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Andrew Le Poidevin MCIJ
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I'm in need of Santa's little helpers....
03rd December 2013
This is all a bit of a rushed job...
I'm stacked with orders at the moment. I thought that when I retired and left the retail trade that the 'Christmas rush' would just become a memory.
I was wrong, bah, humbug ;-)
So I have made a quick edit of the weekends pics and added a couple of picture galleries featuring the latest Autocross and Trials pics.
Now where is Santa's little helper who promised to give me a hand?
Knowing my missus she's probably on the Sherry again ;-)
Take a look here:
PICS OF THE PETIT BOT TRIALS
PICS OF THE AUTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
One week later and a world of difference....
24th November 2013
In my previous Blog I was commenting on the difficulties that photographers face when capturing stage-lit performances.
There is often a strange incongruity with the way an audience will see stage lighting to the way a photographer will see the same scene.
The contrast and colours combined with the timing of changes will add dynamics to an audience's experience. Last weeks lighting was great - from an audience's viewpoint.
However these very same factors can really challenge the work of a photographer.
As I previously Blogged, last week at the Fermain Tavern was one of those nights which favoured the audience... There were a lot of strong, single colour fills and rapid cycles. That's OK - after all it is the audience who pay to get in and they deserve to be entertained :-)
However 'The Get Down' at the 'Tav' on Saturday favoured the 'togs a bit more. My thanks go to Lloyd Hellyeah who was pushing the buttons, you make my job so much easier ;-)
Lloyd's style is to 'layer' the lighting more. He offers a wider range of colour contrasts which enhance the 3D depth of the scene. From a photographers point of view its FANTASTIC.
I make no secret of the fact that, offered the choice, I will always take the easy option particularly if I like the results better ;-)
If you fancy taking a look at my pics of The Get Down please click on the link and see if you can observe the difference I talk about...
VIEW PICS OF THE GET DOWN
Patience is a virtue...
20th November 2013
You have to be a patient sole if you are a photographer.
On so many occasions whilst pursuing the variety of photography that each of us enjoy we have to wait for the light to be 'just right'.
This is inevitable. After all, we can only record an image using the light that is present, whether this is natural or artificial.
In some situations the photographer can be in total control. This is quite a luxury but a great deal of knowledge and experience has to be amassed to make best use of this control of the light.
The other times a photographer has to go with what is given... whether it is offered by nature or man.
This is when patience is a very useful gift for a photog.
Sometimes the available light makes you feel that you will never achieve anything that is worth keeping. This was how I felt at The Fermain Tavern when I tried to capture pics of UK Band, Evarane.
It wasn't that Mark Guillou's light show was bad. Indeed for the watching audience it was fantastic! But for a photog it was about as hard as it gets. The modern use of 'pure' spectrum LED lighting, particularly when it 'floods' a stage in a single colour, can almost make me give up and go home! This form of single colour immersive lighting means it is VERY hard to create a 3D feel on a 2D printed page or screen.
This time I decided not to turn around and go home but to be patient. Over the course of Evarane's set I did capture a couple of worthwhile pics (I think)... but that was too much like hard work for one lazy photog ;-)
VIEW THE PATIENTLY CAPTURED PICS OF EVARANE
Two Motor Sport updates... with more to come
18th November 2013
This is a busy time of year for me. There is a growing list of Christmas orders to process in addition to the day-to-day photographic work.
Also the Guernsey Motor Cycle & Car Club will be holding their Annual Dinner Dance and Presentation evening at the end of the month. For several years I have been asked to project a slide-show of racing pics during the meal and also illustrate the Trophy presentations with action shots of all the winners. This also eats into my spare time but I am honoured that my Slide-show has become an expected part of the evening.
With all this background of work filling the days and nights I am having to squeeze in the updates to my Galleries into the few spare moments.
Yesterday I was able to add a couple of Motor Sport events. First there were Motocross pics of Round-8 held on Saturday on the cliffs at Pleinmont. Then a Gallery of Trials pics from Sundays event at the D'Os D'Ane.
There will be more to come... Autocross racing from Chouet.
Then I have updates to make to the Music Gallery with pics of Evarane and BRIGHT_LIGHTS.
Plenty to keep me at my desk whilst being entertained by my new Sonos Wireless Sound System.
This is quite an awesome piece of technology... but that's a story for another day ;-)
VIEW PICTURES OF ROUND-8 OF THE MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
VIEW PICTURES OF TRIALS AT D'Os D'Ane
Lucky me, time to buy a lottery ticket...
03rd November 2013
Each year that I spend photographing Motor Sport I seem to have a story or two about crashes that happen near to where I am standing.
In fact it was Marc Cox's 'biggie' at Le Val des Terres earlier in the year that reminded me that when it goes wrong it can go wrong 'big time'.
Marc crashed whilst laying his bike down as low as it would go. Rider and bike slid into a bank - only after being launched several metres through the air. The bike ended in several pieces.
On this occasion I can only recall the details that I was told. I wasn't there! The point though is that on Marc's previous run I was EXACTLY there! You will be pleased to note that both rider and photographer are fine.
I suppose that at a Speed event like a Hill Climb the dangers are obvious. After all it is all about pushing the limits of how fast you can go.
What is perhaps a bit more surprising is that even the 'gentleman's' sport of Trial Biking can occasionally bring a close encounter.
It was today, whilst photographing the Guernsey Motor Cycle & Car Club Trials meeting in Petit Bot that I guess I had a lucky moment.
The conditions where wet and very muddy. I had taken a vantage point on the edge of a stream and after taking pics of several riders I decided on changing my position. It was then that Rod Smith approached up the slippery route. He seemed to loose grip for a moment and his bike leapt forward, rotated over and landed upside-down precisely where I had been standing... ouch.
Rider and photographer where unhurt and I'll be buying a lottery ticket tomorrow ;-)
VIEW PICS OF THE PETIT BOT TRIALS
Moto-X riders do it in the mud... I've got the pictures!
02nd November 2013
It takes more than a few inches of mud to put off a Moto-X rider.
In fact they positively love a bit of slippery action. So that made today's track conditions just about perfect for most of the competitors. There is no doubt that a few puddles can help liven up a photograph too. This echo's what I was saying in my previous blog about the Karting Championship.
So it made for an enjoyable morning on the cliffs photographing the latest round of the Guernsey Kart & Motor Club's Motocross Championship.
The strong wind and low light levels made for a few challenges - but I did manage keep to my feet and I avoided any embarrassing slides into the grime :-)
So the riders seemed to relish their mud-bath however I definately wouldn't want the job of cleaning their bikes and race kit!
Pics are already on-line. Please take a look...
MOTO-X RIDERS LIKE IT SLIPPERY
The final race of the Summer Championship... and it was a wet one!
01st November 2013
The Guernsey Kart & Motor Club Summer Kart Championship was completed in challenging conditions.
With Classes where the new Champions were still to be decided it was a tense morning at The Track with supporters braving the rain to watch the outcome.
They were treated to some skilful racing that saw the drivers looking for the fastest line in the wet. It was noticeable that they preferred a different approach into the corners than the normal dry line as smooth seemed to reward with a faster pace.
I always find that it is well worth suffering the discomfort of rain dripping down my back and wetting my kit when I get back to my studio and process the pics. The results always offer something a bit different. See what you think.
Pics are now on-line.
VIEW PICS OF THE WET FINAL KART RACE
In the company of Legends.... when was your last time?
20th October 2013
How many times in your life have you been in the company of Legends?
Can I be a bit more specific. When was the last time you stood three foot away from a Legend whilst he performed his magic just for you. Or so it seemed :-)
Well for me (and a small group of like-minded people) it was last night. This happened just up the road from you... and you didn't make the effort to attend. SHAME ON YOU!
The Fermain Tavern promoted what was perhaps their greatest ever gigs over the weekend. You can imagine they must have been good for them to top the pile of great gigs at 'the Tav'.
In case you missed the news about who was on stage I'll help you out. It was the Norman Watt-Roy Band. Norman is that rare thing... a true Legend of a Bass player. If you haven't heard of him? SHAME ON YOU!
But that wasn't all. Norman was joined on stage by another true Legend and close friend. Wilko Johnson returned to the famous stage. He once again captivated the crowd. It was the work of a Legend... you haven't heard of him? SHAME ON YOU!
Maybe I should take delight in the fact that there's a relatively small group of musically educated and motivated people that follow the music scene. After all it makes us feel more privileged to have such legendary musicians perform in this intimate setting, just for us. How lucky are we!
On the Saturday evening the Fermain Tavern was also the chosen place for a good night out by another true Legend. Sir Bradley Wiggins had decided the Tav was the place to chill.
.... you haven't heard of him? ... you know what I'm thinking!
So I ask you again. When was the last time you were in the company of Legends?
For me it was last night!
I've added a few pictures of the Norman Watt-Roy band with their special guest Wilko Johnson to my galleries...
VIEW PICS OF THE NORMAN WATT-ROY BAND WITH WILKO JOHNSON
Happy days, but nothing lasts forever :-(
18th October 2013
What am I to do? I'm deeply depressed.
More to the point. What is the Guernsey Music scene going to do in the future?
I refer to the effect that the imminent departure of Steve 'Lynchburg' Lynch from our Island shores is going to have on so many bands. I've already wished him well in the future... but it was through clenched teeth!!
How can I (or any local followers of the music scene) be happy to see Lynchy leave. There will be a hole in too many bands to mention.
Will the scene survive? Off course it will, but it won't be the same.
I have been looking at some of the MANY pics that I have taken of Lynchy over several years. He has been a familiar face in some of my all-time favourite bands. Perhaps my very favourite band was one of his newest projects that had barely come out of its gestation period... and it is already a-gonna :-(
I'm talking about HEAVE. What a great, tight, heavy and menacing duo that was. Just how I like it!
But life moves on and we still have the memories. You could never accuse Mr Lynch of hanging around and not evolving. This was manifested in his many bands. Interestingly I was reminded that he has also re-invented his hair style and facial hair on a very regular basis. I have the pics to prove it!
Talking about memories, it is a shame then that mine has let me down. I was at the Fermain Tavern a few weeks ago at the Teaspoonriverneck farewell gig. It was one of their greatest. I took pictures. I forgot to upload them!
Thanks Lynchy for the reminder. I wish you the very best in your future... and I really mean it, grrrr :-(
VIEW PICS OF TEASPOONRIVERNECK
.... and a link to a few pics of Heave
A FEW PICS OF AN ALL-TIME FAVOURITE - HEAVE
Moto-X Championship pics, sorted!
13th October 2013
Just a quickie update...
Pics of Round-5 of the GK&MC Motocross Championship are now online.
I did say it was a quickie :-)
VIEW PICS OF MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND-5
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