Manfrotto bp-30bb vs bp-20bb

For the past few years I’ve been using a Pelican im20 case which has served me well, it’s been a great case and with a lifetime warranty for peace of mind was a good investment at the time. 

In resent months I’ve been casually thinking of changing my case to a backpack, the upside being that the backpack would be smaller but more easier to handle and lighter as all of my equipment wouldn’t be in the the bag. 

I eventually decided on Manftotto being my brand of choice due to the quality of the products I already own and use on a regular basis. 

So.... what did I buy ? Firstly I purchased the Manfrotto bp-20bb from Amazon priced at £89, I watched the video and saw how much gear you could cram into this Mary Poppins bag. 

I was so wrong !!!! 

The bp-20bb bag is NOT designed to fit absolutely any professional kit what so ever as you will see from the images below, although I did watch their video had I inspected it in more detail I would have noticed the lack of professional kit going inside the bag.  

Back online and a Manfrotto bp-30bb was on its way, I was doing my best to stay away from the bp-50bb as this was probably geared more for SAS soldier use only. 

The bag arrived and the camera is placed inside and I hit my first stumbling block, my Canon 1dx mark ii won’t fit due to me having a Spider holster clip attached.  

No worries all I’ve done is tilt the camera to the side and hey presto we’re back in the game, personally this bag feels extremely well made but will not fit all my equipment inside. 

Am I happy with it ? 

Yes and here is why.... 

I could decide to go for the monster bp-50bb backpack that would no doubt fit all my kit in along with my 1 year old son but I enjoy the peace and quiet away from my kids that much the 30 just has to work for me ;-)

I’ve decided the best way to make this work for me is to overcome the need to have all my kit with me at once, I’ve trawled my LightRoom catalogues and seen the lenses I use during a wedding ceremony and settled for the following kit knowing I have enough in my bag to allow for a camera to fail and a lens to break and I can still continue to capture the wedding ceremony with no interruptions, yes I’m always going to want more equipment with me but that’s just the nature of the beast. 

I settled on having the perfect bag that’s light weight and stores what I need most, I suppose if I went for the bigger bag I’d moan it’s too heavy and bulky, at least now I can moan i’ve not got the fisheye lens I never use and my 3rd flash gun I would never want during a wedding ceremony anyway. 

The rest of my kit will now stay in a locked room at the wedding venue in the old Plican case there for if I ever need that fisheye lens or 3rd flash gun.  

Upgrading to Synology DS1817+

For the past 4 years my storage and back up plan has always involved my DS414 (4 bay) and then the external drives I use to back that up, its served me a s fantastic hard drive and has never missed a beat since the day I first powered it on.

However the time has come where I need something bigger and with more storage as my business has grown and I also want to have the option of 2 redundent drives and not just the one I was able to have at the moment.

For months i'd researched fit is should go to just a 5 bay or go all out and have an 8 bay, well the photographer in me decided to go for bigger and better so I jumped in and purchased the DS1817= 8gig RAM

I backed up all my data to both my spare backup drives so should this migration fail I was fully covered with two backups and the RAW images were still on my 256gig memory cards so if the worst was to happen my data was more than adequately backed up.

My DS1817+ arrived from Amazon priced at the time at £899 (excluding drives) and my one extra WB Red 3TB drive which after the upgrade would allow me to have 2 drive failures at any one time.

I was nervous about the proposition of all this going ahead smoothly but seems as though my DS414 hadn't missed a beat Synology was a brand for me to trust.

Like a big kid I opened the box and pulled this bad boy out, it's about twice the size of the DS414 and as like the DS414 all the important components were housed in a metal casing, this time there is no plastic housing on the front, you can just see all the drive slots.

It all seemed pretty straight forward according to Synology website, take the old drive out and slot them in the new DS1817+ in the same order (this is critical).

Power it on and instantly both rear fans spool up along with your hard drives, you are instantly greeted by a screen prompting you every step of the way through this EXTREMELY easy process.

Let it be known I'm no computer buff so achieving this screen is somewhat of a good start for me, soon as I saw this images i was on the right track and followed the screen prompts as and when they needed my attention, at no point was I ever stuck no knowing what was happening (yet) I did make one mistake but I will cover that shortly.

Everything is clearly prompted

Everything is clearly prompted

Having selected the correct prompt my new DS1817+ was doing its bit and migrating my images and files for use on this new drive.

Roughy 30 hours later and 6 TB of information and my drive was ready to use !!

Now I was always happy with my DS414 but wow this was quick, instantly I found that loading up files and accessing information was so much quicker, I mean I never really had an issue with my DS414 but wow this thing showed me what I was missing out on !!

Anyway here is where I went wrong.......

I slotted in my 5th drive ready to expand my volume allowing me to then have 2 redundant drive should the situation ever occur.

WRONG !!

I was so wrong here so don't make the mistake I made, rather then EXPANDING the volume I needed to change the RAID but it was all too late and some 30 hours later i'd gained more TB's than I knew what to do with, in fact I could have probably backed up the entire roads computers ha ha

As soon as I realised I still only had the option of one redundant drive I spoke to Synology Helpdesk who within 1 hour of me making contact had told me where I went wrong and that I need to change the RAID volume and NOT EXPAND.

so...........

Yep you guessed it I was back on Amazon ordering yet another 3TD WD Red (now making 6 drive)

My new drive arrived and I slot it in and changed the raid and hey presto my DS1817+ now has the availably to withstand two failures .

Am I happy with my upgrade and purchase ?

Yes I can tell instantly the speed difference when accessing files, its still very quite as long as you don't have the fan on full speed, if you do have it on full speed you can hear it but don't expect it to be like an RAF Tornado in your office it's just like a small office desktop fan thats all, me personally I have mine on the middle setting.

 

 

 

 

Documentary Wedding Nottingham Wedding Photographer

Wedding season is now here in full flow, I'm currently shooting an average of 3 weddings a weeks, for some photographers I'm sure they will laugh at this amount and brag about the 5 a week they are doing, for me I just enjoy what i'm doing and offer a great service in the process for my clients.

As you all know i specialise in photojournalism and capturing fantastic candid moments, these will be memories that will be treasured for generations.

I will capture love, life and the personalities of you and your wedding guests throughout the day and into the evening.

I'm a passionate Nottingham Wedding Photographer and would love to hear from you if you like my style.

Text "is my date available" and your wedding date to 07976654321

These fantastic memories were captured at Breadsall Priory

Nottingham Wedding Photographer Mr And Mrs Stafford

Venue: Springfield Hall Sandiacre

Bride:Hollie

Groom:Harry

Wedding Date: 8th April 2017

Date Booked: 30th March 2016

Most memorable moment: Talk of the day was that Lastolite Scrim

 

8th April we knocked on the door at Hollie's bridal prep, we were greeted by a extremely nervous and anxious Hollie who looked like she had the weight of the world on her shoulders.

15 minutes later.......

The glasses were clinking and the smiles were out, Hollie and her bridesmaids were in full swing and the atmosphere was electric, everyone was in such a fantastic mood, even Gatsby the cat had to escape the mayhem and get outside for some peace and quiet.

Hollie's Mum soon turned up with supplies of fresh sandwiches and more alcohol for the girls, Hollie's sister Harriet was in full swing and now currently taking the alcohol by intravenous drip !!

The sun was beating in through their patio door and casting large un sightly shadows so out came the Lastolite scrim to soften that harsh sunshine and gave us some nice soft usable light.

Harry (Groom) sent flowers and a lovely letter to his Bride, Hollie stood reading this out as everyone including myself had a tear in their eyes, the love, passion and emotion in the letter was beautifully written.

During the bridal prep we got wind that Harry was down the road in the pub with his best men so we decided to grab ours cameras and make a quick dash for the pub and capture 15 minutes worth of images with the Groomsmen.

Hollie and Harry said "I do" at Trowel Church and then made their was to Springfield Hall in Sandiacre for their evening reception.

Hollie and Harry how can I sum your day up........

You are such a lovely couple and were an absolute pleasure to work with, Hollie your smile could light a room, thank you so much for choosing Austen Blakemore Photography as your preferred Nottingham Wedding Photographer to capture all those lovely candid moments.

 

Austen Blakemore 

 

 

Nottinghamshire Golf And Country Club Paige And Connor

Venue: The Nottinghamshire Golf And Country Club 

Bride:Paige

Groom:Connor

Wedding Date: 4th February 2017

Date Booked: 3rd December 2015

Most memorable moment: Photographing the car (Those in the know will understand)


What a way to start February off other than capturing Paige and Connors wedding day on the most sunniest day we've probably had in the UK for probably nearly 4 months.

Over 4 years ago I also captured Paige's Dad's wedding so it was nice to catch up with Lynn and Andy on the day as well.

Their ceremony was at All Hallows Church in Nottingham and then on to The Nottinghamshire for their drinks reception and of course the speeches that the Groom and Best men were so looking forward to.

If you are looking for a Nottingham Wedding Photographer who will capture those candid moments and tell the story of your wedding day exactly how it was I would love to hear from you.

Text “is my date available” and your wedding date to 07976 654321 

 

 

 

 

 

Corporate headshot Emily's Touch

Last week I visited the girls at Emily's Touch in Mapperley where I was to set up and photograph their corporate headshots for their website and social media presence.

This nail bar and beauty salon is huge, there are over 10 people that work here, all the staff were friendly and a pleasure to work with.

From start to finish the who shoot took just over one hour, there was very little waiting around as Emily the lady who owns Emily's Touch had booked me in so all their treatments would all fall in nicely with capturing their headshots.

If ever you are passing by pop in and have a look round, you can even grab a coffee if you arrive early for your treatment, they even have a hairdressers as well, although no good for me !!!!

Thank you Emily and all the staff.

Austen 

 

 

Nottingham Wedding Photographer Candid Moments

Venue: Swancar Farm

Bride:Sarah

Groom:Ed

Wedding Date: 28th January 2017

Date Booked: 22nd April 2016

 

Love love loved this wedding !!

This wedding was absolutely packed full of great candid moments, Sarah and ed were keen for me to capture their wedding day how it was.

I have captured so many beautiful weddings at Swancar Farm over the past few months and this one was packed full of fantastic candid moments.

I would like to share with you the story of their wedding day showing purely the candid moments captured (well ok just a few posed images) by a Nottingham Wedding Photographer at this simply stunning venue.

I know I don't blog enough and every time I write a blog I always say I will post more and more but personally I prefer to capture images more that I do write about them ;-) 

If you need a photographer to capture your wedding day please feel free to........

Text "is my date available" and your wedding date to 07976654321

Here is a link to another Swancar wedding The Scotney's At Swancar Farm

 

Nottingham Head Shot Photographer

Actor Dean Morris Came into the studio to update his profile picture for advertising his acting services and use within his portfolio.

I don't shoot many Head Shots but this is something I really enjoyed this and would like to continue to learn the art of this rapidly growing industry.

Why were there masked men with guns in the Market Square Nottingham Dean was featured in this during the early hours in Nottingham city centre.

 

The Scotney's At Swancar Farm

Sharlene and Wayne had an amazing wedding at Swancar Farm, although this wedding isn't recent I wanted to share some of the lovely memories captured at this beautiful wedding venue.

I have known the Scotney family for many years and have captured other member of their family throughout the years, its been a truly fantastic journey and because i've changed my website I have decided to post these image on my new blog.

I love being a Nottingham Wedding Photographer and capturing all these lovely memories for my clients, if you are looking for a Photographer to capture your wedding day I would love to hear from you.

Want to see another blog post for Swancar farm ?

Take a look at Mr And Mrs Eden Swancar Farm

 

The Raymen's At Magnolia Park Wedding Venue

Venue: Magnolia Park 

Bride:Natalie

Groom:Daniel

Wedding Date: 23rd October 2016

Date Booked: 3rd June 2015

Relaxed was not the word to use for Bride Natalie !!

What i'm trying to say is Natalie was so calm, chilled and relaxed that I doubt even aliens landing in the car park would have phased her.

I travelled from my Nottingham Portrait Photographer studio in Stapleford to Magnolia park in about 2 and a half hours including stopping for that vital McDonalds breakfast on the way.

For Natalie's bridal prep I would arrive at 10am to capture everything on a documentary basis, the ceremony was at 12pm where Natalie would be walked through the ceremony doors and up to Daniel by her Father, the pressure was on as Natalie's Dad was so ill on the day the he would only walk her down the isle and then unfortunately have to U-turn round and leave the ceremony.

It was crucial that I walked away from the wedding with the most beautiful image of Natalie and her Dad as he walked down the isle, I had a very small window of opportunity to capture this as after all he was only walking a small distance before he was there at the top of the altar.

I'm pleased to say I managed to capture a stunning set of images of the both off them walking down the isle and as mentioned above Natalie's Dad left his beautiful daughter with his soon to be Son in-law Daniel.

I have photographed at so many luxurious wedding venues and I have to say I really do like this venue, yes the day was cold but the weather was a lovely overcast day allowing guests to make their way outside for the official photos on the group list.

Natalie it really was a pleasure and an honour to have been chosen as a Nottingham Wedding Photographer to travel so far to document yours and Daniels wedding day, 

Thank you so much

Austen Blakemore 

PS

Dad made a full recovery and came with his daughter to view the wedding images and live the day on a 150" projection.  

 

 

 

 

Belvoir Castle Documentary Wedding Photography

This wedding with Sarah and Ian want captured this year, I was simply looking back at previous weddings I've captured and wanted to shared these images with you to display the more about the way I work and capture those candid moments.

The bridal prep started at the Chequers Inn just round the corner from  you can actually see the castle as it over looks the Chequers Inn.

The light in the bridal prep room as absolutely gorgeous, the weather from what I remember was a lovely summers day and the had the stable doors open to keep the lovely breeze blowing through those stable doors.

Their wedding at the castle was at 2pm so I started the bridal perp at 11am, below are just a few candid images that caught my eye whilst looking through previous weddings i'd captured.

I hope you like these as much as I do.

 

Mr And Mrs Eden Swancar Farm

Venue: Swancar Farm

Bride: Emily

Groom:Chris

Wedding Date: 22nd December 2016

Date Booked: 18th February 2016

Transport: Marlows Cars

Emily got ready at her parents house with her Daughter, sisters, bridesmaids, parents and of course her can of Carling.

The atmosphere in the house was absolutely electric, it really was such an honour to have captured their wedding day have the opportunity to document so many beautiful memories.

Emily and Chris were very relaxed and gave me a really simple group list and then the task of just doing what I love doing and capture the essence of their wedding, the real raw passion, love and emotion of their wedding day.

I won't bore you with more text, I will let you re live the wedding how I saw it.

If you get what I do and your as passionate about your wedding as I am capturing it I would love to hear from you........

Austen Blakemore

 

 

I Scream A Carriage Hall Wedding

Venue: Carriage Hall

Bride: Chantelle

Groom:Stefano

Wedding Date: 15th October 2016

Date Booked: 23rd October 2015

Transport: Scrumptious Cars

Entertainment: Paul Grundle Magician

 

 

As the title says Mr And Mrs Prizio are big into their Ice Cream !!!!

Chantelle And Stefan had their wedding at the stunning St Barnabas Cathedral in Nottingham where they had their 12:00 ceremony, after the ceremony everyone went on to Carriage Hall where we would all be entertained by Paul Grundle the amazing magician.

As you can see Mr And Mrs Prizio had a fantastic ice cream van where the guests and of course Mr And Mrs Prizio's lovely puppy Nellie were allowed to help them selves to as much ice cream as anyone could ever eat.

The weather was perfect, this allowed all the guests to stay outside during this October wedding, the speeches were executed in a truly amazing fashion by the very talented best men (well done guys)

Below are just a few images from their wedding day, please fell free to leave any comments in the section below.

Austen Blakemore 

Katie And Dan Monkwood Farm

Katie and Dan's wedding day was held at Katie's family home surrounded by acres and acres of fields with beautiful views that went on as far as the eye could see.

Next to the house was a stunning Tip where guests would congregate and the ceremony would be held, after the ceremony everyone made their way out to the ground where I would capture the candid memories that everyone will treasure.

I had approximately 90 minutes to capture the candid images an their required group shots, I spent around 45 minutes captures the candid wedding photography images and the went on to make way way through the group list.

katie and dan were very relaxed and just insisted I capture the wedding day just how it was on the day, the weather was perfect fro the candid photos and group shots, after the last group photo was taken you could see the weather was about to change for the worse.

Before the heavens opened I spent about 15 minutes with Katie and Dan capturing their bridal portraits,after capturing the bridal portraits i assured Katie and dan that if the rain cam on full pelt would they like to create a stunning image in the rain "of course they replied"

I'm pleased to say that yes it did rain later on but by no means did this spoil any part of their day,

Please feel free to leave any comments below for Katie and Dan and I hope you like the Wedding photography that was captured, below are just a few to show their wedding day and the great time that was had by all, i'm a Nottingham wedding photographer who travels the Uk capturing wedding memories.

Austen Blakemore 

Mr And Mrs Morley White Hart Inn

Bride: Lisa

Groom: Chris

Wedding Date: 3rd September 2016

Date Booked: 23rd January 2015

Wedding venue: White Hart Inn

Entertainment: Paul Grundle Magician

I don't blog about every wedding due to the amount of weddings I shoot, maybe I should make a new years resolution to write a blog for every wedding I shoot in 2017 perhaps.

Lisa's bridal prep was very relaxed and everything just flowed beautifully, in the room was the grooms daughter, Lisa's sister and of course her Mum who was on hand to help with making sure the dress was looking its very best.

It did rain during the bridal prep but Lisa wasn't phased by this at all and was purely focused on marrying the man of her dreams and seeing his smile as he lay eyes on her walking down the isle.

As always there was a fantastic team of staff at the White Hart Inn who were on hand to make sure the day ran smoothly to the timings that Lisa and Chris were expecting.

Entertainment was of course supplied by the truly fantastic magician Mr Paul Grundle, Paul what can I say but you were a huge hit on the day, the guests were going crazy over your close up magic act as always.

Below are just a few images form their wedding day, I hope you like them as much as I do.

Austen Blakemore  

 

 

 

Mr And Mrs Sinclair Weston Hall

Such a truly amazing wedding to have captured at Weston Hall with Gemma and Calum.

Sadly Gemma's Dad (Glenn) passed away shortly after their wedding day, this video has been put together for family and friends to relive the memory of Glenn Doherty.

If you are looking for a photographer with a passion to capture beautiful images and seal them in time for ever I would love to hear from you.

I am a Nottingham Wedding Photographer that will happily capture your wedding day throughout the UK and abroad.

Text "is my date available" and your wedding date to 07976654321