions 1 January 2008


    January 1st

    One year ago I posted a POTD entry about “New Years Revolutions (resolutions)” (See: http://www.imb.biz/page.php?pg=diary&d=2007-01-01).  In that post I mentioned three resolutions for 2007.

    They were:

    1. Post a photo each day to my POTD
    2. Read a portion of the Bible each day
    3. Keep my desk tidy.

    I managed to keep 2 out of 3 of them.  I failed to keep my desk tidy (and to be honest I’d even forgotten I’d listed “keep desk tidy” on that post – I only realised now as I reviewed the page before writing this entry).

    The POTD posting – you can check that for yourself – every day in 2007 has an entry.  OK, some didn’t arrive on the internet on the day they were written but that only happened on those days I didn’t have internet access.  On such days I wrote the entry and chose the photo even if I couldn’t upload it.

    The Bible reading was made possible because of www.BibleGateway.com – each day I visit the site and read (and listen to) a chapter of scripture.  I’m working my way through the Bible one chapter a day I’ve now got as far as Nehemiah.

    Keeping the desk tidy?  Well the least said about that the better.

    Actually what this exercise has shown is that is that for a resolution to be one that can be kept it needs to be – realistic, attainable, and measurable.  Keeping the desk tidy… well how do you measure tidy?  I can’t define at what point my desk goes from neat order to absolute chaos so how do I know on a given day if I’ve kept my resolution?  Posting a photo or reading a passage of the Bible that has either happened or is hasn’t.

    So what about 2008?

    Three resolutions:

    1. To keep my financiaces up to date. The definition of up-to-date is that by the end of a given month all the previous months finances have been recorded, checked, filed etc.
    2. To clear my back log of photographs.  By the end of any given day, all photos taken on that date in the years 2003-2007 will be processed, captioned, keyworded and, if appropriate, ready for library submission.
    3. Prevent a future backlog for happening.  Any photos taken this year will be fully processed, captioned, keyworded and, if appropriate, submitted to the photo libraies, no more than two weeks after they were taken.

    Before anyone asks…. yes I am still going to be posting my POTD each day and reading a passage of the Bible each day.  After 365 days those activities are engraind in my daily routine.

    At any time during the year, feel free to ask me how my New Years Resoloutions are coming along.  It’ll encourage me to keep them…. just don’t ask me if my desk is tidy!

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  • POTD Wed, 2 Jan 2008: Letraset Super Action Transfers – Carnival 2 January 2008


    Letraset Super Action Transfers – Carnival

    This is a Letraset Super Action Transfer set. As far as we can work out it was bought for Ann when she was a child but never used – possibly because it was a duplicate.

    A couple of months ago Ann was about to give it to one of the children at our church… fortunatly, I managed intercept it before it ever left our house. I had a feeling that these might be quite rare… especially unused ones. After a little bit of reasearch I discovered that there is quite a collectors market for these things. I’m currently in the process of negotiating with a buyer. Unused ones are indeed rare.

    This evening I was photograhing the set to show the prosective buyer the condition the set is in.

    If you want to relive your childhood and see what the full set looks like you can find all 5 images I took here: http://photos.imb.biz/other/letraset

    PLEASE NOTE: This is not a source of free photographs.
    This photograph is (c) Ian M Butterfield. All rights are reserved. No use Is permitted (including non-commercial use) without prior permission. If you wish to use any of my photographs please ask first.

    Image Reference: FA0102A-E00006

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  • POTD Thu, 3 Jan 2008: Cash in Hand 3 January 2008


    UK Money held in a hand

    At this time of year (as usual) I’m concentrating on doing my finances. This usually inspires at least one money related stock image… I shot this image early this evening. It’ll be heading to the stock libraries tomorrow.

    PLEASE NOTE: This is not a source of free photographs.
    This photograph is (c) Ian M Butterfield. All rights are reserved. No use Is permitted (including non-commercial use) without prior permission. If you wish to use any of my photographs please ask first.

    Image Reference: FA0103A-E00010

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  • POTD 4 Jan 2008: Christmas Decoration 4 January 2008


    Christmas tree decoration. Olive wood Christmas tree shaped decoration and tinsel.

    One year ago today I photographed some Christmas Tree decorations.  (see: http://www.imb.biz/page.php?pg=diary&d=2007-01-04) today as part of my New Years Resolution I was preparing them for library submission.  I was happy with most of the shots I’d taken a year ago.  But one particular shot hadn’t worked – it was slightly out of focus.  As I hadn’t yet taken the tree down this year I took the opportunity to reshoot the decoration.  Today’s POTD image is the result.

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  • POTD 5 Jan 2008: Computer Desk 5 January 2008


    Desk and computer equipment

    Called in on my parents today.  Part of the time was spent transferring photos from a camera to Dad’s PC.  Dad’s desk looked great for a still-life photo.  The image is OK for a POTD shot, but at full resolution it is slightly blurred and isn’t really up to scratch for a submission to the photo libraries. 

    To make the shot work, I really needed to have my camera on a tripod rather than using a relatively high ISO and trying to hand-hold the shot.

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  • POTD 6 Jan 2008: P3 @ C3 @ S3 6 January 2008


    C3 @ S3 – Outside Stockport Sunday School Rooms. Heaviley, Stockport, Greater Manchester, United Kin

    Took my camera to church (C3) which meets at Stockport Sunday School (S3) and took three photos (P3).

    None of them are brilliant (It’s a very difficult building to get any decent photos of) but I’m taking this opportunity to experiment with putting three photos into one POTD post.

    C3 @ S3 – Candle banner. Heaviley, Stockport, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom.


    C3 @ S3 – Outside Stockport Sundays School Rooms. Heaviley, Stockport, Greater Manchester.

    I’ll only know if putting three images in the posting is possible once it is emailed out.  So my appologies if you only see one image.

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  • POTD 7 Jan 2008: British Summer 7 January 2008


    Patio furniture in the rain. Seen through a rain spattered window. A typical British summer.

    It is definitely not summer.  But I spotted this shot today which could easily be used to illustrate a British Summer. Patio furniture as seen through a rain spattered window.

    Ok, so I took it in the middle of winter but given the amount of time it sometimes takes to get images out to the libraries it was necessary to shoot it ‘out of season’.  To ensure it is available for use when summer does come.  Though knowing my luck the first time I have an image to illustrate a wet summer will probably mean we will have a “scorcher” of a summer.  (Not that I’ll complain too much!)

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  • POTD (7 years ago today) 8 Jan 2008: Happy Birthday Billy 8 January 2008

    Model of the First Doctor (William Hartnell) in front of the TARDIS

    On 8 Jan 2008, I wrote…..

    100 years ago today on 8th January 1908, William Henry Hartnell (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0367156/) was born.

    On November 23rd 1963, a new science fiction series premiered. William Hartnell played the title role.

    Over 44 years later that programme, Doctor Who, is more popular than ever. Part of that popularity, and part of it’s longevity has to be attributed to him.

    —-

    While setting up this photo it gave me an idea for illustrating depth of field and the effects of changing the appature when taking a photo. As part of the sequence of photos I took for this I got this photo of the first eight Doctors.


    8 Doctors

    Doctors 9 and 10 are not present because this series of figures was produced before the series returned to our screens in 2005.

    PLEASE NOTE: This is not a source of free photographs.
    This photograph is (c) Ian M Butterfield. All rights are reserved. No use Is permitted (including non-commercial use) without prior permission. If you wish to use any of my photographs please ask first.

    Image Reference: FA0108A-E00053

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  • POTD (7 years ago today) 9 Jan 2008: Cattitude! 9 January 2008


    Sam, a ginger tom cat sitting on a sundial

    7 Years ago….

    For a good number of years I’ve been trying to get a photo of Sam, one our cats, on our garden sundial. There was some nice light in the garden today so I thought I’d have another try. Still not got what I wanted but this is a fun shot anyhow.

    Definately a case of cattitude!

    PLEASE NOTE: This is not a source of free photographs.
    This photograph is (c) Ian M Butterfield. All rights are reserved. No use Is permitted (including non-commercial use) without prior permission. If you wish to use any of my photographs please ask first.

    Image Reference: FA0109A-E00115

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  • POTD 10 Jan 2008: PINsentry 10 January 2008


    Barclays PINsentry

    I had to do pay some bills on-line today.  For the last few months I’ve been forced by Barclays to use this PINsentry device.  I really don’t like it.  I know the aim is to improve security for on-line accounts but this really makes accessing my account so clumbersome.

    • I have to enter into the browser a 12 digit membership ID (ok this can be saved in the cookie)
    • I then have to enter 5 digits from the card in to the browser. 
    • Insert the card into the PINsentry and enter a 4 digit PIN into the sentry.
    • Then I have to enter the 8 digit number displayed on the PINsentry into the browser.

    So thats a total of SEVENTEEN digits (best case) or TWENTY-NINE if the membership ID isn’t in the cache, to view my account information!  This is overkill!

    With that number of digits to type in I usually, I make at least one typo and have to start over.  Also the Barclays website is very tempremental.  Hit the browser back button… you get logged out.  Get a double bounce with the mouse… you get logged out.  Leave the page for more than a couple of minutes because you are looking up some other data…. you get logged out.  I know! All of the above happend to me this morning!

    Ok, rant over.

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  • POTD 11 Jan 2008: Poetry 11 January 2008


    Poetry Books

    I am trying at the momement to take a new photo every day.  I’m using things that happen during the day to inspire the photos I take.

    This morning I was sent a poem by POTD subscriber, Tanja Cilia.  Tanja is a journalist/writer in Malta.  Her poem was inspired my “Cattitude” POTD entry from two days ago (see http://www.imb.biz/page.php?pg=diary&d=2008-01-09). 

    Slim and slinky
    Sleek and cute
    Dark and dinky
    Cunning, astute
    Tortoiseshell or ginger
    Or a persian humdinger
    Miaowling and scratching
    Attractive and fetching
    That’s
    Cats

    My thanks to Tanja for firstly sending me the poem and secondly for letting me share it with the world at large.  Her poem in turn inspired my POTD for today.  A photograph of a set of poetry books.  Hopefully someone somewhere will need such a photo at some point.

    Also today, I had a sale at Alamy.  Heres the details:

    Country: World English Language
    Usage: Editorial
    Media: Book- Academic/Educational
    Industry: Non Profit/ Education
    Sub-Industry: School/College
    Print run: up to 25,000
    Placement: Front cover
    Image Size: 1 page
    Start: 10 January 2008
    End: 10 January 2013

    And here is the photo:


    Street Scene from the Jewish Quarter of Rome

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  • POTD 12 Jan 2008: Stockport Traders 12 January 2008


    Sweets for sale

    I was in Stockport today and took the opportunity to take a few photos of the market stalls.  My thanks to the stall holders who allowed me to take the photos.


    Sweets for sale


    Cheese stall

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  • POTD 13 Jan 2008: Kitchen Hands 13 January 2008

    Wire hands for holding rubber gloves in front of a swirled pattern roller blind

    Wire hands for holding rubber gloves in front of a swirled pattern roller blind (Image Reference: 20080113A-E00180)

    This abstract image is actually the hands/stand in our kitchen used to hold rubber gloves. I noticed the effect of the stand against the swirls of the kitchen blind and thought it would make an interesting abstract image.

    This isn’t the first time I photographed these hands. Below is the shot from April 2006. To read the POTD for it please click here: https://www.ians-studio.co.uk/2006/04/potd-14-apr-2006-washing-up/

    Settings: 8s, f/20, ISO 100. Lens: EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM @105 mm.

    You can see the other images from this shoot here: http://photos.imb.biz/other/kitchen0813

    Washing Up: rubber gloves and drying plates

    PLEASE NOTE: This is not a source of free photographs.
    This photograph is (c) Ian M Butterfield. All rights are reserved. No use is permitted (including non-commercial use) without prior permission. If you wish to use any of my photographs please ask first.

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  • POTD 14 Jan 2008: Geek Group 14 January 2008


    C3 Geek Group

    This is a live update of my Photo of the Day site.  I am currently at the C3 Computer and Internet group.  AKA the geek group.  Here we see the group surfing the net.

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  • POTD 15 Jan 2008: Hollywood Glamour 15 January 2008


    Portrait

    This evening I was taking cast photos for the next play at Stockport Garrick – “The Cripple of Innishmaan” by Martin McDonagh.

    This is a photo of the director, Jonathan. As the play has a lot of references to Hollywood, is set in the 1930s but is actually in Ireland.  I’ve decided to do the cast photos in the style of the old Hollywood glamour shots of the 1930 – black and white with a lot of soft focus.  But because the play is set in Ireland I’m digitally hand painting one aspect from each photo green.

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  • POTD Wed, 16 Jan 2008: Faceless Call Centres 16 January 2008

    White polystyrene head wearing a headset

    I’ve been wanting to get a headset for my computer for a little while. Yesterday I got a USB one but I couldn’t get it to play nicely with my speakers and additionally the mic had a high pitched whine. Today that one went back and I got a new one using 35mm jacks and a speaker/headphone switch.

    As you can see, I photographed the set. I think this might make a good image for illustrating “faceless call centres”.

    PLEASE NOTE: This is not a source of free photographs.
    This photograph is (c) Ian M Butterfield. All rights are reserved. No use Is permitted (including non-commercial use) without prior permission. If you wish to use any of my photographs please ask first.

    Image Reference: FA0116A-E00282

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  • POTD 17 Jan 2008: Cast Photo Display 17 January 2008


    Cripple or Inishmaan Cast Photos

    I’ve mentioned many times in this POTD/Blog about the cast photos that I do for Stockport Garrick theatre.  In fact I did just that two days ago

    I thought readers might be interested to know what the actual display looks like when finished.   I was down at the theatre this evening to put the cast photos on display for the forthcoming “Cripple of Inishmaan” production so I took a quick photo of it – not the best photo – sorry about the bad reflections.

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  • POTD 18 Jan 2008: Tooth Decay 18 January 2008


    Tooth Decay

    Did a set of table top photos this afternoon using the sweet letters that I bought from the market stalls last Saturday.  The idea was to spell out suitable phrases with the letters with the hope that someone will want them to illustrate articles on the subject.

    “Tooth Decay” was the obvious one, and the first one I did.

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  • POTD 19 Jan 2008: CyberStopper 19 January 2008


    CyberStopper

    Had a couple of friends round for a meal tonight.  Which gave me a chance to open a bottle of wine and try out one of my favorite Christmas presents…. wine bottle stopper in the shape of a Cyberman… a CyberStopper? 

    I’m a bit worried about this cyberman though… traditionally in Doctor Who the cyberman fashions do change, but this one appears to be wearing ear rings!

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  • POTD 20 Jan 2008: New crockery 20 January 2008


    Inside the Trafford Centre

    Two photos of the day today!  After having friends round yesterday for a meal and once again discovering that we couldn’t four matching plates or four matching desert dishes we decided to head off to the Trafford Centre (a huge out of town shopping centre/shopping mall – for those not familiar with the land marks of NW England).

    At the Trafford Centre, I took the opportunity to get the photo above for the POTD [So far this year every POTD image has been taken on the day it is posted].  Once we had got home our new plates, bowls, etc and put them in the dish washer to wash of the dust that had accumulated in the shop I realised there was another photo to be had, which might be a little more marketable.  Here it is… the inside of a dishwasher:


    Dishwasher

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  • POTD 21 Jan 2008: Just in time! 21 January 2008


    On the last minute

    I nearly ran out of time to take a photo today!

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  • POTD 22 Jan 2008: Flying Pigs 22 January 2008


    Pigs may fly

    I really didn’t know what to photograph for today’s photo.  I’ve spent almost all the day in front of my PC screen and that’s very boring.  I asked Ann for a suggestion and she immediately suggested I photograph her pig mobile.

    This turned out to be an interesting challenge.  Firstly I needed somewhere to hang it  (Used my broken travel tripod resting on a dining chair), with a non distacting background (dining room wall, to the right of the radiator) and then I had to work how best to light it (room light with a hand held torch/flashlight to give a little sparkle to the image).

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  • POTD Tue, 22 Jan 2008: Pigs May Fly 22 January 2008


    Pig mobile and windchime

    I really didn’t know what to photograph for today’s photo. I’ve spent almost all the day in front of my PC screen and that’s very boring. I asked Ann for a suggestion and she immediately suggested I photograph her pig mobile.

    This turned out to be an interesting challenge. Firstly I needed somewhere to hang it (Used my broken travel tripod resting on a dining chair), with a non distacting background (dining room wall, to the right of the radiator) and then I had to work out how best to light it (room light with a hand held torch/flashlight to give a little sparkle to the image). Exposure 2.5 sec

    PLEASE NOTE: This is not a source of free photographs.
    This photograph is (c) Ian M Butterfield. All rights are reserved. No use Is permitted (including non-commercial use) without prior permission. If you wish to use any of my photographs please ask first.

    Image Reference: FA0122A-E00394

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  • POTD 23 Jan 2008: Director's Notes 23 January 2008


    Witness for the Prosecution – The read through

    Director’s Notes #1 – The Read Through

    It is starting to feel real – I realy am directing “Witness for the Prosecution” for Woodford Players.  Tonight we had the read through.  For anyone not familiar with a “read through” this is where the cast sit around in a circle and read (aloud) the script from begining to end.

    For a me as a director (I still find it hard to describe myself as that, this being my debut at directing) this is a chance to get a feel for how the different voices will work together.

    I have to say I enjoyed the read through and I’m confident we have a great cast for this show. 

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  • POTD 24 Jan 2008: The Cripple of Inishmaan 24 January 2008


    Tonight it was production photos at the Stockport Garrick:  “The Cripple of Inishmaan”.  Got some good shots but I can decide whether to process them as sepia tone or leave them in colour.

    The sepia effect gives a lovely period feel to the photos, but there is also some nice colour to the lighting.

     
    Cripple of Inishmaan

     

     

     

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  • POTD 25 Jan 2008: Delete! 25 January 2008

    Finger pressing the delete key on a computer keyboard (Image Reference: 20080125A-E00654)

    In January 2008 I wrote:
    I clicked on the wrong folder this evening… and accidentally deleted 22 Gigabytes of photos that were waiting to be archived to DVD.

    Thank goodness that last January I’d invested in an automated back up solution. It has just paid for itself. (Took about an hour to recover everything).

    January 2020 Update:
    Twelve years later I still use the same backup software – it’s not automated any more and realise on me running the back up every couple of days. Which I do. The system has saved me and my images more than once during that time.

    I have three questions for you:

    1. How do you back up your images?
    2. When was the last time you backed them up?
    3. Do you need to change anything about your backup process?

    Settings: 1/30s, f/9, ISO 3200. Lens: EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM @105 mm.

    You can see the other images from this shoot here: http://photos.imb.biz/other/misc

    PLEASE NOTE: This is not a source of free photographs.
    This photograph is (c) Ian M Butterfield. All rights are reserved. No use is permitted (including non-commercial use) without prior permission. If you wish to use any of my photographs please ask first.

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  • POTD 26 Jan 2008: Portrait technique 26 January 2008


    Portrait of Ann

    Ann has been asked to supply an up to date photo of herself for a the C3 website. So today I got the chance to try out an interesting portrait technique.

    Normally you would need a photographers assistant when using this trick but as my assistant was the subject I had to use a tripod and timer so I could be both photographer and assistant.

    Here’s the trick. Put your flash gun on a hot-shoe cable and get your assistant to hold it in one hand pointing at the subject. In the other hand the assistant holds a reflector/diffuser (set up as a diffuser) between the flash and the subject. The flash is then defussed in a very similar way to a soft box. Giving a very flattering lighting effect with the absolute minimum of shadows.

    PLEASE NOTE: This is not a source of free photographs.
    This photograph is (c) Ian M Butterfield. All rights are reserved. No use Is permitted (including non-commercial use) without prior permission. If you wish to use any of my photographs please ask first.

    Image Reference: FA0126A-E00661

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  • POTD 27 Jan 2008: Car Tax 27 January 2008


    Car and Tax Discs

    Spent the entire day working on my tax return and car mileage expences.  So the best I could come up with for the POTD was a car tax photo.

    I’ve not really got enough tax discs yet to make this photo work.  Can I ask readers if they have got any old tax discs could they save them for me.  The ideal for this shot would be that you couldn’t see any of the white back ground the discs and car are sitting on.

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  • POTD 28 Jan 2008: C3 Photographers – Digital Pin hole Camera 28 January 2008


    C3 Pin hole photo

    This may look like a blurry, badly exposed photo.  But in reality it is scientific couriosity.

    It was our monthly C3 Photography group meeting this evening. Jon brought along a “pin hole” for a digital SLR.  (A specially converted camera body cap).  We removed the lens from my camera mounted the pin hole body cap. 

    30 seconds later this was the picture we got.  Not bad for a pin hole!  (BTW Lisa (far right) is slighly more blurred than everyone else because she couldn’t stop giggling while trying to keep perfectly still for the 30s exposure).

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  • POTD 29 Jan 2008: Be prepared 29 January 2008


    Stockport Station at Night

    Had to collect Ann from the station this evening.  Had a photo all lined up, slightly blury shot of people streaming down the tunnel under the platform as they came of the London train.  This isn’t it.

    I check the ISO setting, check the F-Stop, confirmed the shutter speed was fast enough for me to hand hold.  Waited for the exact moment pressed the shutter and…. nothing.  I discovered I’d left the camera on self timer after last nights pin-hole photography shot.  Ho hum.  By the time I’d changed the setting everyone had walked passed me.

    Grabbed a couple of shots outside the station – nothing marketable.  This was the best of the bunch but it is slightly blurred and way too noisy to be able to put it on the photo libraries.

    I like the angle and the composition.  Might go back some day and try again.

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  • POTD 30 Jan 2008: Directors Notes – Blocking 30 January 2008


    Witness for the Prosecution – Act 2

    Tonight was the first night of ‘blocking’ with Witness for the Prosecution.  That’s the technical term for a director telling his cast where to go!  (on stage that is).

    Not that much movement involved in this scene, so it was reasonably straight forward.  The biggest challenge is to do with the fact that the two barristers will be standing with their backs to a large part of the audience.  I took a gamble in staging it this way, as that is how it would be if you were in the public galleries in a real court.  Having seen it in action for the first time tonight I think it will work.  It does look a little odd in the reheasal room.  But the actual set will have 4 different levels of stage for the court room, so the action should be clearly visible.

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  • POTD 30 Jan 2008 : Woodford Players – Witness for the Prosecution – Rehearsal 30 January 2008


    Woodford Players – Witness for the Prosecution – Rehearsal

    Tonight was the first night of ‘blocking’ with Witness for the Prosecution. That’s the technical term for a director telling his cast where to go! (on stage that is).

    Not that much movement involved in this scene, so it was reasonably straight forward. The biggest challenge is to do with the fact that the two barristers will be standing with their backs to a large part of the audience. I took a gamble in staging it this way, as that is how it would be if you were in the public galleries in a real court. Having seen it in action for the first time tonight I think it will work. It does look a little odd in the reheasal room. But the actual set will have 4 different levels of stage for the court room, so the action should be clearly visible.

    PLEASE NOTE: This is not a source of free photographs.
    This photograph is (c) Ian M Butterfield. All rights are reserved. No use Is permitted (including non-commercial use) without prior permission. If you wish to use any of my photographs please ask first.

    Image Reference: FA0130A-E00679

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  • POTD 31 Jan 2008: Patio Art 31 January 2008


    Patio Art

    When we got up this morning we discovered our patio furniture had taken off in the wind overnight.  We found the table stradling the fence.  The chairs, as you can see, had stacked themselves in an artistic configuration in the corner of the patio!

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