Lucy came across.
‘You’re trembling, love,’ she said, ‘Go in the back room. Sit down for a few minutes until you feel better. I’ll make you a cup of tea. We’re not busy.’
Mel told her that she’d be fine in a minute and thanked her and Jamie for their thoughtfulness. As she’d promised, Mel was soon back to her normal self, but she’d decided to tell Jack what had happened anyway – and Stacy.
An evening presentation
One Monday, not long after Jamie had mentioned the evening presentations to her, he repeated his suggestion to Mel about her coming to an evening presentation to new customers. He told her that the next one would be on the Thursday evening and asked whether she’d be free to attend as an observer. She promised that she would be and that she looked forward to coming.
He showed her a poster about the evening and asked her to put a copy in the window, a copy behind the counter and one on a side wall. He explained that Tony had already sent out invitations to those customers most likely to benefit. She asked whether there was a dress code and he reassured her that she should just come casually dressed – in any case, she was there to observe since it was her first such event.
On the evening, she turned up in a Sarah Lund style Faroese pullover with blue denim bootleg jeans and trainers. Jamie asked her whether she’d mind showing customers upstairs to the gallery. He and Tony had rearranged the furniture and displays and had set out some stackable chairs from the second floor. A projection screen was suspended from the ceiling at the back of the room.
Only nine customers came – Jamie said that was actually a good turnout. Mel showed them to the room and then, when Jamie asked her, she locked the shop door and joined the customers. She chose a seat at the back so that she could both observe what was done and how the audience reacted.
Tony and Jamie had set up two laptops on the table at the front where they sat facing the audience. Tony stood to deliver a short introduction to the evening, thanking those who were there for their attendance. Jamie then took over and asked Mel to turn out the room lights, leaving only the light from the laptop screens and the suspended screen onto which an image of Jamie’s laptop screen was projected. It took Mel a moment or two to work out how this had been done, but, when she looked up, she noticed for the first time that there was a projector fixed to the ceiling above her, facing the screen.
Jamie’s subject was the various settings options on one of the current mirrorless cameras – all the customers present were ones who had bought that model. She realised that there were features that even she had not known about and Jamie explained how to use them by displaying images of the camera, of the menu screens and of the typical effects of using each feature. She was glad that she’d come.
Afterwards, when the last customer had left the shop, Tony asked her for her reactions. She told him that she had learned a lot, and that if she were to present any of those evenings herself, she’d need to do a lot of preparation to ensure that she was up-to-speed on things like settings. She asked Tony if he could show her how to prepare the PowerPoint screens that Jamie had used and how to use the laptop to control the presentation. Tony said that he’d be pleased to do that himself, since he couldn’t spare both her and Jamie off the shopfloor at the same time.
He arranged a time with her for the Tuesday of the following week.
The photo that I’ve chosen today is the fourth of this series of nine that I’ll be posting in the next few days. There won’t be much changed between them – the idea was to capture the change in the light during the period that the Sun was setting.
I shot all but one of the photos in this series on 22 April this year, while I was stood on the pier at Southport, Merseyside waiting for the Sun to set. You wouldn’t believe it from the photos, but it was high tide around the time I was there. Southport beach seem to stretch out forever and seldom seems to come all the way in. Today’s image is the final one from the beach, another showing the Sun a little lower in the sky, though it’s sunk behind the building on the pier. The autogyro is back and a couple of people are walking along the pier.
The EXIF data are as follows: Camera used for all the shots was my 36 MP Pentax K-1 full-frame camera paired with a Pentax 24-70 mm f/2.8 full-frame lens. In every case the ISO was 100. All shots were handheld and used only natural light. I post-processed all the shots in Lightroom.
For this shot the shutter speed was 1/500 secs @ f/8 and 48 mm.