Wednesday, 28 July 2010

New Web Gallery of Photos from Courses

We now have a new gallery on my web site for displaying photographs taken on my courses. Up until recently I had added them to this blog but very quickly they become difficult to find. The new system uses a combination of my web site and Flickr.

The way it works is that there is a new web page for course photos, both those taken on courses and candid action shots taken by Jan, my wife. One image is displayed for each person and moving the mouse over each image displays information about the person and the course. Clicking any image takes you to my new courses page on Flickr. This is just for images taken on my courses. There are none of my pictures here - I have enough coverage on my 6 web sites and this blog!

Take a look and I hope you enjoy them.

If you have been on a course and would like some of the images taken on the course with me to appear on this new system then do please send me some. They don't need to be huge files, no more than 500kb each is fine. Send by email or disc, whatever is easiest for you.

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Wet Walk to Buxton

Today is a Gallery day in Buxton for me. I took the opportunity to get some exercise and walked the 6 miles here, as I usually do. The weather was dreadful though, steady rain the whole way. Hope it clears for my return tonight when the Gallery closes. If you want to drop by for a chat I'm here until 5pm.

Bit of a late day yesterday, I worked until 1.30am sorting out dates for our 2011 courses and events. I will put them on the web later or tomorrow.

Buxton Gallery

I am walking to Buxton Tuesday 27th July for a day in the Gallery. I should be there between 9.30am and 5pm. I changed the display just over a week ago so there are some new photographs to see. New ones in the browsers too. Come by for a chat if you are able to.

Friday, 23 July 2010

New Images of Oslo, York and Yorkshire Dales

I have added some new images to my web site; 22 in total with another 25 to come soon.

There are 5 from Oslo, Norway.
A striking building in the Aker Brygge harbour area of Oslo. Looks like the prow of a ship and is right on the waterway.

There are 12 from York (and 7 to follow).
The Roman wall in York with the Minster (cathedral) in the background.

Finally, 5 New images from the Yorkshire Dales. I have hundreds of images taken in the Yorkshire but seem to be slow in adding to the web site, with just 20 images for this area so far.
Brimham Rocks near Pately Bridge.

Visit the web site to see them all:
Temporary Link (images are displayed in Recent Gallery for 1 month): Recent Images gallery

Off to set up for Great Dome Art Fair in Buxton in a couple of hours, just have to load the car.
Dave Butcher

Great Dome Art Fair

We have been getting ready for the Great Dome Art Fair. It starts with the preview tomorrow evening 7pm to 9pm. Please do come along if you are able to.

The main show is open 10am to 4.30pm Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th. I am giving a talk on Saturday afternoon at 2pm on Lake Light, my new book. 29 pictures from the Lake District, many printed specially for this talk, and the story behind each picture. Lots of other new photos on show too as well as book offers, courses and posters.

Hope to see you there. Dave

Saturday, 17 July 2010

New Newsletter

I sent out a new newsletter yesterday. I use iContact to mail them out to try and avoid being black-listed. There is an archive of all of my newsletters on their web site. Follow this link to see a web copy of the latest one and you can navigate to previous ones from here.

If you are not on the distribution list and would like to be just sign up here.

You can unsubscribe at any time using the Manage My Subscription link at the bottom left of the email page.

Monday, 12 July 2010

Lake District Course Part 2

In case you are confused about the blog entry earlier today saying we are in the Lakes getting ready for a course tomorrow I thought I should make a correction. That was written on Saturday night but the wifi in the b&b only allowed me to receive and not to send; I think the signal was a bit weak in our bedroom. I saved it and it only went live when I published it this morning.

Mark, John and Anna won the 1 day course by entering the competition in Black + White Photography magazine, which I ran in conjunction with Ilford / Harman. The competition is actually a prize draw, so all who enter have the same chance of winning. We had a good day on Sunday in Eskdale. The rivers were in full spate; I've never seen so much water coming over Stanley Ghyll Force. It was a raging torrent. Good for pictures but reduced viewpoints because lots of usual camera positions under water. Rocks at River Esk bridge mostly under water but still some with interesting shapes above water line. Jolly nice lunch at the Brook House Inn then up to Hardknott Pass for some big views in sunshine, then it closed in for a bit so we went to the Roman Fort on the way back to Boot. Good views here but the big peaks were in the clouds. We finished the day with the impressive falls near to Boot Mill. Pictures to follow I'm sure.

Course Picture Gallery

I have received quite a few photographs taken on courses that we have run and was dropping them onto a blog here in the past, but they tend to get lost before too long. I had a chat with my web man a couple of weeks ago and he agreed to change it. I now have a Flickr gallery specifically for pictures taken on my courses. There is a selection on my web site and links to the full set of Flickr galleries. It is not fully loaded with pictures yet but we hope to sort in the next couple of weeks. Dave Butcher

Lake District Course

We are in Stanley House in Boot ready to run a 1 day course tomorrow for the 3 winners of the course I ran in B+W Photography magazine in March.

There has been heavy rain here in the last few days, while a hundred-odd miles further south, in the Peak District, we have been basking in the sun in temps up to 26C.

We will stay in Eskdale and do waterfalls, the River Esk, the Roman Fort and Hardknott Pass so hope it clears for tomorrow afternoon.

Saw Harry Berger (owner of Stanley House and the Woolpack) tonight at the Woolpack where we went for our meal. He looks great but his right arm is in a sling after being shot while in his car in Seascale by Derek Bird (who shot dead 12 people and injured many more) 5 weeks ago. Sounds like he has some pretty major surgery ahead of him and a recovery taking years not months. He is keeping very upbeat despite his injuries and we will be keeping our fingers and everything else crossed that all goes well for him over the coming months.


Thursday, 1 July 2010

Landscape Photography Courses

If you are thinking of coming on a landscape photography courses there are still places available on the 1 day course in the Peak District on Friday 9th July.Looks like there will be less than 5 people so you will have more attention than on previous courses this year, still with 2 tutors. It is £150 and we do all the driving. Lots of good locations to visit. Lots of guidance on the artistic side of composition as well as help with camera settings, both digital and film. Any ability level catered for.

There are also places on the Lake District 3 day course meeting at the end of September with photography on 1st to 3rd October in Eskdale, Wasdale and Ravenglass/St Bees Head on the coast. We also find time to have a session on editing digital images with Photoshop, if this interests you. It also covers image quality which applies to both film and digital. We stay in a  very comfortable bed and breakfast, included in the price, in the village of Boot. All individual en-suite rooms, no sharing! Spouses welcome, we do all of the driving so they can have the car during the day to go off sightseeing and we can meet up again for dinner. The cost is £550 including b&b and transport during the course.

Contact me if you are interested in any of these courses.
Dave Butcher

Next Show Approaches

We have decided not ot do as many shows as we have in the past so it's just 6 shows in Buxton and 3 in the south.

The next show is fast approaching, the Artist and Designer's fair in Buxton Pavilion Gardens on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th July, 10am to 4.30pm. Free admission. Lots of new exhibitors. Lots of new images from me, as well as offers on books and posters. If you're interested in a course why not come along for a chat to help you make your mind up.


Dave Butcher on Wikipedia

You can now find me on Wikipedia. It was pulled together by Andy Oakey, of 10th Planet design, who does my leaflets and built and maintains my web site; too complicated for me to do! There is probably more information on my web site but it may be of use to someone.


New Web Sites for Courses and Overview

I hadn't realised how long since I last added a blog. Doesn't time fly when you're enjoying yourself?

I have another 2 new web sites, one for courses and one for an overview of my business. Like the 3 new sites for my books they are all linked through to the shopping cart site. If you want to have a look they are here:

That makes 6 web sites in total.