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Most recent entries
- New Mac Pro 2013 Quad 3.7ghz D300
- New College Prospectus
- Accor Hotels wall mural for training centre
- 103 Colmore Row, Birmingham.
- Images of 2013
- Wine tasting at Marco Pierre White restaurant in Birmingham.
- New branding photography for College of Optometrists
- Adobe Photoshop CS6 download
- University and College Propsectus Photography
- Institute of Internal Communication’s National 2013 Awards
- Picture used in today’s Daily Mirror
- 10 years ago this month, opening of The new Bullring shopping centre and Selfridges
- Management portraits for staff magazine
- Front cover of this months Environmental Health News
- Birmingham Central Library, 1974 version.
Just taken delivery of my new 2013 Mac Pro.
Specification is quad core 3.7 with Dual AMD FirePro D300 graphics cards, 256GB PCIe-based flash storage and 32gb 1866MHz DDR3 ECC memory which will replace my mid 2010 Mac Pro upgraded to a GTX 570 graphics card/16GB RAM/SSD boot drive.
My library has been moved to a CalDigit T3 external Thunderbolt drive configured in Raid 1, the 3rd drive I’ll be using to store my RAW files on. This replaces the 2 internal hard drives I use in my old Mac Pro, nice thing I like about the CalDigit is that you can use it in a combination of Raid, Raid+JBOD or JBOD.
Master library as before is stored on a Drobo S, as well as another drive stored off site.
Out of the thousands of tests, Geekbenk, Ciniebench, Barefeats to mention a few, I haven’t seen many that use real world applications aimed at working photographers, there are lots of mentions of iPhoto, but I don’t know of any photographers who use it professionally.
First test is seeing how much speed increase I get using my primary RAW processor, Capture One.
Using Capture One version 7.2, the speed increases are welcome, although not unexpected when comparing technology which is over 4 years old.
I understand, from Phase One, that Capture One is currently been updated to take full/better use of the D300 graphics cards and to fix a few bugs with the new Mac Pro. I’ve had a few random files come out purple/green when using Open CL on Auto.
The difference the GPU makes is remarkable and I’m looking forward to see how much time is saved with the next version of Capture One.
Next test will be panorama stitching, followed by lens correction and resizing in Adobe Photoshop CS6.
Worth mentioning that after I installed Photoshop I had an old problem come back where Bridge wouldn’t load start up scripts, this was easily solved by renaming my external drive, it was called library and Bridge was looking for them in there, not in my user library where the startup scripts are saved.
Update 10th March 2014
Stitching 11x9mb Jpegs in Photoshop CS6.
This is a feature I use most weeks, CS6 does a really good job of stitching files together, the image below was taken last week at a corporate event in Wales, 11 files were stitched together.
The 2013 mac pro is 26 seconds faster, if I ever update to Photoshop CC (not likely) then I would expect the stitching to be even quicker, as newer versions become more optimised for dual GPU’s.
A large part of my commercial photography is taking pictures for education, I shoot all over country for schools, colleges and universities.
I was asked recently to supply some new marketing images for Birmingham Metropolitan College in Birmingham.
The pictures have been across all the college publications, below are a selection form the college prospectus.
Shot over 2 days last year, Accor staff portraits with their favourite things.
Final mural will be used in the Accor Hotels training centre, approx 4 metres wide.
In 2006 I was asked by GVA Grimley to photograph the interior of 103 Colmore Row in Birmingham or as it used to be known, National Westminster House.
The John Madin designed building compliments his other brutalist designs in Birmingham, the gold ceilings and textured walls look like they weren’t updated since the building opened in 1976.
A planning application has been approved to demolish the original building with a new development, until then it remains an interesting example of Brutalist architecture.
Some of my favourite pictures from the past 12 months.
Wishing everyone a happy Christmas and New year.
Christmas and New Year Twitter campaign for Jaguar.
Embarrassing Bodies presenters for Channel 4.
Nurse works in critical care unit.
Hanson firefighter training
Student works on solar panel project at Aston University
New Cyberknife at the QE hospital in Birmingham.
Marketing image for the Royal Life Saving Society.
Advertising portrait for the College of Optometrists.
Students at work in Burton College library.
Setting up a RLSS baby life saving course at Warwick University.
My favourite things for Accor Hotels.
For the Lawyer magazine Raj Singh-Dehal, Head of legal and commercial services, Center Parcs.
New offices in the Custard Factory, Birmingham.
Transitions lens factory in Ireland.
David Adams, new dean of the Medical School, University of Birmingham.
Laser experiment at Aston University.
The Oval group recently asked me to cover their annual wine tasting event at the top of the Cube, in Birmingham.
Pictures of the evening were used for local and trade press.
The College of Optometrists is the Professional, Scientific and Examining Body for Optometry in the UK working for the public benefit, I’ve been working with them around the UK for the past 6 months, supplying conference, branding and PR photography for brochures and general marketing material.
Here is the download link for the old version of Photoshop CS6, Adobe no longer makes it easy to find as they want to push us towards CC and the (very unpopular) monthly subscription model.
Just completed shooting the prospectus for Walsall College, this is the 8th year I have provided pictures for them.
Here are 2 of my favourites from a very busy 4 days.
I also shoot regularly for for several other educational institutes, colleges and universities.
Just heard that the first issue of Connect I supplied photography for has won the best new Publication category in the Institute of Internal Communication’s (IoIC) National 2013 Awards.
Well done team at Elliott House who did a superb, creative design for the launch issue.
Commissioned by Sainsbury’s to illustrate the Daily Mirror story about people who had temporary Christmas jobs and went on to work for the supermarket full time.
Opening of the Bullring and Selfridges 2003.
I was commissioned by Selfridges and the Bullring to cover the opening party and official opening of the complex, a very busy 2 days followed.
Bullring and Selfridges Birmingham.
Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath) Trevor Francis (Footballer) Bev Bevan (ELO) and Jamelia with friends at the opening party for Selfridges.
Entertainers at the Selfridges opening party.
First customers are let into Selfridges by security staff
Visitors look around the new Selfridges building
Shoppers in the new Selfridges
Just received the results of a management team shoot I completed last month, instead of the usual meet the team portraits we shot them in the style of a film poster.
Editorial feature shot in Hednesford about how Cannock Chase district council Environmental health officers are engaging with business.
©Ziggurat Polaroid Edward Moss
Tomorrow the old Birmingham Central Library will shut it’s doors for good.
Designed by John Madin, the brutalist building opened in 1974, replacing the Victorian library which stood nearby.
Despite attempts by English Heritage to get the building grade II listed and a campaign by Friends of the Central Library, Paradise Place will be demolished to make way for a new corporate district in central Birmingham.
More polaroids Birmingham Central Library shot June 2013.
More of John Madin’s work http://www.john-madin.info