Family Holiday - Cornwall, 7 Days without a Camera

by Robert Whetton 11. August 2010 13:49
Yeah! right and monkeys might fly out of my butt! Are you crazy? put my camera down???

Weather was pants, but then what holiday in the UK doesn't come with its share of overcast and rain.. The kids had a blast and I vaguely got some rest?

Some of the highlights from the holiday.
Summer Holiday 2010 in Cornwall. Photography by Robert Whetton Photographer
Post card sent out to family and friends.
Summer Holiday 2010 in Cornwall. Photography by Robert Whetton Photographer
No holiday in Cornwall is complete without fish and chips down on a quay.
Summer Holiday 2010 in Cornwall. Photography by Robert Whetton Photographer
This one legged Gull was quite a character, very aggressive against the other Gulls though.
Summer Holiday 2010 in Cornwall. Photography by Robert Whetton Photographer
Day 2 of the holiday was greeted by rain. Luckily there was an indoor play area near by and the kids had a blast with the indoor crazy golf.
Summer Holiday 2010 in Cornwall. Photography by Robert Whetton Photographer
Rachels diabetic complications reared their ugly head on Monday, so I took the kids for a walk along the local beach.
Summer Holiday 2010 in Cornwall. Photography by Robert Whetton Photographer
What I thought was an unusual butterfly, is actually a Moth. The Six-spot Burnet (Zygaena filipendulae) is a day-flying moth of the family Zygaenidae.
Summer Holiday 2010 in Cornwall. Photography by Robert Whetton Photographer
Tuesday day 4 and Rachel is feeling well enough to come out for a trip. Lanhydrock, a National Trust country house in Bodmin.
Summer Holiday 2010 in Cornwall. Photography by Robert Whetton Photographer
For Lunch we ended up at Mevagissey a small fishing town. Rachel has fond childhood memories of crab fishing here. So this was our first attempt at crab fishing, we didn't actually catch anything.
Summer Holiday 2010 in Cornwall. Photography by Robert Whetton Photographer
Rachel's Dad and his wife came down and stayed at a B+B and we met up with them at The Eden Project. This is such an amazing bit of construction. We first visited 6 years ago. It was still under construction then, so it was good to see it complete.
Summer Holiday 2010 in Cornwall. Photography by Robert Whetton Photographer
After the camera and lenses had climatized to the rainforest dome, I took a few photographs. This was part of the Vietnamese area.
Summer Holiday 2010 in Cornwall. Photography by Robert Whetton Photographer
Summer Holiday 2010 in Cornwall. Photography by Robert Whetton Photographer
Summer Holiday 2010 in Cornwall. Photography by Robert Whetton Photographer
It felt so good to get out and have a break in the restaurant before heading into the Mediterranean dome. It has some amazing flowers.
Summer Holiday 2010 in Cornwall. Photography by Robert Whetton Photographer
There were so many people, that in order to get a photo of just Rachel I took a photo with people in different positions and then merged them together in Photoshop to remove the people from the photograph.
Summer Holiday 2010 in Cornwall. Photography by Robert Whetton Photographer
And some interesting statues. This is one that was explaining that the Romans used to put lead in their wine. There were a whole group of these statues including one of a bull.
Summer Holiday 2010 in Cornwall. Photography by Robert Whetton Photographer
Outside was this amazing sculpture made from waste electronics.
Summer Holiday 2010 in Cornwall. Photography by Robert Whetton Photographer
We headed up to Newquay on day 5. First stop, Newquay Zoo. A family of Azara's Agouti.
Summer Holiday 2010 in Cornwall. Photography by Robert Whetton Photographer
Asian Otters are the cutest things ever!
Summer Holiday 2010 in Cornwall. Photography by Robert Whetton Photographer
Awww Meercats, aren't they so cute.. Then they show their other side!
After the zoo, we headed into Newquay for some shops - Women! need their retail fix..
Summer Holiday 2010 in Cornwall. Photography by Robert Whetton Photographer
After the shopping spree, we headed back to camp and had dinner. Afterwards I took the kids to a little port round the corner - Charlestown for some evening crab fishing.
Summer Holiday 2010 in Cornwall. Photography by Robert Whetton Photographer
It didn't take long and Maisy caught her first crab of the holiday. She was very pleased! We caught 3 crabs in total that evening, Maisy 1 Max 2.
Summer Holiday 2010 in Cornwall. Photography by Robert Whetton Photographer
On the walk back to the car I got this shot of the port.
Summer Holiday 2010 in Cornwall. Photography by Robert Whetton Photographer
Ok so Friday, Day 6 and effectively the last day of the holiday as we needed to vacate our place by 10am on the Saturday. All week I had wanted to go to Adrenalin Quarry and take Britains' longest zip line. The brochure looked really good and with it promising that "Anyone can do The Zip" I didn't even think about checking through the small print for maximum weight limit. After all they'd already said Anyone can do The Zip, that's right Anyone.
It's a fair old trek to get there. Everyone is excited, the kids can't wait, I'm all this is going to be so cool etc. Then when we're just about to fill in the disclaimer forms, the lady behind the desk says, there's a minimum weight limit of 15KG and maximum of 115KG..
I couldn't believe it.. "but I'm about 125KG" I said. "Sorry that's too heavy, but please feel free to step on our scales to check" she said. Balls! 137KG. So that was my holiday treat scuppered.. The nice lady did say that they had this information in the brochure. And there it was plane as day when she pointed it out in small black writing under the address at the back! What a crock! whoever put the brochure and website together - YOU SUCK! how about, where you have NO AGE LIMIT, NO EXCUSES, you have *Weight Limits Apply ?
Summer Holiday 2010 in Cornwall. Photography by Robert Whetton Photographer
So that was that, off to Looe then for some more retail therapy and crab fishing. While sitting eating lunch, these 2 Sea Gulls were having a fight over what looked like a chunk of squid. I wish I'd gotten the camera earlier, one had his bill around the others neck! quite a fight!
This was taken with my 28-75 2.8 and then heavily cropped after (got to love the quality of image from the 28-75 and 50D), I didn't want to be burdened with Lenses when fishing with the kids.
Summer Holiday 2010 in Cornwall. Photography by Robert Whetton Photographer
Maisy was very pleased with her haul of crabs. Under her you can see what we used as bait, it was extremely effective vs using the bait of fish from the local shops.
Summer Holiday 2010 in Cornwall. Photography by Robert Whetton Photographer
Bucket of crabs. Success rate was about 80% per throw the net.. Sometimes you'd get a really big one hanging on then just as you pulled the net out of the water, they'd let go.
Summer Holiday 2010 in Cornwall. Photography by Robert Whetton Photographer
An escapee. He made it all the way off the side of the quay into the water (I'm not sure we didnt catch him in the end).
Summer Holiday 2010 in Cornwall. Photography by Robert Whetton Photographer
After coming back from her retail fix, even Rachel caught crabs.
Summer Holiday 2010 in Cornwall. Photography by Robert Whetton Photographer
Nice close up of one of the crabs in the bucket.

So that was our holiday, kids had a blast, and I always have fun with the kids!

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Summer Portrait Session with Jen Eustace in Dorset

by Robert Whetton 29. July 2010 01:57

Yesterday I should have been in the heart of the New Forest at about 4.30am taking photographs of Deer in the morning light. I should have been, but the event was cancelled and my day scuppered.. So instead I took the time to take Jen out into the countryside nr Shaftesbury for some summer portraits. I'd spotted some nice fields last week when travelling to a Rhythm & Dance class to take photographs for their new website. Just a couple of shots up for now, I need to prepare some other work before heading off on holiday on Sat (my first holiday in 5 years! so looking forward to it)

Summer Portrait. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer Summer Portrait. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer Jen using her hat and elite ninja skills to hide in the wheat fields.

I'll edit and post more after the holiday.

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Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton 2nd Shooting for Boundless Photos at Ettington Park

by Robert Whetton 25. July 2010 19:51

Last week saw me up north shooting a Friday Wedding with Nick from Boundless Photos. Jon couldn't be there and so I took the place of Jon for the day. Following the Groom, Chris around in the morning before the ceremony and then merging with Nick and taking candid photographs throughout the day and generally assisting him.

I think it's safe to say that everyone at the wedding had a great time. The photo booth photographs show they certainly were!

A few of my shots taken throughout the day.

Katie and Chris Wedding at Ettington Park. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer for Boundless Photos

Ettington House is totally amazing, a very beautiful house and grounds.

Katie and Chris Wedding at Ettington Park. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer for Boundless Photos

Chris the groom pouring everyone a pint.

Katie and Chris Wedding at Ettington Park. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer for Boundless Photos

Chris looking dapper in his suit.

Katie and Chris Wedding at Ettington Park. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer for Boundless Photos

Assisting dad with the bow tie.

Katie and Chris Wedding at Ettington Park. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer for Boundless Photos

The fun shot.

Katie and Chris Wedding at Ettington Park. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer for Boundless Photos

Relaxed group shot of the groom and his grooms men.

Katie and Chris Wedding at Ettington Park. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer for Boundless Photos

Outside the front of Ettington House.

Katie and Chris Wedding at Ettington Park. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer for Boundless Photos

Katie walking down the isle with her dad.

Katie and Chris Wedding at Ettington Park. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer for Boundless Photos

Think its safe to say both were happy to be there!

Katie and Chris Wedding at Ettington Park. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer for Boundless Photos

Katies sister and other bridesmaids.

Katie and Chris Wedding at Ettington Park. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer for Boundless Photos

Chris' mum and granddad grabbing shots of the happy couple.

Katie and Chris Wedding at Ettington Park. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer for Boundless Photos

Magician wowing everyone with his card tricks.

Katie and Chris Wedding at Ettington Park. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer for Boundless Photos

Katie and Chris grabbing a quick kiss outside Ettington House.

Katie and Chris Wedding at Ettington Park. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer for Boundless Photos

Katie and Chris the happy couple posing for Nick.

Katie and Chris Wedding at Ettington Park. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer for Boundless Photos

The confetti throw.

Katie and Chris Wedding at Ettington Park. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer for Boundless Photos

Stoop for a kiss.

Katie and Chris Wedding at Ettington Park. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer for Boundless Photos

First Dance.

Thanks Nick it was a blast, roll on the next one!

Passing of Amelia

by Robert Whetton 24. July 2010 02:12

Back in March I posted photographs of Amelia's Holy Communion because it was feared that she wouldn't make it to when the rest of the year at Corpus Christie School had theirs.

The evening of Thursday June 24th 2010, Amelia lost her battle with Neuroblastoma. She went peacefully in her sleep after over a year of battling. Amelia's family asked me to photograph the funeral, her Rainbow Celebration. A difficult thing for me to attempt, never been asked to cover one before I wasn't sure of what to capture, but I did my best.

It was an emotional roller coaster of a day. I think switching into pro mode saved my emotions on the day, but hit me after when I had time to reflect.

A few photographs from the day.

Amelia, Rainbow Celebration - Neuroblastoma claims another. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer

 

Amelia, Rainbow Celebration - Neuroblastoma claims another. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer

 

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In the shot above you can see my 2nd shooter Rachel who was able to capture everything from the Balcony at the back of the church.

Amelia, Rainbow Celebration - Neuroblastoma claims another. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer

 

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If you have read this, please spare a moment to visit the Charity Amelia-Grace Rainbow Fund, that Amelia's parents set up and make a donation to help other children with Cancer.

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