Earlier this week I made my annual pilgrimage to the Focus on Imaging Exhibition at the NEC Birmingham. This is the biggest Trade Fair for everything remotely photographic. Time for a picture or two. And a purchase.
This year I came away with the Topaz set of plug-ins at a massive discount of about 65%. Good value! I seriously considered buying a tripod but baulked at the price and wasn’t quite sure how to secrete that back into my house past the resident detective!
The NEC is a vast set of exhibition halls and a concert venue, and the first image is of the ceiling of one of the vast walkways on the way in.
The huge warehouse-sized hall for Focus was crowded and noisy. No surprise! Around every corner there was yet another speaker with a microphone extolling the benefits of something or other. If you stood strategically you could hear three lectures at once but sadly my brain has difficulties interpreting one. Anyway, here’s an image of our good friends at OnOne Software.
The oddest sight was to be found high up above a stand (that will remain nameless) where a woolly cloud lurked accompanied by a couple of stuffed seagulls. Bizarre! A reference to iCloud seemed unlikely as Apple was not an exhibitor, so I remain in the dark as to the significance of this installation that probably went unnoticed by most visitors.
A few hours in one of these places is draining physically – always an opportunity to inspect the plumbing. Some of the pipes were really quite impressive.
And why is it that this event is so miserly at providing seating for those who purchase something from one of the sandwich stalls? Many of us, me included, were reduced to sitting on the floor propped against a wall with our belongings scattered around us looking like homeless people!
Sealed into a giant warehouse for hours with daylight only filtering in through vast roof lights it’s nice to find an emergency exit door with windows in it providing an opportunity to view one’s immediate surroundings. I took a look and saw a picture.
I saw another and was lining up the shot when ‘security’ approached me and told me I couldn’t take pictures of the outside! What? I moved on but my unspoken reply would have required significant censorship. What a crazy world we live in.
On the way home, the sun was out and I captured my annual view of the ‘Red Zone’ through which one passes to/from the rail station. And as always I was the only person who appeared to see the potential of this area photographically. Strange.
Have a good weekend everyone.