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Journal Entry: Thu Feb 4, 2010, 4:43 AM


Hey, hope everyone is well.

Wow, we're into February already and this is the first time I've got around to writing a journal.  Hope everybody is well.

First of all, there's a new update of Neutral Density Magazine out.

www.nd-magazine.com/

It features an interview with black and white photographer Cole Thompson, and I've contributed an article on telephoto landscapes.  Enjoy.

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Earlier this year I helped out a friend of mine at a show.  She's a violinist who earns extra money by organizing string quartets for weddings.  In return for helping her, she left some of my cards on her stand...I really didn't expect anything from it, after all, at the time I only had landscape photography cards, and there were hundreds of wedding photographers at the show.
Well, it turns out that there's a market for documentary photography at weddings because I've already got 3 bookings for 2010, and there are various other things that look like panning out.  I'm not interesting in doing posed shots, I don't like directing people and I've never had any inclination towards fashion photography and the trend to carry that style over into weddings.  In the meetings with clients I've said that I just do documentary photography, capturing the wedding as spontaneously as possible...and luckily it seems that there are some people who only want that.  A couple for a wedding I'm shooting in March booked me solely on the photos they saw of mine from the Amazon, and basically said "carte blanche...do whatever you like"  Brilliant.
So this has meant a flurry of getting contracts written up, learning about portable flash reflectors and softboxes, printing up wedding photography cards, getting the wedding part of my site looking better, translating it into Portuguese and hassling people for testimonials.

It's a whole new world, and in the midst of it I seem to have forgotten that I'm actually a landscape photographer who takes pictures of...you know...landscapes.
Next weekend I'm heading down to the south of Portugal, where fingers crossed, I may actually take some landscape photos...I'm not holding my breath though, we'll see.

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Daily Deviation

So I was really surprised to get a daily deviation a few weeks back on this shot from Italy.

Capella by AndyMumford

It's always an honour to get a DD, so thanks so much to TRBPhotographyLLC for suggesting it, and kkart for featuring it.

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Features

Great Falls Park, Virginia by BrettcPoland 31 by lonelywolf2
twista by sassaputzinDunes in November Light by Svision
Joyeuse pagaille by xavierrey:thumb152639758:
Raging River by joerossbachThe Dark Traveler by justeline
Gods View by PauloALopesLonely Tree 2010 by janplexybeauty of the beach by AL-AMMAR
Candela 8 by hakanphotographyMonika 1 by lucastomaszewskiKarolina 4 by lucastomaszewski
:thumb151749352:another figure by sloughmo

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Links

My Website www.andymumford.com/index.html
Neutral Density Magazine www.nd-magazine.com/

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Some of my recent work

Two by AndyMumfordVitaleta Re-edit by AndyMumford
Celestial by AndyMumfordElemental by AndyMumford
Castelejo by AndyMumfordGodspeed by AndyMumford
Cypress by AndyMumfordIn the Shadow of Mountains by AndyMumford

Take care everyone :wave:
  • Mood: Content
  • Listening to: Florence and the Machine - Lungs
  • Reading: Joe McNally - The Hot Shoe Diary
  • Eating: A banana
  • Drinking: red tea
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JakeSpain Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Fuck sake.....Sorry for the offence but I can say little else except when are you giving up the day job?.....
Stunning wedding photography as well as some of the best landscapes here on DA. Brilliant, enthusiastic and often original images there with the weddings. Beautiful. And a splash of Carl Orff there on your TO THE BLOODY POINT website, nice choice, That's the piece rearranged for True Romance but I believe Orff composed the pieces to teach young children about playing instruments....devine.
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Inebriantia Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Professional Photographer
Congratulations on the DD Andy!


About those weddings, it seems you got your business moving fast and efficiently! Glad to know that!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010
Cheers José. First wedding of the year tomorrow...going to be a long day.
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KirlianCamera Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Professional Photographer
And congrats for the DD but I told you that already :nana:
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KirlianCamera Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Professional Photographer
Well as I saw from FB the trip was a success :D The issue of ND is great, read it, liked your article. Can't wait to see the new photos
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
Cheers mate :-)
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Mo-Real Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010
Bravo, Bravo, bravoo...:D
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justeline Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010  Professional Photographer
:w00t: Congratulations on your DD Andy (it was about time too) Loved your new article (and the interview of `foureyes )
Huge thanks for the feature too dear, a huge honor for me and I really really mean it :hug:
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010
Thanks Maria, and the feature is a pleasure :D
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pedroinacio Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010   Photographer
:boogie:
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010
:hug:
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Rykardo Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010
Parabéns Andy ;)
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010
Obrigado Ricardo :-)
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xavierrey Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010  Professional Photographer
congrats and many thanks for the feature :aww:
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010
You're welcome mate
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Blakannan Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010
That's awesome! =D Great job! I'm in the same boat... I have several requests to do photo shoots and spontaneous weddings even though I'm mostly a landscape photographer. I want to do them but I don't know anything about the flashes we need to use and all that stuff!! Any helpful websites you could point me to?

Thanks a TON Andy! :highfive:
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010
The best thing to do is buy yourself a flash and just teach yourself, see what works best in various situations. That's what I did. Joe McNally's books and website [link] is really useful, as is the Strobist website [link]
But at the end of the day, there's no substitute for just practicing with flash and seeing what works and what doesn't
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Blakannan Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010
Thanks!! I really appreciate it =D
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MichelRajkovic Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010
Congrats Andy :clap:
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grevys Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010
well done andy - all coming together - congrats on the well deserved DD! i too enjoy the spontaneous side of 'events' photography and have done a few, and similarly loathe the poses! good luck with it all!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010
Thanks loads Stuart :-)
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Smiling-Demon Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Gratz on the DD, good luck with the wedding photography... was working at a hotel in the summer which had lots of weddings, and saw a little bit of what goes on with the "posed" wedding photography, its a bit rubish tbh, really not my cup of tea... documenting sounds much better, should get emotions out better, because lets be honest... most average people look a little akward in posed photos.

Oh and looking forward to seeing what comes out of your portugal trip :)
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010
Thanks loads :-)
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snaphappy101 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
congrats on the DD!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010
:-)
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Goodfoot42 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010
First off, Congrats on the DD Andy!

Secondly, as a landscape shooter myself, I have found a virtual goldmine myself in wedding photography. Bookings are pouring in and I too was surprised that couples wanted a more artistic approach to the somewhat mundane aspect of wedding photography. It's actually quite refreshing to think about. :)

Good luck!
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SensoryCore Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010  Professional Photographer
Congrats! I'm excited for your weddings. I actually would love to shoot weddings its what im aiming for but im not rushing it. I have a few other things on my plate right now. I'm sure you will do great. It's definitely a new and bigger show from landscapes though. Have you shot many in the past?

tips:
2 camera bodies
be fast
extra batteries
extra memory
be attentive
be ready
drink lots of water
don't accept the liqour until the end
have fun
be yourself, be apart of the party
don't forget to take pics of the bride and groom ;) lol
be funny
Good luck!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010
Don't worry, I've done plenty of weddings in the past :-)
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SensoryCore Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010  Professional Photographer
Oh ok. :D Awesome! I just keep thinking of you for your landscape and I often forget what else you could have done. I hope I didn't offend you.

:D
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010
No, don't be silly :hug: I'm not offended at all...just writing comments when I'm busy at work (and should be working).
All the best
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seraphRo Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010
congrats mate, you surely deserved the DD, that's one of your best shots :) the atmosphere is totally remarkable

btw good luck with your wedding photography, I saw some pictures on your website, they look kind of good, I like your approach, it's more like close to reality than those cheesy fashion photographs that fill up the web space

I bet it's hard, I don't know how I could work with people hehe
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010
Thanks so much :-)
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seraphRo Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010
you-re most welcome :)
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yamiyalo Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
wow that is exciting I have shot some weddings more formal type photography so I would be interested to see the results of yours.
congrats on the dd
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010
Thanks loads. You can see some of the weddings I did last year on my site [link]
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yamiyalo Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
wow your work is incredible. I personaly feel I have some nice equipment however I do not have the touch for it as you do.
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010
Thanks so much, I'm glad you like my work :-)
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yamiyalo Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
your an inspiration to me :)
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warnaiman Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010  Professional Photographer
congrats :tea:
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010
Thanks :-)
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matze-end Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010
An update in the ND magazine? That's great, there are a few new interviews?

I hope that more is talk about the technical details. Like, for example, which filters are used.... :/
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Zx20 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Congratulations on the DD.... :)
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010
Cheers very much :D
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sassaputzin Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010
thouroughly deserved andy, i actually want a canvas of that if you have slace in your suitcase;) (and that will be a first from here)

thanks for the feature my friend

florence and the machine, bang on....have you heard of 'marina and the diamonds'...im sure you'll like her
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010
Cheers mate...I've been thinking about getting some of these misty shots printed on canves...I think the texture might suit the images.

The Florence and the Machine album is awesome, it's one of the first albums I've heard in a while that I'm still listening to 2 or 3 months after first getting it. Marina and the Diamonds? I'll look into it now (first girlfriend was called Marina...I'm guessing it's a different one though).

Sent you a note on FB.
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sassaputzin Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010
no it is you're marina now i know what the song 'boring photographer andy' is all about......how weird is life .... small world huh
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010
I just got the album actually...not had much of a chance to listen to it yet though.
Florence and the Machine are playing Lisbon the week after next. It's a Tuesday night though, and I'm not sure I can make it.
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sassaputzin Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010
your too old andy ....console yourself woth that over your coco.....go...i'd love to see them ....
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010
Bah mate, it's not the age thing..it's just that I work till 10 on Tuesday nights, and the gig starts at 9.30 across the city. If I'm just going to miss the support then I don't mind, but I don't want to buy tickets, sprint across town and go without dinner only to catch the last 20 minutes or so.
Lisbon has a LATE nightlife in that bars only really get going after 11pm, so before I was married going out till 4 in the morning on Thursdays and then going into work on Fridays was the norm.

I don't really miss it though....Teresa was away in November so I succumbed to the lure of the nightlife one last time......hmmn, I wasn't a happy bunny on Friday morning. I think I'll be passing on that from now on.
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sassaputzin Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010
you...work till ten.....right....

yep catches up with you in the end doesnt it....ive just about stopped doing that two hours sleep before work thing!
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