Patrick Arends
Photography

Camera Trauma

Even though this travel was over a year ago, I never got around posting anything about this fantastic journey yet. The Grand Canyon is 446km in length, up to 29km wide, 1.6km deep and is about 17 million years old.  That is impressive!

It’s quite difficult to get the amazing spatial experience across through photography, as anything that could give away the scale (for instance people) are so tiny, you can't even see them. But look at the photographs, and thou shall find!

My personal moment of camera trauma happened when we were on a hike inside the canyon. I’ve set up my camera on a tripod, and with the self-timer on the way, I could see the camera tipping over, very slowly. Not slow enough for me to catch it before it actually hit the deck – and took the trauma selfie! Luckily the camera hit the rocks on its back, so the lens was fine. Not too much damage, the lens needed to be calibrated to the camera body again, and the evidence is an Epic Fail Selfie! (more)

mind travel - 'masters'

Learning is a journey of discovery that never ends. Whilst developing my photography skills and approach, I have come across many books, papers, essays, websites, forums, blogs, interviews and videos. Hungry for improvement as I am, I read and study a lot. Reading and absorbing a lot of information doesn’t necessarily make me a better photographer. I feel that I need to seriously reflect on what I read, and review whether it inspires me, or improves my skills, which will enhance my photography.

I’ve gone through many books, and after some time, finding myself starting to paging through the content, instead of actually reading everything. The information starts to bore, or turns out to be inapplicable to me. Some well-known photographers claim to have the ‘answer to the ultimate question of photography, the universe and everything’ (and I can tell you the answer is not 42!), and are not holding back in explaining what everyone ‘should be doing’. Some are more humble, stating that it works for them (although strongly recommending you do the same). It might work for them, although I don’t find there is one clear truth. (more)

6 years old again at Farnborough Airshow - July 2014

The world famous Farnborough Airshow is held every other year, hosting two events, a trade fair for the global aerospace industry, and a public air show. Hundreds of aircraft are on the static ground display, and many take part in the demonstrations.

Being a Dutchman living in the UK, I almost feel the Red Arrows are mine too. They use my national flag’s colours (it's not different to the Union Jack's as it happens), and have a magnificent display. Massive cheers when they crossed the crowds. The show is visited by young and very old, and all share a certain geeky-ness towards aircraft. (more)

'No results for Nottingham' – May 2014

‘No results for Nottingham’, is what English Heritage’s online search engine shows. Even though Nottingham Castle and the legend of Robin Hood is probably second to Stone Henge the best worldwide known ‘product’ of England. Nottingham Castle is council owned, hence not being listed on the English Heritage website. It is definitely worth a visit. The current ‘castle’ is more a mansion on top of where once the original castle would have stood. It’s the third building in this place, and is home to a fine art gallery.

The original tunnels underneath the mansion remain, supposedly used by Robin Hood to escape from the castle! (more)

Library shelves - May 2014

“Bloody architects!” What do you do when you design a book rotunda in a library and the librarians can’t reach the top shelves? Even though these are solely designed to showcase books from the archives, somehow the books need to be put on the shelves.

All that's required: a ladder, a scaffold, a health & safety guy, and a few architects to do it themselves! (more)