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Fame! – well not quite


Things have been quiet on this blog but I’ve been very busy working on all sorts of projects. The most significant being the annual kids production (The Pied Piper) from Stoke Fleming Operatic and Drama Society (Little SODS); opens Friday 7th February. In fact I’ve stolen a bit of time out of that project to post this.

During the past few years August has usually been pretty much consumed with photography of The Inn Theatre’s excellent outdoor Shakespeare Week productions at Dartmouth Castle (loads of material on this site under the Photography menu). Part of the work involves getting photos out for PR. I’m always thrilled when my photos are good enough to publish in the local press, the deadlines are usually tight so the pleasure is doubled when photos are submitted on time, printed and even credited. The whole thing is pretty much done and dusted by the end of August, so imagine my delight when I was passed the local paper using the photo above to illustrate an article about The Inn Theatre’s new Bursary for young acting talent (the story won’t be live on their site until next week, you could always buy the paper if you live locally).

2014’s Production will be “The Taming of the Shrew” and August 5th will come soon enough.

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Photostream – a salutary lesson

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If you’re working on a big photography project, shooting raw with a reasonable camera and use Apple’s iCloud Photostream feature you might want to turn it off before you start.

Any big project – like shooting King Lear – produces learning experiences. If it doesn’t you’re either very good at what you do or just not awake.

The biggest take home from this year’s Dartmouth Shakespeare week was the way I had to modify my workflow in order to accommodate using a Nikon D700 as the main camera. If you’re interested the various issues are detailed in another post. The biggest change/shock was what iCloud Photostream can do to your bandwidth, and the impact on your bill if you happen to use a broadband provider that applies the “fair use” principle.

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My projects usually involve quite a bit of web-based work. There’s the trivial stuff, eMailing folks, coordinating, etc., these are all done through eMail, or things like Facebook groups. Some of the coordination gets done using Dropbox (for my contacts who can handle/value this wonderful resource) or by means of the excellent (free) WeTransfer service. These move the large ad hoc files effectively. There’s usually an element of research as well (thanks Google).

It’s not unusual for my bandwidth use to spike during a project. I shell out much more than the average broadband customer in order to never have to be bothered or surcharged by my provider. Except this year, with Photostream turned on, very early into the month warnings/threatening eMails arrive telling me that I’ve used more than 50% of my monthly “fair use” allocation. After the usual, small period of denial, I ran some network diagnostics, looked at the blinking lights on the comm’s kit and quickly worked out that something was beating the hell out of the upstream broadband and nearly saturating the local WiFi. Ten minutes later it was obvious the cause was Photostream. It was diligently trying to sync thousands of raw (24 MP) photos to iCloud and thence to all of my Mac OS and iOS devices. Action – disabled Photostream on everything including Aperture. Network traffic dropped through a hole and the coms kit lights reverted to their normal sedate rate.

All’s well that end’s well?

Not quite. Although the timely warning from my broadband provider made me remedy the problem, Photostream burned more than half a month’s bandwidth in a couple of days. The process of getting photos out to various stakeholders, publishing and updating this site, and related Facebook sites have taken me to point where less than 5% of my allowance remains. I expect I’ll get screwed for violating “fair use” this month. My opinions on “fair use” are the subject of a separate post.

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Thank you

Thank You!
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As actors, and members of a dedicated team like The Inn Theatre Company I’d figure that  you most prize an audience. After all, putting together a production without an audience is only half the fun.

It’s the same for me, however my audience is less easy to experience. I don’t get to be blinded by the stage lights and glimpse the crowd but I know you are out there which is why I’m taking time to say thanks to those of you who have commented on (and even requested) some of the photos that I’ve created during the King Lear adventure. A special big thank you to Max for trawling through the rehearsal photos and putting them into such entertaining blogs.

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