Posts tagged Germany
Fragrance Review - 4711 Original Eau de Cologne

I never expected to be reviewing one of the oldest fragrances available, and on top of that, I never expected it to be available so cheaply! 4711 is advertised as the ‘original eau de cologne’ and whilst there is supposedly an Italian fragrance that’s older, this one actually comes from Cologne, Germany, so it definitely wins in that department!

I stumbled upon a review of 4711 when looking for light gym fragrances, and given the price, I figured I’d give it a try, so yet another Amazon blind buy to add to my collection.

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Olympus trip to Berlin

So on thursday I got whisked away by Olympus to Berlin for the launch of their new 'Photographer's Playground'. Situated in Opernwerkstaetten, a workshop building in the old East Berlin where backdrops were created for the Berlin opera, the playground features a vast array of art installations all begging to be both appreciated and photographed. From a corridor filled with cardboard boxes, each one with it's own spinning wooden ball bouncing to create a truly unique cacophony, to the sealed ecosystem filled with mould, there was easily enough to keep peoples attention. Of course there were drinks and nibbles, as well as plenty of cameras to play with if you didn't have your own, making it easy for everyone to have a play!

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Olympus PEN Video Tutorials

So back in the summer, I get a text message off Mark at Olympus UK saying "how would you like to be a movie star?" Well it caught my attention, so I said sure, why not! Turns out he was putting me forward to Olympus Europe for a series of three web tutorial videos for their new Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 camera.

After several emails, phone conversations with Olympus in Germany and Skype conversations with the production company, we were go! About a month before the shoot, I was able to meet up with Olympus Europe whilst at Photokina for Hasselblad. This was handy because it meant that we could have a proper face to face chat so they could get to know me, and they could also give me the new camera to play with ahead of the video shoot. I also got a sneaky invite to their party!

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2012 retrospective, and looking ahead

Well here we are, another year ends, and another begins, and wow, what a year! I often find myself feeling like I'm not moving ahead, but when I take the time to stop and look around at where I've come from, I really am moving, and at a pretty good rate!

So what happened in 2012? I got a whole host of new clients, as well as maintaining my existing ones. I did a lot of soul searching about what makes me tick, and what I'm aiming to achieve in my work. A landmark event was moving to East London, into my own flat (although I still can't decide which photos to put on the walls!). I've always said, that one of my goals is to be paid to travel the world taking photographs, and two trips to Germany and one to San Francisco were certainly highlights! I also taught my first photography workshop for Olympus, which was extremely well received!

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Green Clean

One of the problems I face as someone who takes a lot of photos and changes lenses on my cameras fairly frequently is sensor dust. Thankfully, my Olympus OM-D is pretty good on dust due to the smaller sensor than my Hasselblad, which can be a nightmare, but recently I noticed several spots on my images.

Thankfully, whilst at Photokina last week, I passed by a stand who were more than happy to give my little camera the once over. I hate cleaning my camera's sensors. I have a severe paranoia about scratching them. I've been told it's easy, but I have scratched the sensor on my Hasselblad before, so I'd rather not take any chances and leave it to the professionals!

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Photokina 2012

So literally 2 hours after getting home from my final engagement at London Fashion Week, I was up and getting ready for my trip to Cologne, Germany for Hasselblad.

After getting to Stansted I tucked into an awesome pancake breakfast, where Mark from Hasselblad presented me with a small gift of an Olympus OM book he found at a car boot sale... Thanks Mark!

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