Moo Cards

by Robert Whetton 16. July 2009 12:08
I attended a Strobist Meet a couple of weeks ago, and after shooting each model the photographers were handing out their business cards.. not ordinary cards mind, but Moo Minicards. I'd seen a few people over on POTN with them and always thought "yeah those look good", but never done anything about it..

After seeing them in the flesh, I knew I just had to have them as well! so the other day I sat through my collection of photographs looking for the most striking. Tuesday I uploaded the images and ordered my Moo Minicards!

They arrived today! great service if you ask me!

Some images >
Moo Minicards
The plastic box the cards come in is made from recycled plastic, I love the little decal
Moo Minicards
Robert Whetton Dorset Photographer - Moo Minicards

Moo Minicards
Robert Whetton Dorset Photographer - Moo Minicards
Moo Minicards
Robert Whetton Dorset Photographer - Moo Minicards
Moo Minicards
Robert Whetton Dorset Photographer - Moo Minicards

I'm very happy with the quality of the cards, and I'm sure they'll be well received by those asking for my card.

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Mallory Court Wedding - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton 2nd Shooting for Boundless Photos

by Robert Whetton 13. July 2009 07:23

Saturday saw me again up with Boundless in Warwick shooting Helen and Steve's wedding day. With the weather the way it is at the moment we were all praying that the weather would hold. John was again in the US, but this time enjoying himself on his honeymoon and 2nd reception!

No church this time, the ceremony and reception was held at Mallory Court. We had rain in the morning, but the time all the proceedings were over, the sun peaked out to say hello long enough for us to get out into the grounds and get some great shots of everyone and some awesome photographs of just Helen and Steve!

The boys started off the day well, George (best man) cooking everyone a bacon sandwich (even offered to make me one!)
Bacon sandwich making

Warwickshire Wedding at Mallory Court by Robert Whetton for Boundless


Next was the age old tradition of trying to tie a cravat, I ended up tying Steve and George's for them..
Tying cravat

Warwickshire Wedding at Mallory Court by Robert Whetton for Boundless


Followed by a quick drink before leaving the house!
Drink!

Warwickshire Wedding at Mallory Court by Robert Whetton for Boundless


The guys hanging out in the drizzle at Mallory Court
Hanging out at Mallory Court

Warwickshire Wedding at Mallory Court by Robert Whetton for Boundless


Pre-wedding nerves Steve?

Warwickshire Wedding at Mallory Court by Robert Whetton for Boundless


Bride and Father walk down the isle
Walking down the isle

Warwickshire Wedding at Mallory Court by Robert Whetton for Boundless


One very happy Helen!
Happy Bride

Warwickshire Wedding at Mallory Court by Robert Whetton for Boundless


Confetti shot

Warwickshire Wedding at Mallory Court by Robert Whetton for Boundless


Grooms formal

Warwickshire Wedding at Mallory Court by Robert Whetton for Boundless


Steve and Mothers

Warwickshire Wedding at Mallory Court by Robert Whetton for Boundless


Helen scooped up for photograph

Warwickshire Wedding at Mallory Court by Robert Whetton for Boundless


Nick got his fish eye out and managed to lay himself on the floor with all the women leaning over him! can see his shot on the Boundless Blog
Group Huddle

Warwickshire Wedding at Mallory Court by Robert Whetton for Boundless


Hold on! thats our job..
Helen taking photograph

Warwickshire Wedding at Mallory Court by Robert Whetton for Boundless


The day wasnt without some drama, one of the guests was attacked by a wasp!
Group Huddle

Warwickshire Wedding at Mallory Court by Robert Whetton for Boundless


Lets see some leg ladies!
Showing leg

Warwickshire Wedding at Mallory Court by Robert Whetton for Boundless


Nick showed the guys an example jump for the jump shot
Example jump by Nick

Warwickshire Wedding at Mallory Court by Robert Whetton for Boundless


And several attempts later, the guys finally (well sort of) got it!
Group jump shot

Warwickshire Wedding at Mallory Court by Robert Whetton for Boundless


Couple kissing

Warwickshire Wedding at Mallory Court by Robert Whetton for Boundless


Couple kiss by pond

Warwickshire Wedding at Mallory Court by Robert Whetton for Boundless


Dynamic shot of Helen

Warwickshire Wedding at Mallory Court by Robert Whetton for Boundless


Couple on steps

Warwickshire Wedding at Mallory Court by Robert Whetton for Boundless


The slideshow from the mornings events went down a storm!
Watching slideshow

Warwickshire Wedding at Mallory Court by Robert Whetton for Boundless


First Dance

Warwickshire Wedding at Mallory Court by Robert Whetton for Boundless


The weather finally broke, and the heavens opened, but that didn't stop everyone from enjoying the fireworks! we got soaked, camera's got soaked, but after drying everything off it all still works!
Group Huddle

Warwickshire Wedding at Mallory Court by Robert Whetton for Boundless


Nick has the Crazy Booth shots we got and will be posting them later in the week, so make sure you check out the Boundless Blog!

Thanks again for letting me come up and 2nd shoot with you Nick, it was a blast!

Why oh why!? Laptop Hood / Screen pt 4

by Robert Whetton 9. July 2009 17:55
Did I listen to my mum! (mom for those outside the UK)

What a project! would I do it again? possibly with the right motivation, actually mum has asked if ill help her make one for her little Sony Vaio..

It does look good though, which kinda offsets the time that this has taken, over 5 hours of sewing, which for someone who hasn't sewn anything more than a button since first school (thats... err a long time ago..) is too much sewing!
Finished Laptop Hood

So I'm guessing you're all wondering how its made? Alight then onwards..

First I cut the 3 pieces needed to form the hood. I used the dimensions as laid out below from the foam board left over from the hood I built for my 24in Screen.
3 parts of foam board cut

Next I needed to use some of the black material I had left over when I blacked out the windows in my office. Mum took over for this and the first attempt at showing off and ripping the material failed! she was ripping the wrong way? I have no clue when it comes to such matters, but the 2nd attempt worked.
My Mum

Having cut the strip into lengths the same as the height of the hood, I began sticking the fabric to the foamboard, I left a gap the same width as the thickness as the board.
The glue used, PVA.
PVA Glue
Using a coarse brush I applied glue along the edge of the first side for the hinge.
Gluing Side
Gluing sides
After gluing both sides mum then suggested I stuck pins in to stop any slippage.
Pinning Fabric
After I had both stuck it was left for 30-40 minutes for the glue to dry.
Both sides glued and pinned

So with the hinges glued and dry, the next step was to put a covering "To tidy up the look" as mum put it. I would have happily finished at gluing the hinges on.. But mum thought it looked untidy. If I'd known it would take me 5 hours to sew it, I would have left it!
Off cuts used as spacers
Top is glued and pinned
Again the glued edge was pinned to prevent slippage.

30-40 minutes later I returned and glued the bottom edge.
Bottom glued
Bottom edge glued and pinned
Then it was a waiting game again.. I was questioning myself again for listening to mum and her ideas.. but figured it was going to be worth it.

I returned 40 minutes later and cut the corners into the fabric (my scissor skills improving all the time) and then every 3/4 of an inch I cut a 1/2 inch deep slit into the corners to allow the fabric to follow the contour of the curve.

Then it was a matter of sticking it all down.. easy right!


After that was all finished I left the whole thing for a good couple of hours, and went and washed my hands.
Glued fingers, egh

Nearly forgot! the hinged section of fabric is cut away allowing free movement of the hinge. It is glued (to stop fraying) and cut at the glue.
Cut hinge

Now comes the fun part. Another bit of fabric was cut nearly the same size as the last (a touch smaller). I am now a ninja proficient master at scissors..

And the sewing begins! (I forgot to take photographs once I was in the zone of sewing)
Ladder stitching fabric together
A curved needle is preferable as this makes it easier to sew close to the edge of the fabric and board.

3 hours in and I had completed the top and bottom edges and just the tricky curved sides were left. Pinning the fabric to the board in the shape was the easiest way of sewing the 2 pieces together.
Pinned fabric on corner
So an hour or so later and I'd finished sewing the 2 sections of fabric together and I was pretty damn pleased with the finished product!

I was pondering the best way / easiest way to attach the hood to the laptop screen, I liked my original idea of using some more foamboard to make tabs to attach to the back. But mum was, "why don't you cover the whole back with fabric?". Wooah hold on here! im trying to make this useful and yet portable at the same time, mum just doesn't get stuff sometimes. So after a good 20 minutes of arguing back and forth she finally decided that my way was probably best..

With the hood on the screen, it stayed on with little effort needed at the top, so I decided to do away with the top strip. And just went with the 2 side strips instead.
Cutting the foamboard into two 3x2 inch strips, I used the same steps as with the hood itself to cover it with fabric. Each strip was then attached to the back of the sides, again with a ladder stitch (I doubled up the thread, and also doubled back for added strength)
Both sides glued and pinned
The final step was to add the Velco (or Velcros as mum calls it, hehe). Placing the hood on the laptop, it was just a case of pulling the strip off the sticky and placing it on the back of the laptop and holding it firmly for a bit.
Attaching Velcro
And that's it.. finished.. no more.. It gets a test run tomorrow morning, I'm going out for a shoot, and I'm going to shoot tethered.

LOL, oh yeah, don't forget to wash the brush off after gluing, or you'll end up with a useless brush!
bush glued hard!

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Hood / Screen Shield pt 3

by Robert Whetton 7. July 2009 19:03

Ok, so after discussing this idea with my mum (she's a craft guru) because of the use of fabric. She's suggested a totally different approach to this.. So stay tuned!

Part 4

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