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Greetings to all my loyal friends and followers, I thought that I would take a little time out to share a few things with you.

My new camera (Canon EOS 6D for those of you not paying attention) has finally arrived, I can’t recommend that you stay further away from www.valuebasket.com , yes I got a fantastic deal but their customer service is non existent and their lead times in today’s world are just unacceptable, especially seeing as they felt the need to lie to me about them on a regular basis. I could have dealt with a three week lead time if I’d been told that’s how long it was going to take at the point of order, instead it began at 3-5 days then 7-10 days then 7-10 working days, then in the next few days with none of their staff having the first idea what was actually going on. Still I have my baby and I’ve named him Luke, he is an ugly baby, but boy oh boy does he take some purdy pictures.

As I am now taking my photography more seriously as a business I was having a difficult time explaining the brand behind Mr Bunny Chow, and whilst Mr Bunny Chow is going nowhere I am now going back to my roots as a blogger on these pages and have re-branded  my Facebook page to my real name www.facebook.com/robtwigwood and also launched a very simple professional site www.robtwigwood.com please check them out and let me know what you think.

Since Luke arrived I’ve been lucky enough to go out on two occasions with Lee from Lenses of Croydon and Inner Circle Photography, last weekend we went into London to look at the Taylor Wessing Portrait Exhibition in the National Portrait Gallery followed by a wander around Borough Market. This was definitely a learning process for me, I adore the way that Luke’s depth of field is super shallow in comparison to  my experiences on a crop frame camera, I am not going to get too geeky on you here but I definitely need to be super careful not to over use this. It is also incredible how much clearer photo’s are at much higher ISO’s than my older camera. I am a very happy boy.

see what I mean about the super shallow depth of field

see what I mean about the super shallow depth of field

pretty owl biscuits

pretty owl biscuits

loved how vibrant these olives looked

loved how vibrant these olives looked

mmmm bacon

mmmm bacon

could this cheese seller be more French?

could this cheese seller be more French?

yummy cheese

yummy cheese

pretty merengues

pretty meringues

This Saturday Lee and I again ventured into London to go on a photowalk with the internationally infamous Australian Photographer and Youtube celebrity Matt Granger. The walk was pretty fun and it was great to meet so many like minded photographers, although as it was super busy we didn’t get as much time to pick Matt’s brain as we would have liked, just observing the way in which he interacts with people was fascinating. I managed to pick up a few shots that I was really happy with. While I’m here I’d like to highlight the http://www.savethesouthbank.com/ website, as I passionately believe that this park is culturally important to London and would hate for it to disappear.

tracking shot within the South Bank Skate Park, again please sign their petition.

tracking shot within the South Bank Skate Park, again please sign their petition.

just a candid portrait I liked

just a candid portrait I liked

Lee being Lee

Lee being Lee

the winter sun catching St Pauls

the winter sun catching St Paul’s Cathederal

Matt Granger (in the middle) being creepy with an Ice Light

Matt Granger (in the middle) being creepy with an Ice Light

could you get a more London shot of London?

could you get a more London shot of London?

So what next for me and Mr Bunny Chow?

I am currently taking bookings for next years wedding season so please do put me in touch with anyone getting married, having babies or doing anything else they might want photographing, I believe my rates are highly competitive and I’ll always do my best to work within any budget.

Hope you are all well

TTFN

Mr Bunny Chow (aka Rob)

 

I’ve continued being useless at sharing with you and for that I apologise, it’s been a busy couple of months, outside of my usual parenting duties, I’ve shot a wedding which I will be sharing some pictures from with you soon as well as been on holiday to Majorca a small Spanish island in the Mediterranean so I thought that today I’d share a couple of holiday pictures and also a couple of my beloved dog and boys.

In other news I have managed to order myself a shiny new camera (Canon EOS 6D for those of you who care) which will hopefully begin paying for itself as I pick up a few more paying jobs. It is something I have wanted to do for a long time because as much as I love my old Canon EOS 10D she’s really just not up to the job of taking quality pictures in anything less than ideal light conditions and as I am marketing myself to shoot weddings and other portraiture I want to be able to deliver the highest quality final product to my customers.

Needless to say I am very excited and promise to share my thoughts on it (I haven’t decided if it will be a boy or girl yet) as soon as it arrives. I went along with ordering from a smaller company knowing it would take longer to get to me because they offered the cheapest deal I could find.

I have also invested in current copies of Lightroom 5 and Photoshop

James and Bunny extra contrast

There is no greater love than that of a small boy and his dog

running bunnySee how happy she is

CRW_4666 We drove around for ages trying to find this monastery, we’re not even entirely sure that this was it or just the church the monks use but it was most definitely closed to the public.

Another day we decided to drive down to Cala de Sa Calobra, the road is absolutely incredible rising to almost 700 metres and then dropping back down to sea level over a space of just 12 kilometres . I unfortunately was concentrating on the  driving so didn’t get any shots of the road (Mrs BC had her eyes most firmly closed for most of the drive and refused point-blank to take the camera) but watch this video I found of youtube to get an idea of what it’s like.

obviously the video isn’t mine so please respect the owners copy right.

At the bottom it is very beautiful but the restaurants are all very expensive and certainly the one we chose was rubbish. The beach is also very beautiful, but not ideal for kids with large pebbles and a quick drop off as opposed to your typical white sandy beaches.

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Well I hope you’ve enjoyed this little update and as I always do I promise to stop being so rubbish at letting you know what’s going on in the world of Mr Bunny Chow and family

TTFN

Mr Bunny Chow

Marionette

Posted: 23/10/2013 in Uncategorized

I know I know, I’m a bad blogging buddy, I could make all sorts of excuses but the honest one is that I’ve been horribly busy raising children, cleaning house (badly) and little bits and pieces of photography, including my first wedding. Today though I’m going to talk about one of my good blogging buddies the talented author that is T.B. Markinson, you may recall I wrote about her fantastic first novel here. Anyhoo, she has a new novel coming soon and I’ve got a sneak preview available of its cover art to share with you.

So without further waffle from me, here it is along with a few words from T.B.M herself.

Marionette

Title: Marionette

Author: T. B. Markinson

Cover Designer: Derek Murphy

Publication Date: December 2013

Synopsis:

Paige Alexander is seventeen and has her whole life in front of her. One day her girlfriend comes home to discover that Paige has slit her wrists. Paige isn’t insane, but she acts like she is. Why?

After the incident, Paige agrees to go to therapy to appease her girlfriend, Jess. However, Paige doesn’t believe that therapy will help her. She believes she’s beyond help. Paige doesn’t want to find herself and she doesn’t want to relive her painful past in order to come to terms with it. What Paige wants is control over her life, which she hasn’t had since her birth.

During her childhood, Paige is blamed for a family tragedy, when in fact, her twin sister, Abbie was responsible. Abbie doesn’t come forward and Paige becomes the pariah of the family.

To add to Paige’s woes while attending a college in a small town in Colorado, the residents are in the midst of debating whether or not gays and lesbians should have equal rights. Tension is high and there’s a threat of violence. She isn’t out of the closet and pretends to be straight at school since she fears what will happen if her parents find out she’s a lesbian. Will she end up dead like her best friend, Alex?

About the Author:

T B Markinson

T B Markinson

T. B. Markinson is a 39-year old American writer, living in England, who pledged she would publish before she was 35. Better late than never. When she isn’t writing, she’s traveling around the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in England, or taking the dog for a walk. Not necessarily in that order. Marionette is her second novel.  A Woman Lost was her debut novel.

Sign up to TB’s New Release Mailing List here. Your email will never be shared and you will only be contacted when a new book is out.

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Well there you have it folks, I promise I’ll try to be back soon with some more original content.

TTFN

MrBunnyChow

I was given a fantastic opportunity over the weekend to shoot some test make-up and costumes for a local film project.

I think I must have done a good job because they’ve asked me back to do some more shoots for them in the future and possibly even behind the scenes stuff when they begin filming.

I can’t go into too much detail at the moment as no dates have been finalised and no rates agreed other than that I’m cheap.

I hope you like this selected out take of images from Saturday.

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Please feel free to comment and let me know what you think.

TTFN

Mr Bunny Chow

 

Has it really been over a month since I last shared something with you?

Seriously I am a bad bad blogger.

T.B.Markinson

T.B.Markinson

I’m going to keep this post short and sweet too as I just wanted to tell you about a fantastic novel I read recently by one of my blogging friends TBM. She was kind enough to send me a preview copy but you can download your’s from this link.

TBMwomanlost

It’s essentially a romance novel and if I’m honest I’m not a great reader or lover of general chick lit, but because it was written by a friend I dived right in and lo and behold there I was at 3 am emailing her about how much I’d loved it and wrapped up in the whole thing. Seriously this is not your usual chick lit, this has steamy lesbian romps, it has humour it has relationship stuff that red-blooded males can relate to alongside beautiful romance and sweetness.

Please Support TBM and buy this book.

I promise I’ll be back soon (maybe even later today) with some pretty pictures from a recent photo shoot.

TTFN

Mr Bunny Chow

 

Calling all photographers,

for a long time now I’ve followed a wonderful blog with a huger readership called PhotoBoto’s, they were supporters of this very blog from the very early days and were even kind enough to feature one of my shots http://www.photobotos.com/my-leopard/ a little while back.

They are currently reaching out to their readership to go forth and seek out other photographers to share their shots and their stories with them to feature. So without further ado, I implore you my readers to dig through your archives and submit a photograph to them via this link http://www.photobotos.com/submit-a-photo/

I can’t promise you that your fortune will be made, but a little extra exposure (do you get the pun, do you, do you?) can’t hurt.

I promise I will get around to sharing some of my photography with you again soon, It’s been building up and up so I’ll just chuck in a quick one from our recent holiday.

Landie at Sunset

Landie at Sunset

Take care and TTFN

Mr Bunny Chow

A couple of weeks ago I created a post asking for advice from you my dear friends of the blogosphere and in return I offered a print to my favourite comment, we’ll get to the winner in a moment but I just wanted to apologise first for being so quiet of late, I’ve been incredibly busy around the house with the boys. I’ve also been out and about on the town with the wonderful creative partnership that is Lenses of Croydon I’m really excited to have become involved with them and no doubt you will be hearing more from me about them in the coming weeks months and years.

I have decided for the time being not to exhibit my work, this is in the most part due to the cost vs. reward I’m sure you all understand that raising kids is not a cheap exercise and whilst I’m fairly confident that the exhibition would have just about broken even I’m not confident that any real money would have been made and when belts are as tight as mine and Mrs BC’s even the small outlay is beyond the current budget.

I of course reserve the right as always to change my mind in the future when metaphoric belts are loosened.

Thank you all for your feedback I greatly appreciate it.

Back to excuses, I have managed to complete a diploma in photography, I doubt it’s going to make me any money either but I thoroughly enjoyed it and certainly learned a fair bit. Since completing it I’ve enrolled on another course with www.camera-school.co.uk. I’ve picked up a little freelance web design work for a local photographer and am deep within the throes of forcing my eldest to abandon Nappies/Diapers in favour of the big boys toilet. My youngest also stole my mouse and has a habit of switching off the computer in the middle of whatever I am doing so if this post seems disjointed that would be because I’ve abandoned and returned to it several times in fits of rage.

Oh yes, my favourite feedback actually came through Google+ and was made by an old school friend the hugely talented musician Matthew Gair, I’ve written about him before although not for some time so please do take a moment to give him a listen.

I’ve included a few recent pictures below from my adventures with the Lenses of Croydon Family for your perusal and commenting pleasure.

Big Cock

Big Cock

Man in a snakeskin suit

Man in a snakeskin suit

Desire

Desire

Smile London

Smile London

Thank you all again

TTFN

Mr Bunny Chow

I haven’t forgotten my giveaway guys, winners will be announced soon but I thought I’d share this giveaway to win Either a Nikon D800 or Canon 5D MarkIII. The competition is open worldwide so anyone of my global followers is encouraged to enter.

Just click on the links below.

Big thanks to the SnapKnot wedding photography directory for offering this great camera giveaway!

Good luck and remember me if you win.

TTFN

Mr Bunny Chow

Hi!

I just signed the petition “Allow international observers to monitor this year’s general election.” on Change.org.

It’s important. Will you sign it too? Here’s the link:

http://www.change.org/petitions/allow-international-observers-to-monitor-this-year-s-general-election?share_id=abfbNReUIj&utm_campaign=signature_receipt&utm_medium=email&utm_source=share_petition

Thanks!

Mr Bunny Chow

this happens to me occasionally and I’m loath to ignore it because the thought behind it seems genuine, I’ve been nominated for another blog award, those of you readers unfamiliar with the blogosphere may think that this is a great honour and in some ways it is a recognition of what I do here, but there always has to be a but.

Blog awards are also much like the chain letters we’ve all received about the little boy in Ohio who’s been dying of something or other since 1984 and how no one has ever broken the chain, you know the ones, well yeah that’s how these blog awards work and I’m not someone who goes along with fulfilling the dream of little boys who’ve been dying for 30 years so I’m going to participate this time but only in part.

I was nominated for this award by wannabephotographer who’s a very kind and sweet lady and it’s for this reason alone that I’m going to play along a little bit.

So without further ado these are the rules

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Rules for receiving the Sunshine Award:

  • Include the award’s logo in a post or on your blog.
  • Answer 10 questions about yourself.
  • 10 other fabulous bloggers must be nominated.
  • Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blogs, letting them know they have been nominated.
  • Share the love and link the person who nominated you.The 10 Questions:
    1. Favourite colour: today I’m going with olive drab
    2. Favourite animal: Kudu cow yummy and pretty all in one
    3. Favourite number: 13
    4. Favourite non-alcoholic drink: Coffee
    5. Prefer Facebook or Twitter? Google+ but am sticking with Facebook because my Mum kinda understands it.
    6. My passion: My kids and photography
    7. Prefer getting or giving presents: prefer giving, receiving always makes me feel guilty and awkward
    8. Favourite pattern: houndstooth
    9. Favourite day of the week: I’m a full time dad, all days are roughly the same but Mrs BC is extra Grumpy on Monday mornings so I can say that’s my least favourite
    10. Favourite flower: Flame lilies otherwise known as gloriosa superba the national flower of Zimbabwe and darn purdy too.

    Ten bloggers who deserve The Sunshine Award!:

  • yeah well I’m not going to pass this one along, I told you I was mean and grumpy and unwilling to pass on the feelings of guilt.

Otherwise, all is quiet on the western front, The Monkey Boy is full of cold and miserable but otherwise not much to report.

Please keep the comments coming on my previous post.

TTFN

Mr Bunny Chow