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I was suprised... then there was no suprise :-(
21st May 2017

It was a night of surprise and not!

Saturday saw the launch gig of the new Static Alice EP ‘Warrior’ at the Fermain Tavern… a bit more about that in a minute.

I’ll start by mentioning one of the supporting bands.

Somehow I had missed seeing this band before. Maybe because, as I get older and lack the youthful stamina, I sometimes miss the early support bands as I arrive a little late at gigs. A man of my age has to pace himself you know!!

Whatever the reason, this was the first time I’d seen a new (for me) young band called Track Not Found… and they impressed me. When you take a look at my pics you will see that the three guys in the line-up are girls! :-)

Don’t let this leave you with an impression on their music choices. This band is grungy and heavy. They already have a strong set of originals and have developed a tight and promising live performance. This was the surprise that I mentioned before. Track Not Found did more than enough to get me to their next gig early to make sure I see them again. You must keep an eye out for them too.

The other surprise of the night… but it wasn’t really… was that there were so few ‘punters’ out on Saturday to catch the launch gig of Static Alice’s new EP ‘Warrior’. Static Alice command a large following of fans in Guernsey. They always ‘produce the goods’ at gigs with their charismatic, high energy live performances of original songs. They really are one of the most memorable bands on the Guernsey scene at the moment.

So why didn’t their fan base turn out to support Static Alice in greater numbers on Saturday?

As I suggested earlier, this was a surprise… but not, if that makes any sense!

Regular gig-goers have seen it all before and I guess that nothing will ever change. However, at least (in one way) I hope things don’t change.

What I mean by that comment is this. I hope bands aren’t put off arranging gigs when their efforts go so unrewarded. I would hate to lose the chance to see live music played in Guernsey just because of the apathy shown by so many.

If you’re still interested, Static Alice didn’t let the lack of people affect them in the slightest. They are in the game (originally) because of their love of live music. They stepped up to the mic’s and didn’t lower the energy level until the last song. Well done guys.

Oh, and ‘Warrior’ is fantastic. Make sure you buy a download. We need to support our local talent… even if you can’t be bothered to attend gigs.

There is one more point that makes the lack of punters even harder to understand. The other supporting band was Honest Crooks who have a large fan base of their own – making things even stranger!!

You can view pics of the bands here:
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF STATIC ALICE
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF TRACK NOT FOUND
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF HONEST CROOKS
Two days on the beach but no sunbathing for me....
15th May 2017

Whilst I'm sure many locals would have enjoyed two days leisure on Guernsey's beaches last weekend I was on the golden sands for work :-(

I'm not looking for any sympathy though. Far from it. I get to spend my 'work' time outside doing what I enjoy. I think I'm the lucky one here!

I also spent quite a bit of time walking around L'Ancresse golf course with my cameras slung around my neck trying to catch up with crucial moments of play in the Piccadilly Trophy and the Junior Hampshire Greenjackets Golf competitions. Again, what's so bad about doing that as my way to earn a crust (pay for the real ale)!

The beach work was capturing the action on the sands of Vazon Bay (Sand Racing) and the Autocross Banger racing on Chouet beach.

I've now added a couple of Galleries featuring the Motorsport action:
CLICK TO VIEW THE LATEST AUTOCROSS ACTION
CLICK TO VIEW THE LATEST SAND RACING ACTION
Piccadilly Trophy & Brymay Cup golf pics...
13th May 2017

I made a short stop off at L'Ancresse golf course this morning to grab a few pics of the Piccadilly Trophy & Brymay Cup competition.

Golf is not my usual choice of sports action photography. There's not enough noise, speed.... or indeed action!

But it was a pleasant day to walk around L'Ancresse Common and I was actually assigned to take the pics - so I didn't have much choice!

Anyway, the short stop was made on my way to Vazon Bay for the Sand Racing so I still found time for some real action photography :-)

UPDATE: After shooting the Piccadilly Trophy on Saturday I returned to the links on Sunday to photograph the Junior Hampshire Greenjackets competition which was played between the Royal Guernsey Juniors and La Moye Juniors. A few pics of that competition are also online.

The golf pics are here:
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF THE PICCADILLY TROPHY CHAMPIONSHIP
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF THE HAMPSHIRE GREENJACKETS
National Holiday? What National Holiday?
10th May 2017

May the 9th is Guernsey's National Holiday... but I have to ask 'What National Holiday?'

Liberation Day is a day that most locals enjoy chilling out on. There are many events taking place if you need entertainment. Or you can take the chance to visit friends and family for a couple of beers.

However for a working photographer it is far from a leisurely day.

This year my first assignment on Liberation Day day was to photograph the 50th time that the Guernsey Velo Club had run their Liberation Day Road Race over the L'Eree course. There was a good size entry when you consider other events that were taking place.

After that 6.30 am start my working day didn't finish until 18 HOURS LATER!!!

Once I'd captured a few action pics of the Road Race it was back to my office to sort, edit, caption and submit the pics for publication.

Next on the list was the Guernsey Athletics running race from the Peninsular into St Peter Port. I captured the start then followed the runners around the coast until (after struggling to find a parking space) I was at the finish line just as the winners crossed. Then back to the office for another edit.

Now it was time to photograph the historic motor cavalcade along the St Peter Port seafront. This always promises lots of colour and flag waving. It produced the goods :-)

It was now time for a bit a music... and a deserved beer... up at the Vale Earth Fair stage placed in the front garden of the Last Post Pub in St Andrew. To be honest with you, I could easily have called it a day then and there as there was a lovely chilled-out vibe among the crowd of locals sitting in the closed main road.

But no, there was more on my list. So back into St Peter Port I headed to photograph some of the bands appearing on the Lib Rock stage on the Albert Pier... only stopping to take a few pics of the fireworks.

So like I've already said, Liberation Day is far from a 'chilled day off' when you're a working 'tog. But it was still great fun. I hope you enjoyed yours.

You can view my pics of the 2017 Liberation Day by following this link:
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF LIBERATION DAY 2017
I Step into The Lion's Den.....
07th May 2017

On Saturday I took the steps up to The Lion's Den.

This new venue on the Guernsey live music scene looks as if it has plenty to offer.

Just in case you haven't discovered it yet, you just have to head into St Peter Port... next you find Market Square. You'll be getting near. Listen out for the sound of music emanating from the upstairs room above the Golden Lion Pub and you will have found The Lion's Den.

Over the years I've enjoyed many gigs downstairs at the Golden Lion but I'm sure that the new Lion's Den Bar will prove even more popular.

My first visit offered the chance to see Chas Cole fronting a band instead of hiding in the shadows behind the mixing desk. His band called BlackTopTales received a great response. Keep an eye open for their next gig.

Headliners were Blue Mountains now expanded by a couple of friends and offering greater depth to their sound. This band is heading into my top ten of local bands.

I'm recommending The Lion's Den to you if you like your music live... of course you do!

I've added a few new pics to my Music Gallery featuring BlackTopTales and Blue Mountains:
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF BLACKTOPTALES
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF BLUE MOUNTAINS
Sometimes a picture doesn't tell the whole story...
04th May 2017

The headline to this Blog is hard to say for a photographer!

Especially one of my era who grew up with rolls of film that offered little scope for any manipulation.

Another thing that sets me up as an 'old generation' 'tog is that I really don't 'get' videoing at all. I know that all my recently purchased cameras have a setting and buttons to start a video recording but I've never explored what they can do.

You'll now understand that I'm proper 'old school'. Maybe this means I'm missing out on all that fun... the endless editing, the massive files.... and just how do you sell the finished video after all that effort when, if you put it online, it is essentially given away?

Of course all of the previous comment could be complete rubbish... I did say that I have no idea about video!

However, even I can see that sometimes the 'good old fashioned' photograph cannot explain what is happening as well as a moving picture could do.

Perhaps the picture at the top of this Blog is an example. In this 'frozen' form you could be forgiven for thinking that it was captured moments before a terrible accident when the Marshall is run over by the Sand Racing car.

But you'd be wrong. I'm sure that any racers are able to interpret the picture correctly. It is clear from the angle the car is leaning into the corner and the spray being thrown up that the driver is making a huge controlled slide. The Marshall in the picture is also an experienced beach racer so he clearly felt comfortable so close to the action.

Now, having explained all of that, I reluctantly have to concede that a video of the same action wouldn't have needed any explanation at all!

But is that what we want when looking at dramatic moments of action?

When a photographer is lucky to catch a special moment in a photograph there remains something for the viewer of that picture to interpret in what they see before them. So this still leaves me thinking that a carefully timed and captured 'still' picture is the finest form of recording action sport. I welcome your own comments on this subject.

You can see from my comment that this 'stills photographer' is not likely to be pressing his 'Record' button anytime soon!

A full gallery of pics taken at the last Sand Racing meeting is now online:
CLICK TO VIEW THE LATEST SAND RACING PICS
Oh no, not more rain.....
02nd May 2017

The official drought in Guernsey was ended over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Some of you might say good. Others will disagree.

However, thankfully, we are not yet able to control the weather - although I'm sure Donald Trump would enjoy wealding that amount of power!

In the end, for us mere mortals, we have to accept what we are given and just get on with things.

For me 'things' on a Bank Holiday usually means some sort of Motorsport event to photograph. So on Monday I found myself standing in the drought breaking rain on Le Val des Terres hill capturing some spectacular Hillclimb action through foggy lenses and rain splattered spectacles trying to tell myself this was fun!

Thankfully the misery of rain running down my back is soon forgotten whilst completing the edit of my pics. Once again it was worth the discomfort as the wet track produced some dramaatic shots.

I've now uploaded a gallery featuring some of my pics. Enjoy taking a look from the comfort of your screen.
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF THE DROUGHT BREAKING HILLCLIMB
How to Party non-stop for 30 years........
01st May 2017

Do you want a master class in how to organize a party?

Do you want to know who the experts in fun are?

Well I'll let you into the 'not so secret' formula!

You need to ask Guernsey's most popular band for dancing and partying to help you out.

During the last 30 years King Rat and the Soul Cats have been the masters of the party and they celebrated that milestone with a mega gig at Beau Sejour recently.

The word had spread that it was likely to be a lively event and the band definitely didn't disappoint. During the two sets King Rat and the Soul Cats performed many of their own songs together with the expected Motown classics.

It was a reminder that, in my opinion, nothing can replace a live band.

The Motown classics (as you would expect of such great songs) are often played by DJ's at dances and functions but they just lack that special something that a live performance has.

You could feel the love and happy memories in the haze of the Beau Sejour function room as we time-travelled back through thirty years of good times.

Thanks go to the band, the music and the loyal fans for a great night :-)
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF THE KING RAT 30th GIG
What Summer Chamionship....???
30th April 2017

The Guernsey Kart & Motor Club ran very close to breaking the Trade Description Act last Sunday when they called the latest Round of their Karting Championship a 'SUMMER RACE'.

Competitors were greeted by a very wet Track and the rain continued for nearly the whole of Round-2 of the Kart Summer Championship!

The rain did ease for short periods but the racing went on regardless.

I have learnt that it is at times like this that I have to 'man up', put on the waterproofs - both on me and my cameras - and keep shooting pics. The reason for the perseverance is that the wet track offers a new opportunity to capture a unique dynamic in my pictures.

That's really all I need to say on the subject as in this case I think pictures explain better that a thousand words....
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF A VERY WET KARTING EVENT
Sssshhhhh.... quiet please
27th April 2017

Taking pics in the 'hear a pin drop' environment of a Snooker tournament is a challenge.

This is where I found myself last weekend after being assigned to cover the 2017 Snooker Team Inter-Insular for the Guernsey Press and the Jersey Evening Post.

The competition was held at the Gremlin Club between La Villette Hotel Gremlins v Tower Green Baize Goblins.

The problem a photographer has when taking pics of Snooker (the same can be said for Golf) is that a hush settles over the crowd of spectators as the player sets up his next play. A photographer has to be extremely careful not to fire off a sequence of exposures at the critical moment... so ruining the competitors concentration. You will soon find Security escorting you off the premises!

When I arrived at the tournament I had already sorted out in my mind how I would try to approach the job. I would take advantage of the 'Quiet' mode on my new Nikon D500. This would be combined with the new Nikon 70-200 f2.8 zoom lens. The kit performed brilliantly and I was surprised by how quiet the quiet mode actually was... I love new technology :-)

Using the zoom lens allowed me to stand well back from the tables cropping the scene using the zoom effect.

The one remaining problem was the tables... note the plural here.

The play was taking place on two adjoining tables at the same time so I had to shoot with both eyes open. One watching play on table one, the other eye watching play on the second table. It can be done!

That was the only way to avoid clicking the shutter whilst a crucial play was being made on the other table.

I'm pleased to say that it seemed to work as the security let me stay in the room. Job done with the help of my Nikon kit.

I've added a few pics to a new gallery.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW PICS OF THE SNOOKER INTER-INSULAR

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