Denise Conquers the Tower

Denise Conquers the Tower

It was a crisp and bright Saturday morning as we arrived at Gunwharf Quays to watch Denise abseil the Spinnaker Tower for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity. A small crowd gathered in the perfect early morning conditions and waited as Denise and the rest of the first group of the day to go up had their first briefing. We heard that there was an issue with the lift so the intrepid bunch had to start their charity event by first walking up its 500 steps to reach the access hatch at about 95m (312ft) from which they would soon descend. We waited as four of her teammates came down the tower and then Denise emerged from the hatch and carefully made her way down to the deck to shouts and cheers. She made the journey down the tower in style and opened up a bottle of bubbly to celebrate at the bottom. What a star! Click any of the thumbnails below to see larger images; remember to click Next for more … Categories Animal (5) Art (2) Event (15) Food (1) News (2) People (15) Product (1) Recent Posts World Wide Photowalk 2016 AC/DC Flat Coat Walk Climping Henley on Thames Photowalk Queen Elizabeth Hospital Charity...
SCPF Exhibition

SCPF Exhibition

  I attended the last day (30th January 2016) of the Southern Counties Photographic Federation 46th Annual Exhibition which was held at Salisbury Library & Galleries. I’ve never been before and was impressed by both the quality of the venue and the images on display. Whilst there I grabbed a few shots to capture some of my personal highlights. Click any of the thumbnails below to see larger images.   Pano of main display Approaching Petersfield PS panel Petersfield PS panel Southampton CC highly commended panel My favourite print “Angel Genesis” by Marcin Ciesielski (Southampton CC) My other favourite print “The Circus cast off” by Gemma Burden (Fordingbridge CC) Photos through the display case Interesting corner from Bracknell CC and Chichester CC Farnborough CC’s panel was very colourful Good images from Reading CC and Ringwood CC Categories Animal (5) Art (2) Event (15) Food (1) News (2) People (15) Product (1) Recent Posts World Wide Photowalk 2016 AC/DC Flat Coat Walk Climping Henley on Thames Photowalk Queen Elizabeth Hospital Charity...
Joe McNally in Winchester

Joe McNally in Winchester

Just got back from the Discovery Centre in Winchester where the good folks of the Winchester Photographic Society hosted a talk by the great Joe McNally. It was a inspirational evening with a person who truly deserves all of the accolades that have been heaped upon him. Joe is a warm and honest man, a seasoned photojournalist, now self created editorial and portraitist and it must be said very interesting and humerous. He took us through his early work as a Life Magazine staffer, Sports Illustrated shooter more interested in the crowd than what is on the field and  National Geographic go-to photographer called upon when they had a problem to solve, and up to the present day with his last shoot which was barely out of the camera. If there is a person who defines the term “self-deprecating” then Joe is it. He started his talk by telling us he had taken many bad photos and a some Ok ones and would be showing us a few. All of his pictures had interesting stories attached and boy did he present us with a huge collection of amazing images from his career so far. The lighting, colour, composition and clarity of the shots were of course faultless but what elevates Joe to a higher level is his sheer creativity and ingenuousness to make the extraordinary to convey excitement, emotion, humour … the wow factor. Most images were on the screen for a few fleeting seconds accompanied by the stories behind the shot, mainly about the people shown and Joe’s connection to them. You definitely understood that his relationship to the...
Marwell Giraffe Day

Marwell Giraffe Day

G has been mad about giraffes since she was tiny so Ness decided to book her a giraffe feeding experience at  Marwell Zoological Park. We toured for a couple of hours in the drizzle and, following lunch, G and Ness made their way up to the gantry in the giraffe house for an up close and personal encounter. I stayed on the ground to grab some pictures of the event. All shots taken with D750 and 70-300mm at 3200 to 5000 ISO as it was dark inside the giraffe house and I was pleased how well the camera performed. Weirdly the ambient lighting varied between a pale green and a garish orange depending on position so colour balance was a challenge in post production. G was shaking with joy after her experience so it was the perfect present …. well done Ness! Click any of the thumbnails below to see larger images.   Categories Animal (5) Art (2) Event (15) Food (1) News (2) People (15) Product (1) Recent Posts World Wide Photowalk 2016 AC/DC Flat Coat Walk Climping Henley on Thames Photowalk Queen Elizabeth Hospital Charity...
Great South Run 2015

Great South Run 2015

Late October and a beautiful warm and sunny morning  for the race. The race waves were started from the podium by Lord Mayor Cllr Frank Jonas, Leader of the Council Donna Jones and double Olympic medalist sailor Iain Percy who also ran. The elite women’s race was won by Vivian Cheruiyot in 51:17 with Exeter Harriers Jo Pavey coming in second with a world record time for over 40s of 52:44 and Doris Changeiywo a close third in 52:51. The elite men’s race results were Moses Kipsiro 46:00, Emmanuel Kipsang 46:08 and Emmanuel Bett 46:11 in third. There was no headwind along the seafront to slow down the runners but the unseasonably warm temperatures did take their toll on race speed. Following the elite runners home were many thousands of club and fun runners including a lot of brave souls dressed in costume and fancy dress. I decided to focus attention on the weird and wonderful crossing the finish line. All photographs were taken with D750 and D7200 using the 24-85mm and 70-300mm lenses respectively. Exposing for the runners was particularly tricky with a bright morning low sun creating high contrast highlights and deep shadows. A takeaway for the next event would be to get lower with a longer lens and shoot up more at the fun runners to try and get a cleaner background. Click any of the thumbnails below to see larger images.   Categories Animal (5) Art (2) Event (15) Food (1) News (2) People (15) Product (1) Recent Posts World Wide Photowalk 2016 AC/DC Flat Coat Walk Climping Henley on Thames Photowalk Queen Elizabeth Hospital...