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Photograph of a 66 Million Year old Lady from Leicester

Is it rude to ask a lady her age?

I photographed a 66,000,011 year old lady the other day in Leicester University. Jane was pictured with Rod and John from Vertigo Creative who made her look her best with some creative lighting and a dynamic pose.

By the way, Jane is a Tyrannosaurus rex, found at Hell Creek, amid the arid badlands of Montana. She is a sub-adult, estimated to be around 11 years oldat the time of her death. Vital statistics, 7′ 6″  tall and 21 feet long – around half the size of a fully grown dinosaur.

Weight 110 stone – but would have become 5 tonnes if she had reached adulthood.

Dinosaurs are typically named after the archiologist who finds them – hence the name ‘Jane’.

Her lower jaw features a full set of razor-sharp teeth, ideal for tearing into flesh. I wonder if she was smiling for me? 🙂

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It’s Snow joke when your portraiture person’s not there

Nottingham Photographer Paul 'Spike' Reddington battles through the snow, only to find the door padlocked and no-one in the office to take a picture of.

We’ve been having our usual ‘fall of snow so the country grinds to a halt’ fun and games this week. As a professional photographer, I’m like a ‘Photographic Mountie’ in that I always get a photo of my man. Or woman. Or not, as in this case.

My assignment was to photograph the MD of an engineering company in Derbyshire yesterday. We arranged the time earlier this week. I battled through blizzards and left my car parked precariously in half a snowdrift, as despite it being a four wheel drive Jag, it struggled to get up the lane to the company’s offices, which was both uphill and covered in two feet of snow.

So as I was hiking up the hill, one of the firm’s Transit vans returned to base, took a flyer at the lane and ground to a skiddy halt five yards later. I left them, wheels spinning, determined to reach the top on time.

Halfway up the hill, I found a firm of four-wheel drive mechanics, grinning at my hike and also the large flatbed truck belonging to the firm I was photographing. That too, was stuck and didn’t look like it was going to get to London that night, as planned. They advised that we should all get ‘proper vehicles’ like their custom Range Rovers and the like. They pointed me in the direction of where I could find my MD.

Imagine my disappointment then when I got to the door of the office and found it padlocked shut.

DRAT.

A solitary fitter, the sum total of the company’s workforce that day, informed me that the boss wasn’t in today, he’d been snowed in back home at Sheffield. On phoning the chap, he was most apologetic, had forgotton about me, and bearing in mind he had spent the morning shutting down his various site operations in Lincoln and Birmingham, I could almost forgive him.

So I set off back, pausing only for a photograph from the fitter to prove I’d been there. On arriving back at the car, I got a call from a different client who had booked me for a financial dinner that evening in Nottingham. Called off due to snow and postponed to January.

Not n’ice’ news eh?


The things I’m asked to do. . .

Sometimes a photography brief from a client can be a little unusual or challenging…

Latest was one where the requirements were to photograph a dog at a vets ‘Looking up expectantly’ and ‘Looking at his doggy toy’ amongst other shots.

But unfortunately, the dog was blind.

He didn’t want to be apart from his owner, so to get shots of him on his own, I got him to cuddle and stroke the dog until he relaxed a bit (vets are stressful places y’know) and quickly move out of shot.

This worked fairly well, but the best shots I think were with him being fussed over. Here’s one of him looking doleful yet cute:

Cute doleful Yorkshire Terrier dog at the vets


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