I am Rod Wynne-Powell, and this is my way to pass on snippets either of a technical nature, or related to what I am currently doing or hope to be doing in the near future.

A third-person description follows:
Professional photographer, Lightroom and Photoshop Workflow trainer, Consultant, digital image retoucher, author, and tech-editor for Martin Evening's many 'Photoshop for Photographers' books.

For over twenty years, Rod has had a client list of large and small companies, which reads like the ‘who’s who’ of the imaging, advertising and software industries. He has a background in Commercial/Industrial Photography, was Sales Manager for a leading London-based colour laboratory and has trained many digital photographers on a one-to-one basis, in the UK and Europe.
Still a pre-release tester for Adobe in the US, for Photoshop, he is also very much involved in the taking of a wide range of photographs, as can be seen in the galleries.

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Wednesday 15 April 2009

Preparation for Summer at the Walled Garden

Wednesdays are Volunteer Days at the Walled garden, and it's important I record the efforts of the stalwarts who put in valiant efforts to get the gardens ready for visitors. The early part of the day was misty and muggy, but I arrived with the sun in tow, and with no wind, it was muggy. The volunteers were taking a break gathered between two of the greenhouses. I greeted a few and set off ion search of images, and was soon rewarded, For a change because I was showing some to those in the Estates Office, I actually had some prints with me.

Meeting with one lady, I asked whether she might like to take a look, and I soon had a small gathering at the boot of the car, for an impromptu presentation. I packed everything up and continued on my rounds – the Gallery "Preparing for Summer" is the result of my afternoon's work.

Tuesday 14 April 2009

The George IV, Amwell, Hertfordshire

I travelled to Amwell Nature Reserve hoping to improve my skills at capturing images of the bird life, but was once again disappointed by my results, but when it came to leave, I wandered back into the village past the church.

I took the opportunity to take shots of some of the scenes that greeted me along the route, and soon came across a small pub, The George IV. There were two family groups outside sitting beneath a fully laden magnolia. Not wishing to embroil myself in model releases, I simply took shots of the signage and flowers. As I was leaving, I came across the landlord to whom I showed what I had taken.

We got talkng, and eventually this led to my taking further shots in their enclosed garden area, and the table decoration and one of his charming daughters, who gave me permission to use one here. At some date in the future I may well get to take some shots to decorate their walls within, and take some interior shots…

Sunday 12 April 2009

Several Delayed Galleries

For a number of reasons, such as preparations for a Business to Business Exhibition, several shoots have been held back before I could get around to creating galleries. Probably the earliest was when there was distinctly some sunshine and showery conditions and I chose to make the most of capturing two tractors at work.

I also paid a couple of very quick visits to Luton Hoo and Maydencroft Manor, at the Walled Garden, I met up with Chris Wilmott who is doing an Art Project, and the St. Albans Movie Makers who are recording much of the dilapidation in the greenhouses. On a calm day I took a few shots of the windsurfers at Brogborough Lake.

On another day blessed with beautiful light I took some landscape shots, some of which captured a rainbow, from which I also stitched a panorama. All these latest galleries preceded the exhibition at which Trevor Baylis appeared.

Thursday 2 April 2009

Innovation Day 2009 – Luton

Wednesday 1st April, saw me first paying another visit to Luton Hoo's Walled Garden where I was going to be following a three-man Amateur Film crew studying some of the dilapidation within the greenhouses, however I first met up with someone from the more prestigious BBC film crew who mistook me for a stills man for their Pre-Raphaelite film they were shooting. However I had already been refused permission to cover them, so I thanked him and explained that sadly I could not take any photos there.

I then bumped into Chris Wilmott who had previously invited me to join his team covering art projects for the Walled Garden and he introduced me to Joanna another member of his team, and we took a stroll around as he gave Joanna the tour. And it was during this time, that I met up with the St. Albans Film team and I shadowed them through the greenhouses as intended.

I came back for lunch and made for Basepoint to set up for Thursday's Innovation Day exhibition. Having ascertained that my reserved position had been honoured, I put a series of mounted prints onto the window behind my table, the rest were to follow in the morning.

Even though my arrival the following day was early, the foyer was thronged with people all intent on putting up banners and chatting animatedly and the car park out front was already full. I completed my own area and met someone from a nearby stand who was enthusiastic for one-on-one Photoshop training, and assured me he had every intention of arranging a session – not a bad start!

Once the show was underway, Mike Spring who had done the mounting of my prints turned up and bought not my book, but Martin Evening's latest CS4 title, it was only after the transaction that I realised it was my only copy! So, now I have to purchase another, since I will need it for the next round of tech-editing!

I was joined by Peter Carr who shared the table with me to promote DNA, and our first visitor turned out to be Jonathan Downing from Belfast, who had won an Innovation award and would be talking later in the day in one of the seminars. Around the same time Dr Abdul Al-Jibouri asked me to take photos of Trevor Bayliss, our keynote speaker – so I even got some official photography in. John Sentinella from Putteridge Bury was another visitor to the stand and he very kindly kept me supplied with water and even manned the stand in my absence at some of the seminars!

Peter and I were both most impressed by Jonathan, and I got to chat to Trevor Bayliss, OBE, as well as take shots of him with various people before going into his seminar, which was both amusing and informative, in which he hammered home the value of Intellectual Property and his exasperation with government on this aspect. Altogether a very satisfying day.