Hull College Photography BA Class of 2016

This week my friends graduated and collected their Photography BA degrees. My congratulations to them all but especially to my good friend Anete Sooda who achieved a First Class Honours Degree.

The event included a performance by Madeline Palmer who gave a rousing performance of ‘Rollin on the River’ while the college dignitaries sat motionless on the stage behind her. The keynote speech was given by film producer Chris Hees who spoke about needing to say your dreams and ambitions outloud and follow that up with determination and a belief in yourself in order to achieve them. He grew up in Hull and is soon to be producing a film about Amy Johnson.

Funeral for a VW Beetle Enthusiast

How else could we honour a VW enthusiast other than by forgetting the usual funeral cars and by travelling to and from the church and cemetery in 7 VW Beetles?

This week my husband and I said our last goodbyes to our dear friend, Lawrie Ellis, who was in fact one of the first friends we made when we moved to this area. We met over 25 years ago because he and his wife had VW Beetles, as did we, and since then we have spent many a happy hour together at various VW shows around the country.

So how else could we honour a fan of VWs other than by forgetting the usual funeral cars and by travelling to and from the church and cemetery in not just one Beetle, but in a convoy of 7 Beetles.

I had only taken my handbag camera as I wasn’t expecting to take photographs during the afternoon but soon after I arrived I was asked if I would take a few shots of the cars.

It was a fitting tribute and a bit of a spectacle in the small village.

My husband though, I sometimes feel as though I can’t take him anywhere as as at one point I found him with his head in the engine lid comparing alternators with a fellow enthusiast!

Lawrie Funeral-40


The final photograph in our photo challenge assignment is to recreate this photograph of someone looking at a laptop.


I thought this would be the easiest of the three challenges however I had not bargained on such an uncooperative model! I set the room up with a laptop positioned in front of the camera which was set on a tripod. I turned up the brightness on the laptop and set the camera at ISO50 and 6 sec at f4.5.

I asked my husband to sit in front of the laptop and imitate the pose on the screen. I explained that I wanted to try and take the photograph at ISO50 to reduce the noise in the image and that he would have to stay very still for what would seem to be a long time. This he tried to do but the final image wasn’t perfectly sharp.

I increased the ISO, first to 400, then 800 and finally 1600 adjusting the camera to 0.5sec at f4.

The other issue I had was that my husband insisted on watching the television while I took the photograph. The colours cast by the television meant that I needed to wait until there was a neutral scene in order to take the photograph. When his programme had finished and I was finally able to turn the television off it was much easier to control the light.

These are a few of my test shots on a contact sheet.


This is my final image next to the original.


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