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Dec 13th: Last Post…

It’s getting towards the time that a certain sex are finishing their Xmas shopping so it must be that time when the rest of us are thinking about starting…

Either way, Postman Pat doesn’t distinguish when he’s delivering the post – providing of course we hit certain dates. And those dates this year are as follows:

First Class = Thursday 20th

Special Delivery = Saturday 22nd

This means that all UK-only calendar orders received before noon on Thursday 20th will be shipped out First Class Post (P&P included) within the £12.99 calendar tag price and should arrive before the big day.

All UKcalendar orders received after noon on Thursday 20th and on Friday 21st will be posted via Special Delivery Next Day service for an additional charge of £4.00.

All orders received after noon on Saturday 22nd will be shipped to arrive post Xmas at the standard rates, ie P&P included for allUK deliveries, £1 intoEurope and £2 Rest of World…

Time to get cracking then. Oh, and by the way, here’s a shot of one of my local post boxes from a couple of years back when we had a monster dump of snow right before Xmas. Pretty ain’t it?

Also posted in KSP Publications

Nov 17th: For Peat’s Sake…

Anyone out and about in the Peak District recently might well have noticed some rather strange activity going on. Never in the 35+ years that I’ve lived close-by and visited the Peak do I recall seeing anything quite like it…

I’m talking about the excavators and dozens of monster white ‘lifting bags’ scattered like confetti on some of the Dark Peak moors. The latest locale I’ve seen them is on Burbage and Houndkirk Moor just east of Burbage North. A couple of weeks back they were on Big Moor just by the Barbrook Reservoir west of Owler Bar. On occasion, you even see a helicopter buzzing about lifting the bags to a collection point.

So just what is going on? Turns out, according to the sign nailed to an adjacent fencepost, its environmental works which is transplanting heather from the lush lowland moors (sic…) to the bleakness that is Kinder. The work, which is sponsored by United Utilities, Natural England and the National Trust, is aiming to help stabilise eroding areas up on Kinder. The idea is that the heather brash will be spread over the bare peat and will act as a mulch to allow grasses to grow. Seeds from the cut heather will help re-establish heather. Paradoxically, the donor moors will also benefit given that the diversity will be increased as young heathers grow which will benefit the wildlife; a so-called win-win.

So does the end justify the means? Well I guess that depends on you viewpoint. For sure it looks pretty odd seeing big excavators sat in the midst of the moor and hundreds of white bags everywhere but at least we know what is going on and that there’s a good cause behind it all…

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Also posted in Environmental

May 24th : Summer’s here (happy snappy)…

Sure looks as though summer’s here – at last – which coincides nicely with clearing the decks on other commitments (more anon…) so that work on photo acquisition on a whole variety of projects can get seriously underway…

I’m still figuring the whistles and bells out on the D800 and I’ve even shot a few video clips with it as well. I’m finding that it’s a real knock-out for shooting in low light. That said, the sun was out yesterday I was in happy snappy mode grabbing a few totally random shots during the day.

First up was the school run which finished at the English Institute of Sport in theDonValley. The former brown-field site now hosts a whole raft of monster hangers in which are housed any number of facilities. Incidentally, the site was part of the steel village for whichSheffieldwas rightly famous. So why did the school run end at the EIofS? Simple, ‘sport’s day’, and what a place to have the school sport’s day in – inspirational.

Second up was a few shots of a rapeseed field; the bright yellow flowering member of the Brassicaceae Family. Yeph, it sure is bright and yellow – plus it represents the third largest source of vegetable oil in the world, apparently. Makes a half decent pix too especially when set against a convenient line of trees and a blue sky.

Finally, the limestone dales of the Peak are in bloom at the moment, feed by the streams which run through them. You have to be careful though getting into position to capture them; bend down too much and you’ll sure find the stinging nettles!

 

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May 3rd : Snow, Rain and Front Covers…

April 2012 was one heck of a month with some highs and some lows. Yep, it snowed, it rained, the crags all got wet – oh yes, I got a new camera and a front cover on Climber magazine…

Weather stuff – what else – first. What made April’s weather seem even worse is that March was totally awesome; the third warmest on record. We all knew it wont last but boy, no one thought that the bubble would burst that quick and that April would be the wettest since records began – no less than 126.5mm of rain to be exact – nor that it would end with the crags as wet as they are!

The new camera I’ve already posted about. I know it’s gonna be awesome and I’m looking forward to using it in anger – if only I could get those (proverbial) ducks lined up I could get cracking with some climbing shots.

So that just leaves the front cover of May’s Climber to shout about. It’s been a while so it’s very nice to be back on the FC of a climbing mag.  In truth, getting a FC these days is bitter/sweat for many photogs. The sweat bit is obvious, I would have thought, but why bitter? Simple really, as a photog I’d rather see my images sans masthead, barcodes and strap-lines but that’s modern front covers for you which are the way they are because of marketing requirements. Very happy though to be FC’d again so this isn’t a rant. And by the way, the shot is of Julian Heath on Traction Trauma (E4 6a) at Dinbren over in the Eglwyseg Valley. If you’ve not been its well worth the effort. Check-out the eight page article within the mag too…

 

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Also posted in Climbing, Published

KSP switches to WordPress…

Wednesday the 21st March was W-Day – WordPress Day – when Keith Sharples Photography (KSP) switched over to the world’s fav blogging and website engine WordPress…

I’m not here to sell WordPress but a quick google search throws up some interesting stuff especially if WordPress isn’t already on your radar:

 “A semantic personal publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability” – wordpress.org

“WordPress is a free and open source blogging tool and content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL”. Further, WordPress “features a plug-in architecture and a template system” – Wikipedia.org/WordPress

Key words for me here are: ‘personal publishing platform’, ‘focus on aesthetics and usability’, ‘blogging tool’, ‘content management tool’, ‘plug-in architecture’ and finally ‘template system’.

In simple terms, I’m looking towards WordPress to enable me to drive my personalised website and blog in a flexible and creative way to best showcase my photography and written works – period.

The switch over is gonna take a little while so please be patient whilst the new website is built up. It’s very definitely the case that this is a ‘work in progress’ and new pages will be coming on-line over time. A high priority will be given to adding including visual content in photo galleries and collections, as well as written content such as articles and Climbing FactFiles etc..

It’s a new dawn for KSP so here’s a here’s a shot to go along with the theme…