Some two years ago – I met a lady called Diane Huxley. I was out with the dog, and my camera, and we fell to talking, as you do. She told me that she was a local artist, who painted animals – mostly pets, and was looking to paint more birds; but was having some small difficulty getting good images to paint from.
After some further talk, I said that I would send her some of my bird images for her to look at, which I did – and then – to my embarrassment, forgot all about it…..
Fast forward those 24 odd months, and she sent me an email to say that two pictures had been completed. I’ve been trying to track down the original photo files, and have only found one (though I’ve not looked on my backup drives yet to be honest)
Here’s the first, of a heron, taken at Reddish Vale Country Park
And below, is a copy of her painting of the same bird
I did also send her a photograph of a white tailed fish eagle, taken at our local bird of prey centre – and whilst I have photographed this particular bird on a number of occasions, I can’t quite track down the original file – I’ll post it when I can – but in the meantime here is her wonderful painting.
Diane has her own website – http://www.animal-portrait.co.uk/
The detail is amazing, and the paintings attest to her great talent. Have a look at her site – she comes highly recommended.
Over the last weekend, I was able to shoot the Lytham Proms, held each year on Lytham Green, just outside Blackpool. It was a fantastic experience to be able to shoot such giants as Alfie Boe, Olly Murs and Diana Vickers, as well as the Lytham Community Choir.
The weather on Saturday night was mixed, but even as the rain hurled down, the voice of Alfie Boe made you forget the water running down the back of your neck.
You can just about make out the rain to the bottom left of the shot. Despite all that, the sun shone, and though I’ve not got a photo of it, there was a wonderful rainbow, that arced from the sea, over the Lytham Windmill, and onwards. Alfie remarked that it was a great light show, that had been set up..
Next night was Olly Murs, and the whole demographic of the evening changed. Lots of young people, all screaming their heads off for Olly. He was a true professional, with so much energy – and lots of time for his young fans.
The full set of images can be found by clicking HERE
I’ve decided to leave the blog where it is for the time being – I’ll be using the Zenfolio blog too, and linking them together… so when I post one on here, it will pick up on the other one. Twice the fun methinks……
Thank you for listening….. full blog post to follow…..