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July 21, 2018

Billy, it’s Ashley and Ashley.

Look, it’s Ashley & Ashley…
“Billy McGoldrick with his daughter Ashley Hayes and me in the garden of his and Kerry Johnston's place in Dundee.
.. together for the first time.

Because yes, to follow on from Making a wish come true, I felt it time to not only meet Ashley, but it was also time to meet my once ‘best friend’, roommate and training partner, Billy McGoldrick…
“Billy
.. who can be seen here standing in front of our Motel’s front door, after having shaved his head for the 1983 South West Conference (SWC) swim meet, which was held in Austin that year.

And so it was, some 35 years on, outside in the garden of his fabulous gate lodge…
“Ashley
.. in his Scottish hometown of Dundee. As his daughter, Ashley, was over from Houston for a few days, to let him see her beautiful daughter – who’s name is Roisin…
“Ashley
.. Ashley, it seems

So “I’ll be back”, is how it was left, because the next time I want to meet his son, Billy – so then naturally the title will be “Billy, it’s Billy and Ashley”

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July 23, 2017

Nelligan’s Bar

The 3rd and final shot in Nelligan’s Bar was the return angle.

OUR THINKING:

KL-0643 is our favourite angle – however, this angle does show the size and overall layout very well.

“Original
Would need bar staff and possibly a member of staff serving the people at the back dining area.

Which the following morning – after some serious work…
“Behind
.. the night before, to produce this image…
“Family
.. to show their Family Rooms or inter-connecting rooms…
“Inter-connecting
.. if you prefer – we set up to shoot:
“One

Lights up…
“Behind
.. and so the fun began…
“One
.. as bit…
“One
.. by bit…
“One
.. it all started to come together – as I stood and watched…
“Behind
.. the team working very hard…
“Behind
.. to complete the story we were trying to tell smile

Seriously though – once everyone arrived…
“One
.. it was all over in minutes, due to what all they had done.

Which then just left me to zoom in to let Jack’s Grandfather here…
“Behind
.. see how well he looked…
“Zoom
.. in this the final overall result…
“Screen
.. which you can now see on their website about Nelligan’s Bar.

Time for a coffee – as the big smiles on our faces says it all…
“Behind
.. because we were all totally delighted with this one…

.. before heading up to shoot the various bedrooms.

So more on all of that the follow – from Dianne, Claudio, Ivan & me at ampimage.com smile

July 22, 2017

It’s tables they want to see.

The 2nd shot in the bar that Jack was keen for us to capture, was this raised fireplace area…

.. which he was also wanting to promote.

Our Thinking:
“You mentioned you liked the Trump fireplace shot (see below) – so we will try to recreate something with a similar feel.”
“By

Which we talked about shooting here: The Clubhouse.

“Well now that you have talked the talk, Ashley…
“Behind
.. what are you planning on doing ?” – because it’s tables they want to see, rather than armchairs in front of a fire wink

Okay, TV down to start with…
“Behind
.. and I’ll try to find an angle…
“Behind
.. while Ivan, you workout how you are going to put a mirror up there…
“One
.. because how else am I going to explain this very romantic image of the two of you wink

So while I put the camera in it position…
“Behind
.. Ivan and Dianne started working on table setting…
“One
.. as well as the flowers…
“Behind
.. books…
“One
.. and everything else that was in front of the camera.
While Claudio (besides taking lots of great pictures of us all) worked on the lighting – as I tried to explain the look that I was after…
“Behind
.. before returning to take a few quick shots…
“Behind
.. which I reckoned was 99% there…
“One
.. bar fixing the hair…
“One
.. and there you have it…
“One
.. Capture-198262 looked good…
“Behind
.. which got the thumbs-ups from everyone…
“Behind
.. as it can now be seen on their Home page:
“Screen

So “Cheers” – from Claudio, Myself, Ivan & Dianne here…
“Behind
.. as it was time to make full use of the props smile

Nine years on.

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Nine years ago, we produce this image…

.. in the Nelligan’s Bar at Kilmurry Lodge Hotel – which I always remember as being quite a difficult one to light, as one wants to maintain the atmosphere, but yet not make it to dark or moody.

Anyway, back in April of this year, Jack asked me to have another look at it, as they had made a few changes – which they most certainly had.

Our Thinking:
“This angle is our favourite…
“Original
..it gives a really nice atmosphere with lots of interest.
Actually, love the grouping of people in this shot – family looks perfect here – as does the placement of the other quests too.”

And so that was to be 1 of 3 images Jack wanted of this bar – which ended up looking like this…

.. but started out looking like this…
“One
.. at 8:30 the following morning – after the Dusk shot and serval pints of Guinness in this very same room the night before wink

So with at image on screen…
“Behind
.. the team went to work…
“One
.. like a well oiled machine…
“One
.. as it was time for a coffee…
“Behind
.. lots of pointing…
“Behind
.. thinking…
“Behind
.. and the final touches…
“Behind
.. just before our family arrived…
“Behind
.. at 10:30.

So with the camera in position…
“Behind
.. and a Guinness on hand…
“Behind
.. one last look at the screen…
“Behind
.. and then it was time to press that button…
“Behind
.. as all eyes were on the Stars of the show…
“Behind
.. while I wounded on the camera as fast as I could…
“Behind
.. and captured the moment…
“Behind
.. before checking the screen…
“Behind
.. and then inviting them all over to see themselves…
“Behind
.. and how well they looked when I zoomed in on them…
“Zoom
.. and so this was the final result…

.. which was created for Multiple Media use – “As it’s easy to crop but harder to add on” as I would often say to people who ask why I still like to produce square imageswink

And so 9 years after the first image of this bar was created – this new image can now be seen on the Home page of their website…
“Screen
.. along with this one…
“Screen
.. which was the next image that we produced – so more on that to follow – from Dianne, Claudio, Ivan & me @ ampimage.com in Nelligan’s Bar.

May 25, 2017

Wanting to be close.

This was an interesting one and a first for me…
The Liffey Deluxe bedroom to show the Pull-Out Sofa at the K Club in County Kildare.
.. as they were wanting an image to show that they offered a Pull-Out Sofa too, in their Liffey Deluxe Rooms.

So having seen what the camera would record if I where to shoot the room with a wide angle lens – it was agreed that a tighter shot may look more appealing.
And so this was our suggestion:

“Mum with her daughter – possibly about 3 or 4 years of age – reading a story in bed.
Lots of Teddies including a K Club one !!
Dressing robes for both.
Flowers for table.”

Having got a ‘yes’ to that idea – that meant it was now time to take a picture…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. to see if we could create the type of image that they would actually want to use.

Which started out looking like so…
One of the last pictures taken in the Liffey Deluxe bedroom to show the Pull-Out Sofa at the K Club in County Kildare.
.. before the pillows were straightened…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. and the curtains were fixed by Ivan here…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. who’s talent for climbing and fixing things, I know far exceed something as simple as this – as he recently showed us all some pictures of him on top of some of the highest mountains in the world, which totally blew me away.

And so while Dianne sat in for a quick test shot…
One of the last pictures taken in the Liffey Deluxe bedroom to show the Pull-Out Sofa at the K Club in County Kildare.
.. Ivan was climbing out the window…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. setting up this…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. which then created this…
One of the last pictures taken in the Liffey Deluxe bedroom to show the Pull-Out Sofa at the K Club in County Kildare.
.. which both he and Claudio here…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. were clearly very pleased about smile

And rightly so – because there is no way I could have done that, especially if I’d been on my own – nor would I have even tried too.

So a big thanks to both the guys for the beautiful light here…
One of the first pictures taken in the Liffey Deluxe bedroom to show the Pull-Out Sofa at the K Club in County Kildare.
.. which one may get naturally in the early morning, as the sun rises on this side of the building.

Anyway, with that now done, it was time work on what we should ask our ‘Mother & daughter’ to do.

Claudio made a suggestion – which is what we were looking at here…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. just as Oral walked in with our ‘Mother & daughter’.

So I’m sure you can imagine the look on their faces when I zoom in on this…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. and then tried to explain our thinking here smile

Anyway, once everyone stopped rolling around the floor – it was time for the Stars of the show to take-up their positions…
One of the last pictures taken in the Liffey Deluxe bedroom to show the Pull-Out Sofa at the K Club in County Kildare.
.. as everyone watched…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. the two of them having fun talking to the bears…
One of the last pictures taken in the Liffey Deluxe bedroom to show the Pull-Out Sofa at the K Club in County Kildare.
.. who spoke back – due Dianne having hidden one of the walkie-talkies under the quilt wink

Team work at it best – much of which I know goes unnoticed – which is part of the reason behind me writing these blogs, because I don’t want to forget all these wonderful moments that lead up to us creating an image like this…
The Pull-Out Sofa in the Liffey Deluxe Bedroom at the K Club in County Kildare
.. which you can now see on their website…
Screen shot showing Family Accommodation on The K Club's website.
.. as The K Club offers a range of family friendly accommodation including Interconnecting Family Rooms” – which was the next shot we did…
Screen shot showing Family Accommodation on The K Club's website.
.. “Luxury Pull-Out Sofa beds”, as seen above – “and Two-Bedroom Suites”
Screen shot showing Family Accommodation on The K Club's website.
.. which I talked about us shooting here: The Presidential suite.

So an interesting one that’s for sure – which just leaves me to say a big thanks to everyone involved here – and especially to Ivan for all that he did, who I believe is still in therapy, as he never knew he had another big son smilesmilesmile

May 23, 2017

Indulge yourself.

Next up was the River Room Restaurant – which like with the The Pantheon Suite, they were busy redecorating when we were last down…
Original picture taken of the River Room Restaurant at the K Club.
.. but we knew this room well, as this was where we had our breakfast each morning – so the concept was simple:

“This is a big room so we feel it will look better with a few people about.
Breakfast setting – with the early morning sunlight pouring in across the room.
Family having breakfast with possibly the father at the self-service”

So as soon as the last guests had finished their breakfast…
One of the last pictures taken in the River Room Restaurant at the K Club in County Kildare
.. we started to do what we do…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. while Claudio and Ivan worked on the lighting…
One of the first pictures taken in the River Room Restaurant at the K Club in County Kildare
.. then there was the ironing to be done…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. repositioning of the chairs…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. and before you know it we were basically ready to shoot it for real…
One of the last pictures taken in the River Room Restaurant at the K Club in County Kildare
.. just as the Stars of the show arrived…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. all of whom we knew, as we had worked with them all before.

So while Claudio had fun briefed them…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. poor Ivan waited patiently by the lights outside…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. but he didn’t have to wait very long – because it was basically all over in less than 5 minutes…
One of the last pictures taken in the River Room Restaurant at the K Club in County Kildare
.. as they all posed to perfection in almost every frame.

And so this was the final result…
The River Room Restaurant at the Kildare Hotel Spa & Country Club in County Kildare.
.. which I was delighted with, once it was pieced together or amped as we would say wink

And so that’s the story behind this image that you can now see on their website…
The River Room Restaurant page on the K Club's website.

“Indulge yourself with a Full Irish Breakfast in our elegant River Room Restaurant while overlooking our extensive landscaped gardens.”

.. at the fabulous Kildare Hotel, Spa & Country Club in the beautiful Irish county of Kildare smile

July 28, 2015

Congratulations!

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so I will just let the pictures here of my daughter, Chloe…
Chloe Morrison at the University of Northampton during the Graduation Award Ceremony in July 2015.
.. and her friend Vicky…
Vicky Baillie and Chloe Morrison at the University of Northampton during the Graduation Award Ceremony in July 2015.
.. graduation ceremony at the University of Northampton speaks for themselves – as I recorded them throughout the day having fun…
Vicky Baillie and Chloe Morrison at the University of Northampton during the Graduation Award Ceremony.
.. and is very much part of the iPhone & Selfie generation…
Vicky Baillie and Chloe Morrison at the University of Northampton during the Graduation Award Ceremony.
.. which is how I and no doubt they will remember it…
Vicky Baillie and Chloe Morrison at the University of Northampton during the Graduation Award Ceremony.
.. for years to come…
Vicky Baillie and Chloe Morrison at the University of Northampton during the Graduation Award Ceremony.
.. as they will have lots of pictures…
Vicky Baillie and Chloe Morrison at the University of Northampton during the Graduation Award Ceremony.
.. to remind them…
Vicky Baillie and Chloe Morrison at the University of Northampton during the Graduation Award Ceremony.
.. of their big day…
Vicky Baillie and Chloe Morrison at the University of Northampton during the Graduation Award Ceremony.
.. and the proud smiles…
Chloe Morrison with her Mum and sister at the University of Northampton during the Graduation Award Ceremony.
.. which was recorded from every angle…
Chloe Morrison at the University of Northampton during the Graduation Award Ceremony.
.. right up to the end.

So congratulations Chloe, from a very proud Dad…
With my daughter Chloe in front of the Congratulations sign at the Royal & Derngate during the University of Northampton's Graduation Award Ceremony.
.. who enjoyed every minute of it too.

The Official Picture…
Chloe Morrison during the University of Northampton's Graduation Award Ceremony.
.. by Tony Rundle.

November 2, 2010

A good day for ducks…

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.. as they would say in this part of the world – when it’s raining.
But it was also a good day for the ‘new’ wagon to arrive.

After 9 years of driving 3 different black VW Sharan’s, we decided it was time for a change.
So here it is, our ‘new’ and very wet Land Rover…
XLZ-1904
Discovery II – which will hopefully transport us and all the gear, to many far of places, for years to come.

Want list:
Side Steps.
Sports Bars.
Access Ladder.

Wishlist:
Expedition roof rack.
Mondial alloy wheels.

So no doubt over the coming years, we will in & out of The 4×4 Store, in Ards, a few times to see Ian 🙂

August 13, 2010

Friday the 13th..

… and the sun is shining in our garden today…
The garden at the back of 4 Kilbright Road near Carrowdore in County Down.
.. as you can see.

Anyway, we decided to put our house on the market at lunch time…
Property news pdf of 4 Kilbright Road for sale by John Minnis Estate Agents for £350,000.
..which you can read all about, by clicking on the above image to view a pdf document, of the Property News page on their website.

This ‘Magnificent Detached Semi Rural Property’ as they describe it, has been the Morrison family home for over 150 years now…
Farmhouse at 4 Kilbright Road near Carrowdore in County Down.
..and has been our family home…
Sitting room in the farmhouse at 4 Kilbright Road near Carrowdore in County Down.
.. which we have done a lot of work to over the past 15 years – and even updated the kitchen at the start of last year…
The kitchen in the farmhouse at 4 Kilbright Road near Carrowdore in County Down.
.. going for Ikea’s free-standing units…
The kitchen in the farmhouse at 4 Kilbright Road near Carrowdore in County Down.
.. which was then featured in the October 2009 issue of Ideal Home magazine…
Pages 122 to 124 in the October 2009 issue of Ideal Home magazine featuring the kitchen in the Morrison's farmhouse in County Down.
.. on pages 122 to 124 🙂

A great family home for sure…
Sitting room in the farmhouse at 4 Kilbright Road near Carrowdore in County Down.
.. with lots of character…
Sitting room in the farmhouse at 4 Kilbright Road near Carrowdore in County Down.
.. five good size bedrooms…
Master bedroom in the farmhouse at 4 Kilbright Road near Carrowdore in County Down.
.. including Holly’s girlie room…
Bedroom in the farmhouse at 4 Kilbright Road near Carrowdore in County Down.
.. where the sign on the door reads: “Girls Bedroom (No Boys)“…
Girls Bedroom (No Boys).
.. which says it all – as they definitely had fun here…
The gardens at the farmhouse at 4 Kilbright Road near Carrowdore in County Down.
.. in this wonderful big old place, which may even be partly listed now due to its age…
Outhouses in the yard at 4 Kilbright Road near Carrowdore in County Down.
..but anyway, we decided today it was time to move on.

Plus my 10 year old goldfish died this morning, my Hasselblad CFE 40mm lens stopped working this afternoon and it was Coach Phill Hansel’s Funeral today.

So this Friday the 13th is definitely a day to remember.

August 9, 2010

Mullview No.4

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Number 4 Kilbright Road has been the home of the Morrison family since the late 1700’s, who still own much of the surrounding farmland.

The original section of the house was built about 200 years ago – in keeping with Scottish Croft Houses of that time – and was known as Hill View Farm up until 1971, when it was re-named by Mary Morrison, after the new extension was built – as the windows in that part of the house look out across the fields towards the Irish Sea and Scotland beyond.

So on a clear day, you can see the ‘Mull of Galloway’ – hence the name Mullview.

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