Getty Images files competition law complaint against Google

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Getty Images files competition law complaint against Google

Getty Images has built a solid reputation in the industry as one of the most trusted providers of stock imagery, news photography and photojournalism photographs and throughout the world.  The company, who provide every genre of visual imagery through it’s own businesses including I-Stock, have an astonishing archive of over 200 million items in the marketplace. Getty Images sells it’s products to individuals, small businesses, news outlets and business websites in over 200 countries and has carved out an immense name in the media industry as the “Go To” company for Video and still image content. content from the world’s best photographers and videographers.

Getty Images files competition law complaint against Google

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The Complaint

Getty contributors woke today to an email from Paul Banwell, Senior Director of Contributor Relations at Getty Images, in which he stated;

Our complaint focuses specifically on Google Images, which has impacted the competitiveness of our business by siphoning off traffic and promoting piracy – to the detriment of the 200,000 contributors who rely on us to earn a living. On a broader scale, this has impacted the interests of content creators around the world, allowing Google not only to profit from their work, but also to reinforce its role as the internet’s dominant search engine and thus maintain its monopoly power.”

Getty Images says it will file a competition lawsuit with the EU against Google, after changes to Google’s picture search promote piracy and give the search engine giant unfair advantages in the way it manages traffic and advertising protocol. This isn’t the first time that Google has been in hot water and with complaints over allegedly breaching EU Competition laws. Google has been issued formal antitrust charges over allegations that it has taken advantage of it’s influential position in the market specifically with  its Android operating system. The European Commission sent a statement of objections to the tech firm, alleging that it has breached EU competition law. Google is accused of placing onerous requirements on firms using Android and stifling competition. The company has in the past dismissed allegations it has used its dominant position to stifle competition.

Getty Images files competition law complaint against Google

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Accidental piracy

Heading back  to the recent complaint, Getty Images claims Google is displaying pictures in its search results that takes away traffic that would otherwise go to Getty’s own website. The iconic agency indicates that because image consumption is pretty much instantaneous, that once an image is shown in a large format by Google, that the need for customers to continue to the website (the originating source site) is reduced as they are essentially  giving the picture out that they are viewing.

“These changes have allowed Google to reinforce its role as the internet’s dominant search engine, maintaining monopoly over site traffic, engagement data and advertising spend,” Getty said in a press release.”This has also promoted piracy, resulting in widespread copyright infringement, turning users into accidental pirates.”

 

Patek Philippe Salon

Patek Philippe Watches

Winsor Bishop Recognised as Leading partner in UK for Patek Philippe

Patek Philippe Watches

For 175 years without interruption, Patek Philippe has been perpetuating the tradition of Swiss watchmaking. As the last family-owned independent watch manufacturer in Geneva, it enjoys total creative freedom to entirely design, produce and assemble what experts agree to be the finest timepieces in the world.  Winsor Bishop is recognised as a leading partner in the UK for Patek Philippe, and as such, made a significant investment into what is now one of the largest VIP Boutiques in the country. Winsor Bishop has been selling luxury watches for many years. Their team of watch specialists have endless experience having worked at Asprey, Harrods, Rolex in both Knightsbridge and Bond Street as well as over 30 years experience here at Winsor Bishop and other regional jewellers helping the people of Norfolk and beyond with their watch purchases. A watch is more than an object to tell the time these days, it is an investment for your future and Winsor Bishop’s watch salon holds the largest range of prestige wristwatches in the region.

The store situated on London Street, has been continually growing over the last five years with expansions in premises, people and investments in revered luxury watch brands. On a recent visit by Patek Philippe UK Managing Director, Mark Hearn said “We love Winsor Bishop because it is a family business with great heritage and history and that is extremely important to us. When we were looking for a stockist in East Anglia, to us there was only one choice.  When asked about the expansion of the Patek Philippe presence at Winsor Bishop Mark explains “The new boutique area creates a very special destination for our customers and is the largest outside of London”.  Winsor Bishop Managing Director, Sophie Fulford says “The expansion of the salon is recognition of all the hard work the team has achieved since we expanded in 2011.  We are pleased to have the opportunity to revitialise and extend our Patek Philippe salon, allowing us to offer an even more luxurious area to our customers”.  The salon is of the type you would see in London, with contemporary Bond Street style, the salon is decorated with subtle soft furnishings and elegant dark wood.  Sophie continues “we can’t wait to welcome all of our customers to this area in the coming weeks, the response from our customers which have seen it has been overwhelmingly positive”

Patek Philippe Watches

This is just a small insight of the luxurious Lounge at Winsor Bishop Jewellers in Norwich. To see more Interior Photography from the Boutique Salon, simply Click Here to be transported to the Blanc Creative Portfolio Hub.

 

Patek Philippe Marks 40th Anniversary of Nautilus

patek philippe nautilus

This year marks the 40th anniversary of one of Patek Philippe’s iconic collections: the Nautilus. Interestingly enough, at Baselworld 2016, the brand opted not to show a single Nautilus watch. Why? Because secrets make better surprises. Sometime this year, there will inevitably be a grand unveiling of new Nautilus timepieces designed to celebrate this momentous year. This gives us a great opportunity to take a little time and a close-up look at the famed Nautilus, its birth and growth. Since its inception, Patek Philippe has had a reputation of being a traditional, perhaps even conservative, brand. Its designs were refined, but not typically apt to shock. Progression was often made in evolution, rather than revolution-fine-tuning details until absolute perfection had been reached. That is why to many, Patek Philippe has become the pinnacle of Haute Horlogerie. And then, in the 1970’s, the brand unveiled a timepiece that made most people sit up and take notice: Nautilus. Predominantly known for its ultra-slim and complicated dress watches, Patek Philippe sailed into seemingly unfamiliar territory when the Nautilus was introduced in 1976. A sports watch, surprisingly crafted from steel, seemed way out of Patek Philippe’s comfort zone, yet turned out to be spot on. In fact, the Nautilus became the founding father of an entirely new category of watches: that of ultra-refined, high-end, steel sports watches. The Nautilus was designed by Gerald Genta, who took inspiration from the porthole of a luxurious transatlantic ocean liner that had been popular in the early 1900s. It was packed with innovations, and displayed the technical prowess of the Geneva brand.

The watch had an innovative construction where a monocoque case was attached to the hallmark octagonal bezel, secured by four lateral screws hidden in the “ears” of the watch. The beauty of this construction was that it divided the pressure under water equally so that when the pressure got higher it actually pushed the watch tighter into its rubber gaskets, increasing its water resistance. This resulted in a water resistance rating over 120 meters—quite impressive for a watch that was never intended to be a diver’s watch. This first Nautilus, with reference 3700/1, would later be nicknamed “Jumbo,” thanks to its then-generous size of 42mm. Refinement of the design made it a very wearable watch. The integrated bracelet comfortably follows the curve of the wrist; the sides of the bezel that highlight the porthole look of the watch, and the legible dial with gold baton markers on top of a black, horizontally grooved dial, all contribute to this. With an overall height of just 7.60mm the Nautilus was also quite slender, thanks to caliber 28-255 C, which was in fact based on Jaeger-LeCoultre caliber 920, a movement which Jaeger-LeCoultre never used in one of its own watches. Patek Philippe was not the only one that used this movement, because the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak and the Vacheron Constantin 222 also used this movement as a base. The rotor of this movement does not use the common ball bearings, but runs on circular rails, and features a gold insert to increase its weight and winding efficiency. With the rotor attached, its height is only 3.05mm.

To market the Nautilus, the brand focused on what was at the time quite a contraction—the fact that “One of the world’s costliest watches is made from steel.” Also, the box in which the Nautilus was delivered was out of the ordinary, since it was covered in cork. Dark-colored dials would remain a staple for the Nautilus for decades, with white dials only entering the men’s collection in 2012. One exception is a rare, white-dialed prototype that was created in 1978 at the request of the original owner. Referred to as “The Albino Prototype”, it was sold in 2015 by Sotheby’s Geneva for an unprecedented 250.000- CHF.

In 1980, the Nautilus was also released as a ladies’ model, known as reference 4700/1. This was not only available in steel, but also in steel/gold and full gold. The use of precious metals brought the Nautilus closer to Patek Philippe’s other offerings, yet 1980 was also the year that the brand started with the production of the steel cases and bracelets for the Nautilus in-house. While previously done by Favre-Perret, they were now made by Ateliers Réunis, one of Patek Philippe’s workshops that was located in the same building as what is now the Patek Philippe museum in Geneva. The early 1980’s also welcomed the Nautilus reference 3800/1A, which was a mid-size model featuring a diameter of 37.5 mm. That watch also introduced a central seconds hand to the Nautilus, thanks to the use of caliber 335 SC, an ultra-slim movement that Patek Philippe developed and built in-house. The next big step in the history of the Nautilus was taken in 1998, when the brand introduced reference 3710. Although the Nautilus has always featured a date, no other functions had yet been made available. With reference 3710, this changed, with the introduction of a power reserve indicator. Combined with Roman numerals, this model moved more towards being a sportier dress watch, also because the horizontal grooves were absent from the dial.

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In 2005, the “Collectors’ gold” edition, reference 3712, was introduced. This Nautilus not only featured a power reserve indicator, but also a small seconds and moon phase, while the date function had become a pointer date over the moon phase indicator. It was powered by caliber 240 PS, a manufacture movement with micro-rotor that was visible through the sapphire case back of the Nautilus, a first for the watch. The watch is referred to as “collectors’ gold” because Patek Philippe only made this model for one year before it was discontinued in 2006. In that year, Nautilus celebrated its 30th anniversary, and Patek Philippe decided to revise the entire collection. The design of the Nautilus was subtly changed, the “ears” were slightly curved to be aesthetically more in line with the bezel, the hands a bit more bold, and the anniversary also meant the introduction of a stunning dial that looked dark blue in the center, yet turned more towards black at the edge of the dial. A more drastic change was the departure of the monocoque case in favor of a three-piece case, now featuring a sapphire case back for all models, except the 38.4mm mid-size model. Patek Philippe also introduced an innovative chronograph into the Nautilus collection. Reference 5980 combined the hour and the minute counters of the chronograph in a single sub-dial at six o’clock.

After its 30th anniversary, Patek Philippe increased the pace of innovations being introduced within the Nautilus line-up. The year 2009 saw a relaunch of the Nautilus for ladies, which had been discontinued in the 1990s, followed a year later by a high jewelry version, featuring automatic movement caliber 324 S C. In that same year, the collection was expanded with an annual calendar, and in 2012 Patek Philippe introduced the white dial for all its men’s models. The introduction of the Nautilus Travel Time Chronograph came in 2014. The watch combined a dual time-zone function with a chronograph. It provided each time zone with its own day/night indicator and was housed in a 40.5mm case. The current collection of the Nautilus reflects its history. It offers everything from a time-only steel Nautilus in the tradition of the original model, to models crafted from precious metal and featuring diamond settings. Most unique is the fact that all the major steps in the Nautilus history are still present and accounted for. The power reserve/moonphase complication is still there, as is the chronograph, annual calendar and the Travel Time Chronograph. Also, the white dial is still available on select models. The added complications,use of precious metals (sometimes even in combination with gemstones) and alligator straps show the distance the Nautilus has come—from a relative outsider within the Patek Philippe line-up to an integrated part of what the brand stands for, representing every aspect of Patek Philippe’s capabilities.

 

Patek Philippe & Co.

Patek Philippe & Co. (PP) is a Swiss watch manufacturer founded in 1851, located in Geneva and the Vallée de Joux. It designs and manufactures timepieces

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Waveney Valley Food and Drink Festival

Waveney Valley Food Festival

Waveney Valley Food and Drink Festival

Waveney Valley Food Festival

 

The culmination of the Waveney Valley Food and Drink Festival is its 2-day Fair set against the backdrop of glorious Bungay Castle. The Festival showcases the best local produce to try and buy and a programme of cookery demonstrations. The River Waveney provides much of the border between Norfolk and Suffolk, providing the perfect backdrop to the rolling countryside and stunning views across the rich farmland. The Valley and its idyllic villages and small picturesque market towns are easy to explore and there are plenty of opportunities to visit local food producers, tea shops, restaurants and pubs. Visitors to theWaveney Valley Food and Drink Festival have the opportunity to browse the stands, tasting and buying an incredible array of delicious goodies such as cakes and pastries; organic vegetables; meat and poultry products; preserves and chutneys, oils and sauces as well as enjoying a programme of cookery and butchery demonstrations, live music and entertainment for the children. From award-winning ales from fabulous micro-breweries to fresh-pressed cider and apple juice, rare breed meats, artisan chocolates and talented local chefs – the Waveney Valley has it all so please join us for the Waveney Valley Food & Drink Festival.

Fosters Solicitors were proud to support Waveney Valley Food and Drink Festival.  As a local business who are very much involved in the life and activities in Bungay and the Waveney area, Fosters Solicitors welcomed visitors to the showcase of local food and drink.

 

Who are Fosters Solicitors 

Founded in 1761 Fosters is an award winning law firm with offices across Norfolk and Suffolk including: Norwich, Wymondham, Lowestoft, Bungay, Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds, Thetford and Kings Lynn. Fosters is one of East Anglia’s leading law firms. They are the only firm of Solicitors in Norwich that offer a full range of integrated services to businesses and individuals on a private and legally aided basis. They have Solicitors and Consultants who specialise in commercial law, business law, property, personal injury, probate, family law, criminal law and mediation. Fosters has a long standing reputation for providing first class professional legal services to its clients in Norfolk, Suffolk and nationally. The business prides itself on having Partners and Solicitors who are highly trained in specialist areas. This is reflected by the number of Solicitors and Partners being recognised as leading individuals in the Legal 500 and Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession.

Waveney Valley Food Festival

Waveney Valley Food Festival

Waveney Valley Food Festival

Waveney Valley Food Festival

Waveney Valley Food Festival

Waveney Valley Food Festival

Waveney Valley Food Festival

You can view the full Waveney Food and Drink Festival Photography Gallery including the glorious food on offer by clicking HERE

Flying Drones. The UK Law

Flying Drones

Flying Drones. The UK Law

Flying Drones is possibly one of the most contentious, talked about subjects on film-makers, photographers and radio control enthusiasts throughout the UK. Once again we see the SUAV (Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle), better known as a drone, literally sky rocket onto the front pages of the press this week. Flying drones is one thing, but doing so in dangerous, potentially life threatening environments is another. Police are investigating a mid-air collision with a passenger airliner travelling from Geneva on Sunday 17th April 2016 as it prepared for landing while approaching London’s Heathrow Airport. British Airways stated the Airbus A320 was not damaged when the object hit the nose of the plane, but the potential consequences could have been devastating and caused a huge loss of life. In the past twelve months, there have been 25 reported near misses with twelve making the “Class A” serious risk of collision category. The UK Air Proximity Board, the body responsible for investigating near-miss incidents in UK airspace have evidence of numerous near misses and potentially catastrophic incidents which include a drone flying over a Boeing 737 by about 16 feet. Live television has captured near misses as recently ad December where world champion skier Marcel Hirscher narrowly missed severe injury when a heavyweight, professional drone smashed into pieces only inches away from the athlete at the Alpine Skiing World Cup in Italy.

Flying Drones

The British Airline Pilots Association (Balpa) campaigned for drones to be programmed not to enter certain airspace – known as geo-fencing. Dji, maker of the The Phantom drone, has geo-fencing already programmed into Firmware of key locations, royal residences and literally thousands of international airports across all continents. DJI is a global leader in developing and manufacturing innovative drone and camera technology for commercial and recreational use. DJI was founded and is run by people with a passion for remote-controlled helicopters and experts in flight-control technology and camera stabilisation. The company is dedicated to making aerial photography and filmmaking equipment and platforms more reliable and easier to use for creators and innovators around the world. DJI’s global operations currently span North America, Europe and Asia, and its revolutionary products and solutions have been chosen by customers in over 100 countries; for applications in film, advertising, construction, fire fighting, farming, and many other industries.

DJI Launches Public Beta of New Geofencing System

System Enables Authorized Users to Unlock Certain Areas

Shenzhen, China (Dec. 31, 2015)–DJI, the world’s leading drone maker, Thursday launched a public beta version of its new geofencing system in North America and Europe.

Geospatial Environment Online (GEO) will provide drone users with up-to-date guidance on locations where flight may be restricted by regulation or raise safety or security concerns. With this major upgrade to DJI’s existing geofencing system, users will have access to live information about areas temporarily restricted from flight due to forest fires, major stadium events, VIP travel and other changing circumstances. The GEO system will also show restricted areas around locations like prisons, power plants and other sensitive areas where drone flight would raise non-aviation security concerns. To accommodate the large variety of authorized applications, GEO will allow drone operators with verified DJI accounts to self-authorize and temporarily unlock flight in some locations. Certain areas where drone flight is not allowed, such as Washington D.C., will remain as unlockable no-fly zones. Unlocking requires a DJI account verified with a credit card, debit card or mobile phone number. DJI will neither collect nor store the information, and the service is free.

To read more about the Dji Geo-fencing and how it impacts on flying drones, click the link HERE

 

Flying Drones

Flying Drones may seem a simple enough procedure. In fact, recreational flying is something that can be managed by a child. The following video shows an eight & nine year old child taking control a Phantom V2 SUAV. In a controlled environment, at low altitude and calm weather conditions pending, basic GPS flying is possible even for a child, but it’s not that cut and dry in reality. The consequences of flying drones without any form of official certification and training is another story and parents need to be aware of their responsibilities if they choose to let an unsupervised child out into airspace with a Drone.

Flying Drones

 With Drone sales in 2015 exceeding a staggering one million units, the steady stream of near misses raises serious questions about flying drones in an unregulated capacity. The absolute breakneck speed at which the Drone Flying culture has escalated both in the UK must allow for some kind of future proofing. Without legislation, the skies will literally be filled with hobbyists breaching privacy laws and endangering property and people going about their everyday lives.  There needs to be a balance and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is constantly developing it’s framework, but realistically, this is still in the very early stages.

Prosecutions

We are beginning to see the drip feed of pro-active prosecutions as the CAA set a precedent as to where and how Flying Drones can be undertaken. In the UK, two people have been prosecuted for the “dangerous and illegal” flying of a drones.  A drone enthusiast,Nigel Wilson, a security guard from Nottingham was prosecuted by the Crown Prosecution Service for using drones after a police-led operation relating to incidents including flight within 100 metres of Premier League, Champions League and Championship football matches, parliament and Buckingham Palace. In one incident Wilson was flying drones so close to mounted Police Officers, that he startled horse at the Liverpool FC, Anfield Stadium.  Wilson was fined £1,800 for nine offences, had equipment confiscated and banned from purchasing, borrowing or using for any purpose a drone or encouraging anyone else to do so.was banned from flying or keeping drones for  district judge Quentin Purdy told Wilson he showed “flagrant disregard” for people’s safety by flying his three drones over busy, built-up areas.

Meanwhile A TV-repair shop was the first person convicted in the UK for “dangerously” flying a drone.Robert Knowles was fined £800 and ordered to pay costs of £3,500 costs after flying a small drone within 50 metres of The Jubilee Bridge on the Walney channel and flying over a nuclear submarine-testing facility, where he crashed the Drone into the sea channel. He was prosecuted by the Civil Aviation Authority and claimed the fine and legal costs would bankrupt him.

 

Tim Johnson, CAA Director of Policy said, “We want to embrace and enable the innovation that arises from the development of drone technology, but we must ensure that this is done safely, with all airspace users in mind. It is imperative that people observe the rules when operating a drone. Drone users must understand that when taking to the skies they are entering one of the busiest areas of airspace in the world – a complex system that brings together all manner of aircraft including passenger aeroplanes, military jets, helicopters, gliders, light aircraft and now drones. When doing so, they must be aware of the rules and regulations for flying drones that are designed to keep all air users safe.” The ‘Drone Safety Awareness Day’ will see the launch of a dedicated online resource where existing and potential users can access advice on safe drone operation, along with the ‘Dronecode’, a list of tips that will ensure recreational users can enjoy their drone without posing any risk to aircraft and other airspace users.

Flying Drones – The Uk Law Explained.

The CAA has set-up a As part of the drone safety awareness initiative and an online resource including some plain speaking tips as to flying drones safely. The site includes a  no frills guide to the rules for recreational drone usage.

 

Flying Drones

 

Flying Drones

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) sets the rules on drones in the UK under what is called an air navigation order.

  • An unmanned aircraft must never be flown beyond the normal unaided “line of sight” of the person operating it – this is generally measured as 500m (1,640ft)horizontally or 400ft (122m) vertically
  • An unmanned aircraft fitted with a camera must always be flown at least 50m (164ft) distance away from a person, vehicle, building or structure
  • An unmanned aircraft fitted with a camera must not be flown within 150m (492ft) of a congested area or large group of people, such as a sporting event or concert
  • For commercial purposes, operators must have permission to fly a drone from the CAA

When flying Drones in the UK it is your responsibility to be aware of the rules that are in place to keep everyone safe. Follow these simple steps to make sure you are flying safely and legally.

 

For full guidance on unmanned aircraft systems in UK airspace, Please refer to the air navigation order on the CAA site for specific details.please read CAP 722.

 

 

Shaun Leane Winsor Bishop Norwich

Shaun Leane

For over a decade, Shaun Leane has redefined the standard of British jewellery design. Fusing innovation with exquisite craftsmanship, the house is known for a timeless elegance that epitomises modern romance. Creator of some of the most admired jewellery masterpieces of the twenty-first century, Shaun Leane is fast becoming one of the worlds pre-eminent jewellery houses. The Shaun Leane ethos was born at the bench in London’s renowned jewellery heartland, Hatton Garden. From the age of 15 Shaun Leane apprenticed in the finest techniques of traditional craftsmanship. He perfected the art of high end diamond jewellery mounting and antique restoration in an environment where skill was paramount and perfection was the only acceptable standard. This foundation of technical excellence and classic artistry is now the pre-requisite for Leane’s discerning philosophy. The House of Shaun Leane atelier comprises of a team of highly-skilled artisans, designers and technicians, all trained in the delicate yet innovative art of goldsmithing.

“I admire the past masters who – with their style and craftsmanship – created fine jewellery that was distinctive of its time.

I like to fuse elements of tradition with a contemporary design approach. We cannot look to the future of design without remembering our past.”

Shaun Lean

Shaun Leane Winsor Bishop Norwich

Blanc Creative were on hand at Winsor Bishop for their latest Commercial Production as the Norwich Jeweller played host to one of the most acclaimed designers in the UK jewellery industry. Shaun Leane won Best International Jewellery Designer at the Andrea Palladio International Jewellery Awards, which took place on 4th September 2015 in Vicenza, Italy. Winsor Bishop’s success in introducing the range to customers prompted a trunk show from one of the country’s most forward thinking jewellery designers, who during his visit previewed his exciting new collections for the coming season and reflected on his rise to the top through his long term collaboration with Alexander McQueen.

Shaun Leane: Designer Jewellery UK, Fine Diamond Jewellery

The official website of award winning luxury jewellery designers The House of Shaun Leane: fine craftsmanship and signature innovation created for you.

Shaun Leane: Remembering Fierce Designs and Pheasant Claws

LONDON — For Shaun Leane, the “Savage Beauty” exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London has been both bittersweet and inspiring — a chance to reminisce about his creative relationship with the fashion designer Alexander McQueen and …

Archant EDP Wedding Show

Press Photography Norwich

Archant EDP Wedding Show

For the past two years, Blanc Creative been covering Press Photography for Archant Norwich and the EDP Wedding Show across Norfolk & Suffolk, with the main event as always, being The annual event, held at the Norfolk Showground in Norwich. We couldn’t have wanted a better way to showcase our press photography and Norfolk Video Production as literally thousands of brides, grooms and their families made it to Bride, The Wedding Show. Blanc Creative are an exciting, modern thinking business that offer a wide range of Norfolk Video Production Services. We can assist you with everything from conceptual ideas to storyboarding, helping you to transform your ideas into a completed project.

 

Thousands of excited bride and grooms-to-be were at the Norfolk Showground today, as a two-day wedding spectacular continues. The Show, now in its sixth year, had more than 150 exhibitors offer guidance to soon-to-be newlyweds in need of a little help turning their dreams into reality. The show, which is sponsored by Alba Rose diamonds, was awash with stalls, shows and a champagne bar to keep guests happy. By Saturday morning the show was already off to a lively start, with over 1,000 visitors queuing in the cold and through the doors by 12pm. Laura Honey, 33, of Newmarket, came to the show with her sister ahead of her wedding this June.  She said:

“We’ve got quite a lot of it planned already but I couldn’t resist coming along. It’s a really big wedding show – there’s so much here. We’ve had so much fun and really enjoyed the fashion show.”

Lively catwalk shows, were playing to full houses four times a day, display the latest in bridal fashion for all members of the family. EDP Wedding Show manager Diana Sims said that the event was on the “scale of a national show” and that visitors attended from as far as Essex. This year, two lucky couples won their dream wedding, as they walked away with £25,000 worth of wedding goodies in a one-of-a-kind competition. Dresses, a marquee, accessories, transport, photographers and even hen and stag parties were all be up for grabs in the giveaway.

 

EDP Wedding Show Norwich

EDP Wedding Show Norwich

EDP Wedding Show Norwich

EDP Wedding Show Norwich

EDP Wedding Show Video Production fromBlanc Creative

To read more about the spectacular Archant Bride Show and to view our extensive gallery of professional press images, please visit the Blanc Creative Portfolio Hub or simply Click in this Box.

Newlyweds-to-be flock to the Norfolk Showground for biggest EDP Wedding Show …

We’ve had so much fun and really enjoyed the fashion show.” Lively catwalk shows, held four times a day, will display the latest in bridal fashion for all members of the family. EDP Wedding Show manager Diana Sims said that the event was on the “scale

 

 

Photo Gallery and Video: Organisers hail EDP Wedding Show 2014 an

‘amazing …

The EDP Wedding Show at the Norfolk Showground. Bride-to-be, Claire Holden and her mum Carol. Picture: Denise Bradley. Miss Melanson said much of her big day was already mapped out, but some big decisions remained and the show had helped her …

Norfolk Constabulary – Broads Beat

The summer of 2015 was the 20th anniversary of Norfolk Police’s Broads Beat team, a vital service covering 120 navigable miles of waterways across the Norfolk Broads. Broads Beat manager Ish Najjar explained that the officers and special constables provided a level of visibility on the Broads akin to years gone by. He said: “People love seeing a police officer, but unfortunately it is getting rarer and rarer these days.

“It’s been proven that seeing the police can help deter criminals, so we can get to remote places that others can’t and try make the Broads a safe place to come and work and play.”

Norfolk Constabulary Broads Beat

Fifteen local businesses including Blanc Creative sponsor Broads Beat, providing everything but the salaries for the police officers. Training, two boats and equipment are all covered by the cash pot, around £15,000, which is put forward every year, making it the UK’s longest running police and public sponsorship scheme.
Broads Beat manager Ish Najjar explained that the officers and special constables provided a level of visibility on the Broads akin to years gone by. He said: “People love seeing a police officer, but unfortunately it is getting rarer and rarer these days.

“It’s been proven that seeing the police can help deter criminals, so we can get to remote places that others can’t and try make the Broads a safe place to come and work and play.”

Bure Valley Railway – Steam in Miniatures

Welcome to the Bure Valley Railway!

Norfolk’s longest fifteen inch gauge line runs between the ancient market town of Aylsham and Wroxham, the ‘Capital of the Norfolk Broads’ with country stations serving the villages of Brampton, Buxton and Coltishall.
The 18 mile round trip runs through the picturesque Bure valley countryside following the meandering river through meadowland and ancient pasture stopping occasionally at small country villages.
The ‘Steam in Miniature’ event, celebrated 25 years of steam on the Bure Valley Railway and was held over the weekend of September 26th & 27th 2015. Combining fantastic model railways, rideable miniature steam engines and a number of guest steam engines including ‘Northern Rock’, visiting from the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway.
Blanc Creative were on hand to capture the celebrations unfold with professional photography and video production. What better way to celebrate the wonders of Steam.

KLM introduces new seats on Cityhopper Fokker 70

KLM introduces new seats on Cityhopper Fokker 70

KLM introduces new seats on Cityhopper Fokker 70

After having introduced Economy Comfort on its Boeing 737 fleet, KLM rolled out Economy Comfort on the KLM Cityhopper fleet in winter 2013/14. The Fokker 70 aircraft were equipped wth new ACRO light weight slim seats in a changed seat configuration. Two Fokker 70 aircraft were originally modified to fly with these new seats. The new seats create even more leg space in European Business Class and Economy Class. As a result of the slim design of the seatback, leg space in the European Business Class will increase up to eight centimeters and in the Economy Class up to four centimeters. In the reconfigured Fokker 70’s with new slim seats the European Business Class will be reduced to six rows.

So why would a Norwich based commercial photography business be so interested in The KLM Fokker 70 seating?

Blanc Creative were commissioned to document the process of the overnight seat replacement inside the Fokker 70 for KLM Engineering in Norwich. The process, which was in itself a fascinating look into the world of aircraft maintenance, was undertaken to ensure that the aircraft was no t grounded unnecessarily and did not lose any flying time, by way of a unique working model, that saw the aircraft drop off it’s last flight passengers and taxi over to a dedicated workshop where an overnight seat replacement would take place in time for the aircraft to make it’s first flight the following day. The operation was executed with military precision, stripping out the existing seats, deep cleaning the whole aircraft and installing the executive style seating overnight and in only a few hours.

The operation was photographed using a single flash unit and a tripod mounted camera. With little room inside the cabin, external studio lighting was not an option, particularly with the huge quantity of windows that would reflect additional lighting. We undertake a varied cross section of technical work and the resulting images were sharp, clean and well lit.

To enquire about our full range of commercial photography services, please contact the Blanc Creative team on Mob: 07871 364041 or Tel: 01603 893748.

KLM introduces new seats on Cityhopper Fokker 70

KLM introduces new seats on Cityhopper Fokker 70

KLM introduces new seats on Cityhopper Fokker 70

KLM introduces new seats on Cityhopper Fokker 70

KLM introduces new seats on Cityhopper Fokker 70

KLM introduces new seats on Cityhopper Fokker 70

KLM introduces new seats on Cityhopper Fokker 70

KLM introduces new seats on Cityhopper Fokker 70

KLM introduces new seats on Cityhopper Fokker 70

About KLM
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines was founded in 1919, making it the world’s oldest airline still operating under its original name. In 2004, Air France and KLM merged to form AIR FRANCE KLM. The merger produced the strongest European airline group based on two powerful brands and hubs – Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Paris Charles de Gaulle. Retaining its own identity, the group focuses on three core businesses: passenger transport, cargo and aircraft maintenance. In the Netherlands, KLM comprises the core of the KLM Group, which further includes KLM Cityhopper, transavia.com and Martinair. KLM serves all its destinations using a modern fleet and employs over 33,000 people around the world. KLM is a leader in the airline industry, offering reliable operations and customer-oriented products resulting from its policy of enthusiasm and sustainable innovation. KLM is a member of the global SkyTeam airline alliance, offering customers an extensive worldwide network. The KLM network connects the Netherlands to every important economic region in the world and, as such, serves as a powerful driver for the economy.

About SkyTeam
SkyTeam is a global airline alliance providing customers from member airlines access to an extensive worldwide network offering more destinations, more frequencies and more connectivity. Passengers can earn and redeem Frequent Flyer Miles throughout the SkyTeam network. SkyTeam member airlines offer customers access to over 490 lounges worldwide.

What is Press Photography

Press Photography - Radio 1 Big Weekend

What is Press Photography – A Guide stepping on the Press Ladder!

Norwich Press Photography

We’ve all heard the term Press Photography, but what does it really cover. Media Photography or Photojournalism is a professional photographer who captures images of current stories, events or newsworthy occurrences for news agencies, printed newspapers, magazines, and news websites. Fort longer term reportage or documentary style pieces, the term photojournalist is a wider used term, however, press photography and photojournalism often cross over during the course of work. As a full time professional photographer working in the commercial industry, Press Photography was a natural progression. Blanc Creative built a solid reputation in Norwich before moving into the world of media and corporate imagery and video throughout the UK.

Imagery by Lee Blanchflower  of a Road Accident Incident captured at the scene

Norwich Press Photography

Press Photography

Press Photography Norwich

To succeed in the industry you will need a certain set of skills. Just because you can hold a camera and may have had the local newspaper print an image of sunset in their readers section, doesn’t mean that you will do well in the world of press photography It can be a demanding, fsst past role with long hours and have good technical knowledge of all camera equipment

Have visual composition and perspective skills to make for newsworthy images.
Have a good understanding of image-management software (photo Mechanic etc) and photo manipulation software (treat manipulation with caution and read this article for full clarification)
Know your camera inside out. You’ll need to work in all conditions on the fly
Look for situations that are developing into news images. It’s all about to capture ‘The moment’ when and as it happens
work quickly and don’t crumble under pressure.
Be prepared to wait for age for a very short timeframe of work.
Have excellent communication skills
Expect to work copious amounts of hours for very little in return. You won’t be getting the ‘Scoop’ every day or every week.
Blanc Creative Press Photography of Big Weekend

Norwich Press Photography

Press Photography Norwich

Press Photography Norwich

What Qualifications Do You Need?

It really depends on age, experience and reputation. If you’ve never worked in the industry, never been a professional photographer, just left school and have no solid experience, then you’re likely to need at least five GCSEs, including English, and/or two years’ experience in photography, or a further education qualification in photography. There are lots of College and University courses available that will provide a sound technical grounding, but whatever way you look at it, there is no experience… Like Experience!

Press Photography Norwich

Images are generally shot on location, using hand-held digital cameras with a portable flash and photographers tend to have their own wifi set up and fast laptops. The faster the images are uploaded to News Agencies, the faster the chances that your images will be purchased by Press or Newspapers. Picture desks like to have images so they have exclusive stories or breaking news. Press Photography is essentially about uploading a handful of high quality, new worthy images to accompany a news story. Many Newspaper and magazine Photography freelancers now work on commission only basis. The days of in house commissioned photographers are numbered, They are a dying breed. Images are generally bought ‘on spec’ (speculatively) if it is of a high standard or features a subject not covered by their own photographers.

PR and Press photography is often scheduled in advance, particularly for pre planned visits or events. Monthly diaries are released by prerss agencies to their freelancers where accreditation is required. Photographers will be scheduled in advance and independent agencies will brief freelance press photographers on the type of shots required.

NUJ (National Union of Journalists) is a good sign that a freelancer is a Professional Press Photojournalist. Membership is through proposal / seconding of accredited referees and providing a portfolio of press articles and publications where work has been used professionally. Being a member certainly isn’t the be all and end all, but it will give you some credibility within the industry and offers elements of legal advice and support for photographers when they require it. To read further articles about Photography and videography, why not head over to the Blanc Creative Blog. It’s right HERE If you are interested in looking further afield, we’ve done some of the work for you and added a few links below to the world of Press Photography.

World Press Photo

An independent, nonprofit organization based in The Netherlands supporting and promoting professional press photographers internationally. List of winners …

World Press Photography 2016 Winners Announced

World Press Photography 2016 Winners Announced. Lydia Pawlowsky 18.02. 2016. The winners of the 2016 World Press Photo Contest were announced …

Photojournalism: 150 Years of Outstanding Press Photography by …

The events of recent years, from 9/11 to the Japanese earthquake and tsunami disaster, have once again shown that photography remains the ideal tool for …