Do I need glasses?

0N8A8183One of the things I lose the most in life are my glasses (along with my car keys, my mobile phone and my wallet) – but enough of family confessions. The sort of glasses I saw yesterday were stunning.

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Someone suggested that a good place for photographs might be a glass works. So after a brief phone call I found that Langham Glass – sadly no longer in the delightful village of Langham in North Norfolk, but in Fakenham – performed daily demonstrations of the art of glass making.

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The premises in Langham, which certainly had character have been replaced in Fakenham by a rather a boring building from the outside, but presumably commercial access is much easier.

The goodies produced inside the glass works are stunning and seem more varied these days; although a bit pricey for my pocket.

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However I was there to see if the works provided a photo opportunity.

You could go there with a friend and watch the demonstration of glass shaping and glass blowing. If there were more than three of you though, I think you would tend to get in each other’s way. The lighting, although good for the glass maker, is poor for photography. I was working on an ISO of 2000 and at times was struggling to get much more than 1/80 second. When Ian the demonstrator moved around the various furnaces, I managed a decent reading of 1/250 but as I was using a 70-200mm lens so that didn’t give me much spare.

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Glass about to be blown

 

Tripods would be difficult because there are chairs in the viewing gallery where anyone paying the entry fee could go and sit and there is a necessary bar which restricts the area in which the audience may move.

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Still a craftsman’s art

 

 

In the end there is only one demonstrator – he talks well and explains carefully what he is making. He’s good with answers to questions and provides an entertaining commentary. A group of photographers would find the access and the lack of choice of position limiting. But if you are going there on your own with a camera it is all right.

 

0N8A8215Take plenty of shots – as you will see from some of mine many will suffer from movement and slow speed – but it is a good show.

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