Monkey News

Highcliffe Castle Young Photographer of the year!

I love taking photos and whenever I go out to shoot (other than professional work) my son Caillou comes with me. He uses my backup camera and has been learning photography from me for just a few months. He does not use automatic settings and controls the camera like a professional despite only just turning nine. As we walk around he is constantly checking his shutter speed, aperture and ISO and getting his DSLR camera ready to take the next shot.

When we saw that Highcliffe Castle had a young photographer contest he really wanted to enter. The theme was ‘new beginnings’ and he thought long and hard about what to photograph.

On a walk in the New Forest he found a dead tree with a new sapling just beginning to grow from its felled trunk. He really liked the symbolism but just couldn’t take a photo he was happy with.

Next up he decided he wanted to photograph a baby animal and we headed to Stanpit Marsh to see the horses as we knew they had foals. After some time he had the shot he was happy with:

“Foal on the Marsh” by Caillou Flower

We found out yesterday that Foal on the Marsh had won first prize in the Highcliffe Castle Young Photographer of the Year contest (ages 5-9).

I couldn’t be more proud of him, he really wanted this and worked hard for it. He found the subject, took the photo and developed it all by himself. We are looking forward to visiting the castle early next week to see his photograph on display in the library.

Photography Tuition

Photography Tuition

As well as photo shoots Perpendicular Monkey also offers photography tuition. In your home and with one of our photographers or digital artists; our tuition is client based and friendly. We offer two types at the moment as well as a bundle combining both sessions at a discounted rate:

Learn to Shoot Manually – 3 hour tuition, in your own home, on how to transition to using your DSLR camera in fully manual mode, controlling all settings and enabling you to take the photos you want, not what the camera wants. more…

Learn Lightroom – 3 hour tuition, in your own home, on how to process images professionally using Adobe Lightroom. more…

We are really excited to be able to share our knowledge with new photographers and help them learn and grow.

DIFFERO Server Updates

IMPORTANT – Email Update

This is an important message for DIFFERO clients:

If you are currently using server based emails on our VPS please contact Anthony as soon as possible so we can make some changes to your setup to make it more secure, receive less spam and suffer from less spam spoofing.

Monkey History

Why fix what isn’t broken?

Launching Perpendicular Monkey is a bit of a risk, and why take it when DIFFERO is doing well and supporting us. Here are my thoughts:

“For 20 years I have run various web design businesses or worked on web sites for the financial industry. I have always loved the creativity involved, not just in the design of a web site but also the beauty in the code; it’s structure and it’s rhythm. Photography is much the same, the subject, of course, is important but there is also so much creativity and beauty in the setup, the positioning, following the photographic rules and knowing when to break them.

After two decades in digital design I wanted to change my path, to start something new, something even more fun and photography is perfect. I have been taking photos for years and commercially done some work in product photography working with brands and influencers.

Perpendicular Monkey is a chance to expand on that experience and create a business to bring me, and you, joy.”

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