In fact, it was at the Digital Show that I got into a little bit of trouble. I was giving a presentation on Sunday at 11 in the morning at the end of the exhibition hall. David was giving a presentation half an hour earlier on the Nikon stand, right next door.
I thought he would be finished by around 11.
At exactly 11, I had a couple of hundred people sitting in front of me. I had also instructed the audio visual guy to ramp up the sound. "Don't worry", I had told him. "I will take responsibility..." I mean, it was a huge exhibition hall, any sound we made would be hardly heard, surely.
My presentation was about Bhutan, creating photobooks and using Photoshop to tweak the files. And the beginning of my presentation was an audio visual with a very strong and dominant sound track: a Tibetan horn bellowing at full blast and reverberating down the Himalayan mountain peaks.
It sounded simply AWESOME. I had chills going up my spine, my legs even shook a little. The audio impact was excellent. Even made my photos look pretty good as with each blast of the horn, the image changed before gradually fading away with the echoes.
However, it was LOUD. Apparently (so I am told, now that I know I am in trouble), the horns were so loud that half the exhibition hall stopped and asked if it was a fire alarm, an army drill or a UFO.
And David stopped too. His presentation had started a little late and he wasn't quite finished. And every time he recommenced his talk, another Tibetan horn would sound.