Gallery and exhibit updates

I met Haydn today at Garettstown Beach where he showed me some of the prints that will be going on display in the gallery within a few weeks. Since I last mentioned this, he has moved into Kinsale and has a store right on the quay in a prime location! I’m looking forward to the opening, and taking a proper look around.

The prints were gorgeous. One was from Ryan, and the other three were mine. They’re printed on a lovely thick paper by HP printers, with a guaranteed lifetime of 150 years. It’s mind-blowing for me to think that some of my prints may well be hanging on walls long after I’m gone! More on the printers, and the gallery later.

Mallow Camera Club will be exhibiting in Mallow Town Library from this week for a short period. Prints are for sale, and all proceeds go to the “Niall Mellon Township Trust” who build houses in South Africa. One of the members is heading out there with the trust. My shot of Brendan O’Carroll will be on display there, and for sale of course.

Mulley’s guest photobloggers

Damien invited a number of Irish photobloggers to guest blog on this week and their posts make for good reading. I’ve mentioned them all from time to time here so some may be familiar and all make for a good read.

Wonderful photos, and great reading. Damien said he asked more than 5 photobloggers so I guess the series may go on until next week!

The importance of writing

10) customers spend as much time reading the blurb that comes with the print as they do looking at the images – so make a point of supplying a ‘history’ with each image describing the circumstances and location, but don’t bother with technical details, that’s not what interests them – few care what lens you took it with or what f stop. They do care about how you found the image and where it was shot and any anecdotes you can tell about the circumstances really help.

George Barr lists out some of the different types of customers an artist will come across and what they want. It’s a good list, and if you’re selling, you should read it.

Anyway, I found myself nodding in agreement with the last point. Make sure you write something. Some people do like to interpret an image but more often than not they’ll want to know the backstory behind an image. I know I found myself looking for the small notes next to the exhibits in SF MOMA a few weeks ago, and hopefully visitors here will find the descriptions of my photos at least readable, and maybe interesting or enlightening!

The Canon 40D won’t tempt me

So, it appears that the Canon 40D is on it’s way with an expected release date in early September if the rumours are to be believed. This post about the 40D sent me to gizmodo who quote the non-Canon site,, when they list the rumoured specs of the Canon 40D. They haven’t changed much since the last time I blogged about these rumours.

There’s nothing there that would tempt me to upgrade. When buying a new camera, I’ll either “downgrade” to a Canon 400D, or consider a new Canon 5D. I’d choose the 400D because all my lenses will work fine with it, and it’s really not that much different in capabilities to my 20D. If I went down the route of using the Canon 5D, I’d have to replace several lenses. Only my Canon 50mm f/1.8 and Canon 75-300mm will work properly with the new full size sensor.

All of that presumes I have the spare cash to replace an almost perfectly working 20D and that I can justify the upgrade. I don’t, and I can’t. Oh well.

Even Amazon have leaked details of the Canon 40D according to DPS! Those specs look more and more likely as time goes by. Could Canon be leaking this stuff?