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November 9, 2016

Congratulation Mr President.

An absolutely amazing achievement – so “Way to go Mr Trump”…
US election 2016 results on BBC News as Donal Trump declares victory to become the 45th President of the United States of America.
.. from all of us at ampimage.

And thank you also for the opportunity to be part of your dream over the years – both in here Ireland at Doonbeg…
Bedroom in one of the Courtyard cottages at the Trump International Golf Links & Hotel in the Irish County of Clare.
.. and in Scotland here too…
Bathroom in one of the bedroom suites at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. at Aberdeen.

So “Way to go you, Mr President” – from me and all of us at ampimage – for this truly amazing achievement.

As I’m now able to say: Creating images to tell a story… not just for you, but also for 45th President of the United States of America too smile.

October 11, 2016

The Clubhouse

Besides being asked to produce some images in the MacLeod House and Lodge, we were also asked to produce some images over in the Clubhouse – which as you can see from this quick shot we took of the restaurant area back in August…
Recce shot of the restaurant in the Clubhouse at the Trump International Golf Links Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. was lined with big windows all down one side, which looked out over the links golf course.

Our suggestions at that time:

“Two members of staff would be needed (one at the bar and one either walking down with a tray or setting a table) and a few guest wouldn’t go a miss, way at the back.

Food on the table closest to the camera, with some personal items.

Could have people outside !!

Sun light pouring in – so either lots of lights or we wait for the big guy up above to do his thing.

I’ll bring the lights just incase he is busy that day 🙂

Anyway, if the tables are turned (as we suggested), and I fill this with shafts of sunlight – to draw the eye all the way down to the back – then this will work very well.”

And so that was the shot we kicked off on trying to achieve first the following morning, as I knew if the sun was out, then it would have been basically naturally lit the way I imagined – which it was Smile.

However, as you can see here…
Setting up shot of the restaurant in the Clubhouse at the Trump International Golf Links Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. there was one slight problem – it was busy!!

Still, not giving up hope since the light was perfect, as you can see…
Setting up shot of the restaurant in the Clubhouse at the Trump International Golf Links Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. we decided to wait – and then the team kicked into action…
Setting up shot of the restaurant in the Clubhouse at the Trump International Golf Links Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. setting the tables and organising people, etc, etc, as quickly as possible.

And a few minutes later, this was the result…
The restaurant in the Clubhouse at the Trump International Golf Links Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. all thanks, as far as I’m concerned, to the big guy up above who really is the true master when it comes to lighting Smile.

“Guests to Trump International Golf Links, Scotland can be guaranteed of a luxurious yet informal environment in which they can eat, meet, dine and drink. Relax in The Brasserie at The Clubhouse and enjoy sumptuous Scottish fare and culinary classics in stylish, comfortable surroundings with sensational views across the golf course.”

At either end of the main restaurant area, are two smaller areas – and while we were there in August, I took this quick snap of Kate & Dianne…
Kate & Dianne having a bit to eat in the Clubhouse at the Trump International Golf Links Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. having a bit to eat while discussing ideas, etc – as I just felt there was something there that could look great.

Well they clearly saw something too – Ladies having lunch – and so that was next on our list, which started out looking like this…
Setting up the Ladies having lunch shot in the Clubhouse at the Trump International Golf Links Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. and after some hairdressing…
Setting up the Ladies having lunch shot in the Clubhouse at the Trump International Golf Links Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. ended up looking like this…
Ladies having lunch in the Clubhouse at the Trump International Golf Links Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. of the two girls once again, posing this time to perfection Smile.

The 3rd planned image for here, was an evening shot to show private dining – so with plenty of time to kill, we heading back to the MacLeod House to shoot this room…
Sitting room area at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. which we had originally said:

“Afternnon tea – so sunny looking is what I’m thinking with possibly a member of staff setting down your cup or pouring out your tea.”

So started with this…
Setting up the shot of the South Snug sitting room area at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. considered doing something like this…
Setting up the shot of the South Snug sitting room area at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. then tried this…
Setting up the shot of the South Snug sitting room area at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. liked what we saw…
Setting up the shot of the South Snug sitting room area at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. and so this was the result…
The South Snug sitting room area at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. with Trump’s own brand and personally signed whisky taking central stage… instead of tea Wink.

Then it was back to the Clubhouse for the private dining shot – and so with the table in position it was out with the streamer…
Setting up the private dining shot in the Clubhouse at the Trump International Golf Links Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. while Claudio worked on the lighting – which instantly made a big difference…
Setting up the private dining shot in the Clubhouse at the Trump International Golf Links Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. and so after some quick test shots…
Setting up the private dining shot in the Clubhouse at the Trump International Golf Links Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. the candles were lit…
Setting up the private dining shot in the Clubhouse at the Trump International Golf Links Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. the models arrived…
Setting up the private dining shot in the Clubhouse at the Trump International Golf Links Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. and just before nightfall…
Setting up the private dining shot in the Clubhouse at the Trump International Golf Links Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. this the final image that was produced…
Private dining shot in the Clubhouse at the Trump International Golf Links Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. and so needless to say, it was time for a beer…
The ampimage team in the Clubhouse at the Trump International Golf Links Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. followed by quite a few more that night Wink.

Because in theory that was us finished; however, there was one more shot that Dianne felt we should really do, which was of this Whisky tastings room…
The ampimage team in the Clubhouse at the Trump International Golf Links Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. which is in the basement of the MacLeod House.

“We love this area – very unique and it does say a castle – so thinking a member of staff with one or two people sampling or looking at a bottle or glass.”

So the next morning we went down and locked her in…
Setting up the Whisky room shot at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. before deciding that she was possibly right – after seeing the first on the image on the screen…
Setting up the Whisky room shot at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. which after making sure that Trump’s own Whisky once again took central stage…
Setting up the Whisky room shot at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. this was the result…
Whisky tastings room in the basement at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. which I will defiantly be putting in my portfolio, as I loved how this one turned out Smile.

And so that was it – time to pack to wagon…
Packaging the Land Rover after the shoot at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. take a quick team shot…
The ampimage team outside the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. and say good-bye for now…
The ampimage team outside the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. to this fairly tale castle with a huge Scottish flag in front – before catching the boat back to Ireland…
The Land Rover at the port after the shoot at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. just as the sun when down.

And so that just leaves me to say a big Thank you to everyone at the Trump International Golf Links Hotel, for making us feel so welcome – and especially to Kate, who was brilliantly organised throughout – and of course not forgetting the big guy up above, because I know without his help, the results here would have been very, very different Wink.

So thank you all from Dianne, Claudio & me, for this wonderful opportunity to tell your story – especially at is time when the whole World is talking about Mr Trump – which in itself from an advertising & marketing point of view, is truly an amazing achievement.

So we naturally all wish him every success in achieving his goals in the run-up to the presidential election – from across the pond in bonnie Scotland Smile.

October 10, 2016

MacLeod House & Lodge.

Is part of the Trump International Golf Links in Scotland.

“Donald J. Trump’s historic Scottish mansion and lodge is set amid mature woodland in the heart of the magnificent Trump International estate. This is opulent five-star hotel provides exquisite superior and grand deluxe guestrooms, intimate bar and dining facilities, and is the ultimate setting for dinner, bed and breakfast, private parties or exclusive use.

With it’s secret stairways, traditional log fires, whisky snug and spectacular grounds, MacLeod House & Lodge offers luxury and comfort in a secluded and dramatic location.”

And so that’s what we were here to capture.

One of the pictures I took back in August, was of this tree-lined pathway which leads up to the Lodge…
Recce shot at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. which at that time, due to the sun light filtering through the trees, looked wonderful to the eye – and so we had suggested in our report that an image of a family out walking here, would help them tell their story to their guests.

So we kicked of with that one on the Monday morning – but as you can see here…
Setting up the family shot at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. it was kind-off dark – but not for long, as Claudio here..
Setting up the family shot at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. set about lighting it up, with a lot more power than was needed, as you can see…
Setting up the family shot at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. but he finally got there…
Setting up the family shot at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. just before everyone arrived…
Setting up the family shot at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. and so with different hats on hand and some leaves to mark the spot…
Setting up the family shot at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. which naturally needed to be kicked…
Family out for a walk on the path through the trees that leads to the lodge at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. the final image was created in no time at all Smile.

Then it was up to the family bedroom, which as you can see was also dark…
Setting up the Family bedroom shot in the Lodge at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. but not for long…
Setting up the Family bedroom shot in the Lodge at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. as Claudio had obviously it all figured out…
Setting up the Family bedroom shot in the Lodge at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. and so too had Dianne, by the looks of it…
Setting up the Family bedroom shot in the Lodge at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. while I stood and watched…
Setting up the Family bedroom shot in the Lodge at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. and looked at the screen…
Setting up the Family bedroom shot in the Lodge at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. as it was clear that they knew what they were doing…
Setting up the Family bedroom shot in the Lodge at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. and were loving every minute of it too…
Setting up the Family bedroom shot in the Lodge at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. which was great to see.

Anyway, it was then time introduce the real Stars of the show…
Setting up the Family bedroom shot in the Lodge at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. and a few minutes later, this was the result…
The Family twin bedroom at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. to show their family twin bedroom.

Leaving time to eat the props…
One of the bedrooms in the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. before heading back over to the MacLeod House to set-up the shot in this room…
One of the bedrooms in the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. which in our report we had suggested would work well as the Bridal suite.

Which it basically did by the time I had set-up the camera…
Setting up the Bridal shot at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. as this was one that Dianne had clearly had a vision for – and so in no time at all, this was the result…
The Bridal suite at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. as the team were definitely on top form here Smile.

Ahead of schedule and with time to spare before the evening shot of the dining room set for a banquet, we decided to next shoot this their Classic bedroom…
Recce shot of one of the bedrooms at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. which was the room I stayed in when we were over in August – hence the messy bed Smile.

And so with the camera in position…
Setting up the bedroom shot at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. the fun began…
Setting up the bedroom shot at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. as Dianne here…
Setting up the bedroom shot at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. was replace with a lighting stand – and my new camera bag even made an appearance…
Setting up the bedroom shot at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. before it was replace and the fire was lit to produce this the final image…
Classic bedroom suite at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. which hopefully looks like I did nothing at all, other than used a good camera to take the picture Wink.

Which just left the evening shot of the dining room to go – and as you can see here from the first picture taken of it…
Setting up the dining room shot at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. that looked like it was going to be any easy one to do.

A touch more light, fix that blind…
Setting up the dining room shot at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. check how it looks on the screen…
Setting up the dining room shot at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. and then…

Let’s start all over again…
Setting up the dining room shot at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. so it really was all hands on board at this stage…
Setting up the dining room shot at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. as night time approached and Claudio stood-in for one last test shot …
Setting up the dining room shot at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. before we created this our final image of the day…
The dining room set for a banquet at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. “just for you”, as we would say Smile.

Seven done, five to go – so more to follow, as tomorrow is another day, as I would say Wink.

October 9, 2016

By the lake.

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Back in February of this year, I was asked by the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland, to quote them a price for me to produce and then provide them with 6 images to use – and so after some negotiating of the fee, we were given the green light to proceed.

So in August, Dianne and I flew over to see them – to talk more about what they actually needed, as well as see their place for ourselves first hand.

A fairly tale castle…
The Trump International Golf Hotel near Balmedie in Scotland.
.. with a huge Scottish flag in front, is how I would best describe it Smile.

Anyway, one of the last shots we looked at when we were there, was this view from the lake at the back…
The lake at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. which we felt would work well, to show a bride how beautiful their location was, i.e. it would be the ideal setting for her big day.

However, I went on to add in our report…

“Totally weather dependent – so I won’t promise anything here.”

.. as is Scotland after all wink.

Anyway, after lots more talk about what all they needed, last week we headed over to shoot for real – and I had obviously been keeping a close eye on the weather forecast – so instead of starting on the Monday as planned, due to the weather forecast saying Sunday would be good, we pushed ahead and arrived mid-day Sunday, to set-up for this shot…
Setting up the shot by the lake at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. which as you can see wasn’t looking to good at this stage.

Still, it wasn’t long before the sun came out, so having asked at the last minute for a flower girl and a bride to be there, Dianne & I tried to work-out their positions…
Setting up the shot by the lake at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. but there was one slight problem, we didn’t have a bride or a flower girl cry.

Thankfully however, Dianne had brought a wedding dress over with her – and so before I knew it she was wearing it…
Setting up the shot by the lake at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. and was more than happy to stand-in, as some big black clouds started to appear.

But then she disappeared after looking at this image on screen…
Setting up the shot by the lake at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. and re-appeared a few minutes with a new bride…
Setting up the shot by the lake at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. while I watched the sun go behind a big tree, which as you can see meant they were now in the shadows cry.

So lights up…
Setting up the shot by the lake at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. and while Dianne sorted out the dress…
Setting up the shot by the lake at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. Claudio played around with the lighting, to see if he could get the balance right to make it look natural.

Anyway, one of the huge advantages of using a digital system, is you can obviously see the results right away on screen – and so with everything now in place…
Setting up the shot by the lake at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. it was just a matter of trying out a few different poses – and so this was the final result…
Bride standing by the lake at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. with even a swan swimming past, to complete the the story we were trying to tell to their target market Smile.

So with one in the bag, it was time to take a look at this bathroom…
Bathroom in one of the bedroom suites at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. which we had said in our report, we felt would look good shoot in the evening.

“candles, towels, late evening feel, girl in bathrobe standing at the window or sitting on the edge of the bath.”

Decided to go in a bit tighter…
Setting up the shot in the bathroom at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. and so with the camera in position, it was time to work on the lighting, styling and positioning of the model..
Setting up the shot in the bathroom at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. which we checked on screen…
Setting up the shot in the bathroom at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. while we waited for the sun to set…
Setting up the shot in the bathroom at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. then checked again and again …
Setting up the shot in the bathroom at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. before everyone started to smile…
Setting up the shot in the bathroom at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. at this the final result…
Bathroom in one of the bedroom suites at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. before we called it a day.

Two done, ten to go – so more to follow, as tomorrow is another day Smile.

April 7, 2011

The roof rack trip…

.. which is what I think I will remember this one most for.

This was the first really long trip in the old Land Rover – and it sure was a trip to remember – as we covered a lot of miles over the last 10 days.
Other than the rear suspension acting up a few times on the first day, it was wonderful.
Left with a box on top and came home with a roof rack too – after placing a bid on eBay a few days beforehand, which I never thought I’d win.
Land Rover Discovery II

So we picked that up on route; however, it took me a few days to figure out how to get both home, as the box was slightly longer than the rack – plus I still needed the bars, to hold the box in place. But as you can see it all worked out great in the end – so I now have a full width rack, should I need to throw more gear up top – and the big box too, which usually contains a full back-up lighting system, as well as other bits & bobs, which we occasionally need when shooting on location.

Anyway, what a great trip – and I can’t wait now for the next one.

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