Hertford Theatre Week

I dropped in to Hertford Theatre yesterday to take some shots of The Company Of Players’ rehearsal of “A Few Good Men”, which is their Theatre Week entry for 2012.

The production is one of six plays being staged as part of the annual festival in Hertford.

My aim was to get a range of shots, showing the production in rehearsal, including actors (both on and of stage) and crew.

At the end of the week I’ll be photographing the winners after the awards ceremony on Saturday night.

Not What It Seems

Whilst taking photos for a project about Hertfordshire recently I came across this rather unusual scene in Baldock.

This is a bricked up shopfront that has been incorporated into larger premises. However, when viewed in isolation it can appear a little bizarre. It brings to mind Harold Evans quote: “The camera cannot lie, but it can be an accessory to untruth”

Irfanview

I use a number of software packages for viewing and editing images, the most obvious being Photoshop. However, I’m also a big fan of Irfanview,  written by Irfan Skiljan of Jajce, Bosnia. The first version of Irfanview was released as long ago as 1996 and the current version is 4.3. This is a brilliant little program with a wealth of features. You can view and save a whole host of file formats as well as performing basic editing tasks such as resizing, cropping and sharpening. Not only thus but you can add plugin-in filters that allow you to edit colour curves and apply filters to your images. It even does batch-processing. Not only is this remarkable program very powerful, but it’s also free, although the author does suggest you might want to make a donation. The download is also very compact, at just 1.4MB!

www.irfanview.com