Monday, May 27, 2013

Hot Rods-Custom Built/Restoration Vehicle- 1930's Ford

I had the pleasure of doing an unusual photo shoot (for me anyway) on the weekend. I was asked to photograph the underneath of a car. Yes, that's right "underneath" the car.

I was thinking about dripping oil, greasy, dirty messy, etc, but was told it was clean as it was being "done up" for a show later in the year and the owner needed me to take some pics of the work done before they "put the covers on". Don't ask me what all this means all I know is that it's cleaner and shiner under this car than most cars are on the top!!! He needs the pics to show the "show mob" what is "hidden" beneath the bright red panels that he is going to put on! WOW!! I could get hooked. This car is beautiful!!! And it's not even finished yet!

Anyway I got a big surprise when I crawled underneath with a light to take a look. VERY IMPRESSIVE I thought. The duco under the car is so highly polished that my reflection can be seen in one of the shots! How's that for a great finish! I don't understand why they want to cover it all up....but it's not my car....I couldn't afford it for a start...and then there is the ongoings.........expensive hobby, but apparently very popular. Certainly looks impressive.

I'm looking forward to the next photo shoot when the underneath is complete!
Here are the pics for all you car enthusiasts out there....don't bother asking me any questions....I have enough trouble finding where the petrol goes!

All I know is that it is an American built 1930's Ford. I'm hoping to be allowed to take full shots of the car on the next photo shoot. So you will have to wait until then to see the rest of the car. Oh and don't make the mistake that I did and ask "Are these bits chrome". Almost caused the owner to stutter at that....I was politely told "NO, chrome flakes"," this is all polished stainless steel". WOW. Duco and stainless steel...again  WOW. I suspect these kind of enthusiasts are  perfectionists at what they do. Looking forward to seeing more. I'll take a notepad and pen and try to ask some intelligent questions for you to read about.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Dog Grooming - Poodle Clipping - Home Grooming Course.

Just had the best 2 days of learning and fun at Clipper World in Cranbourne. I have a miniature poodle that I wanted to learn to clip myself so enrolled in this 2 day course for home grooming.

Clipper World Instructor Kylie kindly brought in her Standard White Poodle for the class to practice on during day one and to watch and learn from. He was such a gentleman!! All these strangers pulling at his ears, and attempting to clip his feet etc and he never turned a hair! In fact at times I reckon he was laughing at our fumbling attempts at clipping him. We all learnt so much and really enjoyed the course.

Our instructors Kylie and Michelle from Clipper World were great at showing us the techniques required to hold the dog so it was comfortable and so we would be able to clip it confidently. Also learnt about bathing poodles and other breeds, blow drying and combing, clipping nails, cleaning ears and tails, getting out tangles and scissor techniques. Such fun.

On the second day we brought in our own dogs; Schnauzers, miniature poodles, cross breeds, anything you wanted, and practiced on them under instruction from Kylie and Michelle. They were great at spreading themselves around the class participants and showing you how to hold the dog and position the clippers/scissors to get the desired cut without cutting your dog! Came away confident to "have a go" by myself now, having purchased clippers, scissors, combs and brushes. 

Look out "Miss Lily" (my miniature poodle) I will be waiting for your coat to grow so I can "have a go" myself! Luckily the coat grows back, so if I make any major stuff ups, she will just look a little odd for a bit till it grows out!

Here are some pics of our "model" (should I say "victim"?) that we learnt on and from. Such a lovely poodle....just so big! Just as well he was big though, gave us all bits to try on under the eye of Michelle and Kylie. Click on the link Clipper World below to see their web page.

Clipper World

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