What a week….

Its been non-stop this week. I’ve not even done what I love doing. And for those who don’t know the connection between me and a camera then you need to either look back in this blog or check out my Flickr account here

It’s now been almost a month since that snowfall and my lovely car’s wake up call. I received a phone call from the body shop yesterday stating that the vehicle should be ready for the end of next week. That’s great news I thought, my lovely car restored to its former glory. You may recall me mentioning that the very same thing happened to my Vauxhall Vectra back in 2009. When that car eventually came back from the Body Shop it was scratched to ribbons but highly polished. I say eventually because they lost it and couldn’t locate it in Leeds at all. To cut a long story short the had transported the car to another depot….are you ready for this…in Stockport. It turned out that it had been moved on one of those double-decker car transporters and had been scratched on the ramp. There were scratches all down the front of the bonnet and headlamps and as far as I could work out it hadn’t gone through a quality control. They even fitted some wrong parts including the rear bumper which should have been a dedicated Sri part. They even replaced the manufacturers/garage number plate with a body shop plate too.  After I rejected receipt of my car they took it back to the garage and an investigation was launched as well as further repairs. I eventually got my car back 1 week later.

You can understand my concern when I found out that my lovely new car was going back to the very same body shop. It was then that I decided that I was going to make sure the same mistakes didn’t happen again. Since 2009 the company have vastly improved the contact and update facilities for unfortunate customers as they have a tracking facility on their website that allows you to follow your repair and even send messages to the repair team. Well, there was no way I was going to have the same thing happen to my lovely new Astra Vx-Line. My car doesn’t have the model/style number on it but I am sure they could find this out via the computer. Anyway after checking on the site I was happy to discover that the correct parts had been ordered. Phew….. The latest update suggests that my car should be ready for next Friday…..6 days and counting.

So, it was another Image-less week…with only a handful of images to edit myself and half the population of the United Kingdom have arrived at the conclusion that the weather needs to warm up and the clouds need to vanish. I will leave you with a poem by Dean Thorpe that I found on the web…..

A normal person sees a storm, thinks help and runs away

A photographer sees that storm, and runs the other way

Off into the cold they go, the wind, the rain and more

To capture pics no matter what, of all the things they saw

Watching all the huge waves crashing, defiantly they stand

Looking out from beneath the pier, with camera in hand

Why do we do such stupid things, like photograph the snow

We can’t resist to get that pic, so off we always go

We see the world through rule of thirds, and many shades of grey

The search to get the perfect shot, continues every day

The poem: “The photographer” by Dean Thorpe.

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About Mark Winterbourne

A little about me … well, what can I say. I started photography back in 1979 when I was just 11 years old. I was given a 35mm SLR Camera by my late Grandfather as a birthday present. The camera was a Russian built Zenit EM and built like a house brick. Many of my slides on here are taken with the very same camera. My passion stemmed from my Grandfathers love of photography and in particular his fondness of the English Lake District. I will showcase his work on here in the coming months, but there are over 10,000 slides and I have quite a task ahead of me scanning them in. In the late eighties and early nineties I moved on to autofocus SLR’s and began to accumulate quite a stash of equipment. In between my full time employment and sleeping I started doing small photographic assignments for freinds, family and small businesses. In the early 2000′s I started using a digital camera and traed all my traditional film cameras in for more equipment. My Camera Equipment Canon EOS 20D Body BGE2N Battery Grip Canon EOS 50D Body BGE2N Battery Grip Canon 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 EF-S Lens Canon EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 III Lens Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM Sigma 28-105 F2.8-4 DG Lens Sigma 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Canon 580EX Speedlite Flashgun Canon CP-E4 Compact Battery Pack for 580EX I took an avid interest in aviation photography at the start of the 2000′s when digital cameras became more accessible. My enjoyment was taken up a level when I discovered I could mix my love of light & colour with aviation photography by taking photographs. In 1983 I suffered a head injury which was diagnosed as a brain tumour. LIfe soon returned to normal in 1984 but in the early part of 2002 things turned nasty and headaches and sickness returned. To date I dont have a surgeon willing to operate on me and struggle by day to day. You will find more about this in my blogs……. Nothing will stop my photography, not even this head injury….this blog reflects my day to day life as a person with an interest in photography….with a headache to match Hope you enjoy….please feel free to contact me, anytime

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