Hasselblad + other stories

Today I received a Hasselblad 500CM camera with 50, 80 and 140 lenses for it, plus a prism finder. It's gorgeous. One of my workshop participants from my October Torridon Trip - Lynda, kindly sold me her camera. I've been toying with the idea of shooting square for some time, and now is the chance to do it. I think this will tie in nicely with my forthcoming ebook about aspect ratios, which is nearing completion. It's around 50 pages...... bet you never knew there was that much to write about aspect ratios huh?

So I went to the Parcelforce depot today to pick up the Hasselblad, which incurred no duty on it, but they stung me for £22 vat.... on zero duty. Does that make sense? How does that work?

Anyway, I've just received the first proof-feedback on the text for my forthcoming cloth-bound-book. I'm almost half way through applying the corrections (thanks Michael!) before I send it off to my journalist friend for a further sanity check. I've also had the format of the book contents designed by my friend Darren and we've had quite a few discussions about fonts, colours. I never knew for instance, that there are pantones that are outside the CMYK process - we were discussing the merits of using a silver font for some of the headings, but it's been scrapped for a nice grey font instead.

So sorry if my postings have been few and far between the past few weeks. I was up north doing a workshop, and it's taken me a few days to get some rest, and get my mind back into working on some projects.

I go to Norway in March to shoot the Aurora and there are now some definite plans to go to Switzerland in October (I get a lot of Swiss clients and have made a lot of friends), so it seemed like a perfect opportunity to go there to shoot the towns and the mountains.

Anyway, that's about it for the moment. If you're in Glasgow tomorrow night (Friday) and want to come to see me talk and give a slideshow presentation, I'll be at Inverclyde photographic club around 7:30. Expect images from Ethiopia, Skye and Assynt.

Over and out.