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What a Picture

Hello All

The Photography Show 2018

This is the second time I have visited this show, my first time was last year 2017. I was unprepared the first time for the scale and size of such an event. Not this time. I had a plan, a list and purpose. The show offered me and thousands of others the chance to indulge, view and purchase top quality photography products.

As with many shows, there was a huge tempting range of ‘stuff’ which often means, you need to walk a lot. In fact, you can reach your steps target with easy just wandering around. You also have to be well prepared to carry numerous flyers, magazines, leaflets and more. So a good bag is important, or you can make that your first purchase.

Take a Snap!

Of course many to this show take their own camera, I did myself. There are photo opportunities but not as many as last year or not that I could see. I did find a very nice Formula E racing car and with my new found skills took some shots. This is what I have enjoyed over the past 18 months. Re-learning what photography can be about. The show and a couple of camera clubs, have inspired me to think differently, as Apple once said. Now I was looking at the car in a new light, pardon the pun. The show last year made me think and this year was better.

Buy, Buy, Buy!

I had a list. It was specific to say the least. A certain camera, a certain lens and then other bits and pieces. You do learn to shop around and the show offers the chance to grab a bit more of a bargain if you look. For once, I did follow my own advice and went to each seller before making my purchase. Very happy indeed with my purchases.

You can find too many bargains however, and that is a real nightmare. There were some wonderful lenses, all of which were just in the right price range but I managed to hold out. Maybe next year.

Sore Feet

You do have to walk a lot at these shows, it takes time to find what you want as I said. You do have to take the chance to sit when you can and if you are lucky you get to see a celebrity or two. At this show I saw Chris Peckham. He had given a talk at the Canon stand and was just chatting to people. Part of the fun of these shows is what or who do you see if you keep your eyes open. There were a few very good picture displays which again inspired me as to what I could do. You don’t just learn by taking photographs, you learn by looking just like in writing.

Where Next?

This year I decided to check out the societies available as I want to push my photography as I did with my writing. There are various levels to achieve, each one pushing both the creative and productive elements. It will be exciting and lead to a recognised award. To imagine I can achieve that, as with publishing a book, would make me feel proud of myself. So which one to pick? I have my own favoured one and now it is the normal research and checking.

Last Words

The show was very good again. I was slightly worried I would be bored by seeing the same things again but, I had a different perceptive due to what I had planned. So long as there is a purpose to visit an event, you should always be able to find something new. Clearly that should be the objective. Maybe next time going with a group or club would give a new view or considering it a photo assignment.

I do have ideas for what I need for next time if I can last that long or maybe it will be to enter a photograph. Who knows. I can say the Photography show is well worth going and should be something you visit even if its just the once. Always take a list, bottles of water, a bag and really good shoes.

Tagline: ‘Bang – What a picture! New camera please!’




Hello Dear Reader


What might you ask is DST50? Well, this weekend a 50th birthday (of sorts) was celebrated at the NEC Birmingham. Star Trek, one the top five sci-fi franchises reached 50 years. DST50 was Destination Star Trek 50. I had known about this for some time, both the birthday and event, however, I was unsure about returning to something of my past.

Confession. I used to go to Trek conventions and they were always damm good fun. Held in hotels for the main (apart from one brilliant holiday camp), hundreds of Trek fans would gather to watch episodes new and old, see actors, new and old and meet friends, yes new and old. It was very British in how the conventions were run. Groups of fans bid for the rights and they were voted for by fans.

I do have something of a minor reputation in that at two separate conventions I slightly raised my profile. Although no-one really knew, I believe that due to a very interesting phone call with the BBC, I managed to convince a deputy controller (how I got through one only knows) that the end of season 3 Next Gen was a cliffhanger. How I knew that was through a convention. My other claim to fame was speaking out in a group discussion at a convention. I thought Start Trek Next Gen (not seen in the UK at the time) was basically Roddenberry’s way of exploring future history. My argument was based on naval history. There had been, for example, many ships called Ark Royal, all having different Captains and crew. All Next Gen was doing, was taking that same idea and moving forward from the original series. I was almost given the odd ‘phaser’ stare until a close friend of Roddenberry’s stated that was what he was trying to achieve.

So, many years and many conventions later we reached DST50. Let me say that, somethings move on, it’s right and proper. I made the decision to go very late, in fact with three days to go. On Sunday I did sort of get excited to revisit something of my youth. But, as I walked in I could feel bits missing. This convention was in one of the big NEC halls, not the confined space of a hotel. It was open, way too open for my liking. I needed that hotel feeling I guess. Yet, Star Trek was there. The fans, the costumes, replica sets, back to the old and new. The line-up of actors huge and some I had not seen before. A few friends thought it would be crowded, but no, there was room in fact at times I missed the crush of a small space to watch an episode.


I did get a buzz, I enjoyed one talk in particular, ‘For the Love of Spock’. That for me was the highlight and I made sure I grabbed my chance to say thank you to the host. Yet, friends were missing. It made me hanker for an old style convention. Staying up til 3am with a bunch of Klingon’s or drinking watching ‘The Doomsday Machine’ for the 10th time that weekend.

Some say (not that show), you can never go back. I disagree but then I would.

DST50 did what it said on the tin. It celebrated Star Trek at 50. Did I really enjoy the time travel? Yes, in a new way. Did it make me think of going back to conventions? Yes. Maybe time to do a little surfing.


Tagline: ‘To boldly go where many of us went many times before’

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