More Sailing – The Fastnet

The Fastnet is a race from Cowes on the Isle of Wight to the Fastnet Rock, which is south of Ireland, then back to Plymouth. It’s a bit insane!  I would have liked to have gone over to Cowes to get some shots, but it’s getting more expensive to go on the ferry, so I want to Lepe Country Park on the mainland instead.  There’s a fabulous spit which people stand on which added to the pictures.  I did find I’d generally underexposed my pictures.  I should have added some +ve exposure compensation. as I was shooting in Speed priority mode.

The full set can be found here.


Cowes Week

Each year in August, Cowes week takes place on the Isle Of Wight.  All sorts of boats spend the week racing, and the crews party long and hard at the end of the day (and still get on a boat the next day!).  I ‘ve been going for a few years, and enjoy the chance to get a new set of pictures.  Each year there are challenges.  Sometimes there is no wind and sometimes they race so far off the shore you can’t see anything!  This year there was some close in action (well I say action – nothing dramatic happened).  My 18-200mm lens can cope (just about) although I would love to get a longer lens for next year.

The full set of pictures can be found here.

Cowes Week

Cowes Week

Flying with the Birds

We recently spent a week in and around The Peak District.  On a particularly hot day we headed up to Mam Tor near Edale.  I like Mam Tor.  You don’t have to walk very far from the car park to get to the top!  With a slight breeze and thermal uplifts it was the perfect place to watch para-gliders, and a hang-glider too.  I tried my best with my sport-action-situation shots.  There are more on my Flickr page.  I also broke the cardinal rule of photography.  Have a camera with you at all time! (I ended up having to borrow my partner’s D5000)

Hang Glider

The Eastleigh 10K

I always try to get down to the Eastleigh 10k run if I can.  Last year, there were lots of people from where I work so I was concentrating on trying to get photos of them.  This year I wanted to try and get some slightly different angles, and use shots I’d thought about getting rather than random shooting.

Some worked, some didn’t.  I also worked out what shots I want next year. I did manage to get some shots of people I know though.

Eastleigh 10k

Hockey, hockey, hockey.

Sports photography.  It’s one of my favourite areas of photography.  Probably because it generally involves people.  As part of my BTEC,  I spent the morning at a local hockey club getting some shots during a game.  I took a lot of photos.  Probably about 600 in the end, but really only got about 30 shots I liked. I tried not to take random shots, and moved around a lot to get different positions.  I also included photos that weren’t of the action.  I like to try and tell a story…. not sure if I’m managing that though.

This is my favourite shot of the shoot, because of the different movements of the players.


The full set can be found on Flickr.