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Spring Fling 2015 - many thanks to many wonderful people

Spring Fling is now over for another year. Across the course of the 3-day weekend, 454 people came into St Johns to visit me and artist/sculptor, Morven Browne - which is just about twice as many visitors as I had last year. Many thanks to Amanda for letting us use her fabulous space, which I would highly recommend as a great venue to hire.

Throughout the event I was doing photography demonstrations - showing how changing the light can dramatically alter the mood of an image. Thanks go to Maria, who was my model for the weekend. Warm, friendly and good company, she put up with my requests, frustrations and inane bletherings with extraordinary patience.

Demonstrating light with Maria 

Huge thanks also have to go out to fellow photographers, Andy Jardine and Pete Robinson who came to my rescue, lending me equipment, after I discovered a problem with my camera that wasn't going to be fixable in time for Spring Fling.

Thanks also go to Allan Wright who lent me another camera to have a go at doing some time-lapse photography - something I'd not tried before. Most Canon cameras don't have this function, although you can buy extra equipment to bolt on. However, many Nikon's have it built in. I use Canon, but Allan didn't hesitate to hand me one of his Nikon's - and the instruction manual.

It took a little bit of fiddling about, but eventually I got the hang of it, so did a few short sequences over the weekend, which I've now edited together into a short video.

There are some professional photographers out there who consider all other photographers to be competition, and might even smirk if another was in trouble.

I count myself as extraordinarily fortunate that I know some really great people who were prepared to go the extra mile to ensure I'd be OK.


hope said...

That always looks like so much fun! Glad to know your photo buddies are a nice crowd, willing to help out.

Did I catch a glimpse of Rogan during clean up? :)

Kim Ayres said...

Hope - you did indeed! Rogan was a great help, although if you slow that final sequence down in the right place, you'll see him struggling to figure out how to collapse and fold the giant softbox and having to hand it over to me :)

Ruthie Redden said...

Great time-lapse vid Kim, and lovely to see as we were away for the weekend and missed Spring Fling!!

Kim Ayres said...

Thanks Ruthie- hope you had a good weekend away :)

savannah said...

what a great space for an exhibit! love the time lapse video. i keep promising myself that one year the MITM and i will get to a Spring Fling and see you in person! xoxoxox

(i owe YOU a photo of a photo!) ;)

Kim Ayres said...

Savannah - keep me informed of your travel plans - I would love to meet up in person :)

Pat said...

Great venue. You must have been exhausted at the end. Adrenalin carries you through. Email me when you know your travel plans.

neena maiya (aka guyana gyal) said...

You heard me...a video, I was thinking how much I'd like to see a bit of Spring Fling. The song makes it so totally cool.

By the way, I saw your photo of Robyn's album on the BBC, she's won an award, hasn't she?

Kim Ayres said...

Pat - The 3 days of Spring Fling are always intense, but I've spent the past week trying to take it a bit easier :)

Guyana-Gyal - thank you :) And yes, Robyn won Young Traditional Musician of the Year last year. She also took part in the Macmath project, which is what my next blog post is about (and includes another video :) )

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