This wasn’t the image I was supposed to be showing you today – this was a throwaway image that I took to check all was working OK with the camera…I then created a timelapse from some 600 images of me doing the washing-up…it was great (yes, it really was!), despite a number of stupid mistakes. Sadly, she who must be obeyed forbade me from posting said timelapse as it showed our kitchen in a rather dim (though accurate) light…lets just say the last 17 years of occupancy with little upkeep has affected it’s overall condition!

Oh – the hats…they are to stop our cats poking their eyes out on the loose guitar strings that emanate from the tops of 2 of the guitars!

We’re heading into the time of year when it is difficult to get out when it’s light…although I was out at sunrise this morning…but it was flat grey so nothing worth shooting, except a very nice large Grey Stork…but I had the wrong lens on my camera (a very common complaint!). So you get a shot of part of the headstock of my bass guitar, which I liked becasue it reminded me of the lines and curves theme I had a few weeks ago…and these lines and curves were sat about 6 feet behind me all the time!

I seem to spend a lot more time photographing my guitars than playing them. I also seem to spend a lot of time fighting with flashes to try and get the light I want. This is heading in the right direction…but still some way to go!

That’s told me!

It was my intention to head out to the coast today but the weather was overcast and it was an hour and a half drive, each way…so I decided to stay at home and catch up on some chores.

This is a shot of my Fender Squire Bass guitar composited onto a new background. It’s always amazing to me how different you can make a picture look in photoshop.

The reference to the Barracuda Bass Sound is based on the 12 inch mix of a Stranglers song that featured said bass sound.

I have a small collection of guitars, this is the 2nd oldest but most battered one. My Fender Stratocaster made numerous appearances in a small variety of bands in the 90’s but hasn’t been used, as far as I can remember for about 15 years. I brought it down from the spare room about a year ago to clean it up and re-string it…it’s still waiting for that to happen!


289/366 Make their ears bleed Max!

So, today I finished off my 4,000 word assignment for my Marketing diploma and followed that up with completing my City and Guilds homework and then attended the City & Guilds class in the evening…so I didn’t get a whole lot of time for actual photography.

I had to choose the theme for this weeks one shot challenge – so I chose “music”, this one didn’t make the grade 😉

The title, by the way, is from a live version of London Lady by The Stranglers where JJ Burnel gives this instruction before Hugh Cornwell’s guitar solo, Max is Max Bisgrove, the sound engineer.

Make their ears bleed Max


162/366 Les Paul Studio Guitar

I’ve been playing with flash today, something I’ve not done much of. I was quite please with this shot of my Gibson, Les Paul Studio guitar and plectrum:

Les Paul Studio


073/366 – E

This is the E string and nut on my Fender Bass. The only guitar of mine I have left to photograph is my Mandolin – I nearly did it yesterday, but it needs a good clean and completely re-stringing which will take a while. Fortunately, none of my other guitars have been included in my 366 project – they make a good emergency fall back 😉

The E string on my Fender bass

Having had a few days of dreadful weather, today was beautiful sunshine all day. My plan was to pop out from work at lunchtime and go down to the River Stort to take some pictures…work had other plans for me though.

So, back home I had a couple of ideas for pictures but I didn’t have the appropriate props so I fell back on one of my guitars. I suspect you will become very familiar with my guitars over the next few months – I’ll try to hold them back for emergencies, but no promises.

I really like what the depth of field does to the strings on this picture – it makes it look like they are being vigorously strummed – they weren’t!