On Saturday I joined the ranks of the Paparazzi. I was asked by the Fraserburgh Herald to cover 'The Night the Light Went Out' a Halloween event at the Lighthouse Museum. As I was going anyway I could hardly refuse. The event was excellent. We toured the lighthouse and the keepers cottages and the Wine House being told ghost stories at suitable points. There are four ghost at the lighthouse
Although new to me taking images to sell to the news media and to specialist magazines is the main driving force behind some photographers and a couple in Fraserburgh Photographic Society. To be successful require a different skill set and way of thinking from the normal club photography geared as it is to entering competitions. Very little photoshopping is done, speed is of the essence, telling a story or linking the image to a story is as important as following the artistic rules of composition.
I'm sort of doing it again the Friday. Theatre Modo has worked with a lot of you people in the town and are staging a parade with all sorts of floats and street entertainment. They came to the FPS meeting last week asking for volunteers to take photographs for them. Volunteering is not in the vocabulary of the true Paparazzi. But at least I will be issued with a hi-viz vest. Perhaps that will help me with the other skill of belonging to the Paparazzi requires - the brass neck to barge in and organise people, to go where the run of the mill photographer wouldn't dream of going in effect to be a bloody nuisance.
I got another new toy in the post this week a ND filter. I haven't had a great many opportunities to try it out - no waterfalls round here, no gently lapping waves to blur into a milk cloud, no bright sunshine to tone down. But I did take a trip out to a couple of nearby wind turbines. Here is what I got. I feel it would have been a lot more spectacular if it had been bright and sunny - I'll just have to wait.
And here are a few photos of the week.
I'm Mike, I am the (Self appointed!) web master for Fraserburgh Photographic Society (FPS). I started taking photography seriously a couple of years ago and joined Fraserburgh Photographic Society