Despite desperately wanting to shoot, but given the current situation with COVID-19 (Corona Virus), I am not currently shooting nor am I accepting bookings of any kind, unless they are outside and preventative measures to prevent the spread of the virus are strictly adhered to.
My life as a photographer is not my job or main source of income (it's purely a hobby) and as such, should my employer call me back to the workplace, I don't want put myself or others at risk by the possibility of catching or carrying the virus.
100 days since the UK lockdown was implemented and there's many changes and things to worry about - the virus itself, the impact on friends and family, not being able to go out, restrictions on travel, mental health, financial worry and now fraud and criminal activity! Lockdown also seems to be rich pickings for criminal activity!
A report from Action Fraud (https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/alert/over-16-million-lost-to-online-shopping-fraud-during-lockdown-with-people-aged-18-26-most-at-risk) reveals that some 16,000 people have fallen victim to online shopping scams during lockdown, accounting for around £16.6 million in losses. The report details how members of the public purchased mobile phones, vehicles, and electronics from scam websites only for these items to never arrive. It also reveals that nearly a quarter of online fraud victims during lockdown are aged between 18 to 26.
Since launching in April, the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/information/report-suspicious-emails) has received over a million suspect emails. Many of these have been for scam shopping sites.
If you receive a suspicious email that doesn’t look quite right, just forward it to [email protected] and they will investigate and take action where appropriate. There is no harm in forwarding emails which turn out to be legitimate so do not hesitate to forward something to them.
The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has produced guidance on dealing with suspicious emails, phone calls and text messages (https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/suspicious-email-actions). It offers advice on spotting scam emails and details about what to do if you’ve already responded to a phishing scam. More generally, the Cyber Aware site (https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/cyberaware/home) offers further advice on protecting your accounts and devices.
I'm currently sitting here in front of my PC feeling pretty chuffed! 17th September 2019 saw me travelling 110 to Lilleshall Abbey for a Viking themed photoshoot organised by Norse Dragon Armoury.
Between the day-to-day commitments of work and family, there's 1000's of images that I've got, that just get "cherry picked" and shared to various places such as Instagram, one or two members only Facebook groups or more publicly, to PurplePort (https://purpleport.com/). 7th June, I uploaded an image which was received very well, and today, it got awarded a "Front Page Image" - so I must be doing something right - best of all, it's totally safe for work!
If you fancy popping along and seeing for yourself, please click the following link https://purpleport.com/portfolio/davelynes/image/5756009/Photographer/?type=front
I know it's "just" a sparrow, but from where I sit in my house, the bedroom window overlooks the garden and it's just perfect for sitting the camera on a tripod angled at exactly the right angle. Couple this with a Tamron 150-600mm lens and you've got a recipe for some decent shots - I just never seem to be able to capture our resident Robin or Blue Tit though. I just thought it was a good shot with the way the light is reflecting - sometimes there's no need to involve flash or other photographic trickery.
My home network upgrades are 99% complete and finding myself at a loose end and STILL on lockdown means more edits...So here's one from February 2019 from a 4 hour shoot at Aura Studio (https://aurastudio.uk/) located in Newmarket. Great bunch of guys, large areas to shoot in, and help is always on hand if you're not quite sure about things or want help setting up equipment.
Disclaimer: That's my personal viewpoint and it's not a sponsorship or paid 'advert'.