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Dyn Llun

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  1. I was doing a week's teaching at the Royal Academy of Art in the Hague a few years ago and had a free hour or two so went for a stroll to the Mauritshuis museum to look at the Vermeers. I was pretty much alone when I went into the room with the 'Girl with the Pearl Earring' when a coach load of Japanese tourists charged up the stairs, pushed me en masse out of the way and all scrambled to take pictures with phones and iPads held up. Not one of them really looked at the painting properly and once they had all finished snapping, about two minutes, if that, they all charged down the stairs again. presumably to get on the coach to the next stop on the 'hit list'. The rest of the museum and its wonderful collection were ignored. Luckily for me as I and the other visitors were then left in peace to take in the rest of the work there. Pete Davis https://www.pete-davis-photography.com/ http://peteslandscape.blogspot.com/ https://www.instagram.com/petedavisphoto/
  2. I think a lot of us have Liverpool stories. I met my wife in 1970 when she was a teacher in Liverpool. She taught in schools in West Derby and Speke. I used to fly up from Cardiff on a Friday with the old Cambrian Airways (Viscount turbo prop, £8 single, free drinks), to the then, Speke Airport and train back from Lime Street early Monday mornings. That was before we were married and she re-located and taught in Wales. https://www.pete-davis-photography.com http://peteslandscape.blogspot.com https://www.instagram.com/petedavisphoto
  3. The Adelphi is one of many hotels of its kind that sprang up when the railways in the UK were in their heyday. You will find very similar 'railway hotels' close to the main stations in most UK towns and cities. Once grand and imposing with superb service they are now, sadly, in decline being too big and now old-fashioned and difficult to maintain economically. It's actually very sad as many have imposing architecture and design interiors. Or at least they used to. Actually there might be a good photography project in documenting these before they disappear altogether. Pete Davis https://www.pete-davis-photography.com http://peteslandscape.blogspot.com https://www.instagram.com/petedavisphoto
  4. Welsh is actually almost purely phonetic which eliminates most of the problems. Once you know how to pronounce the letters, they don't change. With just one very minor exception. (Learning the correct pronunciation of some of them another thing!) Most English folks think Welsh has no vowels whereas we have, as Ed has noted, both more letters in the alphabet overall and an extra vowel. Pete Davis https://www.pete-davis-photography.com http://peteslandscape.blogspot.com https://www.instagram.com/petedavisphoto
  5. If Ed settles in Liverpool he will only be a short train or bus ride away from North Wales which might be good for his stock photography but not good for understanding accents. Not so much the north east but once you get over to the north west..... People from s.Wales have a job with the n.Wales accent even speaking English and of course the lWelsh language is slightly different south to north. I have a foot in both camps having homes in both Welsh speaking mid west wales and Snowdonia. I can negotiate the accents ok but some folks have problems. https://www.pete-davis-photography.com http://peteslandscape.blogspot.com https://www.instagram.com/petedavisphoto
  6. I'm saying nothing about the three sales that popped in for me on Saturday morning.............taken using professional cameras Pete Davis https://www.pete-davis-photography.com http://peteslandscape.blogspot.com https://www.instagram.com/petedavisphoto
  7. Thanks guys. I will, it's just been a tad frantic the last few days here but I'm grateful for your comments and advice. BTW there's an interview with me here: https://www.ffoton.wales/interviews/2019/5/pete-davis
  8. If anyone is interested, an interview with me has just been published as a podcast at: www.ffoton.wales/ There are also a few photographs to accompany the podcast. Pete Davis www.pete-davis-photography.com
  9. I do understand that most folks upload from their phone which limits image adjustment to a certain extent. I have been uploading some 'vintage' and newer stuff from my iMac, so to retain the correct proportions of the various format sizes I use and for portrait or landscape orientation, I add white canvas around the image to make a white square frame. Probably been noted before by others. Pete Davis http://www.pete-davis-photography.com http://www.peteslandscape.blogspot.com http://www.instagram.com/petedavisphoto
  10. Thanks for that. I will certainly get around to tagging. Cheers, Pete
  11. Never bothered with Instagram before, not because I don't recognise its value when used seriously, just a matter of time. Too busy keeping up with print sales, updating website and blog, plus travel and making new work etc. However, the galleries that sell my work hinted that it may help to have another platform on which some things can get 'out there' so I have just started to upload from my iMac, a selection of black and white documentary work of the kind that sells through the galleries as original silver prints. Plus I am just beginning to upload some of my more 'vintage' work. Pete Davis http://www.pete-davia-photography.com http://www.peteslandscape.blogspot.com https://www.instagram.com/petedavisphoto
  12. I went to talk last weekend by Brian Harris, veteran (real) news photographer, ex 'Times', 'Independent' etc. He put it a bit more pithily. "If I see another picture of a f*****g sunset in the Times, I swear I will explode". (His language!) Of course, as has already been noted, Alamy only cares about what sells regularly and obviously doesn't want to clutter itself up with stuff that doesn't so it is having a cull. I certainly don't buy newspapers to see pictures of lambs in springtime or snow in wintertime but presumably a lot do or they wouldn't print them. Pete Davis http://www.pete-davis-photography.com http://peteslandscape.blogspot.com
  13. What may have confused the contributor to mis-caption those images is that 'Thermoman' seems to be feeling the cold.
  14. Nikon's first ever camera was mirrorless of course. Pete Davis http://www.pete-davis-photography.com/ http://peteslandscape.blogspot.com/
  15. One of my first professional paying photography commissions, (when I was 15) was to photograph a Golden Retriever. I even remember his name, Major. Many years later my Black Labrador Gus used to travel everywhere with me on location. He used to sit patiently under the tripod while I was composing and focussing under the darkcloth and only run out after he heard the shutter go off. Pete Davis http://www.pete-davis-photography.com/ http://peteslandscape.blogspot.com/
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