Lee Ballard Photography

A photo journal

Published work

Now I’m back into the swing on this blog I’ll be putting some of my published work on the site. First off is a feature I undertook for Land Rover World where I had a close look at two Tomcats. I’ll add some more images later but you can find the feature here.

February 2013

February 2013

 

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Going up

For something different I thought I’d share a couple of images taken at a Porsche club day for a client of mine at Blyton Park racetrack in Lincolnshire. Both taken from 50ft up in my cherry picker!

Blyton Park from a cherry picker

Blyton Park from a cherry picker

Blyton Park at 50ft

Blyton Park at 50ft

 

 

 

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The road to………..

Follow the road ahead.....

Follow the road ahead.

A picture of a straight road in a foreign land. And why not?

To be honest, for many years I have always wanted to a take a “lost highway” type of shot. My recent trips to Iceland gave me a number of opportunities to do this. And here is one of the results. Taken from the middle of Iceland’s National Route 1 and this is about as busy as it gets. This is the country’s main ring road. It doesn’t really understand congestion. More freedom.

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Updating the sliders

As part of my mission to raise my online presence and update my sites I am updating some of the pages on this site which the “sliders” above link to. Today I have put a temporary update onto the Gallery page that you can find here.

And as this is a photographic website I always like to try and add a photo and so here is one of my youngest child on a ride I have dubbed the “noeffingchanceinhellamIgoingonthatthing” for shorthand!

He's braver than me!!!

He’s braver than me!!!

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Moving forward

Well as usual, it’s been a while since my last post. I have no excuse though recent family loss has led me to think I need to pull my finger out with blogging and keeping my websites up to date. All three, this one, my main site and my cherry picker’s site will be update far more often.

This one will feature product reviews as well as copies of articles I write after publication, along with photos that may have not been published. I’ll also endeavour to write “teasers” to articles just before they go to print so you can keep your eyes peeled for a particular publication.

As always, you can also follow me on Twitter @leebphotography or on Facebook.

In the meantime, here is a teaser from my first trip to the beautiful country that is Iceland.

Glacier lake in Iceland

Glacier lake in Iceland

 

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Countdown is progressing

Well the countdown to my working trip for Land Rover World (Facebook page) to Iceland is beginning. Flying out this Sunday and returning the following. Honest, it is work. Well, I’m sure there will be some work involved somewhere along the way anyway.

I’m looking forward to the trip, so much so, I’m returning to Iceland in June for another article! I’m really looking forward to meeting many of the people I have been communicating with and something I am already aware of is that it seems that “they” are right. Icelandic people are very friendly. All along the way in the planning of this trip I have received nothing but help and friendliness from everyone I have spoken with. And the level of English spoken by Icelanders is astonishing. Better than many English natives I have met.

This will also give a new life to this blog as I am planning on blogging daily during the trip (where internet availability allows) and plugging and linking as many companies and products as possible along the way that have helped bring this trip fruition.

Iceland, here I come

Iceland, here I come

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Bath time

I know, it’s been a while. And it’s not like I haven’t had things to blog about, I just keep getting otherwise distracted. Anyway, new year (well, 8 weeks ago) so new approach to blogging. I’m going to make a bigger effort (again).

 

So much to tell. I have launched a new string to my bow that I’ll explore in a post of it’s own soon but check out Cherry Picked Photos to see more and “like” it on Facebook.

In May I am travelling to Iceland to spend a week visiting companies and exploring the country for Land Rover World and as part of that some companies have sent me some equipment to try out and review out there. Most of it I’ll blog about in due course but two items that were delivered this week to me were E-Cases from Cascade Designs for my HTC phone and my iPad (yes, I have an iProduct now!).

 

These are basically, fabric and plastic “pockets” that you place your device into and seal with a trademarked “SealLock” zip. The joy of these things are that not only is the device fully functional behind the plastic window but also it’s waterproof up to 1 meter for 30 minutes.

 

I have a number of friends that I know have dropped their phone in either the bath or the sink to it’s demise and one of these would have saved it. I’m awaiting details on pricing but will let you know as soon as I know it.

 

Oh, they do work too!

Testing an E-Case

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Slightly deviated

Once upon a time in a land far far……….you get the idea. I was a drummer in a band and we were doing quite well. Things however fall apart, people move on and time passes and then one day, you’re in your late thirties and you realise how much you miss drumming. It’s Dave’s fault. Well, partially it is but I’ll blame him entirely for now.

It's Dave's fault

Dave is an old friend of mine. He runs a successful drum, guitar and bass tuition studio near Tunbridge Well called One8e and he’s also in a few bands, The Mighty Worm, 4th Wall and the seminal punk band, The Anti Nowhere League. On a recent trip to Kent I spent an afternoon and evening with Dave catching up, having a nice pub lunch and for the first time in over a decade, having a play on a drum kit. It was awesome and I didn’t suck anywhere near as much as I thought I would with the lack of practice. Then in the evening I went to the last venue I played to watch Dave and 4th Wall perform, the Tunbridge Wells Forum along with All the Above. Obviously I took photos whilst there too, after all it would be rude not to. The full album can be seen here or here.

4th Wall

Next, more recently I spent the evening in Sleaford cricket club photographing Bear Makes Ninja (awesome name if ever there was one) and Kill the Ideal oh, and a bloke named Dan. The album for that can be seen here and here.

All of the bands I have photographed recently have gone a long way to remind me what fabulous local bands there are around. In this age dominated by the drivel put out by X-Factor and it’s like, it’s nice to know that people are still getting together and making fantastic original music and are a joy to see.

So if you’re Saturday evening plan is to sit in and watch the latest pseudo talent show on the box, why not pop to a local pub and see a live band and have a great evening instead. You’ll thank me for it.

 

Bear Makes Ninja

Kill The Ideal

 

Anyway, unusual for me on this blog, I decided to post a few videos by bands I have shot recently or know members of, including Zipperface which my dear old friend Richmond batters the skins for and the video includes cake so it’s worth it for that.




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Exposing a repair

I had the pleasure last week of spending two days with Andrew and Emma Walsh and their amazing team at the new, hi-tech premises of AW Repair Group in Sleaford.

Lincolnshire's only Porsche approved repair centre

Approved by vehicle insurers and manufacturers they are now one of only 32 Porsche approved repair centres in the UK, being able to offer the high levels of workmanship expected by the manufacturer.

It had been many years since I’d set foot in a bodyshop and AW is far more than just a bodyshop. It’s a state of the art facitily. From they days past when a car would be baked for hours after painting, paint can now be dried in just 8 minutes using the latest in drying equipment.

Paint drying in action

This technology, saving not only time but also huge amounts of energy, means the repair can be lower cost and more environmentally friendly than the long bake methods.

Then there is panel repair. Until recently, many repairs would involve a costly new panel but not with the company’s Flatliner equipment. A number of ‘eyelets’ are tack welded to a damaged panel (being already taken back to bare metal) then a rod is inserted through then eyes and with the aid of other equipment, a panel can be pulled straight. Obviously it makes sense when you see it and it’s a bit more involved but it’s a great device and again, cost and waste saving.

Flatliner demonstration

 

How about plastic bumpers? Surely once cracked, no respectable repair is possible? Wrong, with modern techniques even split and fractured bumpers can be repaired. And even scratched plastic headlights can be made pure and clear again.

 

All in all it’s pretty impressive what can be achieved with the right know-how and equipment and the service offered by AW is probably the best you’re find anywhere and I’m proud to have worked with them.

In a move to widen the range of services they offer, AW now also offer vhicle servicing and tyres along with air conditioning maintenance and same-day repairs. Yes, SAME DAY.

I urge you to have a look at their new website and bear them in mind should you need anything from a shopping trolley dent to a trip through a hedge repaired (the car, not the hedge).

 

On a lighter side on things, I did also get up close and personal with Herbie, KITT and a 1960’s Batmobile, so a few childhood dream fulfilled there!

Childhood dream cars

 

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Official positions

This June (23rd and 24th) I will be performing official duties as the event photographer for the new Bristol and West Land Rover show . There is also due to be a world record attempt to form a mosaic of a Defender 90 out of Land Rovers. This will involve two things; 1. My Land Rover in the mosaic and 2. Me up high in a cherry picker to take the final mosaic image.

The height doesn’t worry me but I now need to calculate the height I need to be at the fit a 300 x 300 meter field into the frame without going too wide. Must get the calculator out.

Bristol and West Land Rover Show

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