Photos are few and far between….

I’ve been a bit slack over the last year.  I haven’t taken anywhere near as many photos as I should have.  Actually, I should say I haven’t been out to take photos.  I realised this when I went to upload some pictures to Flickr from the 5k run at work, and saw that I hadn’t actually created many albums since the 5k run last year.  It’s at this point I should say “I will aim to create an album a week”, but targets don’t help me.  Deadlines do though, so I need to find a way to set deadlines.

Hursley 5k



Not a Competition Entry!

I had intended to enter the photo below, and the one in the previous post into a local competition…. until I printed them out, and realised because of the size they need to be mounted, neither would look right.  Realistically they needed to be 12×8. so I  need to have a rethink about what I should enter.  I like to crop things to unusual sizes, but in some cases that is not always helpful.

The Solent

Hockey Action

Again I’ve been looking through some older pictures to see if there is anything I can do with them.   I took some photos as part of my BTEC at a local hockey match.  At one point,  I took multiple shots of the players running out from the goal when it was a corner.  These looked ok on their own at the time, but looking at them again I wanted to try and create more of an action feel.  So I overlaid three of the the pictures, and fiddled around a bit with the opacity etc.  The one problem I had was that ideally the camera should have been on a tripod so that the goal and lines were exactly in the same place.  It nearly works!Hockey


As part of our work departmental games, one of the events was a 5k run around the site. This was done at lunchtime of a very hot day.  It was 28 Celsius when I left at 5pm so I don’t know what it was like at 12.  I was hot and I was in the shade!  I was asked to take some photos.  I tried a different approach this time in that I shot JPEG instead of RAW.  I thought I would take more photos, but actually I should have taken RAW anyway.  As there wasn’t that many runners I was able to try and get a couple of shots of all of them.  I used my Nikon 18-200mm lens, but there were times when I wish I had something faster, but I ended up with some decent images.

IBM Hursley 5k - 2013

The full set can be found here.

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