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  • POTD Sat, 1 Mar 2014: Stay Stressed 1 March 2014


    A mug with the message Stay Stressed and Give Up

    After a delayed start (due to a cold and a headache) I headed down to Rugby to stay with friends for a few days. My friends know me too well and a mug of tea was waiting for me on my arrival. Not sure about the message on the mug… I think I’m too stubborn and not bright enough to obey the instructions!

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    Image Reference: FG0301A-G03813

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  • POTD Sun, 2 Mar 2014: Silverstone Half Marathon 2 March 2014


    Silverstone Half Marathon 2014 souvenirs

    Today was Silverstone Half Marathon – it was touch and go as to whether I was going to be able to do it. I’m down with a (slight) cold. But after a good night’s sleep I decided to go anyhow. My PB is 2hrs 7min – I was amazed to finish in 2hrs 13mins and I managed to run the whole thing without walking any sections of it.

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    Image Reference: FG0302A-G03821

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  • POTD Wed, 5 Mar 2014: Auditions 5 March 2014


    Scripts and notes for Stockport Garrick Auditions 2014

    On Wednesday 5th March I attended Stockport Garrick to audition for next seasons plays. My POTD are the scripts for the two plays I auditioned for.

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    Image Reference: FG0305A-G04145

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  • POTD Thu, 6 Mar 2014: Lightroom 6 March 2014


    Lightroom Library Module

    In between my travels I finally got a day at home… spend mostly in front of Lightroom.

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    Image Reference: FG0306A-G04147

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  • POTD Fri, 7 Mar 2014: Capturing the Bang 7 March 2014


    A ballon being popped by a dart

    Ever wondered what a balloon looks like when it pops? At this week’s studio event we answered that question by photographing things that go bang.

    My favourite from the night was a balloon burtings as we threw a dart through it. You can see other examples from the night here: http://photos.imb.biz/studio/bigbang including capturing party poppers.

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    Image Reference: FG0307A-G04158

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  • POTD Sat, 8 Mar 2014: Eye Mask 8 March 2014


    Eye mask

    I’ve seen a lot of the inside of this eye mask today. Woke up with a migraine knocked me out for the whole day. Only just managed to shake it off (mostly) this evening.

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    Image Reference: FG0308A-G04161

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  • POTD Sun, 9 Mar 2014: In Loving Memory 9 March 2014


    A park bench, dedicated to the memory of Joyce Phillpotts, in Oldbury Court Estate

    We made it down to Bristol and Ann’s dad took us to see the bench that he sponsored in memory of Ann’s mum.

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    Image Reference: FG0309A-G04182

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  • POTD Mon, 10 Mar 2014: Tap Test 10 March 2014


    Bathroom Tap

    I wanted to try out some TTL triggers that I borrowed and used a bathroom tap as my subject.

    A bit of post production to make it look a bit grungy and I have my POTD.

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    Image Reference: FG0310A-G04214

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  • POTD Tue, 11 Mar 2014: Intu Trafford Centre 2 11 March 2014


    Advertising Sites Intu Trafford Centre

    A return visit to the Intu Trafford Centre to get a few ‘pick-up’ shots that I didn’t manage to get on my first visit.

    To create this image for my client I had to take three images. I wanted to get light trails on both sides of the car park entrance/exit. Unfortunately the traffic wasn’t cooperating and so I had shots with light trails on the left or with them on the right. Solution: layer the two together in photoshop and use the mask tool to enable the light trails from the lower layer to come though.

    Next the advertising signs needed a different exposure to the ambient light. So that’s the third layer and again I used layers and masks in photoshop to bring them into the final image.

    Lots of other similar techniques were used in creating the full set of images – you can see the full results from the shoot here: http://photos.imb.biz/client/intutrafford2

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    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: FG0311A-G04316

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  • POTD Thu, 13 Mar 2014: Modem 13 March 2014


    Modem

    This POTD is pretty much a grab shot, but a grab shot with a purpose.

    I was visiting my parents to fix/set up Dad’s internet connection. As it turned, depite what he thought Dad had managed to install and configure the modem correctly and there was nothing for me to do except a bit of general housekeeping on his PC.

    This POTD is one of several shots I took of the modem, I wanted to make sure I had a record of the lights, labels, and conectons on the box. This means that if in the future I am providing Dad with telephone based support I can visualise the lights and describe any cables or switches that need to be unplugged, switched or proded.

    As I said a grab shot… but a grab shot with a purpose.

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    Image Reference: FG0313A-G04741

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  • POTD Fri, 14 Mar 2014: Amy P – 1920s Night 14 March 2014


    1920’s Glamour with Amy P at Ian’ Studio

    This POTD came from a 1920s night at the studio. The model is Amy and I think she captured the era beautiful. It was a real pleasure to work with Amy and we a planing a full day “through the decades” shoot for later in the year.

    You can see the rest of the images from the shoot here: http://photos.imb.biz/model/shoot/amy1920s – I have tried to process most of the images with a vintage style.

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    Image Reference: FG0314A-G04772

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  • POTD Sat, 15 Mar 2014: The Rogues Gallery 15 March 2014


    Family portraits etc

    I am decorating the lounge/dining room. Before I started I wanted to be sure I could get the photos in our ‘rogues gallery’ back in the right places when I’d finished. The easiest solution was to just take a snap of it. (And that snap is my POTD).

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    Image Reference: FG0315A-G04800

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  • POTD Sun, 16 Mar 2014: A little light rain 16 March 2014


    Matt Emulsion and Roller

    Time for a little light rain. Wall paper border removed (eventually) so time to set to with the painting of the dining room. The colour is called “light rain” meant to be grey but looks light blue.

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    Image Reference: FG0316A-G04807

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  • POTD Mon, 17 Mar 2014: Barcode Border 17 March 2014


    Room border and curtain rail

    Well, I have finished decorating one corner of the room! Only 7 more corners to go! The aim is to have the whole room done ready for the beginning of next month.

    I know the photo is incredibly boring, but if you are viewing this image on a smart phone and have an app that reads barcodes…. you might find a hidden message in the image!

    If you can read the bar code please comment to say so!

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    Image Reference: FG0317A-G04814

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  • POTD Tue, 18 Mar 2014: Lamp shade 18 March 2014


    Lace effect lamp shade

    Decorating continues and we now have a new lamp shade in the dining room.

    I only have one requirement to do with a lamp shade… that it actually lets the light out. Our previous ones didn’t (much to my frustraition) and when looking for replacements it was amazing how many lampshades appeared to be designed to need a 200W bulb to get about 20W of light out of them.

    Despite the dark background in the photograph, the new lamp shade has no such issues, I am pleased to report!

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    Image Reference: FG0318B-G04818

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  • POTD Wed, 19 Mar 2014: Rachel Travers 19 March 2014


    Small Group Shoot with Rachel Travers at Ian’s Studio

    This POTD image comes from a small group session with model Rachael Travers.

    Small group sessions have a maximum of three photographers and are a time when you can spend more time studying lighting techniques.

    This time we worked with glamour model Rachel Travers and shot an number of styles including art nude, glamour, lingerie as wall as some fashion images.

    You can find images from the event here: http://photos.imb.biz/model/shoot/sgs-rachelt but please note the link is NSFW as a number of the images do include nudity.

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    Image Reference: FG0319A-G04837

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  • POTD Thu, 20 Mar 2014: Decorating Tip 20 March 2014


    Brushes and rollers wrapped in clingfilm

    For this POTD I want to give you one of my favourite decorating tips. If you don’t finish painting at the end of the day, and know you will be using the same brushes or rollers with the same paint the next day. Don’t bother to was them out. Just wrap the brushes and rollers in cling-film overnight and pick up where you left off!

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    Image Reference: FG0320A-G04935

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  • POTD Sat, 22 Mar 2014: The Finished Lounge 22 March 2014


    The Lounge

    I have recently been posting POTD images which are connected with my decorating of the lounge/dining room. For anyone who is remotely interested – here is the finished lounge.

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    Image Reference: FG0322A-G04983

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  • POTD Sun, 23 Mar 2014: Re-inspired 23 March 2014


    Take My Hand a new Lifelines monologue

    Since the end of C3, Ann and I have been attending “Ivy Manchester”. Ivy is very different to C3, C3 at the end had 6 of us attending on a Sunday morning, Ivy has 400. Getting involved with Ivy is not without problems – largely due to its size.

    Although C3 was a church that put creativity at the heart of it’s worship, the problems of the last couple of years had forced this to take lesser role.

    Over the years I have written 80+ sketches and monologues for Lifelines and many of them have been performed around the world. However it has been years since I last wrote anything and I was beginning to think my writing days were over.

    At Ivy, a sermon by Anthony Delaney, music from the worship team and by the end of the service. A picture in my mind and a key phrase. Inspiration to write. A new monologue written the same day. My first in about 4 or 5 years. Re-inspired. Reassurance that I’m in the right place churchwise.

    If you want to read the monologue you can find it on the lifelines website: http://www.lifelines.org.uk/downloads/take-my-hand/ it is about the disciple Peter and his memories of Jesus walking on the water.

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    Image Reference: FG0323A-G04987

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  • POTD Mon, 24 Mar 2014: Model Portfolio 24 March 2014


    Barbora O

    Today I was shooting a model portfolio for new model Barbora O. As part of the shoot we went out to Woodbank park and dropped in lucky. There was rather nice white Lamborghini in the park which we were able to use as part of the shoot.

    You can see the full set of images selected for the portfolio here: http://photos.imb.biz/model/shoot/barborao (Please note: NSFW – a few of the images contain nudity)

    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: FG0324A-G05271

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  • POTD Tue, 25 Mar 2014: Tesco Zoom Blur 25 March 2014


    Didsbury Tesco car park at night

    Sometimes I struggle trying to do a photo every day. I struggled with this one. I was out doing some late night shopping at Tesco and decided to take my camera because I hadn’t taken anything for my POTD. I tried a couple of different night shots but it was way past the magic time for night shots and I wasn’t too happy with the results. In the end I went for an abstract image. A zoom blur of the light. It’s OK but not really what I was looking for as my POTD.

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    Image Reference: FG0325A-G05329

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  • POTD Wed, 26 Mar 2014: If Carlsberg did camera covers… 26 March 2014


    A camera with a bar towel over it

    On my training courses I have often spoken about a technique for protecting your camera in the rain. It involves putting a small face cloth over the camera to protect it from any light rain. I have said that I believed a traditional bar towel would be better as it is just the right width to cover the camera an hang down enough to protect the sides.

    Until recently I didn’t have a bar towel. A friend who did one of my courses remembered this and has just given me one to keep in my camera bag. Look who it is made by. So… if Carlsberg did make camera covers…..! (You know the rest of the quote).

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    Image Reference: FG0326A-G05334

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  • POTD Thu, 27 Mar 2014: The Winter’s Tale 27 March 2014


    The Winter’s Tale

    Stockport Garrick’s latest production is William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. This POTD shows a scene in the first half of the play – the full set of images can be seen here: http://photos.imb.biz/garrick/winterstale (As ever with theatre images please be aware that they may give away plot points)

    The play runs 29 March – 5 April. Tickets and details at http://www.stockportgarrick.co.uk/

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    Image Reference: FG0327A-G05431

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  • POTD Fri, 28 Mar 2014: Kettle Abrstact 28 March 2014


    Condensation in a kettle forming an abstract image

    For this POTD I decided to create an abstract image using our kettle. We have clear plastic kettle that has a blue glow when it is switched on. When it is near boiling condesation forms on the inside. The orange glow is from tungsten under cupboard lights.

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    Image Reference: FG0328A-G05730

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