Sunday, October 23, 2011


Polished Rocker achieved with P320 Wet and Dry followed by P600 Wet and Dry, final polish with autosol applied with a toothbrush and polishing cloth.

Friday, October 21, 2011


Today a guy came into the shop with two 2GB compact flash cards. Unfortunately both cards, purchased in 2008, only allowed 1GB of memory in the camera. I agreed to exchange them for two 4GB cards, as we no longer have 2GB cards.
Told the customer our process would be to refund the original purchase to his credit card on the understanding that he would buy the replacement cards. Checked his account and discovered that there was no history of him purchasing the 2GB cards.
He said they were purchased as a present by a woman, whose name he gave. I said he would have to get her to come to the shop and we would be able to refund to her card.
Later in the day she turned up and said that an ex-boyfriend she'd split with two years previously had asked to meet him in our shop to do some sort of refund. The original customer entered the store and the process began:
I refunded her more than £70 and he said she'd have to use her card to buy the 4GB CF cards, she agreed but both the credit cards she tried to use for the transaction were declined. (The refund can take three days to go back).
In frustration he took his wallet out and paid £60 for the two cards, our margin on the cards was better than the original sale.
Afterwards we were splitting our sides as his ex walked off £70 better off and he now had two new cards but    had lost the use of the 2GB cards which had been returned. Plus it appeared he'd spent two hours trying to put the deal together.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Ceilidh Dance

Sarah and Paul Harrison dance the night away on their wedding day at Norton House Hotel near Edinburgh.

Photo Notes: Nikon D700 + 28mm/2.8 ISO 800 f8 1/4 second + flash from SB900 Rear Curtain Sync and handheld.

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Traquair House, B&B / Guest House in Innerleithen, Scotland Scottish Borders - YouStayUK

Traquair House, B&B / Guest House in Innerleithen, Scotland Scottish Borders - YouStayUK

North Cup Burgie

Anna Davey on Wispa rockets across the water during the cross-country.
Photo notes: Nikon D700 + 85mm/1.8 ISO400, 1/1000th f4 + Flash from Vivitar 283 which seems to sync ok even when camera is set to Auto FP which takes the sync speed to any speed. I always understood that this mode only worked with Nikon guns.